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How to Help Clients Overcome Shame


When a client experiences shame, they live in constant fear of being rejected. And they become trapped in the avoidance strategies they create to escape the pain.

However, shame left untreated grows more powerful. And it can often lead our clients into behaviors that invite even greater shame.

But to effectively work with shame, we have to understand its neurobiology and why it’s so difficult to erase its deep tracing on the nervous system. We need to know why shame vigilantly protects itself, and how our traditional treatments may be sustaining shame or driving it even deeper.

That’s why we’ve brought together 19 of the top experts in our field to bring you . . .

Register Here for Only $197

and get 14 videos, audios, transcripts, plus 2 bonuses
to help you work more effectively with a client’s shame

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

How to Work With Shame

How to Break the Power of Shame by Engaging it

Marsha Linehan, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • The one counterintuitive technique that removes the fear of rejection from shame
  • The most common type of shame (and why clients often believe they caused it)
  • How to approach treatment when a client’s shame is legitimate

The Neurobiology of Shame

Part 1: How Shame Triggers the Body’s Shut-Down Response

Stephen Porges, PhD

  • How to avoid triggering your client’s physiological response to shame
  • The one intervention that can stop the body from shutting down
  • How the body’s reflexive response to shame can lead to dissociation

Part 2: How the Psychobiology of Shame Can Help Your Work

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT      Ron Siegel, PsyD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • How the nervous system traps your client in shame
  • The one thing a loved one can do to regulate their partner’s shame
  • What can go wrong when the practitioner’s shame gets triggered in a session

The 4-Part Skill That Can Build Trust With Your Client

Dan Siegel, MD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD

  • What happens when the hippocampus fails to integrate implicit memories
  • The difficult choice point a neglected child faces that invites lifelong shame
  • How to help clients release deep feelings of inner defectiveness

How to Work With Shame That Developed in Childhood

Part 1 : The Generational Effects of Shame on Loved Ones

Sue Johnson, EdD      Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • The one element of shame that creates havoc in relationships
  • How shame is passed on to future generations
  • The parenting style that generates an inner incompetence in children

Part 2: How to Work with Shame without Retriggering It

Zindel Segal, PhD      Elisha Goldstein, PhD      Joan Borysenko, PhD

  • Why some clients may be unaware that shame is fueling their behavior
  • The first thing you should identify when treating a client’s shame
  • Why it can be risky to reveal the developmental connection to your client’s shame

The Way a Shame Posture Impacts Emotions (And How to Bring Clients Out of It)

Peter Levine, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT
Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • Why a posture of shame looks identical to a posture of trauma
  • How to adjust your office seating to avoid triggering your client’s shame
  • A guided exercise to help bring clients out of a posture of shame

How to Work With Shame When it’s Connected to Trauma

Part 1: A Way to Heal Trauma-Based Shame Using a 3-Dimensional Space

Bessel van der Kolk, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • The “meaning-making” system that allows shame to take over a client’s life
  • Why differentiation is so crucial in eliminating shame

Part 2: Rewiring the Body’s Reaction to Shame and Trauma

Pat Ogden, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • How attachment shame can lead to broken adult relationships
  • How to pull a client out of hypoarousal when shame causes them to dissociate
  • How to shift the way a client physically organizes their history of shame

How to Work With the Inner Voice of Shame

Richard Schwartz, PhD      Joan Borysenko, PhD

  • The 2-part phenomenon that creates shame
  • The inner personality that you must approach first (so it doesn’t sabotage your work)
  • The one thing you need to do to get the inner critic to voluntarily disarm

How to Shift Clients Out of Feelings of Unworthiness

Rick Hanson, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • Why it’s crucial to approach shame differently for introverts and extroverts
  • How to use neuroplasticity to erase the old learning that promotes shame
  • Why clients need to tolerate feelings of shame before undoing them

How to Unravel the Shame in Relationships

Part 1: The Crucial Role of an Attachment Figure in Treating Shame

Sue Johnson, EdD

  • The big risk a client must take to gain a corrective experience
  • The one assumption about love and caring that we almost always get wrong

