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What is Narcissistic Abuse? And What Can We Do About It? An Actionable Framework for Addressing the Impact of Antagonistic Personality Styles

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Dr. Ramani Durvasula


Costs:  CSCSW Member: FREE | Students: FREE
Nonmember (with CEUs): $65 


It is essential that clinicians understand not just the phenomenon of “narcissistic abuse” (or antagonistic relational abuse), but the fallout from narcissistic abuse (the distress, discomfort, and dysfunction that result from narcissistic abuse). To understand narcissistic abuse means to (a) understand the nature of narcissism and antagonism as a personality style; (b) the dynamics within these relationships; (c) the abusive patterns that occur in these relationships (narcissistic abuse); (d) the fallout of narcissistic abuse and its impact on people in these relationships; and (e) fundamental techniques for working with these clients through psychoeducation, assessment, fostering radical acceptance, and striving for growth. Clients experiencing narcissistic abuse and the attendant fallout may be having this experience in family of origin relationships, long-term committed relationships/marital relationships, friendships, and workplace relationships. This understanding is ESSENTIAL to work with clients enduring post-separation abuse and workplace abuse cases. Narcissistic abuse is the manipulative elephant in the room and this framework can give clinicians an intuitive and actionable roadmap:

  • The dynamics observed in these relationships
  • The patterns that comprise narcissistic abuse
  • The fallout of narcissistic abuse
  • An overview of techniques to bring into treatment
  • Ethical issues in working with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe dynamics of narcissistic relationships
  2. Become familiar with the phenomenon of and patterns associated with narcissistic abuse
  3. Provide an overview of the fallout from narcissistic abuse that clients experience, and co-occurring patterns that can complicate diagnosis and assessment.
  4. Apply techniques for working with clients presenting with the distress, discomfort and dysfunction entailed by experiencing narcissistic abuse, and fostering growth in these clients.
  5. Describe ethical issues which arise in working with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse.

        Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM MEETING.  

        • Closed Captioning available


        Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA, Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and the Founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training & Consulting. She is an author of several books including Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving A Relationship with a Narcissist, and "Don't You Know Who I Am?": How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. The focus of her work is the impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and society at large. She is the host of the highly rated podcast, Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani, a show that focuses on narcissism and its impact on relationships. You can also find her on YouTube where she has accumulated millions of views on her videos discussing narcissism on her successful channel, and on social media @DoctorRamani.

        This is a District Meeting coordinated by the San Diego District

        This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

        Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

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          • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
          • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
          • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

          Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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