MACMH “What A Shame!” Using Ancient Wisdom to Increase Resiliency and Reduce Shame

Training Overview

This workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of shame, resilience, and neurochemical responses, providing practical tools and strategies for professionals in diverse fields. Participants will gain insights into the cultural and developmental dimensions of shame, as well as evidence-based techniques for promoting resilience and reducing shame in various settings. Attendees will earn continuing education credits, including cultural competency, by actively engaging in discussions, applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, and acquiring actionable skills to enhance their practice.

Central to the workshop is an exploration of the neurochemical responses associated with shame and resilience. Participants will discover how activities targeting dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, and cortisol can influence emotional regulation and promote resilience. By understanding these neuro-chemical pathways, attendees will be empowered to design personalized sensory diets and interventions tailored to their own needs or the needs of those they support.

In addition to theoretical insights, this workshop offers practical tools and resources for immediate application. Participants will leave equipped with quick-reference strategies for de-escalation, calming, and resilience-building, as well as a deeper appreciation for the role of compassion, connection, and self-regulation in fostering shame-free environments.

This training is suited for school system professionals including social workers and counselors, parents, and caregivers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Knowledge Acquisition: Participants will be able to articulate the relationship between trauma, culture, and shame, as demonstrated through examples provided during the presentation.
  2. Neurochemical Understanding: Participants will be able to identify specific activities related to dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, and cortisol, showcasing an understanding of how these neurochemicals impact emotional regulation and resilience.
  3. Practical Application: Participants will design their own sensory diet based on a quick screening metric provided during the session, demonstrating the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical interventions aimed at promoting resilience and reducing shame.
  4. Cultural Competency and Adaptation: Participants will develop culturally and developmentally appropriate strategies for addressing shame in various environments (e.g., school, home, workplace), reflecting an understanding of the diverse needs and experiences of individuals from different backgrounds and demographics.

About the Trainer

Tascha Just, MS, Ed.S merges 20 years of psychology expertise to foster resilience across generations. With Black, Indigenous, and Scandinavian heritage, she transforms learning into multicultural opportunities of growth and understanding. A visionary at the helm of SEL Academy, Tascha stands out as a trailblazer in the field of social-emotional learning. Through innovative training and coaching, Tascha has shaped the minds

of both educators and mental health professionals. Her extensive experience as a School Psychologist and Behavior Analyst further underscores her expertise in developing comprehensive programs that cater to diverse cognitive and behavioral needs. A holder of advanced degrees in School Psychology and a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Tascha’s academic prowess is matched only by her commitment to fostering inclusive and supportive learning environments. Her leadership in SEL Academy is not just a role but a testament to her dedication to transforming educational and therapeutic practices for holistic development.

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This training is expected to be approved for two hours of cultural competency content.


June 19
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
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