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

led by Wendy Behary, Randi Kreger, Nina Brown, Rebecca Zung, Giancarlo Dimaggio, Keith Campbell, Mark Vicente, Susan Stiffelman

Develop your understanding of narcissistic clients. This course features a conference between 8 experts as well as delving into treatment strategies in an in-depth webinar. You will learn about the role of empathy, how narcissism develops and how to recognise it. You will also be shown common co-morbidities of different personality disorders and how to approach this in treatment. You will learn techniques to take into your practice such as how to negotiate with narcissists and the use of schema therapy. You will also be shown the different contexts in which you may need to navigate a narcissist such as in co-parenting as well as the story of a narcissistic cult leader from someone who experienced it first-hand.

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Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.
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Learning Outcomes
  • 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 ways, which cause them 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.
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Overview: Navigating Narcissism: An integrated and integral investigation into one of the most complex personalities across the globe

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 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 a significant other. Often this significant other  will experience triggered emotions, self-doubt, and a limited understanding of the complicated architecture of this personality. Even for a clinician, who has a professionally trained clinical mind and well stocked reservoir of resources, it can be one of the biggest challenges to work with this type of client. So develop your tools and understanding with this course.

Part 1: The Wisdom of Empathy in an Era of Narcissism by Wendy Behary

“Empathy”, a somewhat misunderstood and misused word which can push the buttons of many who struggle to experience it in their relationship. Can empathy 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? This section will answer these all important questions to help you get in the minds of your narcissistic clients.

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.  Sometimes this can compel 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 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 an actor in a movie, our 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.

Part 2: Identifying and Addressing Comorbidity: Narcissistic Personality Disorder / Borderline Personality Disorder by Randi Kreger

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 (BPD) or the traits of BPD?

For clinicians who specialize in Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the implications of this preliminary finding are profound. In this workshop, Randi Kreger, will illustrate what you need to know about BPD, compare and contrast it to NPD, and discuss 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. You 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, you will be able to transform the quality of your care and the treatment outcome for those with NPD/BPD and their families.

Part 3: Unraveling the Destructive Narcissistic Pattern by Nina Brown

In this section you will learn about the pattern of behaviors and attitudes that comprise a Destructive Narcissistic Pattern conceptualized as a subclinical category for the DSM Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Nina Brown 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, you will also discover other behaviours which may be more rare and subtle but still problematic to relationships. Yo will also learn about how to build healthy adult narcissism (HAN).

Part 4: Slay the Bully: How to Negotiate with Narcissists and Win by Rebecca Zung

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 with you. This will allow your clients to lead the conversation so that they feel empowered and equipped to go on the offensive instead of always being on the defensive. They 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 achieve the outcome and get the resolutions they want.

Part 5: Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder today as we understand its psychopathology by Giancarlo Dimaggio

We now have options and strategies to better treat patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In particular, clinicians need to target five domains of pathological narcissism: maladaptive self–other schemas; poor self-reflection and intellectualizing; disturbed agency; maladaptive coping; poor theory of mind and empathy.
Giancarlo Dimaggio will offer specific treatment suggestions that can be applied in an integrative spirit and are formulated in a way that lends them to empirical investigation.

In particular, Giancarlo Dimaggio will describe how to: promote self-reflection and reduce intellectualizing; promote awareness of being guided by schemas; sustain agency and goal directed behavior, in particular in domains unrelated to social rank; form new and more benevolent representations of self and others. He will also explain why promoting empathy for the others is not helpful when done too early in therapy. Finally, he will describe clinical vignettes in order to help participants figure out what is likely to deteriorate treatment on the one hand, and what possibly works on the other hand.

Part 6: Latest Findings in the Science and Research on Narcissism by Keith Campbell

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.

Part 7: Betrayal Trauma, Betrayal Blindness and why being a Whistleblower is the Worst Job in the World by Mark Vicente

In this section Mark Vicente discusses his own experiences with a narcissist. “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.”

Part 8: Co-Parenting with a Narcissist by Susan Stiffelman

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.

