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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma summer 2024 lecture 3 (CPD45C)

Trauma, shame and shamelessness

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This lecture is part of an innovative series organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture details

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 4 July 20247pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom. You will need a device with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

This is the third and final lecture in the Summer 2024 series.

Lecture 3: Trauma, shame and shamelessness

Thursday 4 July 2024

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn

Feelings of shame, although part of the human condition, are generally destructive and anti-development. The experience of deep shame is one of a kind of skinless humiliating agony. These experiences, and the defence structures against them, can lead to sufferers being stuck in dysfunctional systems and ways of being, and/or to their isolation.

Victims of trauma often suffer from terrible feelings of shame, which compound the trauma and impede recovery. The victim feels ashamed of what has been done to them as well as about their own internal landscape and the cultural context.

In this clinically based seminar, Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn will introduce some theoretical understanding of the meanings and origins of shame and shamelessness, and look at the pathological manifestations of both. In particular the links between shame and trauma will be examined. In the rest of the seminar, participants will be will have the chance to bring clinical examples to be discussed. This will be both to illustrate the points and to give practitioners more ideas of how to work with these clinical challenges.


“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
“Absolutely stunning – such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”


Book your place today

You can book a place on this lecture at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before with detailed joining instructions.

Bookings will close 24hrs before the lecture.

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This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2023 lecture series.

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