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Shame and Aging - Online - 13 CE Credits

  • Worldwide - Live and Recorded (map)

We all go through it. No one is immune. And nothing produces more universal shame in our society than aging. And it starts when we have barely begun to enjoy our adulthood. By mid-thirties, we are already beginning to experience the changes. Whereas many societies have deep respect for people as they age and see a vital role for elders, our society still worships youth. 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 if we’re not forever young? 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 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.

  • Begin to shift and transform cultural stereotypes about aging by finding a reservoir of vitality, inner vision and clear action for the next phase of life, that may be hidden under shame!

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: March 20, 27, April 3, and 17
(No class April 10)
10:00AM - 1:30PM Pacific Time

Live and recorded, using the Zoom platform.

13 CE credits* (See CE info at the bottom of the 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

$375 / $350 with full payment by February 14 (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)

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:

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.