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Through The Looking Glass: Using Imaginal Resources to Heal Shame - Online Workshop - 12 CE Credits

We are all born with powerful, imaginal resources. We can easily imagine people, places and things that have never existed in our everyday reality. Children learn to cope with life largely through play and fantasy. As we get older, we may use this ability less and less, but it still stays with us. Our imagination not only makes life more interesting, it helps us survive.

This workshop is as close as we could get to being with you live. We had our doubts about online workshops—and we waited until the technology existed to create an "in person" experience online. The technology exists now—and we are using it. Our Online Imaginal workshop will be very much like our in person workshops, with all the components: didactic, discussion, group exercises and demonstrations. Everyone can see and interact with everyone else. After mastering a steep learning curve in creating our Core Workshop online, we can do pretty much everything we could do in person—except have lunch together.

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When clients get stuck in shame, the most powerful way to help them get unstuck may be to activate their imagination. In the Imaginal Realm, logic and time are fluid and flexible. What actually happened can be explored and changed. What was stuck in the cognitive realm can be reexamined and shifted. Shaming situations from the past can be revisited and resolved.

In this workshop, we will utilize techniques from Drama Therapy, Focusing, Expressive Arts Therapy, Jungian creative imagination and Hakomi. We will explore the critical voices and/or the childhood scenes that are still driving the internal shame dynamic in the client.

You will learn to help clients:

  • Externalize shame so that it can be worked with directly.
  • Work with roles, parts and shame-based introjects.
  • Access strength, resilience, inner resources and role repertoire.
  • Find a deeper understanding by working with objects you already have in your office.
  • Utilize imaginal techniques to give the shame back, so that it stays in the Imaginal Realm.

Once the shame is worked through in the Imaginal Realm, the client can interact with the world differently.

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

PLEASE NOTE: This is an ONLINE version of our Imaginal workshop and is set up very differently than our onsite workshops. It will be conducted via Zoom and take place over four Fridays: October 5, 12, 26 and November 2 from 10am to 1:30pm Pacific Time. 

Recordings of each class will be available for two weeks following the original class date.

12 CE credits are available for LIVE PARTICIPATION only. (See details below.)
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

OCTOBER 5, 12, 26 & NOVEMBER 2
10:00AM - 1:30PM PT


12 CE credits available for LIVE PARTICIPATION (See CE info below*)
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

This course is for therapists and helping professionals. This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner

$350 / $325 with full payment by September 7. (Use coupon code: EARLYBIRD-ONLINE
Special rate for interns (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

*CE credits are available for live participation on this workshop. In order to receive CE credits for this workshop, you must participate live on all four calls, due to the stipulations guiding continuing education credit for online courses. Unfortunately, we cannot offer credit 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.

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, 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.