On-Demand: Healing Emotional Abuse: Breaking Free from the Trauma Bond - 6 CEUs


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  • CEs: 6 Core Education Clock Hours for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage and Family Therapists (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and valuable handouts & scripts. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $135

Educational Objectives:

  • Define emotional abuse and the many forms it may take in relationships of all kinds, particularly the use of power and control in strategies such as withholding, gaslighting, trivializing, forgetting, isolating, undermining, diverting, and many more.
  • Assess what experiences an individual may have that qualify as emotional abuse.
  • Identify the factors that may cause an individual to become a target for emotional abuse.
  • Review the research regarding why humans have empathy and the dangers that could arise from the lack of it.
  • Compare diagnoses associated with the absence of affective and/or cognitive empathy, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder (a.k.a., sociopathy & psychopathy), and the uniqueness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these individuals’ behavior impacts others.
  • Describe the trauma bond and how it keeps people stuck in abusive relationships, including the role that oxytocin and dopamine play on a biochemical level.
  • Explain emotional abuse safety planning, particularly during COVID-19.
  • Prepare and guide clients through recognizing emotional abuse, treating the trauma that may be keeping them stuck, choosing their own course of action, and empowering them to choose and become comfortable in healthy relationships.

Workshop Description:

Physical abuse frequently leaves a visible mark or is at least more easily processed on a cognitive level as actual abuse, while emotional abuse is insidious and may be difficult to see or even comprehend. Not that this does not occur with physical abuse as well, but the mind games and/or neglect used in emotional abuse may result in more psychological damage according to current research. It is argued that some attention, even negative attention, is better than abject neglect and emotional withdrawal. This kind of maltreatment leaves those suffering to question their own experience or blame themselves for the actions of their abusers. Additionally, abusers instinctually know just how to set up a bind that causes the victim to believe that their livelihood, the health and welfare of people or pets they care about, or even their very survival depend upon staying in the relationship. As social beings, certain hormones & neurotransmitters, such as oxytocin & dopamine even biochemically bond victims to their abuser. This is known as the Trauma Bond. Additionally, attachment patterns, multi-generational trauma, polyvagal theory, and understanding the role of empathy (or lack thereof) all play a role in the cycle of abuse. Healing from emotional abuse could easily take a lifetime, but this workshop will provide the education, research, and treatment strategies to ideally assist with a more targeted recovery process.

Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.

Dr. Becky Beaton-York is the Founder and Director of The Knowledge Tree in Atlanta. Her specialty area for her doctorate was Health Psychology, and she has a passion for working with clients around the mind/body connection. She has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally. In 2005, she was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Beaton-York has completed over 60 episodes as the featured psychologist on the hit series "Hoarding: Buried Alive" and has made recent appearances on the Anderson Cooper Show, CNN Headline News, & Good Morning America.

What People are Saying About this Workshop:

  • "Thorough, current, very applicable to clinical situations. Presenter was professional yet transparent which made for a more engaging workshop!" - DH, Psychologist
  • "This was phenomenal! I found the combination of research, cultural references, self-disclosure, and experiential exercises particularly helpful. Dr. Beaton-York is always a warm and engaging presenter, but this workshop still exceeded my expectations." - KL, psychologist
  • "Dr. Beaton-York is an excellent presenter; held my interest all day." – JM, Clinical Psychologist
  • "Dr. Beaton's energy kept my attention. I can't wait to go back and go through the slides, handouts, and videos!” - A.P., LPC
  • "Outstanding workshop!" - B.D., LCSW

6 Core or Related CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: This workshop is approved for 6 Core CE hours. The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both live/synchronous and on-demand/asynchronous) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). Therefore, this workshop is approved for 6 Core CE hours. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may want to consider completing all 40 CEs this year while you have multiple viewing options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Psychologist: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules.
  • Counselors: This workshop is approved for 6 Core CE hours through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia, approval # 2020-12-02-234AW.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop satisfies 6 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 6 Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, approval # 091920.
    • Georgia Social Workers: This workshop satisfies 6 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 6 CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, approval #130-2020.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop satisfies 6 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Counselors, Social Workers, & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state, and this workshop is approved for all three licenses in Georgia. Additionally, we have National Approval for all of our courses through the American Psychological Association (APA).Many states will also accept APA-approved courses, but please check your specific state rules and regulations.
  • The Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists & Ethics: For all Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, On-Demand ("Asynchronous") Webinars are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra 5 would be your optional Independent Study hours). Please see our Live Webinars for more synchronous options if needed. And for details regarding this new rule (Oct 2020) from the Secretary of State, click here.

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