John M. Oldham National Mental Health Symposium: The Problem of Shame

  • 27 Sep 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
  • Norris Conference Centers - Houston CityCentre 816 Town and Country Blvd. Houston, TX 77024
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Registration and the wait list have been closed due to an overwhelming response. We have had few cancellations therefore it's unlikely a seat will become available.

John M. Oldham National Mental Health Symposium

The Problem of Shame

Norris Conference Centers - CityCentre

816 Town and Country Blvd.

Houston, TX 77024

September 27, 2019

This year, after considerable discussion, we decided on “The Problem of Shame” as our central focus. All of us, of course, have secrets that we are ashamed of, which we do not reveal to others. However, for some of us, shame is a powerful force to be reckoned with, fueling persistent anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use, emotion dysregulation, and many other dysphoric and symptomatic states. Freud famously stated that psychoanalysis was like archaeology since the main reason some conflicts persist is that they are buried, and the only way they can be solved is, first, to “dig them up.” However, that is not so easy to do, and that is where we in the mental health field come in. With sensitivity and with the right pace, we can partner with our patients to turn painful shame into release, openness, and even, perhaps, the pride that goes with conquering our demons.

Our speakers this year are all experts in recognizing and understanding the problem of shame and its importance for all of us—from minor fears of embarrassment to major life roadblocks that can shut us down. I hope we will all, at the end of this day, be clearer-headed, more self-compassionate, and more courageous as we set about to unearth and dispel those things we are ashamed of but may not need to be.

John M. Oldham, MD, MS
Scientific Program Chairman


Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments during breaks. Payments must be paid at the time of registration. Registration will be finalized with receipt of payment. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.

For a copy of the symposium brochure, including the schedule and information on speakers, click here.



5.0 contact/credit/clock hours has been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines:


The Menninger Clinic is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Menninger Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.


The Menninger Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Menninger Clinic maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registered Nurses

The Menninger Clinic is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers

The Menninger Clinic, Provider #4586, is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker examiners to offer continuing education for Social Workers. This activity is offered for 5.0 continuing education contact hours for social workers. We adhere to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Continuing Education Guidelines.

Licensed Professional Counselors

The Menninger Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5139. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Menninger Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Addictions Professionals

Menninger is approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1741-06, five (5.0) hours general. Expires 7/2020. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 401 Ranch Road 620 S., Suite 310, Austin, Texas 78734, fax number 888-506-8123.

Successful completion of this activity requires attendance of 100% activity. No partial credits will be awarded.


For continuing education information or assistance with registration, please contact Michelle A. Taylor at or (713) 275-5529.


Ample free parking is available in the garage attached to the Norris Conference Centers. For direct access, park on the 3rd floor of the parking garage and follow the signs to the Center's Red Oak Ballroom. For those entering from Hotel Sorella or at street level, note the Center's Red Oak Ballroom is located on Level 2, the hotel lobby level.

Please avoid parking in reserved parking spots.

Valet parking is available at the rate of $8 in front of Hotel Sorella.



A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Hotel Sorella (king or double rooms available) when you reserve by September 09, 2019. To make a reservation, call 866-842-0100 or make an online reservation.

Free overnight garage parking is available or overnight valet parking is $27 per night.



With two weeks minimum advanced notice, Menninger will provide a full refund. In the unlikely event that the symposium must be cancelled, prepaid registrants will be given a registration fee refund.


If you have any specific dietary or ADA needs, please request in advance when registering or email Michelle A. Taylor directly at

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