Kirsten Robertson: Public Lecture and Dissertation Defense
March 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Come join us for this public lecture and oral defense of doctoral dissertation by PsyD candidate Kirsten Robertson!
Title: Introducing shame resilience to women who struggle with complex trauma and substance abuse
Abstract: The relationship between shame and trauma has been documented in research beginning as early as the 19th century. Not until the second half of the 20th century did extensive research clearly define both trauma and shame, with the addition of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an official diagnosis in the field of mental health. Many researchers and clinicians believe an additional diagnosis should be added to the list of trauma-related mental health diagnoses—one that includes repeated traumatic experiences during childhood. Despite the known relationship between shame and various traumatic experiences, direct shame interventions have yet to find a place in standard therapeutic trauma-specific protocols. By implementing a group therapy curriculum designed by Dr. Brené Brown, based on her Shame Resilience Theory (SRT), this study attempts to empirically support the need for, and benefits of, addressing shame directly in participants who suffer from internalized shame and have experienced traumatic childhood trauma, also known as complex PTSD. Pre- and post-group measurements were quantitatively analyzed with outcomes confirming initial hypotheses and resulting in significant decreased internalized shame, a decline in trauma-related symptomology, and an inferred increased likelihood to pursue further clinical treatment for trauma-related issues.
Dissertation Committee Members
Dana Waters, PsyD, ABPP – Committee Chair
Mark Russell, PhD, ABPP
Kathryn Sherrod, PhD