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Digital Seminar

Manipulators & Character Disorders: Interventions, Perspectives, & Strategies

George Simon, PhD
5 Hours 49 Minutes
Jun 14, 2018
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Gain practical tips to successfully work with manipulators!

Manipulators are among a more troublesome group of disturbed and disordered characters that helping professionals increasingly find themselves dealing with, whether or not those clients have been primarily diagnosed with a personality disorder. Like the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing, manipulators know how to get the better of others and look good while doing it. Dealing with them can be a lot like getting whiplash, you fully realize what’s transpired only after the damage is already done. Most clinicians know that traditional insight-oriented approaches designed to treat “neurosis” aren’t very effective when it comes to intervening with the character-impaired. Join one of the foremost authorities on manipulative personalities, Dr. George Simon, as he shares a unique perspective along with practical, effective strategies that promote positive change in clients of troubled character.



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George Simon, PhD, has specialized in disturbances of personality and character for over 30 years. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on manipulative personalities and other problem characters. Dr. Simon received his PhD in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University, and, until just a few years ago, he maintained an active private practice, during which he served both individuals with serious character disturbances and their relationship partners.

He has also served as the supervising psychologist for the Arkansas Sex Offender Risk Assessment program, as well as in their only inpatient treatment program for offenders. His books, In Sheep’s Clothing, Character Disturbance - The Phenomenon of our Age, and The Judas Syndrome, are all bestsellers. Dr. Simon has appeared on CNN and the Fox News Network, and he has conducted over 200 instructional seminars and workshops nationwide. He is a full clinical member of ATSA and a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners. 


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: George Simon receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: George Simon has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Develop new treatment strategies for helping clients understand and manage manipulators
  2. Summarize key differences between “neurotic” and character-impaired personalities as they relate to clinical treatment
  3. Articulate the primary power tactics manipulators use to control others while avoiding responsibility for their behavior
  4. Determine how to effectively confront manipulation tactics during treatment sessions
  5. Demonstrate practical strategies for promoting genuine change even in the most difficult and irresponsible clients
  6. Teach clients empowerment tools to overcome emotional manipulation



  • Key differences between“neurotic” and character-impaired personalities
    • Anxiety
    • Conscience
    • Guilt
    • Shame
    • Awareness
  • Ten commandments of character development
  • Manipulative personality types
  • Framework to identify manipulators


  • Thinking errors
    • Circumstantial
    • End-game
    • Egomaniacal
    • Combative
    • Opportunistic
    • Unreasonable
  • Tactics used to evade responsibility and manipulate others
  • Techniques to manage thinking errors and tactics


  • Practical strategies to promote genuine change
  • Empowerment tools
    • Set limits
    • Respect boundaries
    • Judge actions, not intentions
    • Make direct requests, expect direct responses
    • Know yourself
  • Sample therapy vignettes

Target Audience

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Mental Health Nurses

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