ON-DEMAND COURSE

Navigating Narcissism: An integrated and integral investigation into one of the most complex personalities across the globe

with Wendy Behary, Randi Kreger, Nina Brown, Rebecca Zung, Giancarlo Dimaggio, Keith Campbell, Mark Vicente, Susan Stiffelman
Develop your understanding of narcissistic clients. This course includes a lecture between 8 experts and an in-depth discussion of treatment strategies in a webinar. You will learn the role of empathy, how narcissism develops and how to recognise it. The common comorbidities of the various personality disorders and how deal with them in the treatment. You will learn techniques to use in your practicesuch as the negotiation with narcissists and the use of the pattern therapy. You will also be shown the different contexts in which you might need to manage a narcissist, such as the co-parentingand the story of a leader of a narcissistic sectnarrated by someone who experienced it first hand.
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Discover the training objectives of this on-demand course:
  • Conceptualize the evolution and construction of typical attitudes of the narcissist.
  • Apply different strategies to your clinical practice, including various adaptations of the technique of empathetic confrontation, typical of Schema Therapy.
  • Strengthen the bond with the client within the therapeutic relationship.
  • Addressing the narcissistic client's compensatory and detached fashions, which cause him to rigidly rationalize and disdainfully deny patterns associated with devaluation of self and others.
  • Create personalized dialogues aimed at “making one's voice heard” and creating new opportunities to access the client's vulnerability and emotions.
  • Pay attention to activating your own patterns and fads; various strategies will be illustrated to help therapists remain assertive, curious, and empathically attuned caregivers.
  • Integrate effective experiential strategies – designed to meet frustrated core needs related to shame, mistrust, injustice, and unconditional love/acceptance – within one's clinical practice.
  • Managing the needs of the partner within the relationship with the narcissist, burdened by the challenges posed by narcissism.
What will you learn from this On-Demand Course?

Given the countless number of notorious political leaders, celebrities, sports stars, cult leaders, brandishing their self-righteously entitled “rules don’t apply to me” lifestyles, or their extraordinary victim-martyrdom, there has been a bourgeoning awakening to popular terms like Narcissist, Gaslighting, Love-Bombing, Empath, Betrayal Trauma and Malignant Narcissism. These terms make a daily appearance on the pages of social media, news journals, and tabloid papers, on television and on radio broadcasts. These terms, once limited to use by professionals in clinical settings, are fast becoming the familiar language of everyday conversation on popular blog pages, and in households around the world.

Narcissism (Et al.) is becoming more readily recognized these days as a means for finally understanding the challenging and off-putting behaviors of one’s partner, lover, friend, boss, colleague, or family member. 

Narcissism happens along a spectrum,

from the benignly annoying show-off to the more severely malignant and menacing type, to those in between. 

Narcissists fight for approval, control, special rights and privileges, and for the ability to remain emotionally autonomous – for the power to never be controlled by anyone. Their origins usually include an interplay between a certain biologic structure and environmental experiences. They often harbor a great sense of shame and insecurity beneath early unmet needs for unconditional understanding, love, and acceptance, and for frustration tolerance and limit-setting.

Spouses, partners, and others in their orbit often describe the impact on their relationship as (albeit sometimes charming, clever, and heroic) intimidating, violating, lonely, betraying, empty, and for some, abusive.

Confronting the bullying, entitled, and self-aggrandizing states of a narcissist and breaking down the barriers of defiantly closed off emotions is a great challenge for the weary significant other who carries a wounded heart, triggered emotions, self-doubt, and a limited understanding of the complicated architecture of this personality. But even with an emotionally sturdy and professionally trained clinical mind, and a well-stocked reservoir of tools and resources, it is also one of the greatest challenges for the clinician in the treatment room.

Who is this On-Demand Course aimed at?
This On-Demand Course is aimed at all psychologists and psychotherapists.

In this On-Demand Course, speakers talk about ...

Presentation of Wendy Behary

The Wisdom of Empathy in an Era of Narcissism

“Empathy”, a somewhat misunderstood and misused word can push the buttons of many who struggle to experience it in their relationships with these charming and emotionally chafing megalomaniacs. Can empathy it be learned? Does it have real value? Isn’t empathy just another word for sympathy or compassion? How can one have empathy for a narcissist? Can a narcissist experience what is happening inside another person’s skin?

Some of the greatest thinkers and communicators, i.e., journalists, psychologists, researchers, political analysts, anthropologists, even wordsmiths, are investigating the empathy phenomenon — from mirror neurons to moral consciousness – attempting to explain its etiology, agency, and utility.

Most clinical experts agree that healthy adult development is contingent upon a parent or caregiver providing “attuned emotional connection” and unconditional love to their young child. When this need is not adequately met, the experience of feeling misunderstood, invisible, meaningless, lonely…even ashamed, can lead to painfully inscribed themes about self and self-defeating life patterns.

