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Digital Seminar

Safely Leaving the Abusive Relationship: Do’s and Don’ts for Therapists

Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT
1 Hour 04 Minutes
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Jan 28, 2022
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Leaving a toxic relationship isn’t easy. Manipulation, coercion, shame, self-doubt, and a sense of losing oneself can keep clients trapped in the abuse. And when they do make the decision to leave, the fear of dangerous explosive reactions can be very real. You need knowledge and interventions targeted at this population to help clients exit these relationships safely. View Katelyn Baxter-Musser, licensed clinical social worker and expert on intimate partner violence for this session and get the tools and interventions you need to increase your clinical competency in supporting clients exiting abusive relationships.



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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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT, is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in dialectical behavior therapy (C-DBT) through Evergreen Certifications Institute and is certified in EMDR. She works in private practice where her areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.

Her DBT training is one of PESI’s most in-demand programs attended by tens of thousands of clinicians worldwide. Ms. Baxter-Musser incorporates DBT into her practice in working with adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of concerns. Her years of experience using DBT principles in her practice have helped her clients to develop healthier coping skills, better process their past traumas, and increase their ability to identify and cope with destructive emotions.

Ms. Baxter-Musser is also an EMDRIA-approved consultant who previously sat on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and was the co-regional coordinator for the EMDRIA Southern Maine Regional Network. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is the owner, operator, trainer of Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is a member of EMDRIA, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


PESI and Katelyn Baxter-Musser are not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.


  1. Analyze how complex barriers to leaving abusive relationships impact your role as a therapist.
  2. Employ a trauma-informed approach that respects clients’ autonomy.
  3. Utilize strategies to enhance clinical support and safety for clients exiting abusive relationships.


  • Barriers to leaving narcissistic abuse relationships
  • Trauma-informed approaches that respect clients’ autonomy
  • Strategies to enhance clinical support and safety

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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