Using the Thurston Cradock Test of Shame (TCTS) to mine for “psychotherapeutic gold”


Using the Thurston Cradock Test of Shame (TCTS) to mine for “psychotherapeutic gold” 

 Julie Cradock O’Leary, Ph.D. 

Co-Sponsored by the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology 


Date: Friday, April 22, 2022; Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm 

Location: University of Denver, Ammi Hyde Building, Room 133

2450 S. Vine Street, Denver, Colorado 



Shame is a profound sense of inadequacy, that your core self is fundamentally flawed. It underlies many relationship difficulties and is often hidden within the symptoms that lead to therapy and psychological assessment. As a complex construct and dynamic, it is difficult to evaluate shame with a clinical interview or questionnaire. This workshop will teach the Thurston Cradock Test of Shame (TCTS; 2009), a card-based storytelling measure deeply rooted in shame theory and designed to access the multidimensional internal, interpersonal and behavioral aspects of shame. Actual TCTS protocols will be used to provide a brief primer on shame, and to illustrate subtle expressions of shame, shame dynamics, defenses used to protect oneself from shame, styles of coping with shame and varying abilities to manage it. Attendees will learn how to administer, score and interpret TCTS protocols. Attendees will also learn how the TCTS can be used as a tool for a variety of clinical interventions. 

Goals & objectives: 

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to: 

1.Assess when a formal evaluation of shame is clinically appropriate 

2.Identify the three key defenses of shame measured with the TCTS 

3.Explain the basics of how to administer, score and interpret the TCTS. 

4.Describe how the TCTS can reveal interpersonal shame dynamics in couples and families 

5.Describe how the TCTS can be used as a therapeutic intervention 


Please see the attachment for more information on our panelists, as well as information on how to register. We hope to see you all there!