Narcissism and Emotional Abuse


Note: This is a LIVE virtual workshop that will take place via Zoom. Full attendance from 1pm-4:15pm ET on October 21, 2022 is required for CE credit. Specific Zoom log-in details will be emailed to registrants the week before the workshop. For general Zoom help, please visit our Online Workshop Information Page.

This workshop will focus on teaching a new way to handle narcissism and emotional abuse in couples therapy. Narcissists can be charming, well-spoken, successful individuals. But when challenged, they can be much more difficult. Their partners are often the impetus for couples therapy as they are often the ones most struggling in the relationship. A narcissist’s lack of empathy and sense of entitlement can be hard traits to live with. At times, these traits can cross over into being emotionally abusive.

Narcissists can be hard for therapists too. While they respond well to support and validation, they can become reactive or rageful in the face of challenge and confrontation.

Historically, the psychoanalytic approach was to meet these difficult clients where they were, support and validate them, not challenge or confront them. But this approach typically took years. Is it ethical to ask a partner to tolerate years of emotional abuse while gradual character change takes place?

Dr. David Woodsfellow’s approach is to get emotional abuse to end as soon as possible by (1) empowering the emotionally abused partner, and (2) joining with the narcissist through the truth. This workshop will give you an overview of how to do that. It won’t be easy. It might be out of your comfort zone. It takes learning and practice, but it is absolutely worth it. These interventions can help to bring a hopeless couple into new healing, growth, and happiness.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize the Relationship Grid to portray your client’s self-esteem and boundary problems in their relationship.
  • Demonstrate interventions to empower clients who are being emotionally abused by their partner.
  • Discuss two crucial components of effectively joining-through-the-truth when working with narcissistic clients in couples therapy.

Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours

  • APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • GSCSW –  This workshop is pending approval for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • LPC – Avant Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7225. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Avant Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • LMFT- Related hours

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Cancellation Policy

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Recording Policy

This workshop will be recorded for viewing by registered homestudy participants. Attendees at the live workshop who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are consenting to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, attendees who un-mute during the workshop and participate orally are consenting to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during the workshop, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the “chat” feature on Zoom.