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Working with Guilt and Shame: Clinical Challenges

At this full-day online seminar, Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn draws on her longstanding experience to clearly illustrate the processes of guilt and shame, and to look at the clinical challenges of working where shame and/or guilt predominate.

Key information

Date and time: Saturday June 11, 10am to 4pm

Speaker: Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn

Fee: £70 (£60 if booked and paid for by Friday 29 April 2022) - alumni discount available

Total number of places available: 100

Access: THIS IS AN ONLINE SCHOOL DELIVERED VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCING

  • Overview

    As clinicians, we understand that the presence of persecutory guilt can be a considerable obstacle to internal change. While through the therapeutic process we hope that persecutory guilt can be replaced by feelings that lead towards reparation, progress can be challenging and can often be thwarted if the person feels too worthless to be reprieved.

    An examination of guilt also requires an examination of shame, terms which are often used together but which have several differences. The feeling of shame is more than the primitive precursor to guilt; for shame to exist there has to be a person. If the self has been depersonalised there is essentially no one to feel shame.

    Childhood shame is usually related to the parents and has a skinless quality and ‘good enough’ parents try and protect their children from too much shame about their developmental mistakes. This situation can also lead to a therapeutic impasse where the sufferer feels too shamed and humiliated to accept therapeutic help.

    Thus, shame and remorse if temporary and mitigated are part of normal development. Persistent shame is pathological, and the absence of shame is a psychotic state of mind. Shamelessness, like lack of guilt, is usually a defence against toxic shame or persecutory guilt, and the shame or guilt is often projected.

    At this full-day online seminar, Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn draws on her longstanding experience to clearly illustrate the processes of guilt and shame, and to look at the clinical challenges of working where shame and/or guilt predominate.

    Her book, Guilt and Shame: a Clinician’s Guide, can be ordered as an ebook or paperback: https://www.nscience.uk/product/guilt-and-shame-a-clinicians-guide/

  • Who is it for?

    Attendees should be qualified and practising individual, group, family or couple psychotherapists or counsellors, or those who are currently training in these fields.

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