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Video Resource Pack: Working with Narcissism & its Manifestations

Video Resource Pack: Working with Narcissism & its Manifestations

This video resource pack includes:

  • Me, Myself & I: Working with Narcissism and its Pathological Manifestations (Dr Gwen Adshead, discussions hosted by and Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn)
  • Narcissistic Injuries, Neglect & Relational Trauma (Christiane Sanderson)
  • Narcissism, Gender Roles and Psychopathy: Exploring intersecting and reciprocal relationships (Dr Gwen Adshead & Dr Michael Beattie)

Price for resource pack: £225 instead of the regular price of £265 (a saving of £40)

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Course Credits

CPD: 11 / CE: 11

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson, Dr Gwen Adshead, Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn, Dr Michael Beattie

Course length in hours

11 hrs

Full course information

Narcissism arches over a broad spectrum, covering a multiplicity of forms ranging from adaptive to malignant. In this video course bundle, we look at the pathological manifestations of Narcissism, its dynamic representations, as well as the symptomatology. We discuss the clinical manifestations, behaviours and look at the therapeutic interventions that we, as clinicians, are able to provide.

Thanks to the contributions of Heinz Kohut, there is now a greater understanding that such manifestations can be representative of narcissistic injuries – the development of narcissistic traits that co-existed with impaired attachment in childhood, leading to deficits in the structure of the self. We discuss whether relational trauma can be a key contributor to the development of Narcissism, the role of Shame in its development and how do we provide a non-shaming therapeutic space for recovery to clients suffering from Narcissism.

In the last part of the bundle, we explore Narcissism and its development in an increasingly social-media obsessed world. Specifically, we consider: What is the role of shame in gender socialisation and how might narcissism and psychopathy help to defend us against feeling shamed by others?  How can we learn to build trust in our relationships and hold our gender roles less rigidly? Importantly, we discuss how the intersections of gender roles, narcissism and psychopathology present in clinical settings.

This video resource pack contains three complete workshops (CPD Hours: 11) that cover:

Part 1:

  • The ever-shifting representations of narcissism – when the same behaviour may be considered developmentally natural in one setting but pathological in another
  • The roots of narcissistic disorders and the symptomatology for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissism as a defence mechanism – how the client faces up to vulnerability and / or distress
  • Countertransference issues with narcissistic clients – from the client who looks-down on the therapist to the one who intensely scrutinises the therapist’s actions
  • Ideas about healthy and pathological narcissism and how these are evolving today
  • Clinical manifestations of narcissism and behaviours associated with narcissistic disorders
  • Indicated treatments for these disorders and their problems

Part 2:

  • Can relational trauma induce narcissism? What are the underlying dynamics that we need to comprehend?
  • How can we conceptualise narcissism on a spectrum, ranging from domineering and extroverted to introverted and neurotic?
  • The linkages between narcissism and narcissistic injuries to early childhood trauma, neglect and relational trauma (as explained through Kohut’s Self Psychology)
  • The key distinctions between healthy narcissism and dysfunctional narcissism – including the traits we need to be able to identify
  • The role of shame and dissociation in the development of narcissism and the implications this has for the therapeutic relationship

Part 3:

  • Thinking about traditional gender norms: Although it is acknowledged that there are multiple ways of being masculine and performing masculinity, the way in which men in Western culture understand their gender role is influenced by certain norms
    • We explore these core norms and the ways they influence how boys and men gain acceptance into and maintain their position within the masculine tribe
    • We will also touch briefly on the norms of orthodox femininities to see how a culture of complementary opposites can act to produce a very binary and split gender narrative
  • Thinking about narcissism and psychopathy: Narcissism and psychopathy are comparatively modern concepts associated with ‘badness’ and social undesirability
    • We evaluate the shared features across narcissism, psychpathology and traditional accounts of masculinity
    • We also discuss the function of such concepts in both popular discourse and in therapeutic contexts
  • Exploring intersections: Some of the defining characteristics of masculinity and narcissism appear to map onto one another, so how do we make sense of this?
    • We bring together the two strands of the webinar and explore the intersections and reciprocal relationships between gender norms, narcissism and psychopathy
    • Is there a pro-social aspect to narcissism and psychopathy where traditionally the tribe has needed these traits to be held by members to ensure the safe functioning of the group?
    • If these traits are socially endorsed as norms, how important is it to understand their flexible application?

