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2-Day Intensive Training on Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse
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$439.99 USD
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Audio CD - 8+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
8/12/2021 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  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 behavior 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 behavior 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 behaviors
  • 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


Sandra L. Brown, MA has worked with narcissistic abuse survivors for over 30 years 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 is the director of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction& Public Pathology Education. She is the president of The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education. Ms. Brown is an author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sandra Brown has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R, has been in private practice since 1995 and specializes in 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 is on the advisory board for the Association for NPD-Psychopathy Survivor Treatment. She is also a board member, teacher, and supervisor for the Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia. Ms. Paradise maintains a private practice. She is a writer and clinician for Ms. Paradise receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Claudia Paradise has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Bill Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP, is a psychotherapist who is a Certified Addictions Professional, Trauma Professional, and is EMDR certified with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice levels of treatment. He has worked with survivors of Pathological Relationships for the last ten years and has co-facilitated narcissistic abuse recovery in individual, group, and retreat formats. Bill is a board member of the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education and holds a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: William Brennan maintains a private practice. He is a member of the board for the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education. Mr. Brennan receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: William Brennan has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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