ACT to Treat Victims of Narcissistic Abuse

Recording From:
August 18, 2019 at 10am-1pm PST


Integrating ACT, Schemas, and Nonviolent Communication to Treat Victims of Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic abuse is often easier to recognize and diagnose when the individual who has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is an overt/grandiose narcissist because these behaviors and strategies are overt, blatant, and more obvious to observe. But when you’re dealing with a covert/vulnerable narcissist it becomes much more challenging to recognize and identify the abuse because the strategies that the covert narcissist uses are much more insidious and subtle.

Covert abuse is hidden, it utilizes a calculating approach to target people secretly and create divisions in order to maintain control. Strategies of covert abuse include gaslighting, triangulation, guilt, confusion, denial, accusations, threats, and reverse victim offender. 

This webinar will show you how to help clients who are struggling with covert abuse. Whether the client is struggling with a family member, a romantic relationship, or an organization this webinar will teach you how to recognize the signs of covert narcissism and how to teach clients to use empathic confrontation with the narcissist in their life and utilize tools from nonviolent communication to set appropriate limits, boundaries, and consequences in order to protect themselves. 

You will gain an understanding of how individuals with NPD think and how to identify the function of their behaviors so that you can predict their next move and respond accordingly. You will learn skills to teach your clients how to respond to covert abuse in an effective and strategic way. 

This workshop is designed to help you:

1. Understand the underlying schemas of individuals with narcissistic and codependent traits.  

2. Apply the six ACT processes to help victims of narcissistic abuse.

3. Utilize non-violent communication to help victims of abuse learn assertiveness skills. 

About the presenters:


Avigail Lev, PsyD, is a psychotherapist, author, and executive coach in the Bay Area. She is the director of the Bay Area CBT Center, a clinic in San Francisco and Oakland that provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals and couples. She specializes in integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy and has coauthored three books on strengthening relationships including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal ProblemsThe Interpersonal Problems Workbookand Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and provides consultation, trainings, and workshops on utilizing evidence-based treatments.



Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is staff at the National Center for PTSD, co-director of the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Center and is Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 5 books on ACT including Learning ACT, 2nd Edition, The Mindful Couple, and ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bridge Psychological and Spiritual Care. A fifth book: The Heart of ACT will be released in fall 2019. She has expertise in traumatic stress and has authored a number of articles, chapters and books on this topic. Dr. Walser has presented her research findings and papers at international and national conferences, universities and hospital settings; and she has been invited to international conferences to speak about ACT and mindfulness. She is invested in developing innovative ways to translate science-into-practice and continues to do research and education on dissemination of ACT and other therapies. She has had a number of leadership roles in international and national organizations and she served as Member At Large and President for the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science.


3 CE Credits available for mental health professionals (CE Credits Not Available For Webinar Recording).

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Info@BayAreaCBTcenter.com. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

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