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Digital Seminar

Therapy with Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents: Strategies to Release Shame, Resolve Attachment Injuries, and Create a Sense of Self

Brenda Stephens
Approx. 6 Hours
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Sep 17, 2021
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD | Live Webinar

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Your client may have suffered narcissistic abuse at the hands of their mother or father.

Adult children of narcissistic caregivers hold enduring traumas that fill your office with shame, guilt, and the resounding disappointment of shattered lives.

The women and men who grew up with narcissistic caregivers just cannot get solid footing in life. Their relationships are always on the brink of fallout. Their work lives are chronically unstable. They don’t know how to parent their own children. And, they agonize over the same questions session after futile session:

Do I stop talking to my mother? How do I set boundaries with my father? Should I confront my parents? Am I doing what I experienced to my own children?

Liberate your client from the grip of their narcissistic caregiver by joining Brenda Stephens, therapist and author of Healing from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter’s Recovery Guide, for a seminar where you’ll learn to quickly identify the symptoms of this abuse and guide effective treatment.

  • Re-examine the impact of shame and release it’s paralyzing grip on client’s growth
  • Resolve attachment injuries and improve client’s relationships
  • Help your client develop a core sense of self to engage fully with life

The healing power of this training is immeasurable.

Don’t wait, transform yourself into the enlightened witness and role model your client desperately needs now.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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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Brenda Stephens is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who works solely with survivors of narcissistic abuse and trauma. She obtained her education through the University of Wisconsin system and is a board member for CALPCC, the professional organization for clinical counselors in the state of California. Brenda is the founder of a group and coaching practice in Southern California, The Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Center, assisting survivors of narcissistic abuse globally. She offers training to other therapists to help them support their clients who are children, partners, and others who have been abused by a person, or persons, with narcissistic traits. She is the author of Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter's Guide and The Narcissism Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Brenda Stephens is the founder of The Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Center. She is an author and receives royalties. Ms. Stephens receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, INC.
Non-financial: Ms. Stephens is a board member for CALPCC.

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  1. Distinguish parental narcissistic abuse and other types of emotional abuse.
  2. Integrate tools to help ease shame and guilt of adult children of narcissistic parents.
  3. Apply techniques to increase rapport and secure attachment development in clients.
  4. Distinguish malignant and covert narcissists and how treatment differs for those who have experienced their abuse.
  5. Create treatment plans that help your client set boundaries, communicate their needs, and develop a stronger sense of self.
  6. Develop proficiency in teaching client’s positive attachments in relationships and rebuilding self-esteem.


Narcissistic Personality Disorders in Abusive Family Relationships
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder – what clinicians need to know
  • How narcissistic abuse differs from emotional abuse
  • Malignant, covert, and communal Narcissists…how they’re different and why it matters?
  • Mother-daughter role reversal – when clients are put in the role of parent as children
  • Narcissism and attachment theory
Shame and Guilt in Adult Clients of Narcissistic Parents:
Exercises and Interventions to Help Clients Better Process Negative Emotions
  • Radical acceptance of reality – why acknowledging a relationship with a narcissist is the first key to recovery?
  • Vulnerability exercises to help clients understand shame and how to let it go
  • Interventions to release the guilt for things out of their control
  • Managing self-blame – how therapists can help clients assign responsibility where it belongs
  • Step-by-step guide for writing a letter to a parent
Relationship Management for Clients with Narcissistic Parents:
5 Steps to Improve Boundary Setting, Communication, and Coping
  • Taking the sting out of triggers – teach clients to recognize and respond to trigger events
  • Help your clients overcome The Four-F’s in triggering situations
  • Setting boundaries without guilt
  • Clear and concise communication to use with the narcissist
  • Codependency – help clients understand and unlearn this behavior
  • When to separate from a parent? Learn when and how to help your client confront their parent
Break the Cycle of Abuse:
Trauma-Informed Approaches to Build Self-Esteem, Self-Care and Support
  • Trauma and grief - learn how to walk with your client through that grief of what could have been
  • Counter your client’s need to be their parents’ narcissistic supply
  • Build support – the importance of having people in their corner
  • DBT exercises that help clients release control and practice acceptance
  • Thwart intergenerational trauma from narcissistic parents to protect your client’s children
The Power of Feeling:
Build and Rebuild a Healed Sense of Self
  • Guide your client’s conversation with their inner child
  • Help clients stop gaslighting themselves and reconnect with their core self
  • Reconcile and resolve attachment injuries
  • Re-build self-esteem – guide clients in valuing themselves
  • How to guide clients in creating specific goals toward recovery
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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