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Shame & Art Expression: From Awareness to Safety to Resiliency


Shame & Art Expression: From Awareness to Safety to Resiliency

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Faculty: Deborah Cluff, PhD

Pratt Institute – Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy

200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

Shame is at the core of much psychological distress and can even manifest as physical symptoms. And though the topic of shame has been much noted and examined, links between shame and creativity have not been sufficiently documented, and creative interventions targeting this connection are all but non-existent. This 6-hour master class is based on her book, Shame and the Making of Art, which addresses this gap by surveying depth psychological conceptions of shame, art, and the role of creativity in healing, contemporary and historical shame ideologies, as well as recent psychobiological studies on shame. We’ll begin by defining and contextualizing shame through lecture, then follow with art making exercises. Clinical applications and theoretical approaches to working with shame will be introduced to enhance your work with clients of various ages and disorders. These will focus on recognizing when and how shame arises, how we contact it safely, and work toward building both awareness and resiliency in the process. This session is applicable to counselors and psychotherapists, psychiatrists, creativity researchers, and anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of shame as it relates to self-expression, particularly as applied to clinical practice.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT, LMHC (NY)

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