Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk about sociopaths to the Association of Student Assistance Professionals for the Southern Region of New Jersey. These are the student assistance coordinators who work in the public schools in New Jersey’s seven southern counties.
I had enough time to essentially give them two presentations, which was terrific: Love Fraud and How to Avoid It is my program for high school and college students. Sociopathy Awareness for Staff and Counselors provided more in-depth information that professionals should know.
The presentation for students explains what a sociopath is, the Red Flags of Love Fraud, how people become addicted to relationships, the dangers of online dating and how to break up with an abuser
The professional portion explained how sociopathy develops, how to help students who are involved with abusers, how sociopathic parents affect their children, and what teachers need to know about dealing with sociopathic parents.
I talked for almost 90 minutes — giving the information and answering questions. Several people came up to me afterwards, telling me about their own encounters with sociopaths.
I enjoyed offering the group what I’ve learned about sociopaths. I hope the information will make a difference for them and their students.
If you know of a high school, school district or college that would like these programs, more information is available on Lovefraud’s Education page.