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Trauma Recovery: Processing Guilt & Shame

For decades, the therapeutic work of PTSD was to process fear, helplessness and horror. Recently the DSM has expanded the definition of PTSD to include guilt and shame. Evidence-based research indicates that unprocessed/unresolved guilt and shame are risk factors for developing and maintaining PTDS symptoms as well as compromising the healing process for clients with Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma.

In this workshop, we will define guilt and shame and outline their similarities and differences. We will review the different subtypes of both emotions. We will review how we organize our conversations with clients and how we help clients face the unspoken needs and dilemmas that drive the guilt and shame experience.

Participants will learn:

  • Understand the 7 types of Guilt
  • How to process conversations when the Client feels guilty but is not guilty
  • Client has a distorted view of their role in a negative experience
  • Client is guilty
  • Understand the 7 types of shame
  • How to process Passing Through Shame and a Shame-Prone Identity
  • How to pinpoint the source of a shame-prone identity and the 4 corresponding adaptations
  • The connection between dissociation and shame
  • How to change shame-prone patterns


Date: November 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm


5627 Main St.
Unit 105
Niagara Falls, ON