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Understanding and Treating the Three Faces of Chronic Shame - Patricia DeYoung, Ph.D.

  • 11/10/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel at 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33406


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Presentation: 9:00 AM12:30 PM

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:30 AM

CE Credits: Three (3) CE Credits 


The problem of shame is ubiquitous in psychotherapy, as it is in life, but it is often misunderstood. Both those who suffer from chronic shame and those who treat their suffering may understand the problem as rooted in an individual's low self-esteem or faulty patterns of thought or belief. In Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobio/ogical Approach, Dr. Pat De Young has argued that chronic shame is rooted, instead, in early relational experience, and that therefore the essence of treating shame should also be relational.

In a clinical distillation of her book, Dr. De Young will present a talk in two parts. In the first part, she will trace how shame's power of self-disintegration interacts with patients' self-protections to create quite different presentations of chronic shame, three distinct "faces of shame" that appear in clinical practice - dysregulated, deficit, and dissociative types. In the second part of her talk, working from a relational, psychodynamic perspective, she will discuss ways that therapists can find and create moments of meeting with chronically shamed patients, taking into account the quite different kinds of interpersonal fields these types or "faces" of shame co-construct.


Pat De Young, MA, MSW, PhD, is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Toronto and a faculty member of the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy. She has been involved in training therapists in psychodynamic, relational modes of therapy for thirty years. With graduate degrees in literature, clinical social work, and philosophy of education, she is the author of Relational Psychotherapy: A Primer (2003/2015) and Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobiological Approach (2015).


Participants will be able to:

1. Define chronic shame as a right-brain relational phenomenon.

2. Recognize three manifestations or "faces" of chronic shame as they appear in clinical practice

3. Describe types of reparative relational meetings appropriate for each "face" of chronic shame.

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 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits

SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587, expires March 31, 2019). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American     Psychological  Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. 

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Marshall Fenster, Ph.D. at (954) 597-0820.

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