Cultivating Shame Resiliency in Eating Disorder Recovery

Cultivating Shame Resiliency in Eating Disorder Recovery 


Dear Readers,

Please Join Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders for a Complimentary Webinar on Cultivating Shame Resiliency in Eating Disorder Recovery.

Wednesday November 19, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

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By: Katie Thompson, LPC, NCC, CEDS




Ms. Thompson has been a primary therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center for three years.  Katie graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Communications, Education.  She later earned a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee. Previously, she was a therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the residential program for eating disorders and anxiety disorders.  Katie facilitates various groups at Castlewood, including all of the Eating Disorder groups, is an active participant in the research team and specializes in eating disorders and anxiety disorders; specifically binge eating disorder. Katie coordinates the Binge Eating Disorder Program at Castlewood Treatment Center and facilitates the BED groups in both the residential and PHP levels of care. She is skilled in using DBT, CBT, IFS, ERP and group therapy. Katie is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and has earned her certification in Internal Family Systems Level 2. Katie lectures regionally and nationally on Eating Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder and treatment interventions.

Cultivating Shame Resiliency in Eating Disorder Recovery

When we are living immersed in toxic shame, we no longer experience shame as a necessary and helpful emotion that signals our limits, rather it becomes a state of being and this is intolerable for most humans.  The eating disorder is a strategy to disconnect a human from this toxic shame; this high conflict state of being.  The eating disorder protects the individual from their entrapping truth that they are a defective nothing and from the painful awareness and existence of this distorted system of seeing self. The eating disorder also simultaneously reinforces and recapitulates the very shame that created the original need for the eating disorder itself.  This recapitulation must be addressed, understood and remedied in effort to treat the whole person and facilitate long-term recovery from the eating disorder.  Shame Resiliency work allows the client to become present in the healing relationship of therapy when the client is most vulnerable with their traumatic injuries and ruptured sense of being a part of the human race. Shame Resiliency is the process of changing the way our clients experience humans and relationship with Self and Others from a threat to a safe space.  As a client develops a resiliency to shame, they will no longer need the eating disorder as a maladaptive strategy to mimic connection to others and the world.  In developing Shame Resiliency the client can finally be in relationship with Self and Others in a way that facilitates the healing of traumatic ruptures.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to summarize how toxic shame develops within relationships and attachment.
  2. Participants will be able to define shame as a protector and the role of toxic shame.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the ways in which an eating disorder is a response to toxic shame.
  4. Participants will be able to describe how the eating disorder recapitulates shame and the original ruptures.
  5. Participants will be able to implement a process for cultivating and creating shame resiliency with clients.

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Continuing Education:
1 clock hour or (0.1 CEU) is available through the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Psychological Association, The California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the National Association of Social Workers.

Castlewood Treatment Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Castlewood Treatment Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Castlewood Treatment Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for MFT’s, LPCC’s, and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, per approval number PCE 5221.

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