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Working with Toxic Shame & Guilt

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Laurence Heller, PhD
59 Minutes
Sep 27, 2021
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Goals: Increasing participants capacity to understand and work with toxic shame and guilt on somatic, emotional and identity levels. Outline: Understanding the development roots of shame and guilt as adaptive survival mechanisms. Shame as an effort to protect the attachment relationship. Shame and guilt and their impact on both the level of identity and the nervous system.



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.


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Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma.

This Model is presented in the best-selling book, Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, which is currently published in more than 10 languages. He is also the co-author of Crash Course, A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery, published in English, German, Danish, and Italian. He speaks several languages and for the past 20 years has been conducting seminars in the NARM approach throughout the United States, Europe and soon to be worldwide. There are currently seven teachers including himself across the globe.

Dr. Heller has been on the faculty of several major universities and has taught courses and seminars at medical schools, hospitals and pain clinics in the US and Europe. He co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Institute where he trained hundreds of mental health professionals. In the past 25 years, he has provided thousands of case consultations for therapists in the US and Europe.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Laurence Heller is the Founder and Director of the NARM Training Institute. He provides trainings as the developer of the Neuroaffective Relational Model and receives compensation. He has an employment relationship with the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He receives royalties as a published author, and he receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Laurence Heller has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Differentiate toxic shame and guilt from healthy shame and guilt.
  2. Theorize the origins of toxic shame and guilt as the result of developmental trauma.
  3. Support shame-based identification as part of an adaptive mechanism.
  4. Extrapolate the development of shame as a function in attachment.
  5. Apply psychotherapeutic interventions for working with shame and guilt in our clients.


  • Current treatment paradigms for PTSD and C-PTSD in working with shame 
  • How treatment differs when working with PTSD v C-PTSD 
  • How the NARM approach addresses C-PTSD 
  • Key Clinical elements in working with emotional vs biological completion 
  • How to work with the fear of the loss of the attachment relationship as a key to working with C-PTSD 
  • Three-step process for working with emotional completion to resolve toxic shame and guilt

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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