2020 – 2021 Master Speaker Videoconference Series: SHAME AND GUILT IN PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

Monthly seminar beginning Friday, September 25th. Join us in person at a local site, or over the internet using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

This year’s Master Speaker Series begins with the finale to last year’s theme on “Love in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy”. Tomas Plaenkers from the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt Germany will ​present “About the Fear of Love”, drawing on Rilke’s statement “For Beauty is nothing than the beginning of horror.”

​Then, we turn to this year’s theme​, “Shame and Guilt​,” ​illuminating an experience shared by all, yet often hidden from view and from thoughtful discourse. Presentations from around the globe begin with John Steiner on “Disillusion and Humiliation”, and continue with explorations of shame and guilt from theoretical​, clinical​, and academic perspectives that include some of our most celebrated analytic clinicians.  ​We will consider the role of shame in conscious and unconscious attitudes about race and culture, with important implications for the provision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how we live our everyday lives. ​Please join us for a year of important, socially relevant conversation.

Program Chair

David Scharff, MD and Janine Wanlass, Ph.D.

Program Date(s):

September 25, 2020 - May 14, 2021

Each Friday course meets from 9:00 AM ET-11:00 AM ET

25 Sep
About the fear of love
For Beauty is nothing than the beginning of horror (Rilke)
Tomas Plänkers
16 Oct
Illusion, Disillusion and Humiliation
John Steiner
06 Nov
Shame in the Therapy Hour
Michael Stadter
11 Dec
Shame in the Chinese Psyche
Gao Jun (Gallant)
22 Jan
On the Psychology of Shame
June Tangney
19 Feb
Shame and Shamelessness
Salman Akhtar
05 Mar
Shame in the life of African-American Adolescent Boys
Kirkland Vaughans
16 Apr
Probing Shame and Humiliation
Guillermo Bigliani
14 May
Seeing or being watched: shame and the body
Alessandra Lemma

Educational Objectives

September 25: For Beauty is Nothing But the Beginning of Horror
1.  Identify two ways that trauma affects the type and expression of anxiety in patients.
2.  Discuss 3 ways that specific types of anxiety influence love relationships,
3.  Provide an example from their own clinical practice that illustrates the relationship between early trauma, anxiety, and impediments to loving
October 16: Disillusion and Humiliation
1.  Describe how reality can shatter idealized illusions, leading to an experience of shame and humiliation.
2.  Discuss at least 2 ways to “reverse” humiliation and their corresponding developmental outcomes.
3.  Discuss 2 psychoanalytic techniques to address shame and humiliation in treatment.
November 6: Shame in the Therapy Hour
1. Discuss 3 characteristics in the physical experience of shame.
2. Describe the inner world of shaming and shamed dynamics. 3. List 3 ways to approach shame as it arises in the therapy hour
December 11:  Shame in the Chinese Psyche
To be provided

January 22: On the Psychology of Shame

1. Describe two distinctions between shame and guilt, and how they relate to psychological, interpersonal, and behavioral adjustment
2. Develop a roadmap for identifying and responding to problematic forms shame and guilt
3. Apply what science tells us about how to manage COVID-related shame and guilt to their clinical work

February 19: Shame and Shamelessness

1.  Articulate 2 differences between psychoanalytic conceptualizations of shame and guilt.
2.  Describe the 5 categories of shamelessness as they present in analytic treatment.
3.  Discuss the interplay between culture and shame/shamelessness.
4.  Describe 2 ways that ordinary shamelessness differs from pathological shamelessness.
March 5: Shame in the Life of Adolescent African-American Boys
1.   Identify some unrealized personal racial attitudes that can negatively impact their clinical treatment with Black boys.
2.   Discuss the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in cross racial dyads.
3.   Identify at least two examples of how structural racism negatively impacts Black boys.
4.   Describe of racial identity as a fluid and dynamic process.
5.   Discuss 2 ways that shame and guilt can emerge as byproducts of therapeutic encounters in cross racial dyads.
April 16: Probing Shame and Humiliation
1.   Identify contributions from 5 theorists to our understanding of shame.
2.   Explore 3 different dynamic functions of shame.
3.   Discuss 2 ways shame and humiliation can be addressed in psychoanalytic treatment.
May 14:  Seeing or Being Watched: Shame and the Body
1.    Describe 2 ways that shame can be held in the body.
2.    Discuss the relationship between shame and body dysmorphic disorder.
3.    Describe 2 ways that shame is projected across the visual relationship between analyst and patient

Continuing Education Credit Hours

2 CE hours per video conference; 18 hours for full series of nine. Additional hour/s may be available at some local sites for participation in group discussion following the videoconference, for an additional fee.


Participants may register to participate in person at one of our local sites, or by video conference in real time.

Registration for the full series is closed, but you can still register for individual sessions by clicking on the Register links within the schedule above.

Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee:  $55 for individual video sessions. $440 for the full series of nine.

IPI Members: $45 for individual video sessions. $360 for the full series of nine

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits.
HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]
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Continuing Education Information

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Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.