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What you’ll learn

Part 1:

At this practical and intellectually stimulating seminar, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Jan Hepburn highlight and explain how, as therapists, we need to comprehend the spectrum of narcissism – from adaptive to malignant. We need to understand how the conceptual framework for narcissism has evolved, together with the clinical manifestations of narcissism (and its disorders) – so as to able to work therapeutically with its more sadistic and psychopathological expressions.

Part 2:

It is imperative for therapists to fully comprehend the underlying dynamics of narcissistic injuries, so they can effectively interpret the apparently contradictory behaviours of such clients. We need a better understanding of the linkages between relational trauma, unmet mirroring needs and expressed narcissistic traits  – so we can remain empathic when working with narcissism and provide a non-shaming therapeutic space.

Part 3:

Dr Adshead and Dr Beattie present and discuss illustrative case vignettes to unpack and explore the reciprocal relationship between strong conformity to gender norms and problems in interpersonal relationships.  What are the different maladaptive ways in which power and control might be transacted between partners in a relationship?  What is the role of shame in gender socialisation and how might narcissism and psychopathy help to defend us against feeling shamed by others?  How can we learn to build trust in our relationships and hold our gender roles less rigidly?

Learning objectives

  • Explain the roots of narcissistic disorders and the symptomatology for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Describe clinical manifestations of narcissism and behaviours associated with narcissistic disorders
  • Apply treatments for narcissistic disorders
  • Identify countertransference issues with narcissistic clients – from the client who looks-down on the therapist to the one who intensely scrutinises the therapist’s actions
  • Discuss how we can conceptualise narcissism on a spectrum, ranging from domineering and extroverted to introverted and neurotic.
  • Discuss the linkages between narcissism and narcissistic injuries to early childhood trauma, neglect and relational trauma (as explained through Kohut’s Self Psychology)
  • Describe the key distinctions between healthy narcissism and dysfunctional narcissism as well as the role of shame and dissociation in the development of narcissism and the implications this has for the therapeutic relationship
  • Discuss the traditional gender norms and the ways they influence how boys and men gain acceptance into and maintain their position within the masculine tribe
  • Briefly discuss the norms of orthodox femininities to see how a culture of complementary opposites can act to produce a very binary and split gender narrative
  • Analyse the shared features across narcissism, psychpathology and traditional accounts of masculinity and discuss the function of such concepts in both popular discourse and in therapeutic contexts

About the speaker(s)

Dr Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George’s Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis.  She is trained as a group therapist and a Mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation-based therapy. She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics. She is the co-editor of Clinical topics in Personality Disorder (with Dr Jay Sarkar) which was awarded first prize in the psychiatry Section of the BMA book awards 2013; and she also co-edited Personality Disorder: the Definitive Collection with Dr Caroline Jacob. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry (2013) and the Oxford Handbook of Medical Psychotherapy (2016). She is also the co-editor of Munchausens’s Syndrome by Proxy: Current issues in Assessment, Treatment and Research.

Gwen was visiting professor at Yale School of Psychiatry and Law in 2013; and also honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry that same year for her work on ethics in psychiatry. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by St George’s hospital in 2015; and was Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017. She now works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire in a service for high risk offenders with personality disorder; and in a women’s prison.

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 26 years 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.

Dr Michael Beattie is a HCPC Registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a research interest in the psychology of men and masculinities.  In addition, he has worked in the field of sexuality, sexual identity and sexual health as well as with issues of gender identity and gender dysphoria.  His book Counselling Skills for Working with Gender Identity & Gender Dysphoria was published with colleagues by Jessica Kingsley in 2018. He currently works as a Counselling Psychologist at the NHS Gender Identity Clinic in London.  Prior to entering the field of counselling psychology Michael worked in marketing communications, facilitating strategic planning and training sessions for clients across the world.

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