One of the worst things about sociopathy is that it is highly genetic. That means everyone who has children with a sociopath must face a hard truth: Their children are also at risk of becoming sociopaths.
But genetics are not carved in stone, and just because children are at risk does not mean they are doomed to develop personality disorders.
Lovefraud Continuing Education offers a series of four webinars designed to teach mental health professionals how to help clients who have children at risk for externalizing disorders. (Externalizing disorders are mental disorders characterized by negative behaviors directed towards a person’s external environment, such as towards other people.)
Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders:
Part 1: Externalizing disorders of childhood and adulthood, including ADHD, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy
Part 2: What genetic research says about behavior and the risk of developing externalizing disorders
Part 3: How the environment, including parenting, siblings and peers, affects the development of externalizing disorders in children –
Part 4: Brain systems, social learning, and using the Inner Triangle to immunize children against externalizing disorders
The instructor is Liane Leedom, M.D. Dr. Leedom is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She has done groundbreaking research on how personality disorders affect families.
Dr. Leedom 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 The Problem of Parental Psychopathy, and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.
This webinar series is truly important for anyone dealing with at-risk children.