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Digital Seminar

Abandonment Trauma: Treatment Strategies to Heal Inner Child Wounds and Restore Healthy Attachment

Ellen Biros, LCSW, C-PD
Approx. 6 Hours
Jul 19, 2024
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Stuck in self-fulfilling cycles of mistrust, many clients expect abandonment and inadvertently create situations that reinforce those expectations.

As therapists our role is to dive into the heart of those abandonment fears, and help them heal the traumatic childhood wounds impacting their adult lives and relationships.

But for some clients “trusting” is a place where they’ve been hurt before, making deep therapeutic work difficult to get off the ground. Others can be too clingy, looking for you to meet their intense need for reassurance and connection.

That’s why expert Ellen Biros created this training -- to provide you a roadmap to navigate the complexities of abandonment trauma so you can offer your clients direction, hope, and the keys to healing.

She’ll guide you through the practical and effective approaches you need to build trust with these clients, help them overcome their abandonment fears, and forge a path toward lasting healing and better relationships.

With specific exercises from CBT and DBT you can use right away, you’ll end this training ready to help your clients set healthy boundaries, reduce their exposure to toxic relationships, and reframe the negative thought patterns about self-worth and rejection that have been holding them back.

This training is a valuable addition to any therapists’ treatment toolkit.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Ellen Biros, LCSW, C-PD, specializes in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders, substance abuse issues and emotional regulation problems in the criminal court system, private probation and private practice.

Ellen’s private practice is primarily devoted to treating clients with personality disorders and partners/family dealing with them. She has effectively treated clients using cognitive based treatments including CBT, ASAM Level 1 and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), as well as Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT).

Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia and has taught in the College of Social Services and the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Phoenix since 2008. She also has a Masters in Criminal Justice – where she began her work with personality disorders. She has been a State of Georgia Clinical Evaluator for individuals who have been arrested and charged with DUI or drug offenses. Ellen is a national continuing education speaker and has authored continuing education seminars including “Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: A Recipe for Disaster” and “Unmasking Manipulative Relationships: Effective Strategies for Countering Covert Abuse.”


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ellen Biros maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Phoenix. She receives royalties as a published author. Ellen Biros receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ellen Biros is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers, and the American Clinical Social Work Association.

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  1. Identify the concept of the inner child and its relationship to treatment.
  2. Analyze the relationship between core abandonment beliefs and early maladaptive abandonment/instability schemas in adult individuals.
  3. Determine the role of the expectation of abandonment as a contributing factor to the development of anxious and avoidant attachment styles in clients.
  4. Use cognitive strategies to reframe negative thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors related to the fear of abandonment and self-worth.
  5. Choose DBT strategies to help clients address difficulties in handling interpersonal relationships.
  6. Utilize graded exposure and desensitization to reduce abandonment-related anxieties.


Abandonment, Attachment, and Early Experiences

  • Early childhood’s role in shaping the inner child
  • Impact of attachment patterns on inner child development
  • Recognize vulnerability, resilience, and a healthy inner child
  • Formation of core beliefs from early experiences
  • Link between self-identity and inner child health

Trauma and the Spectrum of Abandonment

  • Differentiate between acute, chronic, and complex trauma
  • Types of trauma and the impact on attachment
  • Understand abandonment as a core psychological wound
  • How abandonment influences personality development
  • Impact of attachment on forming and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Barriers to healthy relationships in adulthood

Recognize Signs and Symptoms

  • Behavioral manifestations
  • Cognitive and emotional symptoms
  • Attachment-related behaviors
  • Impact on self-esteem and identity
  • Cultural considerations

The Abandonment Trauma Treatment Toolbox: CBT and DBT Strategies and Exercises to Repair Inner Child Wounds

  • Principles and techniques for trauma and abandonment issues
  • DBT skills training for emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Tools to set healthy boundaries and reduce exposure to toxic people
  • Cognitive exercises to challenge negative thought patterns about self-worth
  • Cognitive restructuring exercises to rebuild trust and self-confidence
  • Behavioral interventions for selfcompassion and fear of rejection
  • Self-soothing techniques for abandonment triggers
  • Graded exposure and desensitization for abandonment-related anxieties
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations

Therapeutic Relationship and Therapist Self-Care

  • Build a therapeutic alliance
  • Strategies for managing countertransference and vicarious trauma
  • Self-care practices for therapists

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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