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Lovefraud Continuing Education

Everything you want to know about spotting, escaping and recovering from a sociopath — register now for Lovefraud CE online courses!

Lovefraud Continuing EducationLovefraud Continuing Education offers online courses about manipulative personality disorders for the public, survivors and mental health professionals. Registration is now open, and courses will be offered beginning June 1, 2016.

Visit the course catalog:

Lovefraud Continuing Education

Here’s the lineup of particular courses. Click the links for more information on any course.

June 1
The Basics: Love Fraud and How to Avoid It
Instructor — Donna Andersen, author of Lovefraud.com
More info

June 6
The Five Step Exit for Survivors: Tools you need to leave a psychopath, narcissist or other toxic partner
Instructor — Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
More info

June 15
The Five Step Exit: Tools you need to help clients leave a psychopath, narcissist or other toxic partner
Instructor — Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW
2 continuing education credits for mental health professionals
More info

Coming this spring: Lovefraud online courses for survivors and therapists

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One of the big reasons why so many people fall for sociopaths and other exploiters is that we don’t know they exist, don’t know the warning signs, and don’t know how to escape. Lovefraud is taking a big step towards solving these problems by offering online education for mental health professionals and the public.

This initiative has been in the works for almost two years. The program will launch in May/June — we’re still finalizing the details. If you want to be notified about when the courses will be offered and when registration will open, join our mailing list for Lovefraud Continuing Education News.

Most courses will be webinars, either one hour or two hours long. You’ll log in and watch the instructor’s presentation on your computer screen, while the instructor explains his or her material. (If you’ve ever attended a meeting or webinar on the Citrix GoToMeeting platform, then you’ll know what to expect.) If you have questions, you’ll be able to send them via chat or email, and the instructor will respond.

Happy 10th Anniversary Lovefraud!

free-fireworks-image-11 cropTen years ago today, on July 19, 2005, Lovefraud.com went live on the Internet.

Wow! What an amazing journey!

When I first launched Lovefraud, my original goal was to warn people about sociopathic con artists who proclaim love in order to steal their targets’ money.

That’s what happened to me. My ex-husband, James Montgomery, took a quarter million dollars from me, cheated with at least six different women during our 2 1/2 year relationship, had a child with one of those women, and then, 10 days after I left him, married the mother of his child. It turned out to be the second time he committed bigamy.

You can read the short story here:

James Montgomery: Using the Internet to meet and scam women, on Lovefraud.com.

Please help Lovefraud teach students to spot and avoid sociopaths

teenage girlWhen an adult becomes romantically involved with a sociopath, the experience is awful.

When young people become romantically involved with sociopaths, it’s usually far worse.

When I did the research for my book, Red Flags of Love Fraud, I collected data through an online survey. More than 1,300 people completed the survey about their experiences with people who they now believe are sociopaths.

The results were shocking: On almost every measure, people who said they became involved with sociopaths between the ages of 14-29 suffered more than those who met the sociopaths when they were over the age of 30.

Younger people are more likely to experience physical abuse and have their lives threatened. They are more likely to lose money, jobs and homes. They are more likely to consider ending it all by committing suicide.

I believe that this pain, hardship and trauma can be avoided if young people are taught about sociopaths in school.

Coming this fall: Lovefraud online education about sociopaths for professionals and the public

Man with maskMillions of sociopaths live among us, and no one seems to know it.

Because as a society we are so unaware, we are vulnerable to sociopathic exploitation.

And because many professionals, like the rest of us, don’t really understand the dynamics of these involvements, counselors, therapists and others are often at a loss about how to help people who have been targeted by sociopaths.

To address this dangerous lack of information about sociopaths, Lovefraud is launching an online education program this fall.

Lovefraud Continuing Education will offer:

• Classes for the general public — one or two hours long — explaining disordered personalities, how to avoid them, and how to recover from toxic involvements.

• Continuing education classes for mental health professionals on how to recognize when clients are involved with disordered individuals, and how to help them escape and recover.

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Lovefraud Continuing Education seeks psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors to share what you know about personality disorders

Counselor and clientLovefraud is launching a new initiative — an online continuing education program for mental health professionals.

The goal is to teach psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors how to recognize when clients are involved with personality disordered individuals, and the best practices for helping them.

Virtually no academic training is currently available on this topic. So unfortunately, when clients come in whose mental health issues are actually being caused by their involvement with a disordered partner, family member or associate, many counselors are not trained to recognize it.

The counselors who do understand what is going on have often learned the hard way — usually by being targeted themselves.

If you’re a mental health professional and you’ve done research or developed techniques to help clients who’ve been exploited by disordered individuals, Lovefraud wants to hear from you.

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