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Narcissistic Abuse and the Shame Based Self: Working with Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse: Video Course

Narcissistic Abuse and the Shame Based Self: Working with Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse: Video Course

Like love, abuse comes in a variety of shapes and forms and can originate from various interpersonal relationships – it can be a partner, a work colleague, even a parent or someone influential in the larger religious or cultural community. Narcissistic Abuse is correlated with people who have a diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) or who display narcissistic traits. As not all interpersonal abuse is predicated on narcissism or narcissistic traits, it is crucial to understand:

  • the nature and dynamics of narcissistic abuse and
  • how it links to domestic abuse and other forms of interpersonal abuse

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Course Credits

CPD: 6 / CE: 6

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson

Course length in hours

6 hrs of video content

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While narcissism is an umbrella term, it is in fact a multi-headed hydra, which plays out in its various manifestations. The factors that underpin narcissistic abuse such as the traits of the grandiose narcissist, the vulnerable narcissist and the malignant narcissistand how these are enacted in interpersonal relationships to cover up shame will be explored, at this therapeutically oriented webinar. We will also probe and assess how this can lead to the need to minimise others in order to aggrandise the self, to attack others so as to protect the shamed self. Focus will also be placed on how the fear of closeness, fear of intimacy, abandonment and exposure of vulnerability can lead to attacking behaviour. In addition, consideration will be given to the traumatised narcissist whose self-protective behaviours such their need for control, especially when they are overwhelmed by unrelenting trauma reminders or reaction, and their emotional dysregulation can lead to impulsive and explosive mood swings in which they can be abusive, and unable to empathise or take responsibility for their behaviour.

People who have suffered Narcissistic abuse will have, for the most part, endured it as a violent emotional roller coaster although physical violence can also be a part of it in extreme cases. This training aims to identify the spectrum of narcissistic abuse and we will discuss:

  • Identifying types of Emotional abuse which can swing from love bombing to gaslighting to distorting the sense of reality in romantic relationships. It can also include devaluation of the person, accusations, criticism, or threats in familial or work relationships. In such scenarios, strategies such as manipulation, stonewalling, sabotage, exploitation, character assassination or social isolation also form a part of a well-stocked narcissistic abuser’s arsenal. Meanwhile, in close relationships where narcissists are the more dominant party, withholding money, silent treatments, isolation, and lying about their victims to others are pivotal narcissistic manipulative techniques. Ignoring the feelings of their partners/victims and taking no responsibility of their actions are key markers of narcissistic abuse.
  • Examining the patterns and cycle of narcissistic abuse including the four key stages of Idealisation, Devaluation, Repetition & Discarding and Hoovering.  
  • Highlighting the range of narcissistic abuse which includes the whole spectrum of mental, physical, financial, spiritual, sexual, or verbal abuse; usually as a combination of one or more of these.
  • More importantly, the impact of narcissistic abuse on survivors will be examined in detail: in particular self-doubt, the erosion of sense of self, the loss of relational worth, trust issues, compromised integrity, self-destructive habits and a range of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and Complex-PTSD and physical symptoms such as insomnia and nightmares.

By having a deeper understanding of the nature and impact of narcissistic abuse, practitioners will be more equipped to work with survivors and restore their reality. Emphasis will be placed on helping clients to break free from the narcissistic abuse cycle and to recover and heal from their abuse. We will also examine how to support clients who are in narcissistic abuse relationships to manage the impact, enable them to be safe and/or extricate themselves from such relationships and learn how to strengthen and protect self, to rebuild self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, set boundaries and build a support system, to enable them to move towards recovery and health from narcissistic abuse.

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What you’ll learn

By having a deeper understanding of the nature and impact of narcissistic abuse, practitioners will be more equipped to work with survivors and restore their reality. Emphasis will be placed on helping clients to break free from the narcissistic abuse cycle and to recover and heal from their abuse. We will also examine how to support clients who are in narcissistic abuse relationships to manage the impact, enable them to be safe and/or extricate themselves from such relationships and learn how to strengthen and protect self, to rebuild self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, set boundaries and build a support system, to enable them to move towards recovery and health from narcissistic abuse.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the nature and dynamics of Narcissistic Abuse and how this links to domestic abuse, trauma, mental health and personality disorders such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Explain the spectrum and range of narcissistic abuse and identify the cycle of narcissistic abuse – idealisation, devaluation, repetition, discarding, and hoovering 
  • Discuss the signs and impact of narcissistic abuse such as erosion of a sense of self, loss of self-worth, and mental health ranging from anxiety, depression to PTSD as well as physical health
  • Identify the different types of narcissists such as the grandiose narcissist, the malignant narcissist and the traumatised narcissist
  • Discuss factors that underpin the survivors’ behavioural responses such as shame, self-protective strategies, impaired attachment, fear of intimacy, fear of abandonment and vulnerability – which can lead to recurring attacking behaviour by the perpetrator
  • Identify how to help clients break free from the narcissistic abuse cycle -enabling the restoration of self-worth, building of support networks, reclamation of reality and eventual healing from narcissistic abuse

About the speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 35years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

nscience UK is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. nscience UK maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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