Counseling Survivors of Intimate Partner Terrorism: Effective and Ineffective Interventions
When seeking therapy, many survivors of intimate partner abuse and terrorism are told that they are “codependent” or “chose the relationship,” when, in fact, they are trauma-bonded or experiencing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In this webinar, you’ll learn about new research on how survivors of intimate partner abuse and terrorism view the therapy they received from community providers. Common attribution errors may negatively impact the delivery of therapy. Some survivors felt blamed by their counselors for getting into or staying in an abusive relationship, and rated the therapy as unhelpful.
On the other hand, survivors working with therapists who understood exploitative personality disorders and the abuse experience were more likely to view their therapy as positive. You’ll learn what survivors of intimate partner abuse and terrorism really want and need from a counselor, and ideas and strategies that will enable you to deliver helpful therapy.
- How survivors of intimate partner abuse rate the therapy they receive
- Why codependency and self-defeating personality disorder fail to describe the abuse experience
- How traumatic bonding and PTSD explain survivor symptoms
- How survivors benefit from learning about perpetrator personality disorders
- Recommendations for counselors who treat survivors of intimate partner abuse
About the instructor
Liane J. Leedom, M.D., is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She is author of Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD, and Women Who Love Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. She is also author of multiple peer-reviewed studies, including Counseling Intimate Partner Abuse Survivors: Effective and Ineffective Interventions; The Dominance Behavioral System and Psychopathology: Evidence from Self-Report, Observational and Biological Studies; The Problem of Parental Psychopathy; and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.
In addition to her university research and teaching, Dr. Leedom is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist. She trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the medical staff of several Connecticut facilities, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, the Hospital of St. Raphael and the Center for Optimum Care.
Cost and credits
The cost for this course is $70 for two hours of instruction. Psychologists may claim two hours of continuing education credit. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date. For more information on credits, click here.
No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.
This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:
- Discuss the historical concept of battery and how it has impacted clinical work
- Name the currently identified types of domestic abuse
- Identify the characteristics of perpetrators of interpersonal terrorism and the impact of IPT on victims
- Compare the symptoms of codependency to those of traumatic bonding and PTSD
- Analyze helpful and unhelpful clinical responses to survivors of interpersonal terrorism
Instruction — 55 minutes
- Survivors of intimate partner terrorism — codependent or trauma bonded?
- Counseling abuse survivors — therapist behaviors that help and harm
- Historical background of treating intimate partner abuse
- Four types of violent relationships
- Clinical problems of abuse survivors and abuse perpetrators
- Research into survivor satisfaction with the therapy they received
- Types of abuse endured by survivors
- Who engages in intimate partner terrorism?
- Traits of Antisocial Personality Disorder/Psychopathy in DSM-5, Section III
- Identification of ASPD/Psychopathy traits by survivors
- Research into survivor reports of feeling blamed by therapists
- Attribution errors that may lead therapists to blaming survivors
- Fundamental attribution error
- Just-world hypothesis
- Rejected victim-centered explanations for intimate partner abuse
- Self-defeating personality disorder
- People are drawn to situations and relationships in which they will suffer
- Included in DSM and then rejected
- Original context was Al-Anon
- One person enables another’s addiction, immaturity or irresponsibility
- Never appeared in DSM
- Self-defeating personality disorder
5 minute break
Instruction — 50 minutes
- Traumatic bonding
- Power imbalances promote attachment
- Biological basis for traumatic bonding
- Empirical evidence for traumatic bonding in intimate partner abuse victims
- Repeated trauma and complex PTSD — psychological effects on survivors
- Value of understanding perpetrator personality characteristics for survivors
- What survivors want from their counselors, according to survey respondents
- Recommended therapy strategies for counselors
Questions and answers — 10 minutes
Risks and Limitations
- The accuracy and utility of the statements included in this presentation are based on referenced materials from reliable sources that are accessible and obtainable by all.
- The limitation of the content presented herein is that the results of execution have not been measured, therefore, expectation of outcome is not predictable.
- It is presumed that professionals executing the guidelines presented herein will apply such holding to the precise standards of their professional code of ethics, to reduce risk of ethical violations. As in all therapeutic interventions that may provoke emotional triggering, the professional may be required to perform risk assessment for suicidality, homicidality or other incident requiring emergency psychiatric services.
Intimate partner abuse survivors aren’t codependent; they’re traumatized. New research with survivors reveals what makes them feel blamed, and what helps them recover. Therapists, learn how to help your clients effectively.