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Codependence: Treatment Strategies for Clients Who Lose Themselves in Others

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Nancy L. Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC
3 Hours 05 Minutes
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Jul 09, 2020
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Extending far beyond its roots in addictions work, codependence is a universal issue that shows itself in a variety of diagnoses, from anxiety and depression to trauma-related and eating disorders.

Join Nancy Johnston, MS, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC, addictions and codependency expert, for this compelling 3-hour webinar designed to provide guidance, insight, and straightforward strategies for clients who are:

  • Over-focused on caring for, fixing, controlling, pleasing, and/or conflict-avoiding 
  • Adult children of an addict 
  • Spending session talking about someone else 
  • Having difficulty allowing their children to become independent 
  • “Too resilient”; downplay suffering, forget how hard something was 
  • Struggling to leave an abusive situation or relationship 
  • Afraid to make necessary changes despite being unhappy  
  • Numb or unaware of what they want or feel
  • And more! 

Taught in everyday language and filled with practical tools, this is a recording you don’t want to miss!



This online program is worth 3.0 hours CPD.



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Nancy Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC, has been a therapist for over 40 years and is an expert in the field of codependent relationships. The author of Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else (2020). Nancy has helped thousands of clients extricate themselves from toxic codependency, connect with self, and live with more peace and confidence.

Nancy is Master Addiction Counselor and an AMHCA Diplomate in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders. She has also authored two other books My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency (2012) and Your Healthy Self: Skills for Working with Codependent Behaviors (2015).

In addition to working with individuals, couples, and families, she offers online workshops on "Self-Recovery" and designs and facilitates a Codependence Camp twice a year. Over the past 15 years, Nancy has presented at numerous conferences including the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, the Carolinas Conference for Addiction and Recovery, Addiction: Focus on Women, the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies, the American Mental Health Counselors Association’s Annual Conference, the Virginia Counselors Association’s Annual Conference, and Specialty Docket Training for the Virginia Supreme Court. More information about Nancy and her work is available at her website:

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nancy Johnston is an independent contractor with Dr. Kuley and Associates and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Johnston is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors' Association, the Virginia Counselors' Association, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals.


  1. Apply the codependency paradigm as an underlying factor for common presenting problems, symptoms and diagnoses.   
  2. Determine the origins of codependent behaviours to support case conceptualization and decrease pathology or stigma.   
  3. Utilize clinical strategies to increase client’s self-understanding, self-awareness, and skills to attend to their internal well-being.   


Conceptualizing Codependent Dynamics in a Practical Way 

  • Over-functioning for others while under-functioning for the Self 
  • The physical and emotional costs of a “dominant external focus” 
  • Codependence as a precursor to anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks 

Assessment:  Broadening Your Lens to Include the Codependence Paradigm 

  • How to identify and address codependence without stigmatizing 
  • Self-understanding (the why), self-awareness (the what), and skill sets (the how) 
  • Addressing the grief that underlies acceptance of reality 
  • What’s missing from the Stages of Change 

Treatment Tools:  Help Clients Detach from Codependence and Anchor Within the Self  

  • Setting goals that make sense 
  • Shifting focus from external to internal 
  • 3-part boundary setting skills 
  • Visuals to illustrate the relationship between the self and others 
  • Building “quiet reactivity” 
  • Breaking through the illusion of control 
  • Daily practices for self-awareness and self-care 
  • And more! 

Case Studies: 

  • 50 y/o mother, overly enmeshed with adult child who repeatedly relapses from alcohol recovery 
  • 36 y/o, depressed and insecure, unsure of role at work, feels excluded and inconsequential  
  • 17 y/o, discouraged and hesitant to share true thoughts and feelings with partner

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers 
  • Counselors 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Case Managers 


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