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2-Day Intensive Training on Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse: The Clinicians Guide to the New Field of Traumatic Pathological Love Relationships

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Sandra L. Brown, MA |  Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R |  William P. Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP
12 Hours 20 Minutes
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Aug 12, 2021
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You may have trauma clients who are victims of narcissistic abuse without even knowing it.

In a clinical setting, victims of narcissistic abuse can be conditioned to behave a certain way, to show only the good things. They can dissociate to remove themselves from the trauma, and struggle to talk about the abuse in therapy. Some may not even be aware of the abuse, especially if the narcissist is still involved.

If you’re like most clinicians, you only have a superficial understanding of personality disorders and the traumatic harm those with them can inflict on their partners. Without the proper training you can fail to connect the dots and miss a key component of treatment for these clients.

This program will give you the in-depth understanding and clinical tools you need to recognize the signs of abuse from Cluster B disordered partners and discover the keys to treating the survivors!

Sandra Brown, M.A., is a pioneer in the field of narcissistic and psychopathic abuse and the current president of The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education who has worked with and researched narcissistic abuse survivors for over 30 years.

Watch her, along with experts Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R and Bill Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP, for this live two-day webinar as they show you how you can:

  • Identify pathological love relationships
  • Differentiate PLRs from other stereotypical domestic violence, addictive, co-dependent, or dysfunctional relationships
  • Recognize the unique relational dynamics generated from the pathology and the traumatic impact to intimate partners
  • Understand why certain survivor personalities seem to be targeted
  • Key considerations for treating the traumatic aftermath

Don’t miss this chance to add a new dimension to your trauma treatment toolbox and help survivors of narcissistic abuse find the path to recovery. Purchase today!


Disclosure of Program CoSponsorship

This program was developed through the joint providership of PESI, Inc. and The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education.


This online program is worth 12.5 hours CPD.



Sandra L. Brown, MA's Profile

Sandra L. Brown, MA Related seminars and products

Sandra L. Brown, MA, has worked with narcissistic abuse survivors for over 30 years and is often referred to as the pioneer in the field of pathological love relationships (relationships with partners who have narcissism or psychopathy). Her seminal work and research helped launch the ‘Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse’ field. She is an author of hundreds of articles for survivors on narcissistic abuse and her books include the highly popular How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved (Hunter House, 2005), the award-winning Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm With Psychopaths, Sociopaths & Narcissists (Mask Publishing, 2018), as well as the clinically-relevant Counseling Victims of Violence (American Counseling Association, 1991). She is the current president of The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education, and the CEO of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sandra Brown has employment relationships with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education and the Assn for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education. She receives royalties as a published author. Sandra Brown receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations
Non-financial: Sandra Brown has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R's Profile

Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R Related seminars and products

Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R, has been in private practice since 1995 and specializes in Cluster B Personality Disorders and relationship abuse. She is an analytically trained, psychodynamic psychotherapist, who also integrates CBT, DBT & EMDR into her work with adults, couples, and children.

Claudia is a board member of the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education and serves on the executive committee of The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy's Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. In addition to her writing and public speaking on the wide-reaching effects of narcissism and sociopathy on the individual, the family, and the environment, she also provides supervision and teaches professionals at an institute level on the treatment and prevention of self-harm and narcissistic abuse. Claudia earned her MSW in Clinical Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Claudia Paradise has an employment relationship with the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education and serves on the executive board for Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia. She maintains a private practice and is a contributing writer and clinician for Claudia Paradise receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Claudia Paradise has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate narcissistic abuse from other domestic violence, addictive, co-dependent, or dysfunctional relationships to inform clinical treatment.
  2. Analyze the unique relational dynamics generated from the pathology and the impact to intimate partners.
  3. Investigate common mistakes made by practitioners in the identification and treatment of survivors of narcissistic and psychopathic abuse.
  4. Investigate the five stages of a Pathological Love Relationship (narcissistic abuse).
  5. Analyze Cluster B personality disorders for a better understanding of how Cluster B partners can exploit the vulnerabilities of those in close relationships.
  6. Apply the DSM-5 Alternative Model personality disorder “four impairments” to predict relational deficits in narcissistic abuse.
  7. Investigate co-morbid and intensification factors related to behaviour of the narcissistic abuser.
  8. Assess the role of chronic and pervasive Cognitive Dissonance in survivor symptomology.
  9. Analyze how gaslighting, coercive control, and subterfuge in the context of romantic relationships, can lead to negative impacts on cognition.
  10. Employ in-session approaches to help clients recognize narcissistic behaviour in their partners and become aware of the consequences.
  11. Employ psychoeducation techniques to teach survivors about personality disorders and the manipulative tactics, coercive devices and subtle signs that they may be victim of narcissistic abuse.
  12. Utilize clinical techniques to unravel problematic beliefs that can prevent victims of narcissistic abuse from making therapeutic progress.


Pathological Love Relationships (PLR) Defined

  • What therapists are doing wrong
  • What survivors said they needed and weren’t getting
  • PLR Description
  • Theoretical influences
  • Differentiating these relationships from other fields and disciplines
  • Research and research limitations

Personality Disorders and Pathological Love Relationships

  • Identifying Pathological Love Relationships through personality and personality pathology
  • Personality disorders and the importance of the issue of ‘pervasiveness’
  • Symptomatic conditions -vs- characteristic conditions
  • How to read life patterns of the normal and the disordered
  • Cluster B disorders and the danger zone personalities and spectrum

Identification of Pathological Love Relationships

  • The DSM-5™ Alternative Model and relational pathology
  • The Categorical Model vs The Dimensional Alternative Model
  • The four core impairments in personality disorders
  • Definitions, descriptions and behaviours
  • Symptom traits vs maladaptive traits

Clinical Impressions vs Distance Diagnosing

  • What if I can’t diagnose the other party?
  • Partner-related assessments and usefulness
  • Developing clinical impressions, reasonable assumptions, and working hypothesis in detection

Psychoeducation for Survivors About Personality Disorders

  • Personality theories that create bias
  • The neuroscience and neurobiology of personality disorders
  • DSM symptoms reflected in the neuro impairments
  • How clients benefit from neurobiology education

Relational Dynamics and Stages of a PLR

  • Pre-Stage— trolling, luring and predatory targeting tactics
  • Early Stage— manufactured intensity, love bombing, mirroring, reflective relational tactics
  • Mid-Stage —coercive control, gaslighting and subterfuge
  • End relationship dynamics
  • Case studies for each stage

Survivor Personalities and Targeted Traits: Critical Considerations for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

  • Who these survivors are NOT
  • Survivor personality super trait elevations and its importance in targeting and recovery
    • Agreeableness and cooperation: the relationship investment trait
    • Conscientiousness and self-directedness: the integrity-oriented life traits
  • Misidentification/misdiagnosis of personality ‘Super Traits’
  • Codependency, dependent PD, borderline PD, empaths

Trauma Symptoms and Trauma-Informed Treatment Considerations for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse

  • How these survivor’s symptoms can be different
  • Atypical trauma and misdiagnosis
  • Cognitive dissonance and its presentation in survivors
  • Difference in chronic and persistent CD—not your college understanding
  • Cognitive dissonance and its connection to PTSD intensification
  • Case discussion on symptomology including Executive Functioning and CD
  • Trauma treatment and why EMDR is helpful
  • Treatment limitations and contraindications

Case Study: Use the Four Identifiers to Recognize a Pathological Love Relationship

  • Pathology
  • Relational dynamics
  • Super trait personality
  • Atypical trauma present

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychologists


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