Our Work with Shame
Much of our work with young people is focused on emotional containment, so that they are able to moderate their response to a challenge or a situation that would normally spark a violent reaction.
We don’t claim we have all the answers, but we believe shame is always present when violence takes place.
James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and author with whom we have worked, spent 25 years working in the prison system in the United States. He insists he never saw an act of violence that wasn’t shame-related.
Shame is always present when violence occurs.