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Digital Seminar

Treating the Impact of Emotionally Immature Parents

How to Work with Clients Who Have Been Emotionally Used

2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 22, 2024
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Chances are you’ve come across the type of client who constantly puts others first, out of guilt or loyalty, which holds them back from their own self-development. Would it surprise you to learn that many of these clients grew up with emotionally immature parents? These parents often acted like children themselves in terms of their coping mechanisms, affective instability, and disregard for other people’s lives and feelings. Many times, this leaves their children feeling powerless—even into adulthood. You’ll discover:  

  • Common psychological impacts on children of emotionally immature (EI) parents 
  • How to spot specific forms of emotional coercion and pressures of moral obligation 
  • How EI parents set up a child for relationship problems in adulthood 
  • Which therapeutic techniques work best to strengthen sense of self and healthy entitlement 


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.




LINDSAY GIBSON, PsyD Related seminars and products

Lindsay Gibson, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who’s been practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years. She's the author of several books, including Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. A former adjunct assistant professor for the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, she specializes in helping adults attain new levels of personal growth and emotional intimacy, as well as confidence in dealing with emotionally immature family members.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Lindsay Gibson maintains a private practice. She is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Gibson receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Lindsay Gibson has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Identify the characteristics of emotional immaturity. 
  2. Describe the common psychological impacts on children of emotionally immature parents. 
  3. Discuss the forms of emotional coercion, emotional takeovers, and pressure of moral obligation. 
  4. Articulate how EI parents set up a child for relationship problems in adulthood. 
  5. Employ at least one therapeutic technique to strengthen sense of self and healthy entitlement. 


  • The five most common traits of emotional immaturity 
  • The most common psychological impacts on children of emotionally immature parents 
  • Forms of emotional coercion, emotional takeovers, and pressure of moral obligation 
  • How emotionally immature people (EIPs) control others  
  • Why adult children of emotional immature parents (ACEIP) are vulnerable to relationship problems in adulthood 
  • The ACEIP is afraid to set boundaries; doesn't know what is reasonable 
  • Why imposter syndrome, anxiety, depression, and inadequate boundaries abound 
  •  The most effective therapeutic techniques to strengthen sense of self and healthy  
  • Burnout considerations when the therapist is also an adult child of EI parents 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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