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Cognitive Techniques for your... Narcissistic Client's Need for Power & Control
Welcome to the Home Study Course sponsored by the Healthcare Training Institute. This course is entitled, Cognitive Techniques for your Narcissistic Client's Need for Power and Control. Our primary intent for this home study course is to provide quality education to foster your professional growth. The Institute has provided quality education since 1979. Hi. My name is James Brennen. I will be the narrator of this CD set. We appreciate that you have chosen us as a vehicle for you to earn your Continuing Education Credit.
The purpose of the course is to assist you in increasing your knowledge regarding how to treat patients, clients, etc. dealing with narcissism. As each case study is given, if the concepts seem to be applicable to your situation, I encourage you to turn your CD player off and make a few notes regarding the application of the principle to your setting. However, these notes are for your purposes only and are not to be sent to the Institute.
The questions in your CE Test are sequential and deal with the section of content that preceded it. For this reason, to facilitate the answering of each question, you might read the question from the CE Test prior to listening to that CD track. By knowing what the question is ahead of time, you will then know the content to listen for that contains the answer. So just a hint, after you write down the answer to a question in your CE Test, read on to the next question in order to give you a "heads up" to listen for the content that contains the answer to the next question.
Merely write the correct letter on the corresponding blank line in your CE Test. Each answer is only used once. Keep in mind there is nothing tricky or hard about these questions. They are merely intended to verify the playing of this CD.
For the purpose of brevity, most generally, I will use the term "therapists" or "mental health professional." However, don’t let these terms deter you from applying the concepts to your situations. When you hear the word "therapists," if your job title is social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, professional counselor, resident director, program assistant, etc. merely substitute the appropriate term that is the most meaningful to you. In short, don’t let my use of the term "therapists" cognitively set you off track from hearing the content because your job title is school counselor, for example. I will also use the term "client" for the purposes of brevity. However, if you deal with patients, residents, students, consumers, etc., transpose "client" for the term that is the most meaningful to you in your work setting.
On this CD set we will discuss such topics as: ambivalence of feeling; the four degrees of narcissism; lack of feeling; motives; manipulation; trauma; and anger.
So, let’s get started...
On a basic level, one could define narcissism as a control of emotional expression, interpretation, and communication. Narcissistic clients will report having no feeling, a result of early attempts to shut themselves off from the rest of the world. Many clients diagnosed with narcissism report a conscious desire to "be effective" or "to perform for the greater good." However, these sentiments are merely tools which the narcissistic client uses to project an image. That image, then, is used to manipulate and overpower those who become susceptible to the false image. This, and many other characteristics, reveal an ambivalence to feeling underneath the calm exterior of the narcissist. At some point in early development, the narcissistic client developed a negative connotation with emotion, and subsequently built up his or her defenses.
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