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This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Shame is a powerful emotion that can cause serious problems for clients if left untreated and unresolved.   In this classic 1-hour talk from 2008, Shireen Rizvi, Ph.D. talks about the research on shame and introduces a model for treating it that she developed.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between guilt and shame
  • Describe a major problem that occurs if shame is left untreated
  • List psychological problems and issues that are associated with client feelings of shame
  • Describe and apply an exposure procedure that includes elements of DBT's Opposite Action skill for treating shame


Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP is associate professor of clinical psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. She received her doctorate from the University of Washington where she was mentored by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Rizvi completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System. Her clinical areas of interest include borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicidal behaviors. Her research areas include treatment development work to enhance outcomes for a greater number of individuals with severe and complex psychological problems.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

Very interesting and useful for my practice. I would like a longer one with more clinical examples. Great job, thanks! - Anonymous 7/10/15