Webinar with Sandra L. Brown, M.A.

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 2:30PM (Eastern). 

This event is approved for 1.5 CE contact hours and has a target audience of any mental health professional working clinically. The content level is appropriate for clinicians at the intermediate level.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm Lecture - Identifying the Elements of Pathological Relationships in Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Question & Answer 

You do not need to RSVP for this event; all members will automatically receive a zoom invitation.

CE credits for most mental health professions are provided by the organization R. Cassidy. Click here for CE Language. 

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Course Description

Traumatic pathological relationships are relationships with a partner with Cluster B and/or psychopathic behavior. Pathological Relationships have long been undifferentiated from traditional domestic violence. Although we have had ‘battering typologies’ based on Cluster B/psychopathic behavior, they were not studied for the differences in relational dynamics, the survivor profiles, or the differences in a survivor’s resulting trauma. Consequently, these relationships and their survivors have been approached and treated as an extension of domestic violence. 

But should they be?

Sandra L. Brown, M.A., a pioneer in developing the theory and treatment of ‘narcissistic and psychopathic abuse,’ will formulate ‘The Four Identifiers’ of pathological relationships that professionals should know. She will also discuss the research outcomes of survivors of pathological relationships, distinguishing between codependency often seen in domestic violence and the unique personality trait elevations of those in narcissistic and psychopathic relationships. She will also introduce an ‘atypical’ trauma feature that is central in the survivor’s trauma symptoms and is specific to pathological relationships that are often misdiagnosed and untreated. 


Sandra L. Brown, M.A., is the President of The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education and the Director at The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction. She is the author of nine books, including the book that was instrumental in launching the narcissistic and psychopathy abuse recovery field, ‘Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm with Psychopaths, Sociopaths & Narcissists.’ She has led the field in theory development and establishing an evidence-based and trauma-informed standardized care treatment model. She is a lecturer, therapist trainer, and theory consultant for this emerging traumatic stress-related topic. She is finishing the first treatment manual for professionals and has initiated a professional certification for this field.

 Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this talk, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify ‘The Four Markers’ of Traumatic Pathological Relationships (known as Narcissistic and Psychopathic Relationships)
  • Distinguish the ‘atypical’ hallmark feature of all pathological relationships and why it develops.
  • Differentiate between survivor profiles of traditional domestic violence related to codependency and the survivor profiles of pathological relationships related to the research on ‘Super Traits of Personality.’

Evaluations and Certificates are available by email and online following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

The cost will appear as $0. Zoom will track when you sign in and out of the webinar and provide us with a time-stamped roster. CE regulating bodies require that you are present for the entire presentation, so please be sure to arrive on time and stay through the entirety of the presentation. If you cannot attend the entire presentation, you can view and complete the self-study recording and test, which we will post within a week or two of the live webinar. Once the recording is posted, a new CE link will include a self-study exam at the end. CEs will be available for registration and completion for up to 6 months after the event. 

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. For questions or concerns regarding CEs, email Dr. Heather Perrin-Boyle at perrinboyle@yahoo.com