Tuesday 10th September 2019

6pm – 9pm 

Venue: Birchtree Centre of Excellence, level 1, 58 Parramatta Rd, Forest Lodge

CPD: 3 hours

Incorporating an intrapersonal and relational understanding of shame, this masterclass presents the findings from a scoping review of the research, investigating experiences of shame for adult survivors of child sexual abuse (MacGinley et al 2019).

This masterclass will:

  • Provide a synthesis of the current research evidence
  • Identify the emerging themes
  • Discuss the relevance of findings to therapeutic work with adult survivors of CSA

Presented by Maureen MacGinley, a lecturer in social work and a doctoral student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her doctoral project centres survivor knowledge and how this knowledge can further our understanding of the lived experiences of shame for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Maureen has worked therapeutically alongside survivors of interpersonal violence and child abuse for over 25 years.  She also has extensive experience in therapy with people experiencing a broad range of adversity and psychosocial developmental challenges.

She is interested in the therapeutic relationship, relational therapy, resilience, systemic and psychoanalytic ideas.


‘One’s knowledge of shame is often limited to the trace it leaves’  

(Michael Lewis 2003:1187). 

Michael Lewis’ words echo those of Helen Block Lewis (1971), a psychotherapist and researcher, who found that unacknowledged and by-passed shame  is the least accessible to consciousness, yet the most destructive. In therapy with survivors of CSA shame is ubiquitous. Named, unnamed, acknowledged, disavowed, by-passed, visible, invisible:  shame can be central to the therapy journey for both survivor and therapist.

Masterclasses explore topics that are pertinent to working in complex trauma, by lecture, discussion and workshopping in-the-room-content.