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The Somatics of Shame

Learn about the somatics of shame and how to work with this for effective therapy. 1.5 CE Credit Hours.

The Somatics of Shame

Woven into the “fabric of shame” is constriction, humiliation and hiding. Shame makes us pull back, feel small, or run in the other direction. Shame hurts, and we try to avoid it any way we can. Yet no one escapes the experience.

In therapy, it can be difficult to connect with the depths and complexities of the dynamics that result from experiencing shame. Cognitive approaches are limited. The nervous system responds to shame in ways that are not accessible through "verbal language". This recorded webinar explores the nuances of how shame affects us developmentally, somatically, socially, and cognitively. It also presents a somatically-based, process-oriented approach to therapy.

In this 93 minute webinar, Craig Penner, LMFT will discuss the dynamics of working with the exposure and somatics of shame in therapy. This content of this webinar is appropriate for beginning and advanced level therapists.

• Effectively notice and hold “the shame” that get exposed during therapy sessions.

• Track the somatic responses that may manifest from shame: what to look for, what may signal that “shame” is blocked or working through.

• Process disgrace and humiliation

• Why regrets may be very good “mulch,” and transitions to healthy self-confrontations

• Find out how pacing and noticing sequences is important.

• How “bilateral stimulation” and EMDR aid in unlocking embodied shame.

• Learn how to look for incomplete expressions resulting from shame in the body.

• The therapist’s role in pacing the work- when is it “too much?”

• The importance of the collaborative alliance when working with shame.

• Track how clients go in and out of the “Window of Tolerance” when dealing with shame.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe 2 common somatic responses to shame
  • Identify 2 ways that you may identify how a client is disconnecting
  • LIst 3 ways that shame is a developmental inhibitor
  • Explain how shame impacts a client’s ability to stay in the window of tolerance
  • Describe 2 signs of poorly developed protest
  • List 2 ways that “pacing” is particularly important when working with shame

1.5 CE Credit hours are provided for Psychologists, LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPC’s, LMHC’s. Click here for more CE details.

The content of this training is appropriate for beginning and advanced level therapists. Certificates of completion are given after viewing all the videos, passing the post-tests, and completing the evaluation form.


Your Instructor


Craig Penner
Craig Penner

Craig Penner, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, in private practice in Santa Barbara since 1982. He brings a process-oriented approach to therapy, with a strong somatic (body/nervous system) focus, and integrates EMDR and other uses of “bilateral stimulation,” to help the therapy be as efficient and effective as possible.

He has always believed that we have a natural drive to completion and resolution. This has inspired his commitment to develop “Natural Processing,” which is an integration of ways to utilize our own awareness to facilitate that drive. He has been training therapists in this approach across the US and Canada since 2014 and had led consultations and other trainings for over 25 years.

Craig is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a Somatic Experiencing Touch Therapy Practitioner. He has been a Facilitator with the EMDR Institute since 1995, and is an Approved Consultant and Therapist with the EMDR International Association. Craig offers live and online consultation for individuals and groups, group practicum sessions, and Natural Processing Trainings on integrating EMDR with somatic psychotherapy.


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