This presentation briefly reviews clinical understandings of shame and its development in childhood. The Shame Shifting method uses symbolic language and bypasses self-critical patterns which have developed during a violent relationship. It uses Narrative Therapy techniques such as identifying small acts of resistance in the early days of the relationship. Three tracks are drawn on paper to represent one's path in life. The tracks juxtapose the woman's knowledge, intentions and values, alongside the cultural messages she hears, and the perpetrator's path. This exposes the mechanisms of abuse: its prerequisite conditions and the reason for the offender's escalating violations. It also exposes how the victim's hopes for an improved relationship hides the reality of their identity being either lost, on hold or otherwise not thriving.
PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
Effectiveness, What works?
Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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