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003 | When Loving Him is Hurting You: Hope and Help for Women Caught in the Cycle of Narcissism and Emotional Abuse

Preconference Workshops


David Hawkins, M.B.A., M.S.W., M.A., Ph.D., and Sharmen Kimbrough, M.A.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




We live in a “me-centered” culture, with many selfishly asserting their “rights” and powering over others in the process. This epidemic of selfishness, entitlement, and emotional immaturity fuels narcissism and marital sexual abuse, traumatizing many and eroding the sensitive fabric of marriage. This workshop explores not only the culture of narcissism but also individual character pathology, its impact on marriage, and strategies psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders can employ to assist individuals and couples as they navigate their way to relational health. The presenters will discuss interventions needed to assist the narcissist and healing strategies for the victim of narcissistic abuse. Finally, the presenters will demonstrate how sexual power and control, often an aspect of narcissism, permeates the narcissistic marriage and the interventions and boundaries needed to bring sexual healing. 

Learning Objectives

Identify traits of narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), as well as Narcissistic Victim Syndrome 
Discuss lies being perpetrated by clients regarding NPD, Apply best practices for treating those with NPD and narcissistic traits, as well as the victims of narcissistic abuse