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Psychological Effects of Shame

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Overview / Abstract:

Psychological Effects of Shame is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that explores the emotion of shame and how it affects individuals.

This course will teach therapists how to identify shame and the ways in which people try to avoid, ignore, and hide from it. Various topics will be discussed, including shaming about weight, parenting, incarceration, alcoholism, and shopping. Compensatory behaviors resulting from being shamed will also be identified.

This will lead to an examination of the ways in which shame can be socially toxic, both in-person and online, and will highlight how virtual mobs, micro-aggressions, and social shaming (directed towards a person’s size, shape, and weight) can affect a person’s psychological well-being.

We will discuss the ways in which shame can destroy one’s feelings of self-worth, interrupt learning, exacerbate existing diagnoses, increase criminal behavior, and decrease the willingness to seek support.

Research on shaming and ostracism will be presented along with evidence-based treatment strategies for therapists.

Course #21-38 | 2020 | 44 pages | 15 posttest questions


Dec 31, 2030


Counselor CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE





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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

Keywords / Search Terms

Professional Development Resources shame, ostracism, guilt, CE/CEU, continuing education, social shaming

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