'Shame-sensitive Practice in Arts & Wellbeing Services' Resources

Resources from our 'Shame-sensitive Practice in Arts & Wellbeing Services' workshop

Delivered in partnership with Professor Luna Dolezal and Dr James Woodhams from the University of Exeter and The Shame Lab, the workshop examined the idea of ‘shame competence’ and explored ways that organisations can acknowledge and address shame, particularly when considering the experiences of older people.

Here are the resources that were shared during the session, with kind permission from Professor Dolezal and the University of Exeter:

  • Introduction to Shame Competence Workbook (available to attendees upon request. The information contained in this workbook is Copyrighted by The University of Exeter, 2023. Please do not circulate further or share publicly.)   
  • COVID-19 and Shame: Political Emotions and Public Health in the UK‘ (Cooper F, Dolezal L, Rose A.) – free e-book.

Many thanks again to Professor Luna Dolezal and Dr James Woodhams for sharing their knowledge and expertise, and for all of their help in devising and delivering the training.

Professor Luna Dolezal is Professor of Philosophy & Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, and co-Founder of The Shame Lab. Luna leads a research project called Shame and Medicine, which looks at how shame plays a role in health and healthcare. She runs trainings in ‘Shame Competence’ in a variety of sectors, including policing, healthcare and social services.

Dr James Woodhams is a theatre maker, facilitator and researcher. He has extensive experience working with and in NPO and theatre organisations. His research is around access issue to theatre spaces and use of unconventional space.

The Shame Lab is implementing interventions to recognise and understand shame and its effects to create more inclusive, just and sensitive organisations and practices.