MEND - 4 - The Reason and Next Steps

David Hawkins

Program Description:

This 2.5-hour CE program, co-sponsored by The Steve Frankel Group and The MEND Project, is a part of a training curriculum for identifying and responding to emotional abuse, the common thread among all forms of relational abuse, and double abuse and identifying unconscious biases that contribute to original and double abuse dynamics. Program 4 covers 2 chapters of a 7-session comprehensive curriculum, which is designed for individuals and organizations who are responding to reported abuse, such as licensed therapists, counselors, educators, faith leaders, and other responders). This practical introductory program will begin to equip you to recognize psychological abuse in clear and defining ways that provide a pathway to healing.

MEND Founder, Annette Oltmans – a high-demand speaker, educator, writer, qualitative researcher, empathic advocate, and survivor - will teach about covert emotional abuse and Double Abuse®. Annette Oltmans’ determination to fully understand what was happening within her own marriage catapulted her into several years of intense research, therapy, writing and healing. Her research and personal experience with abuse and her search for qualified therapists, informed pastors, and physicians who were qualified to identify the abuse and diagnose her CPTSD led her to founding MEND.
Annette’s co-presenter, David Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW is a clinical psychologist who has brought healing and restoration to thousands of marriages and individuals since he began his work in 1976. He is CEO/Founder of Marriage Recovery Center and the Clinical Director of Pacific Psychological Associates, a consortium of private practitioners. He specializes in developing programming and counseling strategies for helping couples in severe conflict due to narcissistic and emotional abuse. He is a certified sex offender treatment provider, domestic violence treatment provider, and board-certified forensic examiner. He is author of over 30 books, most recently one entitled, Why Marriage Counseling Fails. Dr. Hawkins will address queries and content specific aspects per postdoctoral education and training.

This training covers the topics The Reason and Next Steps and includes –

Focusing on understanding the relationship between psychological abuse and trauma, how abuse conditions the brain, forms of trauma, physiological manifestations of PTSD and Complex PTSD, the importance of responding well, trauma and attachment, Developmental Trauma Disorder, ACES and risks, children in the foster system, and the economic cost of abuse.

Next Steps focuses on your responsibility as someone on the frontlines of responding to abuse, the specific kinds of roles you’ll engage in, the role of family and community, the Equality Wheel, controlled reconciliation and reconciliation outside of couple relationships and recognizing spiritual abuse and the roles that complementarianism and egalitarianism play within the context of faith-based families and communities. Using hypotheticals, participants will learn to apply the Terms and Definitions, Healing Model of Compassion and Accountability Model of Courage taught in Programs 1-3.

Goals and Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Trauma-Bonding
  2. Identify signs of Post Traumatic Growth
  3. Recognize covert emotionally abusive behaviors
  4. Understand the dynamics and effects of Institutional Abuse

CE Approval Information

The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements. 

The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Registration Information

Purchase Your Course Now!
Online Video Version

Course Price: $95

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

© The Steve Frankel Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Website by Koa Consulting