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Healing Shame in the Inner Teenager - and Actual Teenagers - 13 CE Credits

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

Our inner teenager lives on! Though we may develop adult bodies and think our teen years are long behind us, somewhere inside that frustrated/scared/ornery/ embarrassed/desperate-to-fit-in teen is still alive, deeply influencing our thoughts, words and actions. One of the most important relationships we have is the relationship we develop with our inner teen. Many adults have moments of sudden sensitivity or confusion that “make no sense” and struggle to set boundaries in relationships, stand up for themselves, or ask for what they really need, because they don’t realize how deeply what happened as a teen is still affecting them. Many deny the inner teen part of themselves—or actively dismiss or criticize it. When we ignore, deny or attack our inner teenager, the result is shame—momentary or constant. 

In this workshop, we will teach you how to help your clients reestablish a healthy relationship with their inner teen—how to both listen and talk to that sensitive, creative and essential part of us. We will teach about developing identity, boundary setting, relationship dynamics, body image, nourishment, healthy eating and healthy self-care, and understanding the shame and fear that get in the way.

In this workshop you will:

  • Join and explore the world of the teen. Find out where there was squelching of identity.

  • Provide an inner champion or protector to provide healthy boundaries and a kind adult influencer/role model.

  • Re-enact scenes when a teenager was shamed and/or subjected to peer pressure and/or made bad decisions, and repair or replace what they wish they could have said and done.

  • Explore the psychosocial development of the teen years using Erickson’s stages “Identity vs. Role Confusion” and “Intimacy vs. Isolation.” 

  • Use drama therapy and expressive therapy processes, including role play, enactment and working with symbols and objects, to create a new coherent narrative that transforms the shame and trauma of teen years into new awareness, resilience and creativity.

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

SATURDAY, March 7, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
& SUNDAY, May 8, 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 at This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner

$375 / $350 with full payment by February 1(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 - $80 off full price. (Use coupon code INTERN 20)


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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.


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.