Emotional Abuse On-Demand Continuing Education Course for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


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

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  • CE Hours Included: 6 Core (please see below for more information)
  • 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: $140 (provides lifetime access!)
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  • Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • 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 "Asynchronous" Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. For more detailed information regarding CE approvals, please click here.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 6 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64955808.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #091920. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #130-2020. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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