Workshop on the effects of shame Led by Bronwyn Burrowes • 1:30-5pm, Tuesday, 13 February 2018

IGC2018 is pleased to be able to offer a three-hour workshop based on the work of Dr Brené Brown and her research on shame and vulnerability.

Led by Bronwyn Burrowes, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, it has specifically been designed for mental health and people-helping professionals, where participants can take part in both psycho-education and experiential process about the effects of shame.

This workshop will be held on the second day of the conference (Tuesday, 13 February 2018) from 1:30-5pm.

This workshop is free of charge for conference delegates but limited to 20 participants. To secure your place please email Andree Froude at You must be registered to attend the conference on the day of the workshop (either a full registration or a single day registration for Tuesday, 13 February). Register for IGC 2018 here.


Workshop Content and Learning Objectives

Shame and the story it tells

‘Owning our story and loving ourselves in the process is the bravest thing we will ever do’. Brené Brown
  • Why shame can stop us from owning our story
  • Why shame informs the way we story our lives
  • What is the significance of how we story our lives? How does shame speak to our belief that we are worthy of love, connection and belonging?
WHY is it important to look at shame?
  • Shame is about the fear of disconnection
  • Shame stops us in the process of owning our stories
  • Shame sees us story our lives negatively
  • Shame is directly correlated to addiction and mental health issues
  • Shame affects our relationship to vulnerability and empathy which bring about the very thing we fear, isolation and unworthiness.
Learning outcomes and content
  • Understand the relationship between shame and vulnerability and why this is important
  • Begin to define shame
  • Understand the difference between shame, guilt, humiliation and embarrassment
  • Learn how to recognise it and wrap language around it
  • Understand the strategies of disconnection where shame is concerned
  • Identify its behaviours: Silencing, secrecy, isolation and judgement
  • Learn the difference between shame, perfectionism, healthy striving, numbing and comforting
  • Learn the antidote to shame: Compassion and self empathy
  • Shame resilience skills.
When are we going to apply this?
  • In our own lives and the internal story we tell.
  • Recognition of it in the lives of those we work with.
  • In the witnessing of it and language of it.
  • In the acknowledgement of it as part of the iceberg.
  • In the acceptance of it as part of our story, but not the part that needs to define us.


About the Daring Way™

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology which was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work- teams and organisational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational and professional settings. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practises that transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.

The research behind Brené’s work shows that ‘shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, eating disorders, violence, bullying and aggression’. She believes that feelings of shame can be a distinct barrier to self-help, especially in the area of addiction, as often people struggling with the effects of harmful behaviours in their lives don’t see themselves worthy of help, attention, love or belonging.

Brené states that shame is a universal emotion whose language is about secrecy and silencing and that it derives its power from being unspeakable, therefore impacting our desire for meaningful and authentic connection. Her research shows that the less we talk about shame the more we have of it, and although conversations about shame are difficult they aren’t nearly as dangerous as what we create by not having them. Speaking shame, and cultivating awareness to recognise it, offers the ability to re-story shame and begin to strengthen the growth of shame resilience skills and strategies that connect rather than disconnect.

This workshop is a group experience where there is an emphasis on creating a safe atmosphere which fosters personal connection, trust, vulnerability and empathy for those attending.

Bronwyn Burrowes

Bronwyn is a qualified counsellor, personal development educator and certified Brené Brown Daring Way Facilitator who has worked in the area of mental and emotional health for the past 10 years. As a counsellor, Bronwyn is interested in seeing people live lives they feel proud of, learning how to better know and trust themselves and be true to who they are and how they represent themselves in the world.

To do this Bronwyn trained in the work of Dr Brene Brown on vulnerability and shame and is now honoured to be one of the first official facilitators of Brené Browns work, The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong, here in New Zealand. She offers specifically designed workshops for mental health practitioners through her practice BraverYou.

Dr. Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the last 12 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, CNN and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.

Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010). She is also the Author of I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), and her latest book, Rising Strong (2015)

Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the top 10 most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 14 million viewers.

Please note The Daring Way™ curriculum may only be used with clients by Certified Daring Way facilitators. This workshop is not part of the facilitation accreditation.





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