Image of Guilt, Shame & The Trauma Survivor: Integrated Modalities to Move Ther
Digital Seminar

Guilt, Shame & The Trauma Survivor: Integrated Modalities to Move Therapy Forward

Lisa Ferentz
Full Day
Copyright :
Mar 02, 2020
Product Code:
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webcast  2


Guilt is about what somebody has done. Shame is about who somebody is. Clients with sexual and physical abuse have two problems: who they are, and what they have done. Wouldn’t most of people feel hopeless at that point? Wouldn’t most clinicians feel overwhelmed?

Resolving these two pervasive, paralyzing issues absolutely moves therapy forward but requires a host of psychotherapeutic interventions.

Watch Lisa Ferentz in this recording to learn cognitive, emotional, somatic, expressive, and psychoeducational techniques all used at key moments in therapy to have the fullest impact on resolving these pivotal issues. As a trauma therapist, author, and international presenter, Lisa Ferentz has spent 35 years working with the deepest levels of shame and guilt, honing integrated practices specific to the client’s readiness to address these intense emotions.

Case examples are woven in throughout the day to help you learn how guilt and shame surround unmetabolized traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse, and the profound and confusing dynamic of pleasure that occurs in many instances for male and female victims. The recording will include crafting psychoeducation with practical cognitive techniques, self-compassion, and even expressive modalities – in addition to experiential activities to help you create a treatment plan adapted to your specific clients and trauma treatment modality.


CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Lisa Ferentz Related seminars and products: 6


The Ferentz Institute

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 35 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Ireland.

She has been an adjunct faculty member at several universities, and is the founder of “The Ferentz Institute,” now in its 12th year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1,600 clinicians from her two certificate programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2014), Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch (PESI, 2017). Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on self-harm and self-care, and teaches on many webinars.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lisa Ferentz is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lisa Ferentz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; and the American Psychotherapy Association.

Additional Info

Program Information


Click here to purchase the DVD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.

Additional Resources

To order the book, Finding Your Ruby Slippers, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, A Clinician's Guide, 2nd Edition, please visit our product store.

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Describe the differences between guilt and shame and why shame impedes healing in trauma therapy work.
  2. Identify at least three specific dynamics of trauma and early childhood coping strategies that promote and sustain shame.
  3. Identify four indirect benefits that clients receive from retaining guilt and shame emotions.
  4. Explain the role of the Inner Critic and Internal Family Systems as a therapy model that promotes shame reduction.
  5. Describe the role that attunement and the therapeutic relationship play in helping clients process shame.
  6. Implement at least two creative strategies to enhance client curiosity and self-compassion in therapy.
  7. Design a treatment plan that incorporates three creative strategies that promote shame healing that helps to move trauma therapy forward.


Guilt, Shame and Common Client Misconceptions
  • The nature of abuse specific to your client
  • Common misconceptions of guilt
  • Life experiences that manifest as guilt
  • The caretaker as perpetrator
  • Attachment and abuse
  • ”Participation” guilt in sexual trauma
  • Case study: when Susan believed the abuse was her fault
Psychoeducation: Navigating Guilt
  • Assess and identify the presence of guilt and shame
  • The meaning and function of both guilt and shame as adaptive for survival
  • Finding ways to make guilt productive and reparative
  • Self-destructive coping behaviors
  • From paralyzed to taking extraordinary action
  • Reframe symptoms
  • Cognitive reframing & behavioral strategies
  • Case study: Janet and survivor guilt
Shame: The Root of Who I Am
  • The mistake of using guilt and shame interchangeably: for clinician and client
  • Pervasive and debilitating: intractability of shame emotions
  • When your client presents as “hopeless”
  • The trauma survivors’ DSM: dirty, crazy weird, abnormal
  • Case study: Alex’s inner critic and its impact on self-worth
Treatment Planning: Techniques from Internal Family Systems (Schwartz)
  • Working with parts, the language and clinical benefit
  • The Inner Critic: the protector part for future survival
  • Exploring the secondary gain of shame and why letting go is complicated
Cognitive and Emotional Antidotes to Shame in the Clinical Setting
  • Leading the client to curiosity
  • Working with attachment and familial loyalty
  • Self-compassion: transformational skills that evoke empathy
  • The impact of self-talk
  • Writing experiential: the crossroad of a thought
Integrating Creative Modalities to Process Guilt & Shame
  • Using art therapeutically – processing clients’ artwork
  • Experiential: Body Mapping
  • Accessing somatic resources that help reduce guilt and shame
  • Experiential: Two-handed writing to increase compassion between parts
  • Exploring spirituality and religious observance

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.

ADA Needs

We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 1-800-844-8260.

Please wait ...

Back to Top