In this two-part course, therapists will learn to identify the warning signs that your client’s partner may have antisocial, narcissistic or other personality disorders, and how to offer appropriate support.
This course offers four continuing education credits for mental health professionals. Both parts must be completed to receive credit.
Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner
- 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.
- Analyze specific exploitative manipulations common to disordered individuals as relationships evolve, and abuse manifestations on clients.
- Explain the cognitive, emotional and behavioral coping mechanisms clients develop to survive in the relationships, and how the self is submerged.
- 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.
- 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.
Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters
- Describe how the effects of an exploitative relationship manifest psychologically, physiologically, and behaviorally in the client’s presentation.
- Explain how to help the client create detachment, so as to increase clarity about the relationship and change the cycle of victimization.
- Describe concerns and strategies for helping the client disengage from an abusive relationship.
- Explain research-based interventions for PTSD, including mindfulness techniques, and how they may help the client recover from an abusive relationship.
- Suggest additional healing modalities to employ as adjuncts to psychotherapy sessions that foster grounding, safety, and empowerment.