Love and Exploitation, Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters
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About this course

Your client is feeling confusion and self-doubt, and presents with symptoms of depression, anxiety and even PTSD. You suspect your client’s issues stem from a personality disordered partner.

In Part 2, you’ll learn how to help the client who is, in fact, involved in an abusive relationship. This will mean guiding your client to obtain clarity about the situation, and supporting your client as he or she decides how to deal with it. This webinar provides an overview of multiple healing modalities to help your client recover emotionally and psychologically from the relationship, especially if he or she suffers from PTSD.


  • What your client may need to consider in making decisions about divorce, children and safety planning, and what may hinder your client from making changes.
  • Why the No Contact rule is so important, and how to implement it.
  •  Healing modalities to help clients recover from the psychological effects of abuse and manipulation.

 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 Warriorâ„• 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. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date.

This two-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for mental health professionals. Both parts must be completed to receive credit. 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 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.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Hidden agendas
  • Recognizing the exploitative relationship
    • The partner’s presentation
    • Confusion about the exploiter
    • Descriptions of abuse in the relationship
    • Traits of the exploiter
    • Types of exploitation
  • Helping the client in the questioning phase
    • Psychological effects of abuse and manipulation (small “t” trauma)
    • Physiological effects of trauma
    • Help client gain clarity
    • Help client create detachment
    • Help client return to the body
    • Help client out of isolation

Break — 5 minutes

Instruction — 50 minutes

  • Considerations in discovery
    • Effects of the discovery of deceit
    • Explore fears about leaving
    • Staying safe
    • Considerations for divorce
    • Resources for the children
  • Helping the client after separation
    • The No Contact Rule
    • Explore triggers that can break no contact
    • Therapeutic processes in healing
    • How PTSD will present
    • Factors in healing PTSD
    • Healing modalities for PTSD
    • Daily practice
    • Mind Warrior demo
    • The role of support
    • Soothing self-care
  • Putting the past behind

Question and answers 10 mins.

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: Learn how disordered individuals seduce their targets, what it means for the relationship, and how to help a client who has been deceived and betrayed. When your clients are in destructive relationships, this course teaches you how to serve them.

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  1. By John Kelly, CSW, CAS, CFE on September 11, 2017
    This course will be an extremely educating experience for clinicians. I found her knowledge and information on the topic to be invaluable for couples counseling, and, also, in understanding the pathology of the exploiter in the relationship.

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