Seminar Detail

Brain-Based Self-Acceptance Strategies for Addressing Trauma, Guilt and Shame

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this seminar and learn powerful strategies to treat clients with complex trauma whose treatment is stalled by issues of guilt and shame. You will discover how to combat overlapping problems such as self-esteem, self-worth, self-indulgence, and self-care to eliminate the hold that guilt and shame has on your client. Tim Worden, Ph.D., expert and speaker on resolving guilt and shame, will teach you a step-by-step treatment plan that will help your clients increase their self-acceptance to resolve shame. You will learn how to empower your clients to apply self-acceptance in addressing related issues such as judgment and criticism of others, the need to impress others, conflict resolution, relationship issues and beliefs about oneself.

Dr. Worden’s strategies are founded on the neurophysiology of change that will give you a new perspective on how to address guilt and shame. This unique and cutting-edge workshop, influenced by a neurophysiological conception of change, bridges psychotherapeutic approaches with useful tools to work with the difficult issues of entrenched guilt and shame. Dr. Worden will include lectures, example role-plays, explanation of experiential exercises, handouts, and discussions in this must attend seminar!
  1. Utilize psycho-educational materials to instill hope and motivation in clients that they can overcome the guilt and shame caused by trauma.
  2. Employ an experiential method in helping clients develop the skills to resolve guilt through self-forgiveness.
  3. Show clients how to understand the impact of trauma and the origins of their shame.
  4. Instruct clients to conceptualize how our brain creates a “Modular Sense of Self” which has ramifications that help clients to start eliminating global self-evaluations.
  5. Demonstrate the skills necessary to develop self-acceptance in clients to address problems with self-worth or self-esteem.
  6. Describe a step-by-step process to eliminate trauma-based shame in clients, combining deep emotional work with cognitive and experiential strategies.


Tim Worden, Ph.D., the founding executive director and consultant of Futures Wellness & Recovery Center in Tequesta, Florida, is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist currently in private practice specializing in addictions and health psychology in the Los Angeles area. He received his doctorate from the University of South Florida over 25 years ago. His work in substance abuse includes inpatient (Palo Alto VA), outpatient (Linn County Drug & Alcohol Program), and several residential treatment centers as a staff psychologist, including clinical director positions at New Seasons Recovery and Summit Malibu. He has been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida focusing on pain management and neuropsychology, as well as the clinical director of a neuro-rehabilitation program where he functioned as a neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist for 10 years.

During this time he developed his unique psychotherapeutic approach called Neuro-Emotional Therapy (NET), which emphasizes the neurologically based emotional-motivational factors involved in change. He has dove-tailed this therapeutic approach with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which emphasize emotional regulation. He has co-authored several articles on anger, anxiety and health, and has developed the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire, the Human-Styles Questionnaire, the Values Clarification Inventory, and co-authored the Work Attitudes Inventory, which focuses on Integrity in the Workplace. He is completing books on eliminating guilt and shame, relapse prevention: A motivational approach, and life satisfaction.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tim Worden maintains a private practice. He is the Executive Director for Worden Aftercare. Dr. Worden receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Tim Worden has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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