Shame, Race and Identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne

WPF Therapy
Course summary
Professional Training
6 hours
75 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Online courses

Course description

Shame, Race and Identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne

How do we work with the ubiquitous emotion of shame? Can we recognize and think about its specific manifestations in the context of race? Would you like to deepen your confidence and competence in meeting shame presentations in your clinical work?

The ubiquitous emotion of shame has specific consequences for black identity, self-esteem and the process of self–actualisation. Identity is an important signifier through which we try to understand many aspects of our lives – the personal, the political, the racial, the religious, philosophical, gender, class and sexuality. According to Sarup (1996), identity can become an entangled mediating concept between the external and internal, the individual and society, theory and practice.

This workshop will examine Sarup’s ‘I am’ and ‘It is’ aspects of identity, that is, the way we see ourselves and the way society sees us, and highlight where discord, shame and powerlessness reside intra-psychically. The stark contrast between how one is perceived in public and the way we see our private self, can differ widely, and contribute to an inner state of dis…ease. Compounding this psycho-social aspect of shame, is the shame impact of inter/trans generational trauma.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Practitioners in areas of counselling, psychotherapy, group work, family therapy, psychology, sociology, social work, education, teaching, youth work, pastoral care, psychiatry, mentoring, mediation.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop Outcomes

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  • To have a deeper understanding of working with shame and black identity wounding.
  • To understand how shame is inextricably linked to untreated trauma from racial oppression.
  • To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work.
  • To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work.

Training Course Content

The training will deepen awareness of how the debilitating emotion shame, overarches much of what we deal with in the consulting room. Practitioners will be helped to recognise and work more effectively with the phenomenon and hopefully benefit from a safe (virtual) space to connect personally and professionally with the theme. 

Course delivery details

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online. 

The day will be facilitated via a mixture of tutorial input, experiential exercises, clinical vignettes, PowerPoint, and video.


  • Qualified Practitioners: £75
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
  • WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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WPF Therapy

WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...

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23, Magdalen Street
SE1 2EN London


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Comments from previous participants “Brilliant and effective introduction into an important but (often) marginalised topic and phenomenon”. “Dr Alleyne’s warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening”. “Tough subject delivered in thoughtful way”...
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