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Clients with a history of abusive relationships tend to exhibit certain predictable behavior patterns, underlying emotional needs, and related cognitive distortions. Important topics and skills for helping clinicians and their clients identify these patterns and their underlying causes will be reviewed. This comprehensive course will review the evidence and breakthroughs provided by research as well as undoing past misconceptions and errors in prior research on codependency.

Areas of focus for the course will include the development and use of codependency, understanding DSM-5 Dependent Personality Disorder, attachment styles, and using specific treatment tools with clients. We’ll practice using the wheel of power and control, the four horsemen, the love languages, and the sound relationship house. We’ll discuss how to identify and work through transference issues that are common in treating clients with dependent traits as well as engage in thoughtful peer discussion of presented case vignettes. Recent research on treatment/symptom management for these clients will also be broken down into useful and practical counseling techniques. The seminar will include time for questions, practicing skills, and interacting with others in the course.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Learner will define dependency and codependency.

b). Learner will be able to explain the purpose of using roles in relationships.

c). Learner will be able to identify at least five of the eight diagnostic criteria of DPD and one common impact of symptoms.

d). Learner will be able to describe and use objectifiable measurements in unhealthy dependent emotional needs and behaviors.

e). Learner will be able to identify patterns in healthy relationships.

f). Learner will be able to name 5 family relationship styles as part of fostering dependent behavior.

g). Learner will be able to implement at least one intervention for addressing feelings and behaviors of unhealthy dependency.


Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): LeoDeBroeck MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Material Author(s): LeoDeBroeck MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington State. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center and works full-time at a community health center as a therapist with a team of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists. Mr. DeBroeck has completed his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Washington University submitting his thesis on factors in suicide. He has experience working with children and adolescents at an intensive inpatient program in Spokane, Washington for several years. He has worked in several different levels of care for mental health treatment including long-term inpatient care, WISe wraparound intensive services, school-based therapy services, and outpatient clinical settings. Leo also works as a quarterly faculty lecturer for Eastern Washington University’s satellite campus at Bellevue College. He teaches night classes to graduate and undergraduates in foundations of psychotherapy, trauma: assessment, management, and treatment, cognitive and behavior change, and others. Leo has also published peer-reviewed scientific research on young adults related to suicidality and has written several children’s therapy books, which are published on Amazon, for use in therapy settings addressing grief, addiction, neglect, abuse, etc. Mr. DeBroeck is the president and founder of Counselor’s Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated counseling products, therapeutic tools, and books.

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