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Understanding and Using the Traumatic Narcissism Theory

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Since the publication of his 2014 book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, Daniel Shaw has been refining and updating the psychological profile of the traumatizing narcissist, specifically for the purpose of helping victims of narcissistic abuse inflicted by parents, romantic partners or others. Many patients have difficulty articulating what happens to them in these relationships, and clinicians often miss the important clues that indicate this type of relational abuse. In this presentation, Shaw outlines the most prominent controlling behaviors of the traumatizing narcissist, how they impact his or her victims, and the specific ways that these patients can be helped to restore their critical thinking, their self-esteem, and their freedom from subjugation.


Daniel Shaw, LCSW, is an author, teacher and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Nyack, NY. Integrating contemporary trauma theories with psychoanalytic work, Shaw works internationally with survivors of narcissistic abuse as well as cult survivors, and consults to other mental health professionals individually and in groups. www.danielshawlcsw.com.


Teaching Method: Lecture, Discussion and Q & A.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:
1. identify the most prominent behaviors of the traumatizing narcissist.
2. formulate treatment goals for victims of narcissistic abuse suffering from Complex-PTSD.
3. utilize psychoeducation about the traumatic narcissism theory to help patients consolidate therapeutic gains.

A completed survey must be submitted after the meeting for 2 CE hours.

Who should attend: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, graduate students.