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Clinical Shame: therapeutic issues unpacked

With speakers Dr Olga Cox Cameron, Elaine Martin, Dr Rosaleen McElvaney

Saturday 10 March 2018 - Dublin

Shame frequently reflects a deeply meaningful struggle within the self, and yet often precludes being witnessed by others, inhabiting the mind as an invisible default position in which the person feels chronically inadequate, unlovable and at fault. Though usually considered an emotion, shame is more accurately a condition of the self, which can severely restrict the individual's capacity for engagement with life, and which operates as an oppressive and accusing shadow in that person's mind.

This seminar will allow reflection on the experience of shame and how it might be encountered in the psychotherapy relationship. We will explore how this sense of self originates in early encounters - often abusive and humiliating - that diminish a sense of worth and that go on to shape identity, behaviour and relationships. First placing the discussion in cultural and historical contexts that exploit and intensify feelings of humiliation, the speakers will offer insights into how the therapist can identify and help the client or patient to become aware of their shame-states, find language for these, place them in the context of past-relationships and work towards shame-free responses to the self and other in which they develop a more realistic sense of self-worth.


Dr Olga Cox Cameron
Dr Olga Cox Cameron is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Dublin for the past twenty nine years. She lectured in Psychoanalytic Theory and also in Psychoanalysis and Literature at St. Vincent's University Hospital and Trinity College from 1991 to 2013 and currently lectures in Psychoanalysis and Cinema in Trinity College. She has published numerous articles on these topics in national and international journals... More >>

Elaine Martin
Elaine Martin is a counselling psychologist currently working in primary care in the HSE. She developed an interest in the idea of the Irish Psyche while undertaking psychotherapy training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in England in 2005. Over the last ten years she has conducted workshops on national and cultural identity, listening to people's identity stories and drawing out the patterns of relating, feeling and behaving in them. She has presented her work at academic conferences nationally and internationally.. More >>

Dr Rosaleen McElvaney
Rosaleen McElvaney is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with extensive experience in the field of child sexual abuse as both a practitioner and a researcher. She is the chair of the Doctorate in Psychotherapy programme in Dublin City University and author of several publications including Finding the words: Talking children through the tough times (Veritas, 2015)... More >>


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Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £210
Self-funded x 2: £150 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Organisationally-funded: £200

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Smock Alley Theatre
6-7 Exchange Street Lower
Temple Bar
Dublin 8

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:15 Discussion Panel
17:00 End