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Lovefraud Continuing Education

Coming soon: How to recognize narcissistic abuse

Just about everyone who visits Lovefraud.com has experienced narcissistic abuse, although you may not know it.

If you go for therapy, your counselor may not know it either. Why? Tiffany Ketterman, LPC, explains a big reason: The mental health community has yet to agree on an official definition of narcissistic abuse.

Still, there is a cluster of behaviors that are typical of narcissistic abuse. And there is a cluster of symptoms in people who are on the receiving end of the abuse.

Tiffany explains all of this in her upcoming Lovefraud CE webinar, Understanding and Recognizing Narcissistic Abuse, which will be offered on Monday, Feb. 13, from 7-9 pm ET. The cost is $49.

Psychologists and social workers can earn two continuing education credit hours for this program.


If you are being stalked, here’s advice from a woman who’s lived it

Vicki Kuper, a stalking survivor, teaches you what to do.

Vicki Kuper, a stalking survivor, teaches you what to do.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Vicki Kuper of Iowa was stalked for years by her former romantic partner, Mike Bonert, and has successfully held him accountable — so far.

Vicki went to the authorities and got a No Contact order — which wasn’t easy. Bonert proceeded to violate it 24 times. Vicki then was able to have Bonert prosecuted, which also wasn’t easy. He was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison, then an additional 10 years for his fifth stalking charge. He appealed his conviction, but still served four and a half years.

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently affirmed Bonert’s stalking conviction. Bonert is already out on parole, but he must wear a GPS ankle bracelet for the duration of his parole, until December 3, 2017.

Why traditional therapy doesn’t work with disordered people

Most therapy is about offering insight. The general idea is that if you can look at your behavior differently, understand why you may be doing what you’re doing and how it affects other people, you can change.

This works with people who are distressed by their own behavior or their situation. It doesn’t work with individuals who have character disorders, because they are not distressed.

Dr. George Simon teaches therapists a more effective approach to working with disordered individuals. He’ll be presenting this approach in a Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar.

Character Disturbances and Disorders

Part 1: Key differences between neurosis and character disturbance in nature and therapeutic approach
Monday, Jan. 30, 12 PM to 2 PM ET


Lovefraud CE Webinar: Helping women escape abusive same-sex relationships

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Presented by Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
Thursday, Jan. 19 • 12-2 pm ET • $49
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If you’re a therapist with lesbian/bi/trans women clients who are in abusive relationships, this Lovefraud CE webinar explains exactly how to help them.

Life in a society that still shaped by both heterosexism and homophobia creates unique challenges for lesbian and bisexual women in identifying abusive relationship patterns, seeking relief from psychotherapy and natural supports, and ending abusive relationships.

You may be of the opinion that intimate partner violence doesn’t occur in same-sex relationships between women, or that, in the absence of physical violence, same-sex relationships do not include cycles of abuse. Women in same-sex relationships often hold the same beliefs, which also serves as an impediment to seeking help.

Dr. George Simon presents an alternative approach to treating character disorders

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Character Disturbances and Disorders
Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 12 PM to 2 PM ET
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If you’re a therapist, you may find yourself increasingly dealing with individuals with significant personality and character disturbances and disorders. You may have found your traditional insight-oriented therapy approaches to be ineffective in such cases.

While some therapists simply dismiss personality-related problems as unmodifiable or untreatable, Dr. George Simon shares a unique perspective that provides new understanding of the nature of character disturbance and a framework for effecting change in challenging clients.

You probably learned that in classical psychology, emotional and psychological distress is believed to be caused by internal, unconscious conflict. This conflict is eventually manifested in psychoneurotic symptoms. But according to Dr. George Simon, this traditional conceptualization does not explain what is happening in people with character disturbances and disorders.

Divorcing a Narcissist: Tina Swithin, author of OneMomsBattle.com, offers “Advice from the Battlefield”

If you married someone whom you now believe is a narcissist, and you are divorcing, know this: You are headed for a really rough ride, especially if you have children with this person.

