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Psychological Effects of Shame

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Psychological Effects of Shame is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that explores the emotion of shame and how it affects individuals.

This course will teach therapists how to identify shame and the ways in which people try to avoid, ignore, and hide from it. Various topics will be discussed, including shaming about weight, parenting, incarceration, alcoholism, and shopping. Compensatory behaviors resulting from being shamed will also be identified.

This will lead to an examination of the ways in which shame can be socially toxic, both in-person and online, and will highlight how virtual mobs, micro-aggressions, and social shaming (directed towards a person’s size, shape, and weight) can affect a person’s psychological well-being.

We will then discuss the ways in which shame can destroy one’s feelings of self-worth, interrupt learning, exacerbate existing diagnoses, increase criminal behavior, and decrease the willingness to seek support.

Research on shaming and ostracism will be presented along with evidence-based treatment strategies for therapists.

Course #21-38 | 2020 | 44 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Define shame and how it relates to guilt
2. Describe “fat shaming,” its implications, and psychological effects
3. Summarize the effects of shame on our cognitive abilities, emotions, and behaviors
4. Explain the connection between shame and the willingness to ask for help
5. Describe the adaptive role that shame plays in our lives
6. Identify three techniques/interventions that can help ameliorate feelings of shame
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in post-traumatic growth, optimal performance, and wellness. She is licensed to practice in California and Colorado. Claire earned her BS in Kinesiology and worked as a personal trainer for years before becoming a course developer for International Sports Science Association. Claire is always thinking about ways to improve physical fitness and nutrition as a modality for improving mental health. She also writes in her popular blog, Leveraging Adversity on Psychcentral.


Disclosure:
Financial: Claire Nana receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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