By Ulrike Gentner
May 20th, 2022

Even toddlers under the age of three can feel shame. Shame is fundamentally an important feeling that protects a person’s dignity. However, the line to toxic shame is very narrow. Boundary-violating exposure, known as shaming, can cause microtraumas that can haunt a person for life. Adults who experienced shaming behavior themselves in childhood and do not adequately reflect on it can pass on these behavior patterns to their children.

In pedagogy, it is therefore of extraordinary importance to recognize boundary-violating behavior at an early stage and to prevent it from the outset. This is the first step of prevention! The dignity of the child must be respected at all costs, and children’s feelings must be taken seriously. Mockery or ignorance in dealing with children is absolutely out of place.

In this workshop we will deal with these topics: How can shaming be identified and reduced in everyday pedagogical work? Where do we speak of positive and where of toxic shame? And how can we live a pedagogy in which we mindfully prevent behavior that violates boundaries?

In addition to an impulse lecture, we will address these questions with different methods as well as individual and group work in order to be able to react more sensitively to shaming situations in everyday pedagogical life.

Speaker/Trainer: Cathrin Rieger, educational consultant at ZIP – Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.  Cathrin Rieger worked as a teacher, lecturer at the Katholische Stiftungshochschule (Catholic University of Applied Sciences) in Munich and as a social pedagogue in different pedagogical fields. With her background as a mediator, systemic coach and supervisor, she advises pedagogical institutions and schools on the creation of protection concepts and has been leading staff training courses on the prevention of sexualized violence for the Diocese of Augsburg for many years.

Web seminar-language: German (without translation)

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