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Lovefraud Continuing Education

If we want something different, we need to do something different

Amber Ault

By Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW

I’m fond of this axiom: “If you want something different from what you’ve had, you need to do something different from what you’ve done.”

Here’s an important corollary: Doing something different will, at first, feel strange.

When we envision something different for ourselves and begin to practice creating it, it’s important to prepare to receive it. Otherwise, new possibilities will be assimilated by the powerful machinery of old patterns and we’ll continue to feel stuck. It’s not enough to want something different, or even to envision it. In order to create something different, we must release the barriers — often unconscious — that stand in its way. We need to lay in new skills, including tolerating the discomforts of receiving the goodness we desire.

Confusion: The top warning sign of an abusive relationship

When someone is involved in an abusive relationship, the most prominent warning sign is likely to be confusion, explains Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT. People who are involved with abusers can’t figure out what is going on — and sometimes counselors misinterpret their clients’ confusion.

Mary Ann will be presenting her Lovefraud CE program, Love and Exploitation, on July 17 and July 24, 2017. This program offers 4 continuing education credit hours for psychologists and social workers.


Therapists: How to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship

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Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar

Presented by Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt

Love and Exploitation
Part 1 – July 17 • 12-2 PM ET
Part 2 – July 24 • 12-2 PM ET
4 credits available for psychologists and social workers

Therapists – When you were in training, did you learn about how people with personality disorders affect their partners? Probably not.

That’s why this Lovefraud CE course is so important. Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt, will fill in a big gap in your professional training. In this webinar, she’ll teach you how to recognize when a client’s distress is not his or her own anxiety or depression, but a normal reaction to a manipulative relationship.

Announcing the new Lovefraud website, including online courses

Now, it’s easier than ever to find what Lovefraud has to offer you! Check out our new home pages:

With our new home page and architectural structure, our features are readily available.

  • 121 pages of information about sociopaths and other exploiters,
  • Key symptoms of a sociopath
  • Lovefraud Risk Calculator — how many sociopaths are in your community
  • Quiz — Are you a target?
  • True Lovefraud Stories
  • 3,444 blog posts on all facets of understanding sociopaths
  • 218,722 blog comments contributed by readers
  • Forum where you can start your own conversation

New Lovefraud CE education site coming soon!

Middle-aged thoughtful woman using laptop at homeBig changes are coming for Lovefraud Continuing Education. We’re in the process of moving to a new course delivery platform, one that will be much easier to navigate and offer more advanced features.

Browsing and registering for courses will be much easier. And, every course will include a forum. You’ll be able to discuss the information and ask questions of the instructor and other learners, during the course and afterwards.

The new platform is extremely flexible and robust. Lovefraud instructors will be able to design just about any format we can think of, so we’ll be able to offer you information in a variety of formats.

Monday: Webinar on understanding narcissistic abuse

 

Breakup Of A Couple With Bad Guy And Sad GirlfriendLovefraud Continuing Education will feature a webinar on Monday, February 13, called, Understanding and recognizing narcissistic abuse.

The two-hour program will be presented by Tiffany Kettermann, LPC, and  is geared towards mental health professionals. Psychologists and social workers can earn two continuing education credits.

But I think anyone who has been involved with a narcissist or sociopath, and wants to understand what happened, can benefit from this program. If you grew up with a narcissistic parent, or have children with a narcissistic partner or former partner, you will be especially interested in Tiffany’s explanation of how narcissists affect family dynamics.

How to recognize narcissistic abuse

Just about everyone who visits Lovefraud.com has experienced narcissistic abuse, although you may not know it.

If you go for therapy, your counselor may not know it either. Why? Tiffany Ketterman, LPC, explains a big reason: The mental health community has yet to agree on an official definition of narcissistic abuse.

Still, there is a cluster of behaviors that are typical of narcissistic abuse. And there is a cluster of symptoms in people who are on the receiving end of the abuse.


If you are being stalked, here’s advice from a woman who’s lived it

Vicki Kuper, a stalking survivor, teaches you what to do.

Vicki Kuper, a stalking survivor, teaches you what to do.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Vicki Kuper of Iowa was stalked for years by her former romantic partner, Mike Bonert, and has successfully held him accountable so far.

Vicki went to the authorities and got a No Contact order which wasn’t easy. Bonert proceeded to violate it 24 times. Vicki then was able to have Bonert prosecuted, which also wasn’t easy. He was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison, then an additional 10 years for his fifth stalking charge. He appealed his conviction, but still served four and a half years.

Why traditional therapy doesn’t work with disordered people

Most therapy is about offering insight. The general idea is that if you can look at your behavior differently, understand why you may be doing what you’re doing and how it affects other people, you can change.

This works with people who are distressed by their own behavior or their situation. It doesn’t work with individuals who have character disorders, because they are not distressed.

Dr. George Simon teaches therapists a more effective approach to working with disordered individuals. He’ll be presenting this approach in a Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar.


Lovefraud CE Webinar: Helping women escape abusive same-sex relationships

women arguingHelping Lesbians Leave Crazy-making Relationships: Addressing barriers to treatment and delivering effective support
Presented by Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
Thursday, Jan. 19 • 12-2 pm ET • $49
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If you’re a therapist with lesbian/bi/trans women clients who are in abusive relationships, this Lovefraud CE webinar explains exactly how to help them.

Life in a society that still shaped by both heterosexism and homophobia creates unique challenges for lesbian and bisexual women in identifying abusive relationship patterns, seeking relief from psychotherapy and natural supports, and ending abusive relationships.

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