Part 9: Navigating Narcissism in the Treatment Room with Schema Therapy by Wendy Behary

This section is an in-depth webinar peeking into the complexities of the narcissistic client can stimulate our curiosity. Treating them individually or in the context of couple’s work can arouse our sense of inadequacy and frustration.

Maintaining a firm and flexible posture, understanding our own personal triggers along with the narcissist’s makeup – helps us to bypass obstacles when dealing with them, promoting a sturdy stance for (empathically) holding the narcissist accountable. In doing so, we can sustain the necessary leverage for healing, and for lasting change. But how can we summon up the courage, maintain an empathically attuned state of mind, and effectively engage these clients when they’re more likely to defend, deny, demean, devalue, attack, distract, and charm us rather than cooperate with us and comply with treatment?

Exploring the critical content related to early life experience and unmet needs is essential to the formulation of a robust conceptualization and the implementation of treatment. However, this can be a triggering endeavor for many therapists when facing the belligerence, self-righteous entitlement, denial, neurotic victimization, and arrogance, of a narcissistic client.

Treating the narcissistic client – overtly and covertly – involves meeting early unmet needs such as, unconditional love and acceptance, empathy, and tolerance for frustration and limits. This comes with the challenge of confronting bullying, critical, passive-aggressive, detached, martyrish, and approval-seeking modes.

These clients sometimes default into hypersexual activity such as pornography, cyber-sexual relationships, prostitutes, affairs, or other erotic preoccupation. Intimacy is fractured and the refurbishing of trust is challenging due to the “betrayal trauma” of offended partners and the entitled stance of the narcissist. Healing is possible when leverage is high enough and partners are willing to engage in the treatment process individually and together.

At the heart of schema therapy, we have an approach capable of weakening narcissistic coping modes, and internal demanding critic modes. Adaptive responses replace unhelpful ones as schemas heal. Using effective strategies grounded in emotional engagement and the therapeutic relationship, therapists are poised to correct the biased early emotional experiences typically linked with high demands for extraordinary performance, confusing messages of over-indulgence alongside inferiority and insecure attachments, devalued emotional experiences, and poor limit setting.

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Wendy Behary

Wendy Behary has over 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, she is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and co-director of The New Jersey-New York City Schema Therapy Institutes. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York. She is a Founding Fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 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 such as “Disarming the Narcissist…”. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them.

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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.

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Nina Brown

Nina W. Brown (EdD, LPC, NCC), Distinguished Fellow American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Psychological Association Fellow, is a professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. She received her doctorate from The College of William and Mary, and served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association, Secretary of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, President of APA Division 49 (The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), President of The Group Council and other positions. She writes and publishes books on group psychotherapy and narcissism with 30+ books to date. Just a few of Brown’s published books 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).

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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).

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Giancarlo Dimaggio

Giancarlo Dimaggio, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist lives and works in Rome in the Centre for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters in English. He has co-authored 7 books in English books including: “Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy: Body, Imagery and Change” (2020, Routledge), “Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Personality disorders” (2015, Routledge) and co-edited “Integrated treatment for personality disorders” (2016, Guilford). He is editor in chief for 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.

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Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, is the author of more than 200 scientific papers 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 popular TED-Ed lesson on narcissism. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. 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.

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Mark Vicente

Author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Producer Mark Vicente was part of the creative team behind the sleeper hit “What the Bleep Do We Know?!” At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a big budget studio picture. Over the next 12 years, he went on to shoot 14 more feature films and numerous documentaries and commercials. Mark soon found there were in him, untold stories he desperately wanted to express as a Director. Because of the atrocities in his native South Africa, he found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. Beliefs about human behavior, morality, cosmology, existentialism and mysticism. Additionally, he is in production on ‘NARCS: Invisible Epidemic’, a documentary about Malignant Narcissism which exposes abusive strategies.

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”. 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, Arianna Huffington and co-hosting monthly with Wendy Behary.

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

Narcissists can be some of the most difficult clients to treat. Develop your ability to help these clients by understanding their minds and learn new techniques to use in your own practice.

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