Facilitating Professionally Run Support Groups for Partners in Exploitative Relationships

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About this course

Therapists: Many survivors of relationships with disordered individuals are desperately looking for support groups. Sharing experiences with others who know exactly what they are talking about — because friends and family simply don’t get it — is validating and healing. In this webinar, you’ll learn why support groups are especially beneficial to partners of people who may have antisocial or narcissistic personality disorder, or psychopathy, and how to facilitate groups that are safe, productive and healing.

Support groups offer benefits beyond those of individual therapy. Support groups break the isolation that most survivors of these exploitative relationships feel. Group members realize that they are not alone, which offers relief from self-blame.

The instructor, Mary Ann Glynn, has years of experience with both in-person and online support groups. If you would like to add support groups for partners in exploitative relationships to your practice, this webinar offers practical advice on how to do it. You’ll learn how to maintain privacy in marketing, screen prospective members, plan for safety and security, and use mindful interventions to promote recovery in your groups.

Time and time again, Lovefraud hears from people who are searching for support groups to help them recover from their shattered trust. The need is great. With this webinar, you can be part of the solution.


  • How neglect, abuse and exploitation breaks healthy attachment
  • How group attunement helps members rebuild trust and overcome PTSD
  • How to maintain privacy while marketing your group
  • Problems that can arise in groups and how to deal with them
  • Guided meditations, breathing exercises and body relaxation techniques to use in your group

 About the instructor

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT, is a licensed clinical social worker and an expert on how disordered individuals affect their romantic partners. In her private psychotherapy practice, she finds that many of her clients are stuck in destructive relationships, and helps them gain clarity and recover their lost selves. Ms. Glynn identified the approaches and relationship sequences of these exploiters on their targeted partners, and the reactions to victimization, often veiled and subtle, by the partners. She understands the influence of trauma on the targets’ lives, and uses techniques such as EDMR and mindfulness to help them overcome the traumatic impact. Ms. Glynn developed the Mind Warrior app, an adjunctive daily mindfulness and resourcing tool, to teach clients more empowered responses to PTSD and other emotional, relational, addictive or compulsive triggers.

Ms. Glynn earned her MSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work, and her BSW from Livingston College. She is certified in disaster response crises counseling, divorce mediation, hypnotherapy, clinical supervision and EMDR therapy. She specializes in PTSD and trauma, addictions, mental illness, ADHD, couples, partners in exploitative/IPV relationships, anxiety and depression. The modalities she employs include EMDR, hypnotherapy, somatic experiencing, CBT, focused mindful tracking, and communications dialogue for couples.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is $49 for two hours of instruction. Psychologists and social workers 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.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Describe research regarding the neurobiological and psychological healing attributes of group support.
  2. Develop a group structure with educationally based formats for codes of conduct, effective group dynamics, and a safe sharing environment.
  3. Explain in verbal and written form the reaches and the limits of confidentiality to group members.
  4. Provide a safe location, marketing strategy, and screening process for your group..
  5. Apply research-based therapeutic interventions for PTSD within the group.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Review of recognizing a client in an exploitative relationship
  • Review of effects of exploitative relationships
  • What support groups can provide that individual therapy cannot
    • Examples of group support positively affecting healing
    • What research says about group support
    • Studies of support and PTSD
    • What groups can offer those in exploitative relationships
  • The attuned connection
    • Neurobiology and groups
    • Attachment chemicals
  • Victim syndrome breaks healthy attachment
  • How group attunement repairs attachment
    • How groups help PTSD
    • “Nobody heals alone”

Break — 5 minutes

Instruction — 50 minutes

  • Developing an effective group structure
    • Support is the goal
    • Set the structure for group flow
  • What is positive feedback?
  • Problems that can arise
  • Explain confidentiality and privacy
    • Explain limits of confidentiality and privacy
  • Practical suggestions
    • Providing a safe place to share
    • Choosing a safe location
    • Privacy in marketing
    • Screening members
    • Attendance patterns
  • Interventions for group
  • Bringing clarity
  • Grief processing
  • Learning about vulnerabilities
  • Mindful interventions for group
  • Therapy groups
  • Sharing information and referrals
  • Adjunctive practices
    • Daily mindful practice
    • Mind Warrior App
  • References

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.

Therapists: Support groups for clients with disordered partners are incredibly valuable. Groups break their isolation and validate their experience. Learn how to run a safe and healing program.

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