Specific parenting strategies may help children at risk for developing personality disorders

Many Lovefraud readers have loved  someone, had children with that person, and then realized that you’ve gotten yourself involved in an abusive relationship.

You suspect that your partner, the mother or father of your children, has a personality disorder and then you hear that personality disorders are highly genetic.

What do you do? And if you’re a therapist, how do you help a client in this situation?

Starting September 14, Dr. Liane Leedom will present a four-part webinar series called Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders. It is designed for mental health professionals and offers continuing education credits, but parents can benefit from the information as well.

The webinar explains how childhood and adolescent externalizing disorders develop. You’ll learn about genetic risk. You’ll learn how environmental factors from parenting to siblings to the child’s friends interact with genetic endowment to promote or inhibit externalizing disorders. Most importantly, you’ll learn strategies that parents can use to help children grow up healthy and happy, even if they were born with a risk for disorder.

Highlights of this webinar series:

  • Diagnostic criteria for childhood externalizing disorders including ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and substance use disorders.
  • Results of genetic and family research studies about the heritability of adult antisocial, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, and psychopathy.
  • How parenting and other childhood experiences increase or decrease an at-risk child’s development of externalizing disorders.
  • Best parenting strategies to counteract genetic traits children may have inherited that predispose them to developing externalizing disorders.
  • Three core concepts of child development, and how to strengthen them so children can grow into healthy, productive adults.

For more information, visit Lovefraud Continuing Education:

Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders


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