Shame: Healing Hidden Wounds

led by Diane Poole Heller

April 2nd – September 31st 2019
Awaiting approval for 30 CEs

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Presenter Bios:

Diane Poole Heller Ph.D.: Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She is a trainer, presenter, and speaker offering workshops, teleseminars and educational materials on Trauma, Attachment Models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics. She has lectured and taught around the world as both a Somatic Experiencing trainer and Special topics presenter, most recently with her very popular DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience) series on Adult Attachment.

Dr. Stephen Finn, April & May Expert: Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Austin, Texas, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Finn is known for developing Therapeutic Assessment, an empirically supported brief therapy that integrates traditional psychological testing with practices based on interpersonal neurobiology to help clients achieve lasting transformations. He has published 60+ articles and chapters on psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and other topics in clinical psychology, and is the author of several books, including In Our Clients’ Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment (Erlbaum, 2007). Dr. Finn lectures around the world about psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and how to help clients heal from shame.

Terry Real LMFT, June Expert: Terry is a family therapist, founder of the Relational Life Institute, and best-selling author. His family therapy is offered through the Relational Life Institute, which helps couples, individuals and parents using Relational Life Therapy methodology. He has authored 3 books and has been a teacher for more than 25 years. His approach to men’s issues and couples therapy has been featured on Good Morning America, Oprah, and The New York Times.

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, July Expert: Lisa Ferentz is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 35 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Ferentz Institute,” now in its 11th year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1,200 clinicians. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2014), Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch (PESI, 2017). 

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, August Expert: Mary Jo Barrett is the Executive Director and founder of The Center for Contextual Change, Ltd. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois Jane Addams School of Social Work and is currently on the faculties of University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, The Chicago Center For Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. She has been working in the field of family violence since 1974. Mary Jo is the author of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, co-authored by Linda Stone Fish. Ms. Barrett has also coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She co-created the Collaborative Change Model, a highly successful contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events. 

Frank Anderson, MD, August Expert: Frank Guastella Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation and is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the IFS model of therapy. Dr. Anderson has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation and wrote the chapter “‘Who’s Taking What’ Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma” in Internal Family Systems Therapy: New Dimensions. (Routledge, 2013). He co-authored a chapter on “What IFS Brings to Trauma Treatment” in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy (Routledge, 2016) and co-authored Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual (PESI, 2017).

Content Descriptions:

Month : Shame vs. Guilt – April: Understand the difference between shame and guilt, as well as the clinical implications of each, so that you can create an environment of safety that allows these feelings to be excavated. Additionally, we’ll explore healthy and toxic shame, and the challenges that each type brings.

Month 2: How Shame Manifest in Therapy, the Body, and Relationships – May: Learn how to help clients reintegrate the lost parts of themselves so that they can enjoy a more satisfying human experience. We’ll also look at the behaviors and limitations that are characteristic of shamed adults and how to alleviate those patterns so that they can heal their intimate relationships.

Month 3: Unburdening the Body, Empowering Clients & Avoiding Shaming in Sessions – June: Discuss clinical interventions that work with the physiological sequences in your clients to alleviate traumatic stress, focusing on the lesser known indicators that can help you avoid unintentionally shaming clients during a session.

Month 4: Developmental Stages of Healthy and Toxic Shame: Recovering the True Self & Tips for Relationships and Parenting – July: Discover the ways in which healthy shame can be leveraged to aid the healing process and move your clients toward self-acceptance and self-love. We’ll discuss strategies for exploring the developmental stages and look at tips for effectively bringing them into a relationship. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Month 5: The Role of Shame in Trauma, Power Dynamics and Physical & Sexual Abuse – August: ​​​​​​​Learn ways to help your clients restore a healthy sense of personal power and assertiveness by focusing on re-regulating the autonomic nervous system.  This work is important to ensure that you avoid reproducing an environment that might be triggering to a traumatized client.

Month 6: Trauma, Addiction & Emotional Abuse – September: ​​​​​​​Identify the ways in which addiction can become a substitute for secure attachment, and learn to support your clients as they work to heal from the genetic predispositions and structural brain changes that can keep them trapped in addiction.

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate gradual removal of the mask of the false self to regain access to their true authentic selfhood.
    To identify between shame and guilt as well as understand the clinical implications of
  2.  To use two ways to work with the inner critic that enables shame through comparative judgment.
  3.  Identify the conditions for Healthy shame and its adaptive value.
  4. Assess the damage and disempowerment of Toxic shame and the use of procedural memory to restore strength and resilience for recovering clients.—
  5. Apply how to be aware that hierarchy in the asymmetrical therapeutic relationship can trigger traumatic shame and stress.
  6. Identify when clients struggle with letting go of shame as it may be a protective strategy designed to avoid healthy risk taking.
  7. Explain why Holding on to shame is often a way for clients to maintain a connection to abusive caretakers


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Once approved, the 30 CEs will be a nominal fee of $69. There will be a post-test that will need to be completed post purchase and will be provided at the end of the six month program.


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Cancelation Policy

There is a 30-day refund policy. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to cancel your purchase. After 30 days, you will no longer be eligible for a refund but can cancel out of the monthly program at any time.

Specific CE Information:

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists


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Social Workers:

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