The Role Shame and Guilt Have on the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Event Date & Time: June 14th 2019 at 8:30 am


Workshop Overview

Shame has often been one of, if not the greatest, barrier to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders. So often it weighs down the process and causes people to remain in the problem instead of the solution.  Shame becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to being stuck in the cycle of use and unhealthy behaviors.  This presentation breaks down the concept of shame while also offering an antidote to present to clients. That antidote is that of finding grace for self and others and thus removing yourself from the shame cycle.  The attendee will leave with the knowledge and exercise to assist their clients in moving through shame and into solution by using DBT skills, narrative work, and experiential exercises.       


Learning Objectives

  • Gain or enhance their knowledge of shame and the role of shame in treatment
  • Be presented with the concept of grace being the antidote for shame
  • Gain concepts and exercises to use with their clients to assist in working through shame


Workshop Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am     | Check-in & Registration 
9:00 am – 10:15 am | The Role Shame and Guilt Have on the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 
10:15 am – 10:30 am | BREAK 
10:30 am – 11:30 am | Workshop Continued 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm   | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm     | Workshop Continued
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm     | Workshop Wrap-up


We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse 

 Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for 

 approval of 4 substance abuse specific credits.


About the Presenter:

Leigh Belcher has been working in the helping profession for over 20 years.   She received an undergraduate degree from Samford University in Human Development and Family Studies and history in 1997 and a Masters in Counseling in 1999 for Georgia State University.

Through various roles in the helping profession, she has developed a cognitive behavioral approach to address addiction and other co- morbid diagnoses. Leigh is also trained in DBT, EMDR, trauma, and grief. She believes in the importance of meeting others where they are in their process and developing an individual plan strongly rooted in the 12 Steps and trauma-informed therapy to assist women through the process of navigating recovery. Her passion is to create and implement programs that assist others in being their healthiest self. Leigh believes that the Reprieve for Women is just such a program as it addresses all facets of a person as they begin to heal emotionally, physically and spiritually. Outside of work she is in love with her puppy, Tallulah Mae, and enjoys being outside, live music and a good book.


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