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Healing Shame Online Core Workshop: Understanding, Reducing and Transforming Shame - 13 CE Credits

  • Worldwide - Live and Recorded (map)

Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It is at the root of both the inner critic and perfectionism. It binds with other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that is often hard to detect. Also, revealing shame can be in itself shameful. For many clients who don’t get better in therapy, shame — unacknowledged and not worked through — is the primary factor.

In this workshop, you will learn how to help your clients recognize shame, work through it and move on.

You will learn:

  • To become more sensitive to the shaming often implicit in the therapy situation and how to counter shame in therapy.

  • How to help clients separate feelings of shame from other emotions.

  • Strategies to get though shame defenses of over-verbalization, dissociation and freezing.

  • The differences between healthy shame and toxic shame.

  • How to help clients out of the shame morass so they can move their energy powerfully outward rather than turn it against themselves. 

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

Four Fridays: September 20 & 27, October 4 & 11, 10am to 1:30pm Pacific Time
ONLINE via Zoom

13 CE credits available
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393 for MFTs & LCSWs in California
CEs for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs and others throughout the United States through R. Cassidy Seminars

“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

“I’ve been thinking lots about today’s workshop and how incredible it is that the 2 of you manage to seamlessly create a sense of connection and community among a group of people from all over the world. I was also struck by how compelling the content was and  how as I mentioned earlier I learn more every time I participate in one of your sessions. I feel that this session in particular deepened my understanding of how to pendulate the work w/ shame and broadened my repertoire of possible ways to invoke protectors. Bret, the demo was beautiful and so moving. What a visceral impact it had!”
Fran S., PhD, LCSW, New York City

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I highly recommend this workshop to EVERY therapist. Bret and Sheila are brilliant together—well-grounded in research, hugely compassionate
and safe, and AMAZING....
— Belle Hazlehurst, RN, MFT, San Diego

All therapists should attend your workshop. Truly—it was invaluable. Incredibly rich and unforgettable. It has already changed my practice.
— Sara Wicks, LCSW, NYC

Four Fridays: September 20 & 27, October 4 & 11
10am - 1:30pm PDT

Live and recorded, using the Zoom platform.

13 CE credits* (See CE info at the bottom of this 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 at This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner

$350 / $325 with full payment by August 16th(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)

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:

Best workshop I’ve been to this year. Somatic and experiential focus, with excellent cognitive framing.
— Jay Seiff-Haron, PsyD, San Francisco

“It was very much worth flying up to Toronto from Arkansas to take your workshop. The workshop added much to my knowledge and skill bag, particularly in broadening the work with primary feelings.”
— Dell Tyson, RN, MA, LPC, LMFT, Arkansas

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 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 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.