Introduction to Shame and Shame Containment Theory for Therapists

In this one-day training on shame containment theory we will delve into the fundamental five components that constitute the bedrock of this theory: attachment injuries, contained shame, uncontained shame, shame containment strategies, and re-containment strategies. Through this learning experience, you will gain an understanding of these concepts, enabling you to recognize and navigate the intricate landscape of shame experienced by your clients.

By the course’s conclusion, you will emerge with heightened awareness of the purpose of shame and equipped with practical strategies to help your clients redefine their relationship with this often misunderstood emotion.

DATE: Friday 19th April TIME: 9:00-16:00
VENUE  The Boardroom, Collingwood Buildings, 38 Collingwood St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1JF

PLEASE NOTE: Refreshments will be served on the day but no lunch is provided.


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Enhance your practice with our groundbreaking in-person training course on shame containment theory. Tailored for counsellors, psychotherapists, teachers, social workers, and other professionals, this course delves into the emerging understanding of shame as a pivotal factor in mental and emotional well-being. As society recognizes the profound impact of shame on individuals, our course introduces a fresh perspective through shame containment theory, providing a innovative approach to understanding and working with shame. Through the shame containment theory lens, this course will provide practical insights into why we have shame from the perspective of attachment and how shame is a vital emotion that is needed for survival.

Why is this training needed?

Shame is a common but often misunderstood emotion. It has traditionally been a subject rarely taught in professional training. However, there has been a surge in interest in shame in recent years as professionals are begining to recognise shames importance in mental and emotional wellbeing. Shame containment theory offers a fresh and innovative apporach to shame. The theory offers not only a greater understanding of shame but also a model for working with shame. As clients who feel stuck are often experiencing shame, this training offers different insights into interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics. 

  • Participants will feel more comfortable having conversations with clients about shame
  • To gain an understanding of the 5 components of SCT
  • Participants will be aware of why, when and how their clients may be experiencing shame. These will include the most common presentations i.e. perfectionism, being self critical, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and problems with pornography
  • Particpants will be able to recognise which part of the shame is activated in their clients
  • Therapists will recognise that they already have transferable skills needed to discuss shame
  • Particiapnts will be taught about each of the 5 components of SCT
  • Particpants will consider case studies to enhance their understanding of SCT
  • Participants will relfect on how they can change their relationship with shame and how their practice may change