NZ College of Clinical Psychologists Otago/Southland Branch presents: 

Treating Shame

with Martin Dorahy

  • Morning session: Shame and its considerations in therapy
  • Afternoon session: Shame and its considerations in Dissociative identity disorder

Date: Tuesday 16th March, 2021

Time: 9am-12.15pm (morning only)

9am-4.15pm (full day)

Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 the Octagon

This workshop focuses on the psychology and treatment of shame, with a particular emphasis on trauma-related disorders.

  • The morning session will outline shame, its correlates and presentation in the therapy session. Clinical material will be presented to highlight salient points and particular dynamics of shame that tend to be present in traumatised clients that can provide challenges for therapy.
  • The afternoon will expand this outline, with a particular focus on dissociative disorders, most pertinently dissociative identity disorder (DID). An outline of DID will be presented at the beginning of the afternoon session to provide context. This presentation first seeks to outline the difference between two kinds of dissociative symptoms, which have treatment implications for those with complex trauma and dissociative disorders. It then will focus on one of these types (compartmentalisation or structural dissociation) with regard to conceptual understanding and how it manifests clinically. Then attention will be given to shame-related issues in DID, and some considerations for treatment.

PhotoPresenter: Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a clinical, research and theoretical interest in complex trauma, dissociative disorders and self-conscious emotions (e.g., shame). He has published 130 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited four books in the area of psychotraumatology. He is a member of the the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, New Zealand Psychological Society, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He maintains a clinical practice, focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma. 

Fees: Morning and afternoon tea provided and lunch for full day participants.

  • NZCCP Members: $150 full day, $70 half day
  • NZCCP Student Members: $70 full day, $30 half day
  • Non-Members: $ 230 full day, $110 half day
  • Non NZCCP student: $130 full day, $60 half day 


Please pay your registration fee promptly by direct credit into the NZCCP BNZ bank account 02-0865-0271109-05 (please identify your payment clearly with the name of the person attending and "Dorahy workshop")

Cancellations received before 9 March will receive an 80% refund. Only in exceptional circumstances will refunds be given after that date. Refunds will not be available until after the workshop. In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled by the organisers, registration will be fully refunded. No liability will be accepted for travel, accommodation or other costs/expenses incurred by registrants. 

Registrations will be acknowledged by email. Places are limited, so please register early.  Enquiries to: