Lovefraud Continuing Education

Specific parenting strategies may help children at risk for developing personality disorders

Many Lovefraud readers have loved  someone, had children with that person, and then realized that you’ve gotten yourself involved in an abusive relationship.

You suspect that your partner, the mother or father of your children, has a personality disorder — and then you hear that personality disorders are highly genetic.

What do you do? And if you’re a therapist, how do you help a client in this situation?

Starting September 14, Dr. Liane Leedom will present a four-part webinar series called Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders. It is designed for mental health professionals and offers continuing education credits, but parents can benefit from the information as well.

Coping with Stalking: How to overcome fear and fight back

Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar
Coping with Stalking: How to overcome fear and fight back — strategies from a woman who’s done it
Presented by Vicki Kuper
Monday, August 29, 2016 • 8-9 p.m. Eastern
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Someone won’t leave you alone. This person follows you, calls or texts constantly, shows up at your home or workplace, sends you unwanted gifts, or threatens you. As a result, you feel vulnerable, unsafe, anxious, stressed and afraid. You are being stalked.

Vicki Kuper knows exactly what you’re going through. She lived it. The man who stalked her called her 1,200 times — in one month. That’s an average of 400 times per day. Authorities issued a No Contact order — but the man was charged with violating it 24 times. Vicki, however, refused to live her life in fear. She took steps to protect herself and her family. Even though some cops and prosecutors didn’t want to get involved, she pushed the legal system to intervene.

When we stop wishing the past were different, we can recover from destructive relationships

Travis F. Vining

Travis F. Vining

Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar:
The Miracle in The Madness —Pathway to healing from destructive relationships
Presented by Travis F. Vining
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 • 8-9 p.m. ET
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By Travis F. Vining

It may sound silly, or even impossible to some who read this, but all we need to change the misery in our lives from pain to joy is a simple realignment of our perspective. Experience reveals the truth in this statement, but unfortunately, the process that facilitates this shift from misery to miracle is one of the most widely misunderstood concepts in the world … forgiveness.

Not only is forgiveness commonly misunderstood, but in some cases, it is intensely disliked and invokes an extremely negative response. This is especially true for those of us that have been deeply hurt by a relationship with a sociopath. A negative response is understandable given the commonly held beliefs and misperceptions about forgiveness.

Tina Swithin, author of ‘Divorcing a Narcissist’ to explain what they’re talking about

TinaSwithin_200x282Divorcing a narcissist is my superpower – what is yours? 

By Tina Swithin, author of OneMomsBattle.com and Divorcing a Narcissist

In 2009, I discovered that there is only one thing worse than being married to a narcissist and that is divorcing a narcissist. Being someone who cringes at the mere thought of conflict, I was not prepared for the onslaught of attacks, lies and character assassinations that were launched at me.

Even though I had been told by a therapist that my ex-husband was a “narcissist,” I had no idea that the horrific attacks were to be expected while going through a divorce with someone who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Email, text messages and the telephone became his assault weapons and every message left me paralyzed with fear.

Travis Vining, son of a serial killer, talks about healing from destructive relationships

We try to ignore the agony of betrayal, hoping it will go away. Paradoxically, says Travis Vining, author of Transforming Darkness to Light for Giving, it’s not in spite of our difficulties that we find freedom, but because of them.

Travis Vining will be presenting a Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar  called, The Miracle in the Madness – the pathway to healing from destructive relationships. He will explain how to gently, courageously, overcome the pain of betrayal by a sociopath.

Travis’ goal is to offer the example of his personal experience to reveal exactly how to apply these spiritual principles to our own lives. The underlying purpose is not to convince the participant that certain beliefs are true, but to show a way that they can be explored, applied, and experienced.

Dr. Karin Huffer explains why the traumatized clients in court need the ADA


Therapists: If your client suffers anxiety, depression or PTSD, and must face the person who likely caused it in court, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may help tremendously. Learn how to refer your client to court administration for accommodations that may improve his or her executive functionality during legal proceedings.

This course is presented by Dr. Karin Huffer. As a marriage and family therapist with over 30 years experience, Dr. Karin Huffer identified, in 1995, that extreme stress caused by our adversarial courts of law exacerbates health problems and can cause PTSD and anxiety disorders.  In response, she conducted a longitudinal survey identifying the unique needs of litigants with PTSD and developed a healing 8-step protocol for prevention and recovery. Dr. Huffer is founder of Equal Access Advocates, and conducts webinars that certify advocates in using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help disabled litigants participate fully and equally in court.

Tina Swithin, author of OneMomsBattle.com, presents ‘Understanding the language of a narcissist’ on Lovefraud CE


Tina Swithin will present a Lovefraud CE webinar on Aug. 9.

Lovefraud is very pleased to announce that Tina Swithin, author of the well-known website, OneMomsBattle.com, will be presenting an important Lovefraud CE webinar:

Understanding the Language of a Narcissist During a Divorce or Custody Battle
Tuesday, August 9, 8-9 pm ET
Recording subsequently available on demand

Tina knows from first-hand experience the madness anyone trying to divorce a narcissist encounters. She says:

Looking back, the red flags had been waving in the wind since our very first date. Those flags grew larger and more vibrant during our marriage. As it turns out, those same red flags that had been lining my path for years were dipped in highly flammable kerosene. I realized the danger only when they exploded near the end of my marriage. I was unprepared and left nursing third-degree emotional burns.

How therapists can help support traumatized clients who face sociopaths in court


Legal Abuse SyndromeMaybe you are one of many Lovefraud readers in a court battle with a sociopath — divorce, child custody, or other litigation. Maybe, when you need to tell the court what you experienced — you freeze, unable to speak, or even think.

You could be suffering from a psychiatric injury, such as PTSD.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are diagnosed, you are entitled to accommodations to allow you equal access to the judicial system. Accommodations may include breaks if you become symptomatic, permission to tape record proceedings, and more.

Do you know about this? Does your therapist know?

On Thursday, August 4, Dr. Karin Huffer, author of the Legal Abuse Syndrome, will present a Lovefraud Continuing Education course:

How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Supports Traumatized Clients in Court

Webinar for counselors: How to recognize and help clients caught in exploitative relationships, with Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW

Does your client’s romantic partner “seem too good to be true?” It may be a warning sign of possible antisocial, narcissistic or other personality disorders. Learn how these individuals seduce their targets, what it means for the relationship, and how to help a client who has been deceived and betrayed.

Upcoming webinar

Love and Exploitation:

Presented by Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt

  • Part 1: Recognizing the exploitative relationship and its impact on the intimate partner — Friday, July 22, 1-3 p.m. Eastern.
  • Part 2: Overview of therapeutic strategies for partners in relationships with exploiters — Friday July 29, 1-3 p.m. Eastern.

Mary Ann Glynn will answer your questions during the live online events.

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Continuing Education credits

  • Psychologists

Therapists: What you need to know about Love and Exploitation


Angry couple 320x240If you’re a therapist, what did you learn about people with personality disorders? When you were in training, did any instructor ever warn you that clients — especially clients in couples therapy — would walk into your office with a hidden agenda?

Probably not.

“Therapists are taught to believe that people have the ability to change,” says Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt. “Therapists are taught to look at the person in the most positive way, and that if people want to change, they can change. So they don’t recognize that there are some people who just will not change.”

As a result, many therapists are not prepared to deal with exploiters and manipulators — people who may be diagnosed with antisocial, narcissistic or borderline personality disorders.