Shame in the Presentation & Treatment of the Chronically Traumatized


“I’m mortified…can’t speak”:
Shame in the Presentation and Treatment of the Chronically Traumatized

Professor Martin Dorahy, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Streaming live

Professor Martin Dorahy will be streaming to us live from New Zealand via Zoom
You are invited to join your colleagues and attend this live streaming event from Sydney
University or you may register to live stream the seminar yourself

Shame and responses to it, are ubiquitous in trauma-related disorders. This presentation
examines the psychology of shame, responses to it, and general considerations in working with
it and its auxiliaries in the therapeutic space.

Attention is given to more toxic presentations of shame, rather than how it manifests in
healthy form. Focus will be placed on those with chronic and complex trauma presentations
where dissociation is often present. Research will be presented on the intimate link between
shame and dissociation.

Finally, therapeutic considerations and perspectives, as well as challenges, including the
potentially corrosive impact of shame on the therapeutic relationship and the importance of
noting the presence of shame in trauma narratives, will be discussed.

Martin Dorahy is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology,
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a clinical, research and theoretical
interest in self-conscious emotions, and complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He has
published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in these areas, and Co-edited three
books in the area of psychotraumatology. He is a member of the New Zealand Association of
Psychotherapists, the New Zealand Psychological Society, and the New Zealand College of
Clinical Psychologists. He is a Fellow, Board member and current President of the International
Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He maintains a clinical practice
focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma.

Attend “in-person” at Sydney University or live stream

Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017
Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Sydney University New Law Seminar Room 340,
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(Type in New Law Building Annex under “Buildings” on the left)

*Cost: ANZAP Members $90
Non-Members $110
Students $60

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