Understanding Abusive Relationships

An eye-opening look at abuse from a licensed mental health professional who specializes in abusive relationships.
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course explains the complexities of abusive relationships and the pervasiveness of abuse as a global epidemic. Whether abuse is physical, verbal, psychological, or financial -- and regardless of the gender of the abuser or target -- this course is aimed at reducing intimate partner abuse through education and empowerment.

The instructor shares unique insights to the burning question: "Why don't victims leave?" Students will comprehend how an abuser's tactics and a target's vulnerabilities creates a powerful bond that is dysfunctional and can be difficult to escape.

This course also sheds light on the fact that targeted individuals are often robust and successful prior to this relationship, yet become systemically weakened over time. Topics such as abuse by proxy, alienation from one's children, and the shift from physical abuse to more sophisticated types of abuse is taught, as well.

Lastly, the instructor illustrates the personality structure of both abusers and targets, and the type of mate an abuser is apt to choose. Students will learn practical advice for avoiding potential abusers, determining whether their partner can change, and supporting loved ones who may be in abusive relationships at present.

Through PowerPoint slides and accompanying lecture, the instructor shares her insights and clinical expertise from her research into abusive relationships and her nearly two decades of experience as a psychotherapist.

This 75-minute course is structured into six segments and is appropriate for men and women age 16+.

What are the requirements?

  • This course is appropriate for men and women ages 16 and older. No prior knowledge of intimate partner violence or abusive relationships is necessary.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn why abusive relationships are so common
  • Understand the tools abusers use which makes it difficult to leave the relationship
  • Grasp how a target's strengths and "super traits" may actually work against them and keep them in abusive relationships
  • Choose better partners by understanding the dynamics and red flags of abusive relationships
  • Understand why emotional, financial, and verbal abuse is more prevalent -- and damaging in some ways -- than physical abuse
  • Distinguish between dysfunctional and abusive relationships and help determine if the target's growth and empowerment can effect any change
  • Learn the differences and similarities between male and female abusers and male and female targets
  • Determine if an abusive individual has the capacity to change
  • Recognize an abuser's skewed reality, and comprehend why this is so destructive to the mental health of the target

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is best suited for men and women ages 16 and older. Because abuse is so common and affects every age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and sexual orientation, it is prudent for all of us to learn how to spot and stay away from abusive individuals.

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Section 1: Overview of Abusive Relationship Facts and Cycle of Abuse
Abusive Relationship Facts, Gender Differences, and Cycle of Abuse
Section 2: The Abuser's Tools of the Trade
The Abuser's Tools of the Trade
Section 3: What Creates an Abuser? Nature, Nurture, and Personality Types
What Creates an Abuser? Nature, Nurture, and Personality Types
Section 4: Strengths, "Super Traits," and Weak Spots of Targeted Individuals
Strengths, "Super Traits," and Weak Spots of Targeted Individuals
Section 5: Is it Dysfunctional or Abusive, and Can An Abuser Change?
Is it Dysfunctional or Abusive, and Can An Abuser Change?
Section 6: Supporting Targets and Helping Abusers
Supporting Targets and Helping Abusers

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Instructor Biography

Amanda Somberg, MFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (CA #41275)

Amanda Somberg, M.A., MFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of California (CA #41275). She teaches, writes, and speaks frequently about the dynamics of abusive relationships and narcissistic abuse. Amanda presented her workshop titled "New Insights into Abusive Relationships" at the 51st Annual California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) Conference in May, 2015.

Amanda graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., English) and John F. Kennedy University (M.A., Clinical Psychology). She maintains a private psychotherapy and mediation practice in Walnut Creek, California. Amanda is the mother of a teenage son.

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