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Healing Shame Core Workshop

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm PDT

Healing Shame
Core Workshop:

The Lyon/Rubin Method for Healing Shame

How to effectively work with shame in the
cognitive, somatic, imaginal and interpersonal realms

Discover how to transform your clients’ toxic shame into healthy shame

Brian D. Mahan, SEP, LRMP

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, , RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP
Founders and Co-directors of the Center for Healing Shame

October 19-20, 2019
Saturday 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 5:30PM

This workshop is open to Psychotherapists and other helping Professionals

Onsite Event Registration
$375 – Full Tuition
30% off for pre-licensed students in clinical training.
Use the coupon “student30”
$375 webinar access / Video access
This workshop is also available as a webinar.  Webinar participants can receive CE units when participating in the entire live event.
The video will be available for purchased after the workshop, but CE units are not available after the live event.

Shame is a ubiquitous human experience. It is used in every culture to socialize children and to protect the tribe. Healthy shame has purpose, function and teaching us how to thrive in community. But toxic shame debilitates us and isolates us from humanity.  It is different from other emotions.

Our physiological reaction to shame helps us to maintain the interpersonal bridges that are imperative for our survival. It increases the likelihood of being embraced by and remaining a part of the tribe. It is the best solution for a seemingly impossible situation. But when shame is internalized and identified with, we spiral into self-loathing and form the belief that we are without value or purpose and therefor unlovable.  Releasing the underpinning of toxic shame restores vibrancy, self-esteem, resilience and self-reliance.  

This workshop will help you recognize shame in all of its forms and manifestations.  It will deepen and transform your therapeutic process and increase the efficacy of your practice.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the biology and physiology of shame;
  2. Differentiate shame from other emotions;
  3. Identify covert and overt shame;
  4. Explain the key concept of the “optimal distance” from shame;
  5. Identify three ways to find the optimal distance from shame for clients;
  6. Describe four main reactions to shame;
  7. Resource your clients;
  8. Describe three elements for creating a counter-shaming environment;
  9. Practice two methods for working with clients’ shame-freeze and the shame vortex;
  10. Describe how shame drives self-sabotage and perfectionism;
  11. Facilitate reparative and corrective experiences to shame.
Onsite Event Registration

Brian D. Mahan, SEP, LRMP, began his Somatic Experiencing practice in Los Angeles in 2004. He is also an assistant trainer for two faculty members of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute. For the past four years, he immersed himself in the 8-module certification program created by Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP and Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT, founders of the Center for Healing Shame. He became their first assistant trainer and is now dedicated to continue their legacy by sharing their compressive approach to working with shame. He also holds his own retreats, seminars, and lectures and writes about healing trauma. His book, I Cried All the Way to Happy Hour – A trauma survivor’s guide to profound and long-lasting healing is slated to be published in the Fall of 2019.   For more information about Brian visit http://BrianDMahan.com

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is a leading authority on Healing Shame. She co-created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania, for over 30 years.   Sheila is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Drama Therapist and a Board Certified Trainer. She has developed therapy techniques that integrate AEDP, EFT, Drama Therapy and Somatic Therapy to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie eating disorders, addictions and toxic family dynamics. Sheila has served as adjunct faculty at JFK University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books.

Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP has been a teacher of Somatic and Emotional Mindfulness for over 30 years and holds doctorates in both Psychology and Drama.  He is certified in Focusing and Somatic Experiencing® and has trained in EFT with Sue Johnson, in AEDP with Diana Fosha and in Coherence Therapy with Bruce Ecker.  Bret has also trained in Reichian Breathwork with Al Bauman, who worked directly with Wilhelm Reich. He finds his theater background very helpful with clients and especially in giving presentations.  For more information about Bret and Sheila visit HealingShame.com

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Units are available. A CE certificate is issued for a $20 charge. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the workshop is completed.  Continuing Education Certificates must be purchased within thirty (30) days of the event.

Purchase CE Certificate

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 12 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs:  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 12 CE units.


October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am
October 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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