What is this webinar about?
Understanding shame and its effects is central to achieving trauma-informed practice, and in fact central to facilitating individuals to seek help and engage with human services, including healthcare.
However, a consideration of shame, along with its impacts and effects, has not been part of the conceptualisation of trauma-informed approaches, nor an explicit focus in its practice. Indeed, shame is rarely even mentioned in the academic and grey literature about trauma-informed approaches, nor addressed as an issue when considering how to implement trauma-informed practice.
Luna Dolezal, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter UK has prepared a recorded presentation to introduce ASORC members to the idea of shame-sensitive practice and to demonstrate how having shame competence will help practitioners achieve trauma-informed practice.
A/Profesor Dolezal is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter UK who leads two major research projects that investigate how shame is relevant in healthcare and public health: 'Shame and Medicine' and 'Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19'. Part of her research has been to consider the relevance of shame in experiences of trauma and post-trauma states. Along with her research team, the aim of Luna’s current research is to develop principles of ‘shame-sensitive practice’ that can be applied within healthcare contexts, and also within other care and social services.