Advanced Clinical Practice Institute

Moments of Meeting and the Problem of Shame

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


University of St. Thomas
St. Paul Campus
McNeely, Room 100

Featuring Patricia DeYoung, MA, MSW, PhD, RP.    This program is a collaboration with the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (MICPP). 6 CEs.

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/Neurobiological Approach (2013), Dr. Pat DeYoung has argued that chronic shame is rooted, instead, in early relational experience, encoded in right-brain neural patterns, and that therefore effective treatment of shame also depends on right-brain relational experience. 

This day-long training expands on that premise, beginning with a paper that argues for the "fit" between several traditions of relational psychoanalysis/psychotherapy and the moments of person-to-person meeting that shames needs for healing.  In treating shame, empathic attunement and active, transparent engagement are not rival approaches; both are essential.

Dr. Patricia DeYoung, MA, MSW, PhD, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker, and Clinical Supervisor working in private practice in Toronto, Canada.  She has pursued graduate studies in literature, clinical social work and philosophy of education and has been involved in training therapists in psychodynamic and relational modes of therapy since 1988.  

Full details and more information about Dr. Patricia DeYoung can be found at HERE

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