Understanding Shame And Its Impact On Both You And The Families You Work With

Could shame be getting in the way of successful engagement with the vulnerable families you are working with?

It is complex and challenging work to support vulnerable families to make change to keep their kids safe. There is a huge risk in ignoring shame as it can become a barrier in the change process and prevent families being able to heal from past harm.

If you are seeking to deepen your understanding of shame and broaden your skillset when working with vulnerable families, join us for two essential workshops…

We live in a world where most people still subscribe to the belief that shame is a good tool for keeping people in line. Not only is this wrong, but it’s dangerous. Shame is highly correlated with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders, and bullying.



Unpacking shame and its impact on your role as a child protection practitioner


Recognising and working with shame when working with vulnerable children and families

$397 AUD for both workshops.

You will learn how to recognise shame in yourself and others, and learn how to use this knowledge to support the families you work with.

What You Will Receive
  • 2 x 2 hours of online workshops with a small group of up to 16 people.
  • A pdf workbook with exercises that can be utilised with teams and families.
  • A deep understanding of how shame shows up in our lives and the lives of the vulnerable families we work with.

Workshop 1: Unpacking shame and its impact on your role as a child protection practitioner

The first workshop focuses on Brene’s shame research and invites us to understand how shame affects us all human beings. We cover:

  • Brené’s shame resilience model created from her 20+ years of grounded theory research.
  • Empathy and self-compassion as skillsets that are the antidote to shame.
  • What shame triggers are, where they come from and the specific areas we are all susceptible to experiencing shame.

Workshop 2: Recognising and working with shame when working with vulnerable children and families.

The second workshop looks at how we apply Brenè’s work and other research from around the world with the vulnerable families we work with in the child welfare sector including:

  • Reflecting on the common roadblocks to facilitating change with families including shame.
  • How we have conversations about shame.
  • Some tools and processes that are practical and useful with children and adults to address shame.

“Shame is the most powerful master emotion. It’s the fear that we are not good enough.”
-Brené Brown

Your Facilitators

Catherine Santoro and Rebecca Hopkins are two passionate humans who have been working in the human services sector and corporate sector for many years. Join Catherine and Rebecca to grow your knowledge of how to work with shame.

Catherine Santoro

Catherine Santoro


‘I’m committed to supporting vulnerable children and families and those that work with them. From training, coaching, curriculum development, implementation support, and family group conferencing to developing your personal or organisational capabilities, I’m here to help. Using my expertise and deep understanding of the child protection and welfare sector, especially in solution-focused and evidence-based practice, I work with government agencies, funded service providers (NGO), individual practitioners and families internationally.’

Rebecca Hopkins

Rebecca Hopkins


Rebecca is a Certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, trained by the Brené Brown Education and Research Group

‘Brené’s work on shame, vulnerability, empathy and shame resilience has changed not only my life, but the organisations and individuals I work with. It is my mission to bring humanity into the workplace and into our families. This starts with building our emotional vocabulary, our ability to practice empathy and our emotional resilience.’

There are limited numbers, and as for any of Brenè’s workshops, we want to create a space for interactive learning and deep discussion, so get in early and book your place now!

$397 AUD for both workshops.

“I’m inspired now to have conversations in a very real way.”

Daring Greatly™


Not Ready To Book Your Place Yet?

Or would like to have a chat to us to see if this is the right investment of your time or money? Please Contact:

Catherine Santoro


+61 407 101 735


Rebecca Hopkins


+61 459 951 053