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Psychoeducation and Narcissistic Abuse: Different Types – Different Experiences

Ramani Durvasula, PhD, LCP
1 Hour 06 Minutes
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Jan 27, 2022
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With different presentations, risk levels, typologies and survivor experiences, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to managing the patterns of narcissistic abuse won’t meet your clients’ needs.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is one of the most recognizable figures on the aetiology and impact of narcissism on human relationships and mental health. A licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioural Medicine, her research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

In this session, she’ll show you how to understand the heterogeneity of narcissistic presentations, recognize differential impacts on clients, and employ psychoeducational approaches in narcissistic/antagonistic relational stress treatment so you can meet clients where they are.



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 program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA, Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and the founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training & Consulting, a company focused on educating individuals, clinicians, and businesses/institutions on the impact of narcissistic personality styles. Her academic research was focused on the impact of personality and personality disorders on health and behavior.

She is an author of multiple books including Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist, and ”Don’t You Know Who I Am?” How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility and her newest book, It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People will be released in February 2024 (Penguin Life). Dr. Durvasula is a faculty member for the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and a consulting editor for the journal Behavioral Medicine. She has spoken widely on the impact of narcissism on mental health , relationships, and the workplace. She also operates a popular YouTube channel and podcast (Navigating Narcissism). Dr. Durvasula is also working with PESI on the development of an educational and certification program for clinicians working with clients experiencing the fallout of narcissistic relationships.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ramani Durvasula is the founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training, and Consulting. She maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with the California State University Los Angeles and the University of Johannesburg. Ramani Durvasula receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ramani Durvasula is an associate editor for Behavioral Medicine and a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Mental Health. She is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, AIDS and Behavior, and Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. Ramani Durvasula is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the International Association of Applied Psychology.


  1. Analyze the various presentations of narcissism, the descriptions and the impact on clients.
  2. Investigate the different subgroups of clients who typically present with narcissistic abuse and the differential needs of these groups.
  3. Use psychoeducation tailored to clients on the basis of their (i) presentation, (ii) history and (iii) the nature of the narcissistic presentation(s) they are facing.


  • The continuum of narcissistic severity 
  • The subtypes of narcissism 
  • The subtypes of clients and co-occurring clinical issues that present in those with narcissistic abuse 
  • Overview on narcissistic abuse/antagonistic relational stress 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners  
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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