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: $135 (provides lifetime access!)
  • Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.

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 CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: 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 real-time "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous") count the same as "live" throughout 2022 (including ethics). There is also a proposed Board rule to make this change permanent. Please stay tuned for updates.
    • Licensed in another state: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, 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. This workshop is also approved for Core CE hours through LPCA of Georgia, approval #2020-12-02-234AW.
    • Georgia Counselors: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: This workshop is approved for 6 credit hours through CCPA, event code 64955808.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #091920. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Social Workers: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker: Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #130-2020. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Marriage & Family Therapist: Please see the yellow highlighted section just below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists if that workshop has approved status from another state association which ours have been (see above). Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states will accept APA & NBCC approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations. We strongly recommend saving the course description and educational objectives, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity, and please contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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