Dr. Don Williams: Shame

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Dr. Don Williams: Shame

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Presents

Dr. Don Williams, Psy.D

Shame: The Underlying Driver of Defensiveness

How to spot it, prevent it, and regulate it

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SHAME (noun) 1. a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. (The Oxford Dictionary)
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Kids with self-regulation difficulties almost always have a secondary problem with shame, because these children mess up more than the average kid and are consequently corrected more.  Their shame and discouragement usually manifest in avoidance and defensiveness.  They can lose face easily, so that the processes of correction and instruction can elicit more shame, even with the most benevolent of deliveries.  In order to help children regulate shame, without inadvertently adding to it, it is important to take a look under the hood, so to speak, in order to recognize the shame and its biological drivers in the midst of the child’s defensiveness.
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Dr. Don will talk about:
  • the physiology of shame (which we all know tends to send a rush of blood to the face)
  • shame as a survival state
  • how to work around shame and heal it

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
8:30 Registration / Childcare Check-In
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
at Help One Child
858 University Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024

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Snacks & Beverages Provided

Structured childcare is available for children 0-17 years

About our Speaker:

Dr. Don Williams, Psy.D

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Dr. Williams, a Southerner, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in Los Angeles.  He began specializing in adoption and attachment in his early career.  His study of clinical neuroscience led him into a more general focus in the area of self-regulation disorders.  He focuses on aiding people in understanding the biological drivers of the disorders he is treating, as well as practical, skill-based interventions to aid parents and children in the process of re-patterning so that everyone can regulate more effectively.  In his spare time, he is an avid sailor and hiker.

 

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