The wisdom of an empathically attuned mind can lead to emotional relief via removal of self-blame, with a focus on effective confrontations, limit-setting, and personal transformation; and sometimes (not always) it compels us towards compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness.

The need to be seen, to feel “gotten”, is a highly underestimated human need, perhaps one of the most powerful and necessary elements for healthy adult development and the cultivation of empathic awareness. Being empathic means being in a state of understanding (not necessarily agreeing). It is a state whereby we puzzle piece together a picture, a story– one that helps us to “feel” the experience or internal world of another. We become emotionally, intellectually, and physically engaged in making sense out of what we see, hear, and experience, whether it’s the actor in the movie, the loved one standing before us, or the person in the mirror. This sensory sensibility lights a path to clarity and truth, thus unburdening us of misappropriated responsibility, blame, toxic anger, shame, helplessness, and guilt.

Presentation of Randi Kreger

Identifying and Addressing Comorbidity: Narcissistic Personality Disorder / Borderline Personality Disorder.

Did you know that according to a 2008 epidemiological study involving 35,000 face-to-face interviews, about 40% of the people with a narcissistic personality disorder also have either borderline personality disorder or the traits of that disorder?

Well, now you do.

For clinicians who specialize in Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the implications of this preliminary finding are profound. In this workshop, Randi Kreger, the bestselling author of four books about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), will illustrate what you need to know about BPD, how it is similar to NPD, and how it is different; as well as alternate comorbid PD’s. She will share the three top indicators of differentiation that will assist clinicians in their assessments and treatment formulations. You will also receive a list of resources for both laymen and clinical professionals.

Randi will offer a broad-brush look at the major interpersonal challenges for family members. Participants will learn about the impact on and treatment implications for parents, partners, adult children, and siblings; those sharing common denominators such as grief, stress, and trauma. With this knowledge, participants can transform the quality of their care and their treatment outcome for those with NPD/BPD and their families.

Presentation of Nina Brown

Unraveling the Destructive Narcissistic Pattern

The presentation will describe the pattern of behaviors and attitudes that comprise a Destructive Narcissistic Pattern conceptualized as a subclinical category for the DSM Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The author conceptualizes narcissism as self-esteem and developmental along a continuum using the theories proposed by Klein, Mahler and Kohut among others. While individuals may exhibit some of the diagnosable behaviors and attitudes, the ones described in the presentation tend to be fewer in number and less intense but are still troubling to others and to their relationships. Also described are types, the impact of their behaviors and attitudes on others, and how to build healthy adult narcissism (HAN).

Presentation of Rebecca Zung

Slay the Bully: How to Negotiate with Narcissists and Win

Many people think that it is impossible to negotiate with narcissists but that is not true. Through Rebecca Zung’s background, knowledge and experience in dealing with narcissists as an attorney, she has been able to develop the specific strategies and a proven game plan that she will share that will allow people to lead the conversation so that they feel empowered and equipped to go on the offensive instead of always being on the defensive. The audience will come away feeling convinced that it is possible to be the victor instead of the victim – without backlash – feeling courageous – so that they can be to direct the outcome and get the resolutions they want

Presentation of Giancarlo Dimaggio

Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder today as we understand its psychopathology

Today we have several options and strategies to better treat patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In particular, clinicians must focus their work on 5 main areas of pathological narcissism: a) maladaptive Self-other schemas; b) poor self-reflection and tendency to intellectualisation; c) distorted agentivity (agency); d) maladaptive coping strategies; e) poor empathy and lack of theory of mind. Within this context, Giancarlo Dimaggio will offer specific therapeutic suggestions applicable to an integrative treatment modality, formulated in a way that lends itself to empirical investigation.

In particular, Dr. Dimaggio will describe how:

  • promote self-reflection and reduce the patient's tendency to intellectualise;
  • Promote the patient's awareness of being guided by patterns;
  • support the patient's agentivity and goal-oriented behaviour, especially in areas that do not concern the social hierarchy;
  • helping the patient to create new, more generous representations of self and others.

It will also be explained why fostering an empathic attitude towards others is not helpful to the patient when the therapist inserts this aspect too early in the therapy. Finally, a series of clinical cases will be described to help participants understand, on the one hand, what can jeopardise the success of treatment and, on the other hand, what can help make it work.

Presentation of Keith Campbell

Latest Findings in the Science and Research on Narcissism

Scientific research into narcissism has exploded over the last several decades. In this talk, Keith Campbell will present an overview of this progress. He will focus on the two faces of narcissism, grandiose and vulnerable, and how those are grounded in three basic personality traits. He will then highlight several social consequences of narcissism, from social media to leadership, and how the different aspects of narcissism play a role.