Tina Swithin, founder of OneMomsBattle.com and author of the Divorcing a Narcissist series, has been there. She endured her ex-husband’s smear campaign, court officials who didn’t understand personality disorders, and two custody evaluations. It took years, but she finally succeeded protecting her children and is living in peace. Now, she coaches men and women who are facing their own divorces and custody battles with narcissists.

Next month, Tina will present a webinar for Lovefraud Education:

Divorcing a Narcissist: Advice from the Battlefield
January 10, 2017 • 8-9 PM ET • $25


Announcing Lovefraud’s winter 2017 continuing education programs for therapists

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Click to download a PDF of the Lovefraud Continuing Education brochure.

Psychologists and social workers: Learn to better help your clients, and earn continuing education credits, with these insightful webinars from Lovefraud Continuing Education.

Upcoming online webinars

Click the links for more information on each course. You can also download a PDF of the Lovefraud Continuing Education Winter 2017 brochure.

Helping Lesbians Leave Crazy-making Relationships: Addressing barriers to treatment and delivering effective support
Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
Jan. 19, 12-2 pm ET
2 credit hours • $49
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Character Disturbances and Disorders — Key differences between neurosis and character disturbance, and effective intervention strategies
George Simon, Ph.D.
Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 12-2 pm ET
4 credit hours • $98
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Understanding and Recognizing Narcissistic Abuse
Tiffany Kettermann, LPC, CADCI, MPA, MA
Feb. 13, 7-9 pm ET
2 credit hours • $49
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Therapists: Earn 8 Lovefraud CE credits and save 25%

Therapist and patientIf you’re a psychologist or social worker, and you need to earn continuing education credits by the end of the year, Lovefraud CE offers you a bundle of great online webinars at a special price!

Save 25% on the
Helping Clients in Abusive Relationships Bundle
3 courses • 8 credits • $147

Self study webinars are available immediately, or choose the live online replays, scheduled for the following dates:

  1. The Five Step Exit: Tools you need to help clients leave a psychopath, narcissist or other toxic partner
    Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
    Available immediately for self study
  1. Love and Exploitation
    Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT
    Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner

    Monday, Dec. 5, 12-2 pm ET (Live Online Replay)
    Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters
    Monday, Dec. 12, 12-2 pm ET (Live Online Replay)
    Or available immediately for self study

Therapists: Earn 8 Lovefraud CE credits by Jan. 1, 2017, and save!

Therapist and patientIf you’re a psychologist or social worker, and you need to earn continuing education credits by the end of the year, Lovefraud CE offers you a bundle of great online webinars at a special price!

Helping Clients in Abusive Relationships
3 courses • 8 credits • $186

Self study webinars are available immediately, or choose the live online replays, scheduled for the following dates:

  1. The Five Step Exit: Tools you need to help clients leave a psychopath, narcissist or other toxic partner
    Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7-9 pm ET (Live Online Replay)
  1. Love and Exploitation
    Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner
    Monday, Dec. 5, 12-2 pm ET (Live Online Replay)
    Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters
    Monday, Dec. 12, 12-2 pm ET (Live Online Replay)
    Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT

How to survive divorcing a narcissistic or borderline partner

Here’s the first thing you need to know about divorcing a narcissistic or borderline partner: It will not be a “normal” divorce.

Yes, divorce is always painful. But if you think your divorce will be like those of your friends or relatives — messy, but in the end, fairly reasonable — well, you are at risk of being blindsided.

If your partner is narcissistic or borderline, you’re in for a “high conflict” divorce. You need to be prepared.

In her Lovefraud CE webinar, Sonia Brill, LCSW, will tell you what to expect — before, during and after the divorce. Whether you are contemplating making a break, or are already in the midst of the drama, she’ll tell you how to move forward.

  • Step 1: Assess your situation and prepare.