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Friday Continuing Education Series: Helping Clients Cope with Unhealthy Narcissism - Anywhere from their House to the White House, Dan Neuharth, PhD, LMFT

  • Fri, October 11, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 185 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903- Mount Tamalpais Conference Room


Friday, October 11, 2019

Helping Clients Cope with Unhealthy Narcissism - Anywhere from their House to the White House, Dan Neuharth, PhD, LMFT

With the election of Donald Trump and advent of the "selfie" culture, unhealthy narcissism is drawing more discussion and awareness than ever. People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder or a narcissistic style are estimated to number more than 7 million in the United States and 150 million worldwide. In their quest for the spotlight, narcissists’ lack of empathy, grandiosity, and campaign of jaw-dropping tactics can devalue, undermine and inflict pain on those around them.

Clients raised by a narcissistic parent may have grown up in a world of only “winners” and “losers,” victims and victimizers. As a result, many of these clients feel on a treadmill of trying to gain approval and avoid disapproval yet feeling confused about what is normal or healthy. Clients in an intimate relationship with a narcissist may struggle to find reciprocity, intimacy and love in the face of dishonesty and betrayal from a person who uses others for his or her own needs and will rarely admit he or she is wrong. Clients who have friends or relatives with unhealthy narcissism, or who work for or with a narcissist, may often feel put down or manipulated. On an organizational or societal level, the presence of narcissists in high places can create emotional stress for large numbers of people, particularly those who grew up with, or are in relationships with, unhealthy narcissists.

This talk is intended to help demystify the confusing, often maddening behavior of narcissists so that we as clinicians can help our clients cope more effectively with narcissistic people. In attending this talk, clinicians will be better able to help their clients 

  1. Identify the signs of unhealthy narcissism
  2. Understand why people with narcissism behave as they do, and stop personalizing narcissists' behavior
  3. Move beyond self-blame or feeling held hostage in relationships with narcissists
  4. Assess how to set limits with or move on from destructive narcissistic relationships
  5. Respond to unhealthy narcissistic behavior in more effective ways
  6. Create better self-care and self-empowerment in the face of societal narcissistic influences and figures
  7. Be more true to themselves around narcissists
  8. Learn how to use encounters with narcissists as an opportunity for self-awareness and personal growth

Dan Neuharth, PhD, LMFT, is researcher and writer about Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He has written a bestselling book about unhealthy narcissistic parenting titled If You Had Controlling Parents: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Take Your Place in the World. He blogs on narcissism for both Psychology Today and Dan has been in private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Marin for 25 years seeing individuals and couples. He is current president of the Marin County chapter of CAMFT.



  • Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. The presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.
  • Location: 185 North Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903 - Mount Tamalpais Conference Room
  • Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Laurie Buntain.
  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

  • Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the CE Director on no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

  • Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the CE Director, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.
  • Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course.
  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
  • CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents contact Laurie Buntain, Continuing Education Director for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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