About the Course

Most of us have had some variation of this experience: a patient walks into our office and can’t exactly articulate what’s distressing them, although they are showing signs of the problem in the way that they talk and even in the posture of their body. Whatever the issue, there’s a strong chance that, in one way or another, shame is at work, disrupting healthy emotional functioning and trying to unravel the mind’s multifaceted processes into a state of total disintegration. Most scientific literature on shame treats it as a kind of random virus with unpleasant features that happens to occur in nature. 

However, psychiatrist Curt Thompson, M.D., founder of Being Known, LLC and author of The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves, shows us that shame is much more insidious than that, employing strategies to undo us. In this course on clinical approaches to shame, Dr. Thompson describes what the mind actually is, how it functions, and what it looks like when it is flourishing, before demonstrating how shame derails all the tasks that the mind has to perform each day in order for a human being to thrive. Dr. Thompson then introduces clinical tools and therapeutic techniques mental health professionals can use to assist their patients in the long and difficult battle against shame.

What You'll Learn:

  • What is a human mind and what are its tasks?
  • What does the mind look like when it is flourishing in a state of integration?

  • What is shame, and how does it go about disrupting healthy mental processes?

  • What are the signs of shame, and how can mental health professionals identify them?

  • What are some practical therapeutic techniques clinicians can use to help patients overcome their shame?

  • What resources can Christian faith offer in the battle against shame?

Course curriculum

  • 1

    What is the Mind?

    • What is "Mental Health"?

    • The Mind is Embodied

    • The Mind is Relational

    • The Mind is a Process

    • The Mind is Emergent

    • The Task of the Mind

  • 2

    The Flourishing Mind

    • You Can't Give What You Don't Have

    • Differentiated and Linked

    • The Integrated Mind

  • 3

    Domains of the Mind

    • Consciousness

    • The Vertical Domain

    • The Horizontal Domain

    • Memory

    • Narrative

    • State

    • Interpersonal Domain

    • Temporal Domain

    • Transpiration

  • 4

    Shame's Disintegrating Scheme

    • Braking Without the Clutch

    • A Personal Illustration

    • Neglect

  • 5

    Shame at Work

    • The Things Shame Does

    • Features of Shame

    • Harbinger of Abandonment

    • The Works of God Revealed

  • 6

    Practicing Embodiment

    • Thinking Bigger

    • We Name Things to Tame Things

    • Awareness of our Bodies

    • Patience with our Patients

  • 7

    Building Healing Communities

    • Initiating Contact

    • Shame Hides

    • Fear of Being Known

    • Who's My Great Cloud?

  • 8

    Scorning Shame

    • The Sin that So Easily Distracts

    • Beloved of the Father

    • Go Find Your Shame

    • Shame Inventory

  • 9

    Transformed by Renewed Minds

    • Paying Attention to Joy

    • Tools at our Disposal

    • What it Looks Like in Practice

About Curt Thompson

Medical Director of Curt Thompson, MD & Associates, LLC

Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson, MD is a psychiatrist, and the Medical Director of Curt Thompson, MD & Associates, LLC. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. Curt treats adults and adolescents, and he is actively engaged in learning and teaching as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues. Curt's particular interest of writing and research is in the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spiritual formation. He is also the founder of Being Known, LLC and the author of Anatomy of the Soul. Curt is a frequent speaker at workshops, conferences, and retreats.