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Love and Exploitation, Parts 1 and 2

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About this course

Your client says his or her partner “swept me off my feet” or “had so much in common with me” or “seemed too good to be true.” Yet your client is feeling confusion and self-doubt, and presents with symptoms of depression, anxiety and even PTSD. So is your client experiencing a personal crisis — or exhibiting a normal reaction to a personality disordered partner?

This webinar teaches you to spot when the real problem may not be your client, but your client’s relationship. In Part 1 you’ll learn to recognize the signs of possible antisocial, narcissistic, or other personality disorders in your client’s description of his or her partner — and how these individuals typically seduce and exploit their targets. You’ll learn that individuals with exploitative personality disorders do not have the ability to engage in normal emotional intimacy, and what that means for your client’s involvement in the relationship.

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.


  • How clients who are involved in a romantic relationship with an exploiter typically present, and how they describe what they feel.
  • The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for antisocial, borderline, histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders, and comorbid psychopathic traits.
  • 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 $90 for four 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.

Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner

Learning objectives – 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: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters

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.

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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.

Here’s a sample of this program:

Therapists: Does your client’s romantic partner “seem too good to be true?” It may be a warning sign of possible antisocial, narcissistic or other personality disorders. In this course, you’ll learn to spot the warning signs.

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