The Developmental Impact and Long-term Effects of Shame

Overview: The consequences of shame can be devastating and may lead to long-term risk-taking behaviors and suicidality. Chronic self-worth issues and relationship problems all reflect attachment challenges experienced by individuals responding to shame. In addition, the compounding effects of shame have the potential to lead to co-morbid disorders and maladaptive coping skills resulting in chronic physical and mental health problems. Clinicians have the unique privilege of helping individuals in therapy mitigate these harmful effects and reduce the negative impact of shame. In this three-hour continuing education workshop, Dr. Peterson will describe how shame is a set of unattainable expectations that develop from notions of “normalcy" and can prevent individuals from understanding there are many ways of being. He will demonstrate how assessment instruments--including the “Trauma Related Shame Inventory,” “The Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire,” and “Test of Self-Conscious Affect”--reveal the connection between external events and internal shame.

Dr. Peterson will explain the dynamics of shame within a variety of client populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). Participants will learn to identify those at greater risk and the importance of understanding how individuals attempt to reduce shame through both adaptive and maladaptive responses. Dr. Peterson will explore the Compass of Shame and multiple shame cycles that illustrate shame's connection to trauma, judgment, guilt and self-worth. By utilizing best practices such as the use of trauma-acceptance needed to lessen the impact of shame.

This introductory workshop is designed to help clinicians:

  • Summarize the types of losses associated with shame.
  • Discuss assessment tools and evaluation techniques.
  • Explain the Compass of Shame and cycles of shame.
  • Apply an understanding of the connection between trauma and shame.
  • Describe the connection between judgment, self-worth, and shame.
  • List at least three best practices for addressing shame in therapy.

Featured Speaker: Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC is a counselor, educator and psychology faculty member at Avila University. He serves on the editorial review board for the American Counseling Association and is also the co-founder and organizer of the the Healthcare Guild ( The Healthcare Guild is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities find affirming and culturally competent health care. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Iowa & Walden University with a PhD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. He is currently in private practice with Kansas City Psychotherapy, focusing on managing stress, couples therapy, anxiety and depression, dealing with shame and addiction, and sexual or gender identity issues. He is also a behavioral health assessment clinician for Saint Luke’s Hospital and a CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) IOP (Intensive Outpatient) Dual-Diagnosis program facilitator.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors.

Continuing Education: Mental Health America of the Heartland is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 17-007. This continuing education provider is approved for 3.0 hours for social workers and accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance.

Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101.

Registration: Workshop is $40.00. Pre-register only. Please obtain registration form by clicking onto registration form or visit "Events" at or contact Stacy Davis. Please send registration form with payment (either check or VISA) to Mental Health America of the Heartland, 739 Minnesota Ave., KCKS 66101 or fax: 913-281-3977 or email. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, contact Stacy Davis at (913) 281-2221, ext. 112. Registration deadline is July 7, 2017.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.