Part 2: How Shame in a Relationship Can Trigger PTSD

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • How to deal with a couple when one partner feels ashamed and the other feels betrayed
  • The important thing a client needs to see when coming out of a shut-down state
  • The one type of shame that can lead to a partner developing PTSD

The Impact of Shame Messaging and How to Dismantle It

Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Terry Real, MSW, LICSW
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • How unrealistic standards can lay the foundation for systemic shame
  • The 3-second indulgence that helps unravel inner harshness

Register Here for Only $197

and get 14 videos, audios, transcripts, plus 2 bonuses
to help you work more effectively with a client’s shame

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

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How to Work With Sexual Shame

Stephen Porges, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

  • How our memory triggers the bodily response to shame
  • How untreated shame can lead to extramarital affairs
  • One way to de-shame sexual behavior

For This Short Course on How to Work With Shame, We Brought Together Some of the Top Experts in the Field

Bessel van der Kolk MD

Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Research Institute; Author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Marsha Linehan PHD

Creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics

Peter Levine PHD

Founder of Somatic Experiencing; Author of Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory

Richard Schwartz PHD

Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and The Center for Self Leadership

Stephen Porges PhD

Leading expert on Polyvagal Theory; Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington and Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Sue Johnson EdD

Creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); Founder and Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Pat Ogden PhD

Pioneer in Somatic Psychology; Founder and Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI); Co-founder of the Hakomi Institute; Author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

Shelly Harrell PhD

Licensed Psychologist specializing in multicultural and community psychology; A Professor with the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Dan Siegel MD

Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute; Co-Director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center; author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration

Rick Hanson PHD

Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; New York Times bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain

Elisha Goldstein PHD

Co-Founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles; Author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Joan Borysenko PhD

Founder of Mind/Body Health Sciences LLC; Author of New York Times Bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Zindel Segal PhD

One of the founders of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT); Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto

Ron Siegel PsyD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, Harvard Medical School; Author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Laurel Parnell PhD

Leading expert in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Author of Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

Kelly McGonigal PhD

Health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University; Author of The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Get Good At It and The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Bill O'Hanlon LMFT

Co-developer of Solution-Oriented Therapy; Psychotherapist, speaker, and author of Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life

Stan Tatkin PsyD, MFT

Founder of the PACT Training Institute and developer of a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

Terry Real MSW, LICSW

Founder of the Relational Life Institute; author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression and The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work

Course Director

Ruth Buczynski, PhD

Dr. Ruth Buczynski is a licensed psychologist and founder and president of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM).

NICABM helps physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors – practitioners who have some of the most significant and life-changing missions on the planet – provide cutting-edge, research-based treatment strategies to their patients.

For more than 25 years, NICABM has offered accredited training and professional development programs to thousands of practitioners worldwide.

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Get 2 Bonuses That Give You Even More Strategies for Working with a Client’s Shame

Bonus 1

How to Work With the Institutional Racism That Feeds Shame

Laurel Parnell, PhD      Shelly Harrell, PhD      Joan Borysenko, PhD
Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • How a client’s particular culture impacts how they deal with shame
  • How to help clients find the voice that has been silenced (and use it to undo shame)
  • What happens when your client internalizes shame messaging from the environment

Bonus 2

Case Study: One Intervention That Helped an Iraq War Veteran Release Shame

Peter Levine, PhD      Joan Borysenko, PhD
Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • Why you should get this one important piece of information from a client right away
  • One misconception about working with members of the military

Register Here for Only $197

and get 14 videos, audios, transcripts, plus 2 bonuses
to help you work more effectively with a client’s shame

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

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"When I listen to the experts talk openly about their experience, I feel so fortunate to have this access to brain power, experience and research synthesis on cutting edge issues! I go back to the videos to reinforce things that will assist my clients."

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"I live in Nova Scotia and have limited travel funds at the university at which I work. The series provided by NICABM gives me the rare opportunity to listen to the leaders in the field. As a result, I learn valuable information that would not otherwise be available to me. I benefit, my practice benefits, and most important my clients benefit from the knowledge and wisdom I gain from the series."

David Mensink, PhD Counseling Psychology, Psychologist
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Midlothian, VA

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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