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Digital Seminar

Overcoming the Narcissistic Dynamic: Successful Treatment Techniques for Narcissistic Spectrum Clients, Their Partners and Their Children

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.
6 Hours 19 Minutes
May 11, 2018
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Clients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are often reluctant to attend therapy and can be difficult to successfully treat. While this can be a rewarding process, it’s not without its challenges and requires a specific set of skills.

But it’s not just the narcissistic client you are likely to see in your office. Often times, it’s the partners and children of the narcissist who are seeking treatment due to being left in their loved one’s dysfunctional wake

This treatment-focused recording will help you learn the skills to successfully work with, and manage, the narcissistic spectrum client, their partners, and their children.

Working with partners in narcissistic spectrum relationships presents unique challenges that require specific therapeutic approaches and skills. This recording will help you gain those skills and maximize therapeutic sessions to lessen relationship difficulties and build resistance to narcissistic spectrum manipulations often seen in clients in narcissistic spectrum relationships.

Children of narcissistic spectrum parents often present with unique and complex symptoms that disrupt therapeutic trajectory and keep them stuck in place. You can affect change in these individuals, you can help them overcome the burdens, guilt, and regret they carry with the tools and techniques learned through this recording.

This unique, fun, and impactful recording will guide you through the process of treating your clients along the narcissistic spectrum, their partners, and their children!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.'s Profile

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Daniel J. Fox, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Texas, international speaker, and multiple-award winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over 20 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics, burnout prevention, and emotional intelligence. He has published several articles and books in these areas and is the author of the award-winning Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox, The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders, the award-winning Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook: Treatment strategies for Cluster B Personality Disorders, The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook, and Complex Borderline Personality Disorder.

Dr. Fox has been teaching and supervising students for over 20 years at various universities across the United States, some of which include West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Florida State University. He works in the federal prison system, is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Houston and maintains a private practice that specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with complex psychopathology and personality disorders. Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, treatment solutions for working with clients along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system, and others. Dr. Fox maintains a website of various treatment interventions focused on working with and attenuating the symptomatology related to individuals along with the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum (


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daniel Fox maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with the Federal Detention Center and the University of Houston. He receives royalties as a published author. He is a reviewer and editor for Prentice Hall and Worth Publishing. Dr. Daniel Fox receives a speaking honorarium, recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daniel Fox has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Create a treatment plan for better outcomes of clients along the narcissistic spectrum.
  2. Incorporate evidence-based techniques to address and change maladaptive patterns in your narcissistic spectrum clients, their partners, and their children.
  3. Develop skills to help your narcissistic spectrum clients, their partners, and their children learn adaptive relationship skills while minimizing maladaptive relationship pathology.
  4. Explore the factors that keep partners in relationships with narcissists and provide strategies for building resistance and resiliency against manipulative behavior.
  5. Differentiate between the different narcissistic spectrum parent types to improve treatment outcomes among their children.
  6. Develop effective assessment skills and clinical strategies for effectively treating children of narcissistic spectrum parents.


Narcissistic Spectrum Treatment Foundations

  • Core belief: “Since I am special, I deserve special rules”
  • Five central components to accurate narcissistic diagnosis
  • Core and/or surface structure of the narcissistic spectrum
  • Gender differences and narcissistic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic neurology
  • Attachment and pathological narcissism
  • Pathological continuum, treatment errors, and speaking narcissism
  • Key target areas for treatment
  • Five categories of therapeutic responses to narcissism
  • Therapist reactions to narcissism
  • Psychopharmacology and narcissism

Treating the Narcissistic Client
Setting the Stage for Successful Treatment

  • Narcissists don’t seek treatment
  • To treat or not to treat: the distinction and overlap between NPD and Antisocial PD
  • The distinction between entitlement and NPD
  • Complications to treatment planning – mild to extreme factors
  • NPD subtypes

Address and Change Maladaptive Patterns

  • Identify surface and core structure
  • Assess investment and motivation in treatment
  • Manage narcissistic power struggles
  • Getting underneath the veneer of perfectionism: competency, autonomy, relatedness, and purpose
  • Narcissistic reaction from stress to rage

The Treatment Plan: Dig Deeper into Motivations and Lessen Symptomatology

  • Enhance personal empowerment to lessen maladaptive narcissistic behaviors
  • Assertiveness over aggression
  • Lengthen the fuse to prevent explosions
  • Learn and implement new behavioral, emotional, and thought patterns
  • Strengthen appropriate social power, interaction methods, and control

Final Steps of Successful Treatment

  • Conceptualizing successful treatment
  • Treatment plan goals and examples

Treating the Partner of a Narcissist
Setting the Stage for Successful Treatment

  • What is and what may never be and challenging foundational beliefs
  • The narcissistic self-serving significant other (SO)
  • When they are caught in a blackmail trap
  • Assess continuance of dissolution of the relationship

Address and Change Maladaptive Patterns

  • Break the cycle of glorifying, belittling, and abandoning
  • Clarify and maintain boundaries
  • Manage and lessen mental manipulation
  • Power to choose

Treatment Plan: Dig Deeper into Motivations and Lessen Symptomatology

  • Breaking free from the narcissistic partner
  • 7 hopes and realities expanded
  • Clarify client wants, deserves, and must-haves
  • No more roller coaster
  • The foundational 5: communication, mutual respect, trust, acceptance, and shared interests and values

Final Steps of Successful Treatment

  • Together or apart
  • Stay who you are

Treating the Impact of Narcissistic Parents
Setting the Stage for Successful Treatment

  • Narcissistic family characteristics
  • The Narcissistic parent identified
  • Components of adult children of Narcissists
  • The family of my dreams

Address and Change Maladaptive Patterns

  • Identify the engulfing or ignoring narcissistic parent type
  • Avoid “The Family Crucible” trap
  • The narcissistic parent and self-definition
  • Fight backhanded and hurtful comments

Treatment Plan: Dig Deeper into Motivations and Lessen Symptomatology

  • The gift of narcissistic pathology
  • Overcome destructive inner narcissistic family member
  • Differentiation of child from parent exercise
  • Parenting differently

Final Steps of Successful Treatment

  • The family dynamic influencers
  • Therapeutic milestones


Target Audience

Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals

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