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Couples Therapy: Is Narcissism the problem?

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Couples Therapy: Is Narcissism the problem? Live Online Training

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  • Date: Tues 9th July 2024

  • Accredited CPD: 4 hours

  • Length: 8.45am–1.00pm (BST)

  • Tutor: Jennifer Broadley

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  • Price: £110 £95 per person

Includes course notes and access to a recording of the event

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Original price was: £110.00.Current price is: £95.00.

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Live online training Join Jennifer Broadley on Tuesday 9th July for another jam-packed session, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Once you’ve booked, we will send you email confirmation – your Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.
BONUS RECORDING – the training is recorded, in case anyone experiences technical difficulties, so you will also get a recording for 2 weeks afterwards to maximise your learning.
Can’t make this date? – please register your interest and we’ll let you know as soon as another date is available.

This additional online training session gives us time to look in more depth at narcissism and what a relationship with a narcissist might look like

In most cases, applying the skills and techniques learned in the Couples Therapy Online Masterclass is all that’s needed to help a couple move forward in their relationship. But sometimes additional knowledge is needed, as in the case of relationships where narcissism is a suspected factor, to help a therapist assess more quickly and meaningfully the relationship dynamic and specific challenges involved, thus allowing them to help the couple more effectively to find a constructive and compassionate way forward and out of their current difficulties.

Why take this course

CPD Provider LogoThe term ‘narcissist’ is often bandied about and narcissism is frequently covered in the media – but is this language over-used or misused?  It’s great that awareness is being raised generally about narcissism and the impacts it can have on a relationship, but it’s important to be well informed. As a result of this increased awareness, more people are seeking information and answers to their own experiences, as well as about the causes of their own relationship difficulties and what they can do about them. As part of that process they may well seek some counselling or therapy so it’s important that, as therapists, our knowledge, skillset and stories are as up-to-date and relevant as possible to best serve our clients.

If you already work with couples, in your private practice or employed role, and you want some more detailed insight into narcissism and how to spot it, as well as some of the additional relationship challenges it brings, this live online training is for you..

Jennifer gave a very informative response to my specific request for information relating to narcissism

Pauline, therapist attending Jennifer's 'Couples Therapy' course

What will you learn

  • What is a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) – and what are the criteria for clinical diagnosis
  • What specific unkind or manipulative behaviours in relationships can be classed as narcissism – and when should we really not use that term
  • Why the reports of narcissistic emotional abuse in relationships are significantly on the increase – and how (or whether) this parallels family, relationship and societal changes
  • If it’s not narcissism, what else could be causing the dysfunctional relationship pattern? 
  • The truths and myths of the nature vs nurture debate in relation to NPD
  • How to spot narcissism when both partners are in your therapy room
  • How to spot NPD when only one partner is in your therapy room
  • Why it’s usually the co-dependant partner, rather than the one with narcissistic personality traits, that instigates therapy
  • How to support an abused partner to exit a narcissistic relationship – OR to remain in it if he/she won’t or can’t leave
  • How to identify which needs are not being met for one or both partners of a couple – and strategies to quickly change that
  • Tools and checklists to keep your clients emotionally and physically safe as you support a rise in their self-esteem, self-compassion and emotional needs being met more healthily
  • The common language (media and social media) for NPD-related behaviours
  • How to raise children (separately or together) when one parent has NPD – the critical Do’s and Don’ts
  • Additional resources to steer your clients towards – plus recommended reading for you as a therapist
  • And more…

You will also have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and benefit from those asked by other people.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone who has previously attended our Couples masterclass 1-day workshop (live or in person).
  • Anyone working with couples, perhaps as a relationship counsellor or through couples therapy, who would like a better understanding of narcissism and NPD, and ideas for helping couples deal with the challenges these bring.
Please Note

Please Note

This course is not a substitute for therapy.


CPD Provider LogoThis course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 4 hours of CPD training.

On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.


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Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (24 Reviews)
  1. Ali Jacobs, Psychotherapist

    Today was extremely informative and in-depth. I found as with the couples all day class I attended last month that I came away with a greater knowledge and understanding of couples work, but today was beneficial to my individual client work too. Jennifer is a clear and engaging tutor who gives appropriate examples to enhance understanding. I would highly recommend this course to any therapist wishing to achieve a greater understanding of how to recognise and work with clients or partners of people who have NPD.

  2. Don Elwick, Psychotherapist

    Jennifer’s presentation opened up many areas of working with couples of which I had only been dimly aware previously. Not only was the material clearly set out, along with useful course notes, but there were good examples and insights into the ways we as therapists can come to see this trait at work, and how to best approach it.

