Scham und Schuld
Symposium für trauma- und körperorientierte Psychotherapie
14./15. Juni 2019 in Leipzig
Psychotraumatologie, Psychoanalyse, Körperpsychotherapie, Hirnforschung, Affektforschung, Bindungsforschung, moderne systemische Psychotherapie für Erwachsene sowie für Kinder und Jugendliche
Bisherige Referenten
Kongressbuch 2017


Trauma-Institut-Leipzig an der Akademie für Ganzheitliche Psychotherapie

Fortbildungszyklen für Traumafachberater und Psychotraumatherapeuten

Akademie für Ganzheitliche Psychotherapie
Akademie für Ganzheitliche Psychotherapie
(gemeinnützige Organisation)
Fortbildung in trauma- und körperorientierter schulenübergreifender Psychotherapie


A registration on the congress days
on site with cash-payment is possible.


Shame and guilt are strainful feelings that every human being encounters in everyday life from birth to death. Especially in the areas of interpersonal traumatisations, these two themes become conspicuous key feelings of mentally damaged and traumatically abused people. Both emotional qualities usually occur together.
Shame is the more existential feeling of being defeated and humiliated. Guilt, on the other hand, is a feeling of resignation regarding the inadequate self-efficacy in a meaningful interpersonal context as well as the feeling of experienced regret and/or assigned responsibility for a regrettable incident to the victim.
In trauma psychotherapy traumatic shame and guilt are considered to be particularly difficult forms of barely resolvable feelings of degradation and desperate powerlessness not to have acted to the best of one’s ability. There are not many experts on the trauma psychotherapy scene who have made this theoretically complicated and therapeutically difficult to treat subject their own. We ourselves and graduates of our Trauma-Institute-Leipzig have also worked on this topic in the past, which is shown in our very diverse contributions. Our own client survey rounded off our research work, which brought us new insights into the inner psychological processing of shame and guilt in our – mostly dissociative – trauma patients.
In addition the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig has spent three years finding international experts who can live up to this expert status and enrich our congress with courageous theses and well-founded practical examples.
Shame and guilt is a topic open to all, whether you are experienced in psychotherapy or new to the field, or simply an interested, but resilient layman. We invite you to join us in Leipzig during the cultural framework of the International Bach Festival 2019 to the Shame and Guilt Traumatherapy Congress.

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DP Irina and Dr. Ralf Vogt and the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig team

Key Speakers

Prof. Martin DorahyProf. Martin Dorahy (New Zealand) is Immediate Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), is a psychologist, psychotherapist and university professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Prof. Dorahy has been intensively involved with the conference topic for about a decade and has initiated many research studies on the subject. Martin Dorahy will speak at the congress on his theory of traumatic shame as well as on case examples, which underline and offer explanations for his research on the exposed position of shame and guilt in dissociative trauma disorders.
In his remarks it will become clear that the feelings of shame and guilt are often laid down very early in a child’s relationship and attachment experiences. Awareness of these traumatic deficits is difficult and psychodynamics in therapy are often contradictory for practitioner and client. Solutions are shown for this. 

Dr. Joanne TwomblyDr. Joanne Twombly has been a psychoanalyst for many years and is an EMDR trauma therapist in Boston, USA. Dr. Twombly is a long-standing internationally recognised member of ISSTD and has repeatedly developed components for modern psychoanalytic trauma psychotherapy. She is a well-founded practitioner and will use case examples from her decades of experience to point out important basic approaches in the treatment of shame and guilt and present her concept for discussion. This will show that in cases of sexual violence in children, very similar key patterns of psychotrauma are often applied by the perpetrators. Children are unable to see through such confusing and sophisticated patterns. The four dimensions of Nathanson’s Compass of Shame are helpful for therapists to understand shame and guilt and for treatment meaningful derivations will be made.

Prof. George RhoadesProf. George Rhoades, like his forenamed colleagues is an internationally renowned member and for many years a leading figure of the ISSTD. His specialty is intercultural comparisons as a psychotraumatologist of emergency aid in various humanitarian aid projects worldwide. Prof. Rhoades has earned great praise through his contributions to emergency care in projects in Africa, for example in Sudan and Rwanda, to name but a few trouble spots.
Prof. Rhoades knows the conceptual and cultural differences in understanding and dealing with shame and guilt. His knowledge of Catholicism and his own following of shamanic customs due to living in Hawaii and other minorities in Oceania are also advantageous. In his lectures Prof. George Rhoades will explain the conceptual and phenotypic differences between shame and guilt on different continents (Asia, Africa, Middle East and Oceania) and compare them to the industrial nations (Europe, America and Japan) and describe how he deals with these challenges.

