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Shame shifting in action: Healing the scars of trauma after family violence.

Kim Billington

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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Kim Billington

Kim Billington has a Masters in Counselling and a Grad Dip in Narrative Therapy. She has worked as a family violence counsellor, coordinator of a children's counselling team, Mensline counsellor and as an adoptions counsellor. She learnt about 'Shame Shifting' from Timothy O'Leary, who developed a model to assist people to make sense of the way sex offenders target, engage and control their victims.

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