In this three-day event, Dr. Finn will offer an open to the public evening lecture on Thursday and conduct a two-day intensive workshop Friday and Saturday. Dr. Finn will review contemporary research about shame, outline a theory based in interpersonal neurobiology, and discuss implications for applied clinical work.

Raising Children Without Toxic Shame (Without Having to be a Perfect Parent)

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm

This presentation is open to the public.

Register here for the Thursday lecture

Working With Shame in Psychotherapy & in Psychological Assessment

Friday, February 10 – Saturday, February 11, 8:30am-4:30pm

It is now recognized that shame is one of the most important and frequent client experiences in psychotherapy and psychological assessment, yet few mental health professionals and psychotherapists receive direct training in how to help their clients with shame.

In this 2-day intensive workshop, Dr. Finn will review contemporary research about shame, outline a theory based in interpersonal neurobiology, and discuss implications for applied clinical work. He will show video of himself and other clinicians from the Therapeutic Assessment Institute working with clients around shame, and will teach a number of specific, effective interventions that can help clients heal shame. At various points during the workshop, participants will work in small groups doing role plays of these shame interventions, but at no point will participants’ personal issues be directly exposed. Finally, Dr. Finn will discuss shame in clinicians, and how it both limits our effectiveness and gives us empathy for our clients.

This event is open to psychotherapists and related helping professionals.


Continuing Education Credit
CEU’s are available for LPC’s, LCSW’s and LMFT’s.  This workshop qualifies for 12 hours of Type I CE credits for psychologists. The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. You must attend the entire workshop to receive CEU’s; no partial CEU’s will be given.

Register here for the two-day workshop

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD: Author of “Whole-Brained Child” and “No-Drama Discipline”

November 3-4, 2017

Dr. Bryson is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, CA, where she sees children and adolescents, as well as provides parenting consultations. She is the school counselor at St. Mark’s School and is a developmental consultant for various organizations. In addition to writing and speaking to parents, educators, and professionals, she serves as the director of parenting education and development for the Mindsight Institute, focusing on how to understand relationships in the context of the developing brain. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Also coming in February 2018…

Dr. Laurence Heller on Trauma

February 16-17, 2018

Dr. Laurence Heller, author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship.

Save the date — more details coming soon!

Austin IN Connection provides professional psychotherapy educational conferences in the Austin, Texas area on a regular basis. If you have questions about our events, please feel free to email us at