Shame, Trauma and Family Relationships

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Man comforting distressed woman This live-stream online course, presented by The Bouverie Centre, explores shame as a byproduct of trauma. It draws on Attachment and Trauma theories, Narrative Therapy and Family Therapy to explore how shame is manifest through the experience of trauma.

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Thursday 18 August 2022 09:30 am until Thursday 18 August 2022 04:30 pm (Add to calendar)
The Bouverie Centre
Presented by:
Jo Howard and Julie Beauchamp, The Bouverie Centre
Type of Event:
Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public
$220 (GST incl)

This live-stream online course, presented by The Bouverie Centre, explores shame as a by-product of complex relational trauma. It draws on attachment and trauma theories, and narrative and family therapy concepts to explore how shame manifests through the experience of trauma. It explores the role of shame as a constraint to change in family work, particularly where there are wellbeing and protective issues with children. It assists practitioners in identifying how shame manifests in their client group and how to address and explore it with clients.

The course uses teaching, role-play and experiential exercises to enhance your understanding of the role of shame as a consequence of trauma and explores strategies and interventions you can use to support clients to move from shame towards self-efficacy, independence and empowerment.

Course benefits

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship of shame to childhood trauma and as a manifestation of complex relational trauma
  • Identify how shame manifests in your client group
  • Explore how the experience of shame can impact the individual and adversely affect family relationships
  • Learn specific strategies to discuss shame with clients and families
  • Practice ways to support clients to move away from the influence of shame
Suitable for

Staff and students in psychology and social work related areas, and health practitioners who are working with clients/families who have experienced trauma and where practitioners have the opportunity to have 'therapeutic conversations' with clients.


18 August 2022


9.30am to 4.30pm (AEST)

What you can expect
  • A full day course with subject matter experts who have been working in the area of trauma for over 25 years.
  • A collection of readings
Related Training and Support

Adolescent Family Violence: Systemic Interventions with Families

Families and Trauma Work: Integrating Key Ideas from Individual and Systemic Practice



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