Instructors: Kelly Koerner, PhD & Jason Luoma, PhD

Starts on Fri, Dec 4 at 9am PST

Build therapist competencies to move little o’s with the Treatment of Shame.

Course Description

Clients make little changes within a session as a result of therapist interventions, the "Little o's" that add up to create the BIG Outcome of a whole course of therapy.

Just like an athlete or musician, by deliberately practicing a small set of key interventions, you build the expertise to move session level outcomes. Doing interventions consistently well becomes a habit integrated into your routine. Join one or more of the 3 Challenges this year to raise your game and improve your skills with Values Work, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Treatment of Shame.

Day 1 Kick-Off Meeting. Each challenge begins with an online kick-off meeting. (The kick-off meeting will be recorded, so no problem if you cannot make the meeting live, you can listen later.) Instructors orient learners to the treatment principles and procedures and the elearning and readings that will be studied.

Day 2-30 Design a Deliberate Practice. Each person then independently studies the provided elearning and readings at their own pace, distilling and sharing what we learn via optional email and small group discussion. We have questions and answers with an expert in the interventions. We identify the small set of intervention steps we want to do consistently well. We each design a mini-intervention sequence to practice.

Day 30-100 Practice. Then we practice! In focused 2-3 weeks cycles, we try the mini-intervention sequence. We use supportive accountability and each report in on our practice. After 2-3 weeks, we pause to reflect, make any needed changes to better adapt the intervention sequence to our routine, and then go for it again, repeating the sequence of plan-do-reflect. GOAL: by the end of the 100 days each of us has created a solid habit of using the new principles and procedures in our work.

December 4, 2015-March 14, 2016
Jason Luoma & Kelly Koerner

In this 100-day challenge, we will build clinical strategies to help clients whose chronic self-criticism and shame are central, whether they are suffering with chronic depression, complex trauma, addiction, eating disorders, or stigma.

We will begin with study of Jason Luoma's great talk, "The 5 Top Research Findings that Should Influence Your Practice" (you get free access as part of the course). Research on shame can help us develop more nuanced and effective ways to work with this exquisitely painful emotion and Jason Luoma will join us for questions and answers and be available to us throughout the challenge. Additional supplemental readings from Ben Shahar, Tagney & Dearing's Shame in the Therapy Hour, and the new DBT skills training manual will be suggested.

By day 30 we will each have created a plan for how we will integrate more consistent use of mini-interventions to help clients with shame into our own clinical routine. Then through deliberate practice exercises we will work to implement our plan until it is an established habit.

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio.

Detailed instructions on connecting to the online classroom will be sent to you the day before the first class session.

CE Credit: The Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated up to 7.5 CE credits for Challenge 3: Treatment of Shame within APA guidelines.

Registration Ends on:
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Dates and Times

TREATMENT OF SHAME: 100 Days - Dec 4, 2014-March 11, 2016

  • Kick-off December 4 from 9-10am pacific/12-1pm eastern (1 CE credit)
  • Optional The Top 5 Shame Research Findings that Should Influence Your Practice (1.5 CE credits)
  • Optional: Submit monthly learning and practice report for 1 CE credit (3 CE credits available)
  • Q&A 1 (TBD-doodle poll to find best fit with majority of attendees) (1 CE credit)
  • Wrap-up March 11 from 9-10am pacific/12-1pm eastern (1 CE credit)

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe both adaptive and maladaptive responses associated with shame
  • Better distinguish nonverbal cues that are key to recognizing shame
  • Understand research findings that have a practical implications for therapy practice
  • Be able to use different measures of shame and self-compassion their clients
  • Use informal exposure and facilitate emotional experiential exercises to help clients process shame more effectively drawn from ACT, CBT, DBT, and emotion focused therapy