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Confronting Shame & Self-Loathing: Pathways to Healing - Cincinnati
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When: Friday, March 17, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: United States

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Presented by Speaker Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Therapists regularly confront the insidious impact of shame on their traumatized clients' ability to find relief and perspective even with good treatment. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. Increased ability for self-assertion gets undermined by belief systems about worth or deserving. Progress in the treatment, increasing relief symptoms, even greater success in life tend to evoke shame and self-judgment rather than pride. Despite the therapists' best efforts, unshakeable feelings of shame and self-hatred often undermine treatment: the client repeatedly takes two steps forward, then one step back. This workshop will introduce participants to understanding shame from a neurobiological perspective - as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of automatic obedience and total submission - enforced by the client's punitive introspection. Using lecture, videotape, and experiential exercises drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented talking therapy, participants will learn to help clients relate to their symptoms with mindful dual awareness and curiosity rather than automatic acceptance. When traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques are integrated with Sensorimotor interventions emphasizing posture, movement, and gesture, issues of shame can become an avenue to transformation rather than a source of stuckness.

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Jewish Family Service in Cincinnati

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Cooper Creek Event Center

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4040 Cooper Road

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Blue Ash

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