By | July 15, 2016 1 Comments

Therapists: What you need to know about Love and Exploitation


Angry couple 320x240If you’re a therapist, what did you learn about people with personality disorders? When you were in training, did any instructor ever warn you that clients especially clients in couples therapy would walk into your office with a hidden agenda?

Probably not.

“Therapists are taught to believe that people have the ability to change,” says Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt. “Therapists are taught to look at the person in the most positive way, and that if people want to change, they can change. So they don’t recognize that there are some people who just will not change.”

As a result, many therapists are not prepared to deal with exploiters and manipulators people who may be diagnosed with antisocial, narcissistic or borderline personality disorders.

“We’re not prepared for some people who don’t have the ability to engage emotionally and be empathetic,” Mary Ann continues. “In the therapeutic setting, the exploiters will be often manipulative, charm the therapist, have no compunction about lying, so they make it look like the other person is the problem, and it can be very confusing to the therapist.”

Mary Ann is clearing up the confusion. She is presenting the next Lovefraud CE webinar series:

Love and Exploitation:

Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner Friday, July 22, 1-3 p.m. Eastern.

Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters Friday July 29, 1-3 p.m. Eastern.

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.

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.

Continuing Education credits

Mental health professionals may earn four continuing education credits upon completion of both parts.

The course is $95 for four hours of training. With every Lovefraud course, you get a free e-book by Donna Andersen your choice of:

Finally, any instructor who earns 6 continuing education credits through Lovefraud CE is also eligible for a free 6-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

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Too many bad therapists have ruined me for therapy; reading narcissistic posts is by far more workable (as far as I am concerned).

Bad therapy is a disgrace, especially arrogant therapists.

These people should NOT be allowed to hang a license in their office. Just like realtors, barbers, lawn service personal, your dentist…all employees of all types, they SHOULD be reviewed at least once a year. Let them pass an exam, like an aspiring teacher (maybe they do) but make it yearly. We have to have our cars inspected once a year…why not fine tune our therapists?

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