Presentation of Marina Cirio

MARK VICENTE
Betrayal Trauma, Betrayal Blindness and why being a Whistleblower is the Worst Job in the World

For 12 years I had been ‘following my destiny’ of making the world a better place – mentored by Keith Raniere. Someone I believed to be a highly intelligent, deeply empathic human-behaviour scientist. I was convinced this man was the rarest example of greatness and nobility in human form. A model of who I most wanted to become. In April 2017, I went through the shocking and torturous experience of waking up to the profound betrayal that he was in fact a cruel and delusional malignant narcissist and the organization was a trojan horse for his depraved need for control and psychological warfare on well-meaning seekers. For many years I had trusted him implicitly. My world was upside down and inside out. My most cherished values of goodness and honor had been tainted and I felt as though my soul had been raped. Adrift in sea of uncertainty and floundering under the collapse of my psyche; myself and a few brave whistleblowers went to war against him and his loyalists.

In court his lawyers would employ every abusive tactic possible, leading me to understand DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) This 3-year battle, which culminated in 6 indictments and a 120-year prison sentence for Raniere, I was immersed in self-examination. What had happened to me? Is the human psyche really THAT malleable? Why are these malignant pathologies and patterns of abuse barely understood in general society? In the course of this war I begun feverishly studying narcissism and narcissistic abuse. Most infuriating was Raniere’s victim’s refusal to see what was right on front of them – in plain sight. They were deeply trauma bonded to a maniac. Why were the very people we were trying to save, protecting this malignant narcissist and directing all their hatred at us whistleblowers? I was the target of a relentless smear campaign and every attempt was made by them to make sure that information I was sharing was censored and suppressed. So was born my interest in the structure and operations of gaslighting, triangulation, smear campaigns, trauma bonding, betrayal blindness, betrayal trauma and covert narcissism. While not a psychologist or an expert in this field, I am an expert in having gone through this experience and am able to give an eyewitness account as to the journey. My studies have helped me emerge from hell into a deeper understanding of self than I have ever had.

Presentation of Susan Stiffelman

Co-Parenting with a Narcissist

Most of us believe that our romantic partner will be our dearest friend and ally. Sadly, there are times when we discover that he or she is a narcissist, making it difficult to resolve even the most common disagreements. Marriage or partnership with someone who is highly self-absorbed can be heart-breaking, especially when children are involved. Partners (and children) of narcissists may be subjected to demeaning and bullying behavior. They may struggle to cope with a need for constant attention and admiration.

Partners are usually blamed when things go wrong and are frequently the target of the narcissist’s rage. Remorse and apologies are typically non-existent because the narcissistic wound makes it impossible to admit wrong-doing; their self-image must be impeccable.

These behaviors can have significant impact on children who thrive in the presence of a loving, attuned parent. Children who grow up with a narcissistic parent may feel unworthy of love, focus on gaining self-worth exclusively through their achievements, or be perpetually drawn toward roller-coaster relationships filled with drama.

In this presentation, author and family therapist Susan Stiffelman will offer strategies to set clear boundaries without inciting adult temper tantrums, diffuse tense situations, and help children understand that they are not the cause of the narcissist’s demeaning, unpredictable, or disappointing behavior.

Susan understands the challenges and complexities that come with parenting with a highly self-absorbed partner, delivering regular support n a monthly membership program on Co-Parenting with a Narcissist with Wendy Behary.

