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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.

Love and Exploitation:

Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner Monday, June 5, 12-2 ET.

Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters Monday, June 12, 12-2 ET.

Learning objectives

Part 1:

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Describe a client’s distinguishing symptoms of small “t” and large “T” trauma (of PTSD) from emotional, physical, sexual, and deceit abuses due to a relationship with an exploitative disordered individual.
  2. Analyze specific exploitative manipulations common to disordered individuals as relationships evolve, and abuse manifestations on clients.
  3. Explain the cognitive, emotional and behavioral coping mechanisms clients develop to survive in the relationships, and how the self is submerged.
  4. Assess where criteria of personality disorders in the DSM-5 overlap or are differentiated from criteria in psychopathy research in order to recognize a distinguishing set of diagnostic criteria.
  5. Explain how the traits, goals and perceptions of an exploitative disordered personality measure against traits necessary for emotional intimacy, and implications for clients in navigating a romantic relationships with these individuals.

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Part 2:

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Describe how the effects of an exploitative relationship manifest psychologically, physiologically, and behaviorally in the client’s presentation.
  2. Explain how to help the client create detachment, so as to increase clarity about the relationship and change the cycle of victimization.
  3. Describe concerns and strategies for helping the client disengage from an abusive relationship.
  4. Explain research-based interventions for PTSD, including mindfulness techniques, and how they may help the client recover from an abusive relationship.
  5. Suggest additional healing modalities to employ as adjuncts to psychotherapy sessions that foster grounding, safety, and empowerment.

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Benefits of learning with Lovefraud CE

  • This is a Live Online webinar — you’ll be able to ask questions of the instructor.
  • Psychologists and social workers may earn four continuing education credits upon completion of both parts.
  • You are automatically enrolled in a private online forum, where you can interact with the instructor and other learners.
  • Therapists who earn 8 continuing education credits through Lovefraud CE are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

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Hi new to forum.does heart ache ever go away


whymegod It depends on how resilient you are and how good a support system you have. I wish you the best.


Hi Whymegod, sending you hugs!! I’m sorry that you were entangled in a abusive relationship. It’s not easy to leave this kind of relationship. So you should be so proud of yourself that you have escaped & found your way to this wonderful site that Donna Anderson created. She too was involved with a sociopath.

YES, the heart ache DOES go away!! It takes time. You will go thru all of the grieving stages (google) just like a death. You will sob, cry, get angry, and some where along this journey you will let go of this evil guy emotional & find peace again in your heart & soul.

Keep reading & watching the videos up at the top of Lovefraud. Find a good knowledge counselor who understands sociopathic abuse. Read books like Donna Anderson’s Lovefraud (see also her book store at the top for more books).

Come here & ask questions & vent.

Look up terms here on Lovefraud & the net:

gas lighting abuse
No contact rule
low contact rule (if you have kids see also One moms battle site)
smear campaign

We hear you!! Hugs to you!! 💜

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