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Programme Outline

This intensive and experiential program revolves around a therapeutic model for working with co-dependent adults and young people who have experienced emotionally abusive relationships and/or come from neglectful family backgrounds. It also sheds light on how co-dependency can be at the core of many addictions.


The program addresses the identification of ADHD and its connections with Co-dependency, Addiction, and autism. It places a strong emphasis on setting goals, encouraging helping professionals, and, when relevant, supervisors, to be aware of their own co-dependency and narcissism, and how these factors might affect their client work. It supports professionals in taking an active role in their clients' recovery.


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Day 1 - Co-dependency: Is It Misunderstood and Therefore Untreated? - (7 CPD Points)

This interactive and experiential program facilitates professionals in taking an active role in their clients' recovery. It addresses the following issues:

What is the definition and characteristics of co-dependency?

Do we, as professionals, exhibit co-dependent tendencies, and if so, how might this impact our work with individual or couple clients?

How do we identify a co-dependent in the therapy room?

Is co-dependency a form of addiction?

Is there value in acknowledging this condition for our clients?

How can we recognize when a client presents as co-dependent, and how do we work with them?

Do we comprehend the thought patterns that co-dependency can lead to and the historical factors that might have contributed to this conditioning, both for ourselves and our clients?

What is the link between co-dependency and individuals on the autism spectrum or those with ADHD?

What is the connection between co-dependency and narcissism?

How do we support our co-dependent clients in their recovery journey?

Day 2 - Identifying and Working with Victims of Narcissistic Abuse - (7 CPD Points)

This interactive and experiential program empowers professionals to actively participate in their clients' recovery journey. It addresses the following issues:

What is meant by Narcissism?

Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy narcissism.

Recognizing a Narcissistic personality when it manifests.

Understanding the full spectrum of narcissism.

Awareness of how this personality type impacts caring professionals and their work with individuals, couples, or families.

Examining whether professionals exhibit narcissistic traits and their potential impact on client work.

Exploring the conditioning that may lead to these traits.

Recognizing why a narcissist might be drawn to a client and vice versa.

Identifying a Narcissistic Family System.

Assessing the presence of narcissism in society and its role.

Recognizing signs of 'Gaslighting' and 'Triangulation' in family and non-family contexts.

Understanding why specific clients may be vulnerable to such treatment.

Examining the role of addiction in narcissistic abuse.

Strategies for helping clients exit unhealthy relationships.

Exploring the 5 stages of recovery


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