Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF

Shame in the Workplace: How to Navigate Difficult Emotions in Professional Settings


[Improve Your Leadership] Shame is one of our most primitive emotions. And as much as we like to think we can keep feelings of shame under wraps, it’s notorious for creeping in and causing chaos in relationships. Because workplace relationships often involve criticism, power dynamics, and diverse personalities, work is a great place for shame gremlins to come out and play. In this participatory and informative workshop, we will explore the nuances of self-conscious affects (shame, guilt, humiliation and embarrassment), share common workplace scenarios where shame can undermine effective teams, and demonstrate shame-resilience interventions that can help you foster a healthy work environment.

About Sarah Buino

Sarah is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, and a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator. She holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame and substance use disorders. Early in her career, she tapped her skills as a musician to develop musical intervention groups for people with substance use disorders. She later shared her musical intervention work at the International Association for Social Work with Groups conference in 2010, the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter Conference in 2011, and was published in the journal Social Work with Groups in 2010. Sarah became part of Loyola University’s School of Social Work adjunct faculty in the fall of 2015. She is committed to relating the pharmacology and clinical practice of addiction in a relatable way to foster passion for addiction work. She is passionate about mentoring and helping new clinicians successfully bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice. Sarah was honored by the NASW-Illinois Chapter by being awarded the 2017 Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader is an “early” career social worker who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Illinois, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence. Sarah has always valued authenticity as a critical component of wholehearted living. Since hearing Dr. Brené Brown speak in the winter of 2009, she has been sharing the concepts of shame-resiliency, authenticity and vulnerability with her clients. She has completed training with Brené Brown’s team and is a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator (CDWF).