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Shame and Aging - 13 CE Credits

  • 830 Bancroft Way, Suite 102 Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States (map)

We all go through it. Noone is immune. And nothing produces more univeral shame in our society than aging. Whereas many societies have deep respect for people as they age and see a vital role for elders, our society still worships youth - still idealizes the Pepsi generation. What are we to do as we face the natural progression of losing muscle tone, hair, short term memory and many other physical and mental functions in a society that sees us as lacking. Shame is the feeling that “something is wrong with me”. How can we not feel that something is wrong with us as we undergo all these losses in the face of an indifferent and shaming society.

In this workshop, we will explore and learn to be more comfortable with our own aging process. And we will explore ways to help clients talk about, explore and heal their own shame around aging. We will:

  • Discover ways to help clients become aware of the many messages they received and continue to receive about aging and body image from family and society.

  • Learn ways to help clients cope with the shame of not being able to do all that they once did.

  • Understand counter-shaming techniques to help ourselves and our clients find pride and joy in the new reality - seeing that there are real gains as well as losses in this new stage of life.

  • Work with the shame that can cause and result from sicknesses and injuries.

  • Identify challenges in being a looked at as unimportant and “not up to par” by a youth oriented society and the layers of shame that can occur.

  • Discover how to make the necessary adjustments so we can regain access to the life force and creativity that we still have in a grounded and embodied way,

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

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 10:00AM - 6:00PM & SUNDAY, SUNDAY JULY 21, 10:00AM - 5:30PM

In Berkeley, California, just off I-80.

13 CE credits* (See CE info below.)
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 June 15 (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.
Special rate for interns - $55 off full price. (Use coupon code INTERN.)


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


Bret Lyon and Sheila 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 and Victoria, BC. Both have trained in EFT with Sue Johnson and in AEDP with 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 12 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.