207. Overcoming Shame: The Effects of Parental and Peer Connection on Self-esteem and Hope

Friday, April 12th 1:30 – 3:00 PM ,, Resiliency, Coping Skills, and Positive Psychology, Workshops


Megan Clunan, Ph.D.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners




This workshop explores the complex interplay between shame, parental influence, peer connections, and their profound impact on one’s self-worth and hopeful outlook in youth and adolescence. By integrating a Christian Psychology perspective, encompassing attachment, social development, and emotional growth, the workshop will provide licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders with an imago Dei framework for working with NextGen populations toward overcoming shame to develop hope. Drawing on teachings of the Christian faith and psychological insights, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the roots of shame and its detrimental effects on the lives of NexGen populations, as well as what can be done to circumvent longer-term impact therein aiding in the development of a grace-based hope-filled perspective. Participants will develop practical tools to navigate the dynamics of shame, invite parents and caregivers into the process, and bolster youth self-esteem as grounded in Christ toward a renewed sense of hope.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Outline the complex developmental interplay between shame, parental influence, and peer connection for youth and adolescents.

2. Examine components of youth attachment, social development, and emotional growth through a Christian Psychology lens.

3. Develop an imago Dei framework for working with NextGen populations to overcome shame and develop hope.