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Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: A Recipe for Disaster

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Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric |  Families and Couples
Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW
Full Day
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Sep 24, 2015
Media Type:
Online Learning


  • Determine, finally, if your client is in an emotionally manipulative relationship!
  • 5 key detectors that attract a manipulator and a codependent
  • 4 proven steps to break your clients free from abusive relationships

The destructive and thoroughly crazy making dynamics of living in a relationship with an emotional manipulator can convince even the most intelligent individual to remain in a harmful and toxic relationship for decades.

On the outside these relationships appear to be successful even enviable, but behind closed doors, they are a tangled web of deceit and manipulation. Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW has worked with emotional manipulators and codependents for over 21 years. Through Ellen’s extensive experience working with manipulators and codependents, she has developed techniques to help clients untangle from these complicated relationships and regain their self-identity and self-esteem.

Learn the 5 detectors to help your clients identify whether they are in an emotionally abusive relationship. Discover the 4 steps you can teach your clients to help them break free from these abusive relationships. This seminar will not only train you to spot an emotional manipulator and codependent, but will also equip you with clinical tools and psychotherapy techniques to use immediately with your clients to help them begin to regain their self-identity and their lives.


A Recipe for Disaster: Emotional Manipulators and Codependents

Spotting the Emotional Manipulator

  • A definition of the emotional manipulator
  • 10 varieties of emotional manipulators
  • 8 tools used by the manipulator

Emotionally Abusive Personalities

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder

Codependents – the Relationship Addict

  • Characteristics of Codependents
  • Denial
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Compliance
  • Control
  • Avoidance
    • Codependent Relationship Patterns

Codependents and Emotional Manipulators in Relationships

  • 6 reasons why these relationships are set up to fail
  • A continuous cycle of chaos
  • Dysfunctional role play
  • The attraction is intoxicating
  • The danger in these types of relationships

Emotional Radar

  • 5 detectors that attract a manipulator and a codependent
  • What is familiar is comfortable
  • The difficulty in breaking free from these relationships
  • Does our society play a role in encouraging these relationships?

The Dynamics of the Relationships – Love is not supposed to be painful!

  • What to look for when assessing for an emotionally manipulative relationship
  • A history of mistrust
    • Repeating patterns
    • Power struggles
  • Toxic love
    • Swinging on a pendulum of extremes
  • Come here…..go away!

Relationship between Addiction and Personality Disorders

  • Understanding the relationship between
    • Addiction and Personality disorders
    • Similarities between the two
    • Frequency of Addiction in Personality
    • Disordered Clients

The Etiology of Emotional Manipulators and Codependency

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Codependency

Treatment Methods and Interventions

  • Treatment approaches for manipulators
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Schema Focused Therapy
    • Psychotherapy
  • Treatment approaches for codependents
  • Twelve step groups
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • 4 steps for change
    • Knowledge of a healthy relationship
    • Developing a healthy sense of self-identity
    • Self-esteeming from within
    • Boundary building

How to Evaluate Successful Change

  • Characteristics of a recovering manipulator and codependent


  • Examine emotional manipulators (Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder).
  • Identify characteristics of codependency.
  • Explore the complicated dynamics of the relationship between emotional manipulators and codependents.
  • Outline how to support and advise clients on how to untangle from these destructive relationships.
  • Describe the connection between addiction and personality disorders.
  • Recognize the causes of emotionally manipulative disorders and codependency.


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General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.



Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW Related seminars and products

Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience providing therapeutic services to individuals and families. She has over 11 years experience working with individuals who are living with addiction, chemical dependency and codependency, as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders and domestic violence. Ellen also provides State of Georgia clinical evaluations for individuals who have been arrested and charged with DUI or drug offenses.

Ellen’s treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients address current life challenges and long-standing issues. Ellen’s therapeutic style draws from a variety of methodologies and techniques to incorporate what is most helpful for each individual.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Suwanee, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, Ellen is also a faculty member of the University of Phoenix. Ellen facilitates classes in the College of Natural Sciences as well as the College of Social Services.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Ellen Biros is in private practice. She receives compensation as an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Phoenix. Ms. Biros receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ellen Biros is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; and the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

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