Sexuality is a vital, defining part of our identity. We are at our most vulnerable when we experience sexual feelings — and therefore we're the most prone to feeling shame.
We are subject to sexual shaming from early childhood, when we are most vulnerable to moral judgments from family and society — and to boundary violations from family members and those older than us. Entering our teenage years, we long to be attractive to others and try desperately to "be cool" and fit in. As adults, we seek a partner and try to balance the constraints of monogamy with sexual adventure. In our mature years, our ability to function sexually diminishes and our faces and bodies are no longer as we remember them.
In this workshop, we will offer tools you can use to help clients talk about, explore and heal the sexual shame that can arise at any stage in the life cycle — and help them towards a life-affirming sexuality.
Discover ways to help clients become aware of the many, often conflicting messages they received about body image and sexuality from family and society.
Learn ways to help clients repair the disconnect between self and others — and between parts of the self — that has been created by shaming, inappropriate behavior or abuse.
Understand counter-shaming techniques and develop tools for couples to understand their shame triggers and communicate about taboo sexual topics.
Work with the shame that can cause and result from affairs.
Identify challenges in being a sexual minority in society and the layers of shame that can occur.
Unfreeze shame and open life force in a grounded and embodied way, helping clients to access and safely explore their sexual energy.
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
FOUR FRIDAYS: NOVEMBER 8, 15 & 22 and DECEMBER 6
10am - 1:30pm PST
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 Bret@HealingShame.com. This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner.
$350 / $325 with full payment by October 4. (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 form. Click 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 Sheila@HealingShame.com.
For assistance with registration and with R. Cassidy Seminars, please contact Elizabeth at EDHealingShame@gmail.com.
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 Sheila@HealingShame.com.
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 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 www.ceuregistration.com.)
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.