Wendy Behary
With over 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and co-director (with Dr. Jeffrey Young) of The New Jersey-New York City Schema Therapy Institutes. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until merging in 2012 with the NJ Institute), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a Founding Fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck Institute). Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014, and is currently the chairperson for the Schema Therapy Development Programs Committee of the ISST.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of “Disarming the Narcissist…” (New Harbinger, 2013) translated in 10 languages, whose third edition was released on October 1st, 2021. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, and the subject of narcissism, relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people. Her work with industry has included speaking engagements focused on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, parenting issues, and couples experiencing relationship problems. She is also an expert in coaching individuals in interviewing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills enhancement.
Randi Kreger
RANDI KREGER Randi Kreger has been researching the effects of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders on family members and developing ways for them to cope and overcome the negative effects since 1995, when she discovered her parents and a former partner had these disorders. Her first book (with Paul Mason), “Stop Walking on Eggshells”, has sold more than 1.2 million copies in 14 languages. She is also the coauthor (with Bill Eddy) of “Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder”. Kreger has given many presentations to family members and clinicians to organizations like the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the New England Personality Disorders Association, and Seiwa Shoten Publishers in Japan. She has made countless media appearances. Her website, (www.StopWalkingOnEggshells.com), contains information about NPD and hosts her online family support community “Welcome to Oz”.
Nina Brown
Nina W. Brown (EdD, LPC, NCC), Distinguished Fellow American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Psychological Association Fellow, is a professor and distinguished scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. She holds a doctorate from the College of William and Mary and has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association, secretary of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, president of Division 49 of the APA (The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), president of the Group Council, and other offices. He writes and publishes books on group psychotherapy and narcissism, with over 30 books published to date. Some of the books published by Brown are "The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern"; "Unraveling Narcissism" and "Children of the Self-absorbed" (three editions and also translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Polish, Korean and Czech).
Rebecca Zung
Rebecca Zung is a Narcissism Expert specialising in negotiation strategies with narcissists. She is also a well-known YouTuber (her videos have garnered over 20 million views in less than 2 years) as well as one of the most influential lawyers in the United States: her legal career has received major accolades from various legal journals (U.S. News & World Report listed her in the "Best Lawyer in America" category while Trend Magazine included her in the "Best Lawyer in America" category). News & World Report placed her in the "Best Lawyer in America" category, while Trend Magazine included her in the "Legal Elite" group), as well as by her peers and the American judiciary (she achieved, in fact, the highest accolade awarded to lawyers by the Martindale Hubbel Society, achieving "AV preeminent" status in family law). She is the author of numerous bestsellers in the United States, including 'Negotiate Like You M.A.T.T.E.R.: The Sure Fire Method to Step Up and Win' (with a foreword by Robert Shapiro) and 'Breaking Free: A Step-by-Step Divorce Guide for Achieving Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Freedom'. Her media appearances are numerous and in great demand: she has appeared frequently on television (participating in programmes such as Dr. Drew, NPR Talk Radio, Good Day New York, and CBS Los Angeles) and has published articles in major magazines such as Extra, Forbes, Huffington Post, Newsweek, and Time. Today he lives and works in Los Angeles, where he continues to follow his popular YouTube channel. In addition to frequent media appearances, Rebecca's activities include the creation of podcasts, articles and on-demand programmes such as "S.L.A.Y. Your Negotiation™ with a Narcissist", "SLAY the Narcissist in Family Court" (to be released soon) and the divorce masterclasses "Breaking Free™"
Giancarlo Dimaggio
Giancarlo Dimaggio, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, lives and works in Rome at the Centre for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters in English. He is co-author of 7 books in English, including: "Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy: Body, Imagery and Change" (2020, Routledge), "Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Personality disorders" (2015, Routledge) and is co-author of "Integrated treatment for personality disorders" (2016, Guilford). He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session; senior associate editor for the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and associate editor for Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice. Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy (MIT) has received empirical support in Italy, Australia, Spain and Denmark and is also applied in Norway and Portugal.
Keith Campbell
Keith Campbell, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Georgia, is the author of more than 200 scientific articles and several books, including The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (with Jean Twenge) and The New Science of Narcissism. His work on narcissism has appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and The New York Times and he has made numerous radio and television appearances, from the Today Show to the Joe Rogan Experience. He also wrote the famous TED-Ed lecture on narcissism. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree from San Diego State University, a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and did his postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and daughters.
Marina Cirio
Author, lecturer and award-winning writer/director/producer, Mark Vicente was part of the creative team behind the hit film "What the Bleep Do We Know?". At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a high-budget studio film. Over the next 12 years, he shot 14 more feature films and numerous documentaries and commercials. Mark soon discovered that there were untold stories in him that he desperately wanted to express as a filmmaker. Because of the atrocities he suffered in his home country of South Africa, he found himself questioning certain fundamental assumptions from a very young age. Beliefs about human behaviour, morality, cosmology, existentialism and mysticism. He is also producing 'NARCS: Invisible Epidemic', a documentary on malignant narcissism that exposes strategies of abuse.
Susan Stiffelman
SUSAN STIFFELMAN Susan Stiffelman is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, an educational therapist and a highly lauded speaker. Her work offers strategies to help parents manage their reactions regardless of how their kids are behaving, so they can position themselves as the calm, confident “captain of the ship” that children cooperate with, confide in, be comforted by and respect.

She is the author of “Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected and Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids” (an Eckhart Tolle Edition).

Susan offers online events for parents around the world on topics like Raising Tweens and Teens, Parenting in the Digital Age, and Raising Siblings with guests including Byron Katie, Dr. Dan Siegel, Alanis Morissette, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Arianna Huffington. She also hosts a monthly support group with Wendy Behary on Co-Parenting with a Narcissist.

For many years, Susan offered weekly advice as the Huffington Post’s weekly “parent coach” advice columnist and the Ask the Therapist columnist for Grandparents.com. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, publications like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and countless print and radio interviews.

A highly lauded speaker, Susan has presented workshops at organizations like Google, parenting groups from Senegal to Paris, and countless educational institutions. Her colorful background makes Susan’s presentations riveting and unique.

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