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The Role of Shame in Sexual Abuse in Women

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Kathy Steele, MN, CS
1 Hour 14 Minutes
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Nov 18, 2021
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The central role of shame in women who have been sexually abused will be explored, including the experience of body shame. We will examine the dynamics of shame in sexual abuse, and cultural messages that increase and maintain shame around sex and the body. A practical integration of cognitive, emotional, relational and somatic interventions to resolve shame will be discussed.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Kathy Steele, MN, CS, is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a psychotherapy and training center, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She frequently teaches about trauma and dissociation around the world, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications in the field. Kathy has received several awards for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is co-author of The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (2006) and Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (2011). She is currently writing a practical clinical manual on treatment, resistance, and impasses in dissociative disorders with Suzette Boon, PhD, and Onno van der Hart, PhD.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathy Steele maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Emory University, and Transformational Counselling Centre. She receives royalties as a published author. Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathy Steele is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


  1. Analyze the functions and effects of shame in women who have been sexually abused.
  2. Determine how cultural, religious and social beliefs about sex and women’s bodies can exacerbate shame following sexual abuse.
  3. Assess the experience of body shame in sexual abuse, including the fusion of beliefs, emotions and body sensations.
  4. Employ at least two approaches to diminish body shame related to sexual abuse.
  5. Analyze the four defensive scripts described in the compass of shame.
  6. Employ at least three cognitive, three emotional, and three somatic interventions to diminish chronic shame.


  • The role of shame in trauma-related disorders and sexual abuse in women
  • The specific issues of sexual abuse that promote shame in women: secrecy, power differentials, threats, relational betrayal, body as the source of trauma, helplessness, and fear with immobilization
  • The effects of shame: body hatred, re-victimization, relational disconnection, self-disgust, depression, self-harm, and suicidality
  • Recognizing and working with defences against shame
  • How to approach shame
  • Relational interventions
  • Cognitive interventions
  • Somatic interventions

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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