Training: Developing a Shame Informed Approach
Training: Developing a Shame Informed Approach – 26 September 20222022-08-08T17:32:12+01:00

This online training explores how to develop a Shame Informed approach in your work.

Shame can often be at the root of disruptive behaviours and by understanding how to recognise and safely work with shame it is possible to transform how you support the groups and individuals you work with.

This training will provide a grounding in Shame Resilience Theory and its application in facilitating a Shame Informed approach, including the use of specific creative techniques to support shame to be expressed safely.

Drawing on 18 years of learning and practice from The Forgiveness Project, this training developed out of our group prison programme RESTORE where we witnessed how the unrecognised roots of shame are often enmeshed with pain and trauma.


  • Price: £130 – 375

  • Duration: 3.5 hrs

  • Location: Online


Who is this training for?

A Shame Informed approach builds on and complements the practice of anyone working with trauma informed practices.

This training would be suitable for anyone working in such fields as Criminal Justice, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, Restorative Peace Building, Social Care, Health Care, Mental Health and Well Being, Community Arts and Social Justice.

Following research undertaken with The Griffins Society in 2018 we implemented a Shame Informed approach across all areas of our own work. This approach has significantly impacted our work with groups and individuals. We offer this training to anyone interested in transforming their own practice.

While this training may be of particular interest to those working in services specifically for women and girls we have found this approach hugely beneficial in all areas of our work.

What we offer:

This is an online training offered to a wide cohort of participants from across multiple sectors.

  • 3.5 hours of live presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions delivered online.
  • Access to recordings of live presentations.
  • An additional video recorded conversation with members of our RESTORE team exploring the difficulties arising when facilitating work around shame.
  • Additional written handouts to support relevant aspects of the training.
  • Leading an online training that explores shame requires great care. It is a condition of signing up to this training that you agree to our Training Agreement to ensure that a safe space can be held online for all participants.

Learning outcomes and programme

  1. An understanding of the complexity of shame, and its relationship to self and other.
  2. An understanding of Shame Resilience Theory and its application in developing a Shame Informed approach.
  3. Skills in facilitating with a Shame Informed approach including the use of creative techniques to allow shame to be expressed safely.

15.00 – Introductions

15.10 – Shame Resilience Theory

This session will provide a theoretical and practical understanding of Shame Resilience Theory within work contexts. We will explore the complexity of shame, its relationship to trauma, and how the four pillars of SRT illuminate a safe approach to begin to explore the language of shame resilience within our work and lives. 

15.40 – Q&A

16.00 – Break 

16.10 – Shame Informed Approach 

This session will share specific facilitation tools to guide a shame informed approach when working with groups and individuals. We will address the difficulties that can arise for ourselves and others whilst facilitating the nuances of shame and illustrate specific ways to navigate these safely within a shame informed approach.

16.40 – Q&A 

17.00 – Break 

17.15 – Creative approaches working with shame

This session will offer a set of creative approaches to support a different language to emerge when exploring how to speak into our shame.  We will offer guidance in working with these approaches to ensure a safe environment is created, nurturing curiosity, empathy to self and other, perspective taking and self-reflection in a variety of ways.  We will illustrate how these approaches will be adaptable for different work context, and for individuals and groups. During this session we will invite an experiential experience for participants to explore creative prompts all together.

18.00 – Break 

18.10 – Panel Q&A

18.30 – Close 

…acknowledged shame…could be the glue that holds relationships and societies together, and unacknowledged shame the force that blows them apart.
Shame and the Social Bond: A Sociological Theory


Training: Developing a Shame Informed Approach


Date: Monday, 26 September 2022

Time: 15.00 – 18.30 BST – to see what time this will be where you live click here

Course fee:
Individuals – £130
Voluntary & Community Organisations – £250
Statutory & Commercial Organisations – £375

If you are booking as an organisation and need an invoice, please email finance@theforgivenessproject.com.

Location: Online (via zoom)

Registration deadline: 5pm BST Friday, 23 Sept 2022

By clicking on “Add to Basket”, you agree to our Training Agreement.

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Any questions or further information?

Please email Sandra at sandra@theforgivenessproject.com.


Sandra Barefoot
Programme Development Lead

Sandra Barefoot has worked for over 13 years leading and programme managing our prison programme RESTORE. Her extensive experience in facilitating group processes exploring trauma and pain led her to question with colleagues the place shame plays in how we see ourselves and others.

In 2018 she undertook a joint research fellowship with Ruth Chitty under The Griffins Society to investigate explicitly how shame impacts the behaviours of women of lived experience of prison and discover the inner life force, resilience and ways women made meaning in order to survive. As a dance artist, Sandra understood the phenomena of shame lives within the body and as a result, she also undertook Masters studies in 2019 at the Trinity of Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, exploring the embodiment of shame and resilience as a practice of research.

Ruth Chitty
Lead Facilitator

Ruth has worked on the RESTORE programme since 2009 – first as a co-facilitator and then as a lead facilitator. She is currently in the last year of training as a psychotherapist. During this time Ruth was moved by witnessing people grapple with shame and curious about how and where shame fits alongside trauma and our sense of place in the world. This led her, along with Sandra Barefoot, to formally research this with The Griffins Society in order to better recognise and understand where shame fits and how best to meet the needs of those she works with.

This three year project has led Ruth to deepen her understanding of how we can find a language to speak about shame, how to work with our own shame as we work alongside others, and how to get to know shame in order to find ways to bring it out into the light.

Angela Findlay
Storyteller, Artist and Public Speaker

Angela Findlay is an Anglo-German artist and public speaker who has spent much of her career teaching art in prisons. Her time ‘behind bars’ in Germany and later as Arts Co-ordinator for the London-based Koestler Arts charity informed her research into the intergenerational consequences of unresolved trauma, guilt and shame.

For over a decade, she has been lecturing and writing on the topic as well as on war remembrance, resolution and reconciliation. She has co-facilitated and brought creative applications to The Forgiveness Project’s prison RESTORE programmes, hosted practical art therapy training at Action Trauma’s 2021 Trauma Recovery Summit and spoken at the MADNICITY summit at the 2022 Venice Biennale. In My Grandfather’s Shadow is her first book and will be published by Penguin Transworld in July 2021.

Read Angela’s story here.


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