Study Group 2016-17
Shame: the dreaded desire to disappear or destroy
Alexis Johnson, PhD
SW-CPE has been approved to provide continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State
We all know the feeling of shame in it’s various forms from mild embarrassment to deep mortification. Silvan Tomkin’s research brought shame into the clinical foreground. In his model, shyness, shame and guilt are part of the same ‘affect assembly’ capable of interrupting any positive feeling or behavior. Donald Nathanson expanded Tomkin’s work into clinical practice, adding psychoanalytic theories, attachment theory and the importance of affective communication. For him and many others, shame is a primary affect underlying the sense of defect experienced by people with borderline, narcissistic and other self-hate issues. Currently Patricia DeYoung explores shame as an experience of one’s felt sense of self disintegrating in relation to a dysregulating other. This seminar will explore all of these ideas in relation to our personal sense of self, our professional cases and our clinical approaches.
We will use two books to deepen our experience: Patricia DeYoung’s Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame (2015) and a book edited by DL Nathanson, The Many Faces of Shame (1987) as well as an article written by the presenter.
We will meet 9 times from September, 2016 through June, 2017 on Fridays from 2:00-4:00pm. Please note that the dates are irregular due to my schedule.
Sep 16 – DeYoung: Shame is relational
Oct 7 – DeYoung: The relational brain
Chapters 3,4,& 5
Nov 4 – HB Lewis: Shame and the Narcissistic Personality
In Nathanson, Chapter 3
Dec 2 – DL Nathanson: Shaming Systems in Couples, Families and Institutions
In Nathanson, Chapter 8
Feb 3 – A Morrison: The Eye Turned Inward, Shame and the Self
In Nathanson, Chapter 9
Mar 10 – CD Schneider: A Mature Sense of Shame
In Nathanson, Chapter 6
Apr 7 – A Johnson: Healing Shame
Article I will give out
May 5 – DeYoung: Working with shame
Chapters 6.7 & 8
Jun 2 – De Young: Dissociated shame
Chapter 9, 10 & 11
Cost: $600 for the year. Location: 96 Bouton Road, South Salem, NY 10590
If you are interested in participating, please send a $200 deposit with the check made out to Alexis Johnson and send it to 96 Bouton Road, South Salem, NY 10590.