Diplompsychologin Irina Vogt Irina Vogt has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years and has been working in the field of highly dissociative trauma disorders for over 20 years. Together with her husband, she founded the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig and mediates the SPIM-30 treatment programme she created with her husband for colleagues interested in trauma therapy. Her orientation lies in creative play therapy for children as well as in the treatment of torture-programmed clients. At the congress Irina Vogt will present her interesting case examples on the topic of shame and guilt and explain the SPIM-30 treatment settings used in them. In her analyses, the emergence of shame and guilt is partly very deep and far rooted in the development of the human being – including the prenatal context. It is precisely this unconscious anchoring that has a surprisingly broad effect on many of the patients’ problems in the therapy-resistant present, into which both therapists and clients have to work.

Dr.rer.nat., Dipl.-Psychologe Ralf VogtDr .rer. nat. DP Ralf Vogt has also been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years and, like his wife, has been active for about 20 years in the field of severe psychotrauma disorders. He has published more than 10 specialist books on the SPIM therapy model, which is now available in the revised SPIM-30 version, and has written some of them monographically. Dr. Vogt has again initiated an interesting study of the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig on the topic of the congress and will present theoretical and practical connections to psychotraumatically shaped shame and guilt with his accompanying and current findings. In addition, he will also explain some interesting case examples on this topic with the SPIM-30 treatment variants used in order to provide colleagues with suggestions. These case analyses deal in very different ways with aspects of shame and guilt in the childlike-magical concept of trauma as well as with perpetrators’ introjected and implanted consciences of shame and guilt. It is precisely these early conceptual forms of working through the trauma haze that require the very descriptive, beseelbare structural aids of the SPIM-30 settings for a first “aha” effect and a stimulation of trial solutions.

Speakers - TIL Certified Trauma Practitioner

Dipl.-Ing., Logopäde Robert Richter Robert Richter is a speech language pathologist and certified stutter therapist (ivs) as well as a TIL trauma practitioner of the SPIM-30 treatment method. He has worked on many stuttering therapy projects such as VIERMALFÜNF with A. Starke and has taught on the subject of fluency disorders. Together with his wife he heads a speech therapy practice in Leipzig and Borna.
Mr Richter will speak about shame and guilt in the context of trauma-relevant high-stress experiences of severe stuttering. Although the development of a stutter can currently hardly be regarded as a consequence of traumatisation, it has been observed that the serious and repeated loss of control caused by stuttering can lead to a cumulative trauma-relevant high-stress experience. The resulting development of negative emotions, such as guilt and shame, but also social phobias, avoidance behaviour and depression, in some cases considerably limit the quality of life of those affected. In the lecture, the current status of the theory of stuttering will be linked with findings from psychotraumatology. Therapeutic interventions will be outlined and references to aspects of the SPIM-30 treatment model will be established.

Diplomsängerin, Diplomgesangpädagogin Monika TruttWith a degree in singing and vocal training Monika Trutt is also a TIL trauma practitioner of the SPIM-30 treatment method. Since 2003 she has been a freelance and employed singer, with engagements ranging from opera to aria evenings and appearances in folk and pop bands. In her lecture, Ms Trutt will present examples of traumatised clients for whom she uses trauma counselling techniques in singing lessons. This significantly improves both the client’s vocal expression and their trauma-psychological self-perception, as trauma is also expressed through the voice. Hoarseness, a quiet voice, a pressed voice, a fear of singing, a fear of being loud, and often a sense of shame to show themselves so open are everyday working topics in her pedagogical life. This lecture highlights the opportunities and possibilities of working with the voice for trauma patients in uncovering and discovering their own topics and traumatic experiences, but also to stabilise and strengthen their self-esteem. Thus, the SPIM-30 internal parts work, which involves the voice in a proportionally differentiated manner in connection with possible disturbed states (such as perpetrator introjects), can be used to identify the causes of vocal blockages and successfully treat them.

Mediengestalter Marco Günther Marco Günther is a media designer as well as a trained carpenter, psychologist, SPIM-30 trauma practitioner and is currently the coordinator of the first men’s shelter in Leipzig. In his lecture, Mr Günther will talk about his work with beaten and insecure men and what one can imagine as equivalent to the well-known women’s shelter work amongst other things. Feelings of shame play a much greater socio-cultural role when men are beaten by women. Fear of failure and the need for help are also extremely negative for men on the self-evaluation scale. How gently, courageously and sustainably these bonds and relationships with these traumatised men must be dealt with is explained by the speaker on a case-by-case basis.

Franziska Schlensorg-SchusterDr. med. Franziska Schlensog-Schuster
Specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine, specialist in paediatric and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, senior physician at the Interdisciplinary Psychosomatics / Parent-Child Unit of the University Hospital Leipzig, Analytical Group Therapist (D3G). She leads the area of early interaction disorders. Her therapeutic approach combines the fields of paediatrics, psychosomatics, psychiatry, psychotherapy and aspects of traumatisation primarily through medical interventions.

Hopefully, we have aroused your interest and look forward to your visit.
DP Irina Vogt and Dr. Ralf Vogt