The group meetings will provide psychoeducation about the thinking and feeling behavior patterns associated with shame, shame resilience, and vulnerability based Dr. Brené Brown's research. Dr. Brene Brown is a prominent shame researcher in the United States.
According to Dr. Brown’s research, shame triggers the sympathetic nervous system in much the same way that trauma does, causing our bodies to tighten and to feel on guard. While trauma treatments can decrease the painful, emotional effects of trauma, frequently shame about those experiences lingers, continuing to trigger the sympathetic nervous system and continuing to be a barrier to emotional recovery.
Learning shame resilience and the skills Dr. Brown teaches in Whole Hearted living are additional, powerful tools in the treatment of trauma. Other mental health conditions and emotional experiences can also trigger shame and impair feelings of worthiness and self-confidence. Participants will obtain information through video, discussion and experiential exercises. At the end of the group meetings participants will be able to:
1. Describe the functions and physiology of shame based on Dr. Brené Brown’s research. 2. Describe the elements of shame resilience: identifying shame, recognizing the messages underlying shame, reaching out, and speaking about shame. 3. Employ five strategies to resolve and decrease feelings of shame. 4. Begin learning about daily practices of Whole Hearted living that can help prevent shame in themselves. Please contact Stephani at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for the next group meetings in January 2024. Jennifer Worth, LCSW, LSCSW, CDWF will facilitate the groups.