As clinicians who come in contact with patients complaining of a wide variety of symptoms every day, you may have worked with victims of narcissistic abuse and not recognized the signs. Victims often don’t know they are suffering from narcissistic abuse and instead reach out for help because they have somatic symptoms. Others feel they are not coping with their own lives and present with multiple psychological issues that are inaccurately diagnosed. They have no idea that a toxic relationship is at the source of their despair.
Narcissistic abuse frequently does not look like domestic violence. It is harder to identify because often there are no obvious signs of abuse. The victims may spend years in a vicious cycle of love bombing, isolation and gaslighting, enduring tremendous loss and psychological destruction before they learn the root of their problem. As a clinician, you may be the first person to ever have the opportunity to name and validate the patients' experiences and get them on the path for help.
Narcissistic abuse is growing in recognition among the psychological healing community, with discussion of the term, “narcissistic victim syndrome” used to describe a cluster of trauma symptoms that are caused by living with someone with narcissistic personality traits.
In this webinar, you will learn the key pattern of narcissistic abuse, common tactics used in narcissistic abuse, how narcissistic abuse affects victims, and how to recognize the signs of narcissistic abuse in your clients.
- What exactly do we mean by narcissistic abuse?
- The narcissistic abuse cycle, and how it differs from the domestic violence cycle
- Family dynamics when one parent is narcissistic
- Tactics of narcissistic abuse: gaslighting, projection and rage
- The impacts of narcissistic abuse on the victim
After this course, you should be able to:
- Define narcissistic abuse
- Identify the pattern of narcissistic abuse
- Identify tactics used in narcissistic abuse
- Identify the cluster of symptoms typical of individuals who have suffered from narcissistic abuse
Mental health professionals who complete 6 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 6-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.
55 minutes instruction
Objective 1 - Define narcissistic abuse
- Narcissistic injury
- Early definition of narcissistic abuse
- Narcissistic supply
Objective 2 - Identify the pattern of narcissistic abuse
- Adult to child abuse cycle
- Adult to adult abuse cycle
- Compare to domestic violence cycle
- Adult to adult narcissistic abuse
- Narcissistic family dynamics
- What is the pattern of narcissistic abuse?
- Step 1: Find narcissistic supply
- Step 2: Engage in the three-step process
- Pull the empathetic person into a trauma bond
- Trauma bonding
5 minutes break
50 minutes of instruction
Objective 3 - Identify tactics used in narcissistic abuse
- Narcissistic rage
- Other tactics of narcissistic abuse
Objective 4 - Identify the cluster of symptoms typical of individuals who have suffered from narcissistic abuse
- Who is in distress?
- How to identify clusters of symptoms typical for victim of narcissistic abuse
- What narcissistic abuse looks like (in a therapy setting)
- How does it present in the health care system
- Impacts of narcissistic abuse
- Impacts of chronic fight or flight
- Impacts of disassociation
- Effects of gaslighting
- Clusters of trauma symptoms
- What victims are struggling with when they make it to the therapy setting
- How to help the victim identify what the problem really is
10 minutes questions and answers