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Online - Healing Shame in Inner Children - and Actual Children - 13 CE Credits

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The child lives on! Though we may develop adult bodies and think our childhood is long behind us, somewhere inside the child is still alive, deeply influencing our thoughts, words and actions. It may be that the most important relationship we have is the relationship we develop with our inner child. Many adults have moments of sudden sensitivity or confusion that “make no sense” and struggle to set boundaries in relationships—because they don’t realize how deeply what happened as a child is still affecting them. Many deny the inner child part of themselves—or actively dismiss or criticize it. When we ignore, deny or attack our inner child, the result is shame—momentary or constant.

Clinically we are working with depression, addiction, eating disorders, substance abuse or trauma. What keeps these clinical issues in place is toxic shame. In place are the automatic thoughts, and secret or not so secret inner conversations that the person has with him- or herself and their inner child, age two or five or ten or the inner teen, plus the shame loop that keeps things in place.

In this workshop, we will teach you how to help your clients reestablish a healthy relationship with their inner child—how to both listen to and talk to that sensitive, creative and essential part of us. We will teach about nourishment and body image, healthy eating and healthy self-care, and understanding what gets in the way.

Using Imaginal techniques, we will:

  • Join and explore the world of the child. Find out where there was deprivation or lack of attunement.

  • Add a healthy coach or caring inner parent to repair the shame ruptures from neglect or simple misattunements.

  • Provide an inner champion or protector to provide healthy boundaries and kind adult influence.

  • Say hello to the part that wants to eat healthy and the part that wants ice cream, to the bully and the scary places. 

  • Explore and re-enact scenes from childhood when a person was shamed and repair or replace what they wish they could have said.

  • Explore the shadow—embrace the shame hidden in the darkness. From deprivation, taking small steps toward nourishment.

There is no prerequisite for this course. It can be taken by itself or as part of a sequence.

ONLINE via Zoom

13 CE credits available
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

“ I loved the online course. Zoom made it as close to reality as technologically possible. The class size was perfect, enough people for stimulating questions and conversation and small enough to feel intimate. The charts you provided will be so useful. Sheila and Bret, you and your assistants are providing a greatly needed service. Thank you so much! I’ve learned a lot from you and look forward to attending another workshop. Until then, I’m already benefiting watching the recordings, gleaning even more the second time around.”
Charlette Mikulka, LCSW, author of “Peace in the Heart and Home”

FOUR FRIDAYS: MAY 17, 31, JUNE 7 & 14
10:00AM - 1:30PM Pacific Time

Recordings of each class will be available for at least two months following the original class date.

13 CE credits* (See CE info at the bottom of the page.)
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

This course is for therapists and helping professionals. If you're not sure if it's the right class for you, please contact Bret Lyon (see contact information below). This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner

$350 / $325 with full payment by APRIL 10. (Use coupon code EARLYBIRD) Note: To receive the discounted price you must pay in full by the early bird deadline. The $100 deposit does not qualify you for the early bird discount. To pay balance after you’ve paid $100 deposit, use coupon code BALANCEDUE.
Special rate for interns - $55 off full price. (Use coupon code INTERN)

Once you have registered for the workshop, please fill out and sign our Ethics and Scope of Practice formClick the link, then download the form, fill it out and sign it, and return it to us by email.

If you have questions about this online course, please contact Sheila Rubin at
415-820-3974 or

For assistance with registration and with R. Cassidy Seminars, please contact Elizabeth at

NOTE: For participants applying for CE credits through R. Cassidy Seminars, CE credits are available for live participation only. In order to receive CE credits for this workshop, you must participate live on all calls, due to the stipulations guiding continuing education credit for online courses. Unfortunately, credit is not available for partial attendance (i.e., attending some classes live and listening to others via the recording), or for those who are only participating via the recordings. For more information, please contact Sheila Rubin at 415-820-3974 or

Guarantee Your Spot:

This is a workshop for therapists and other helping professionals, taught by Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT, and Bret Lyon PhD, SEP.


Bret Lyon and Shiela Rubin have co-led workshops on Healing Shame for over a decade in many cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Berkeley, New York, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, BC. Both have trained in EFT with Sue Johnson and in AEDP Diana Fosha.


* The Center for Healing Shame is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs in California - CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393. PhDs in California and PhDs and licensed therapists outside California may be able to receive CE credits through the co-sponsorship of R. Cassidy Seminars. (Apply for CE credits from R. Cassidy Seminars prior to the workshop at

The Center for Healing Shame maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds. The amount paid can be applied toward a future workshop within 12 months. Registrations are not transferable.

The Center for Healing Shame welcomes people who have disabilities. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Location is wheelchair accessible.