A Day with Christian Sanderson

A Day with Christiane Sanderson

The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space


Date: Saturday 9th May 2020 from 10am to 4pm
Location: University of Reading, Berkshire
Cost: £110.00

Early bird Rate £99.00 (if paid before 29th February 2020)

Students receive 15% discount (other concessions available)

BCS Volunteer Counsellors receive 50% discount

Refreshments (from 9:30am) and lunch are included

Shame is like a virus that infects the soul and yet remains largely hidden. It can become chronic and toxic and have a crippling effect. It is therefore vital that, as clinicians, we understand the complexities of shame and the impact it can have not only on our clients but ourselves and the therapeutic relationship.


Christiane Sanderson, the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, and an experienced Counselling Psychologist, Lecturer and Trainer, will examine the complexities, origins and functions of shame. She will distinguish between healthy and chronic shame, shame and guilt, and its relationship to hubristic and authentic pride. Using clinical vignettes and experiential exercises, Christiane will explore the impact of chronic, secondary and vicarious shame and their long-term effects, such as perpetuating self-shaming strategies. The defences we use against shame, such as withdrawal and attacking self, will also be examined, as will their relationship to presentations such as self-harm, addictions, narcissism and violence.


Alongside enhancing awareness of shame in both client and practitioner in the clinical setting, Christiane will focus on how to release shame and build shame resilience through a range of therapeutic techniques and strategies as well as experiential exercises.


Christiane Sanderson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With over 30 years’ experience working with child sexual abuse, interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse, she is a prolific writer and authority in this area.  She has consulted with, and trained, groups as diverse as the MET Police, social workers, therapists and the Refugee Council.  


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