Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Describe the impact shame has on the therapeutic process

  • 2. Identify the differences between guilt and shame

Course Outline

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2

    Resources

    • Course Resources

    • Understanding and Coping with Guilt and Shame (Taking the Escalator Down)

    • Companion worksheet for I thought it was just me (but it isn’t): Telling the truth about perfectionism, inadequacy, and power (Brown, B.)

    • Self-Compassion Exercises (Neff, K.)

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note: Post-Test & Certificate Process

    • Understanding Shame (Recorded Webinar)

    • Course References

  • 4

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations!

    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Shame is a universal experience and a silent epidemic that many do not understand, and most do not want to talk about.  It is a powerful emotional experience that often goes unaddressed and can impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life.  Because clients will rarely acknowledge or understand their shame, clinicians have the responsibility of knowing how to recognize and bring shame into the therapeutic process.  


Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC


Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.


Learning Level: Basic 


Target Audience: This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals.


Continuing Education:  To obtain the certificate of completion for the 1 hour associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test.


Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes). 

This course is approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1 hour of continuing education.


The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the course description and submit with your certificate of completion to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.