Shame-sensitive Practice in Arts & Wellbeing Services

Join us for a free online workshop in partnership with Professor Luna Dolezal from the University of Exeter and The Shame Lab, exploring shame and its effects for older people accessing arts and wellbeing services.

This workshop will focus on starting a discussion about how shame can be a barrier for engagement, enjoyment and social relations within cultural spaces. It will discuss the idea of ‘shame competence’ and explore ways that organisations can acknowledge and address shame, particularly when considering the experiences of older people.

We are delighted to be joined by Professor Luna Dolezal (University of Exeter and The Shame Lab) and Dr James Woodhams (University of Exeter and The Shame Lab) who will co-facilitate the session.

The workshop will introduce the idea of ‘shame competence’ within policy and practice, and will cover the following topics:

  • Why is Understanding Shame Important for Arts and Community Organisations?
  • What is Shame? And How Does it Effect Older People?
  • How Shame Can Lead to Disengagement.
  • Recognising Shaming.
  • Steps towards Shame-Sensitive Spaces.

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. 

Join us to share ideas, refine your working practices, and meet other progressive people who are striving to innovate and excel in services for older people.

Wednesday 11th October 2023, 11.30am – 1.00pm BST