  3. Ingrid Steele, Psychotherapist and Coach

    Extremely informative and useful for practice for work with couples, families and individuals

  4. Jane Morgan, Counsellor

    Really valuable context which added to my awareness around narcissism in couples work, what I may see in the therapy room, impact on partners and practical and useful tools to help partners identify and recover from narcissistic abuse.

  5. Malcolm Hanson, Therapist

    A concise, well-balanced and really helpful look at the influence of narcissistic traits in couples work, as well as ways of approaching the issue. Jennifer presents the ideas clearly in a relaxed setting.

  6. HG Therapist

    Thank you – I really appreciate your knowledge, clarity and compassion for what can be quite a complicated and painful experience for clients and couples.

  7. George Bower, HG Trainee Therapist

    Jennifer delivered a very well thought out course on how narcissism can become a problem in couples, how it arises, and what can be done to help our clients safely address the issues. The NP is unlikely to turn up or participate positively in a therapy session, so focusing on the ‘survivor’ was discussed at length. The course has gone a long way to help me become ‘narcissism aware’.

  8. Abigail Darling

    A truly fascinating training session. Well structured and packed with content and insightful case studies. I feel I have a much deeper and clearer understanding now of narcissism, the commonly occurring traits and the effects of narcissistic behaviour on those around them. I expect I will find the practical advice on how to work with couples where narcissism is a factor extremely useful. Thank you.

  9. Clare Pargeter

    This was a really thought-provoking, well spent morning. As the course developed I became increasingly aware of several clients I’ve seen over the years who have displayed narcissistic traits, and I’m now questioning how I might have handled some of those sessions differently. I very much appreciate Jennifer’s expertise in this subject and have left with a wealth of information, a curiosity to learn more, and much food for thought. A very big thank you HG.

  10. Jeannette Goodrum

    This course was very informative. It was helpful in understanding narcissistic behaviour/traits in clients and/or their partners. The course notes are extensive and cover all the main points and will be a great reference for the future.

  11. Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist

    The course was very engaging and I really enjoyed the way Jennifer brought real life aspects (case information) into the room. The learning material was contemporary and I could see how I would be able to implement this straight into private practice. I have never attended a Human Givens course before and am pleasantly surprised. I feel Jennifer has a great approach to teaching, her pace and interactions were well timed.

  12. Psychotherapist

    Beginning with the importance of relationships, the uniqueness of each relationship and that without health connections in our lives our emotional needs are not met was an excellent starting point. It provided a foundation for the framework that followed and was built on by the detail of each aspect from the nine emotional needs, resources to meet our needs, then the introduction to narcissism, how it is formally defined, other types of narcissism and its characteristics, narcissistic supply, uncertainty about causes, affects more males than females, talk therapy treatment rarely agreed to by the narcissist. This is then followed by the impact on relationships, friendships, partnership or marriage, strategies outlined to remain or leave and how to relate to the narcissist using the Grey Rock Method, regarding children the best choice being parallel parenting. Despite the difficulties recognising that narcissism is a disability can help to have compassion for the narcissist and that does not mean being a doormat.

  13. Pete Allison

    Very informative about a subject that I have had a lot of personal experience of.

  14. Kelly Bushell

    I really enjoyed the course today and feel that this added to my knowledge of narcissism. It has also really got me thinking about wanting to do couples therapy.

  15. Amanda Johns

    Really good overview of this subject.

  16. Sarah Coppack

    I very much enjoyed this workshop. The tutor was, as usual, very generous with her knowledge. A very comprehensive workshop.

  17. General Practitioner

    Excellent informative and interesting course. Jennifer has an easy, relatable style and she makes the material very accessible. Would recommend.

  18. Katie Thorpe, Social Worker

    This is an absolutely fascinating subject and a must for anyone offering emotional support on any level to individuals, couples and families. Jenny is incredibly knowledgeable and makes the material very easy to absorb and understand.

  19. Joan Anderson, Counsellor

    Because narcissism is bandied about so much these days, often not used in the right context, I needed to find out for myself exactly what it is. The ‘Is Narcissism the Problem’ course was super helpful in explaining the idea of it being on a spectrum, helping to explain that narcissistic tendencies do not make someone a narcissist. Very helpful in showing how to help someone living with a narcissist to handle the relationship as effectively as possible and be a supporting influence in that person’s life. Thank you.

  20. Dawn Griffith, QCH Hypnotherapy

    I was apprehensive about the live Zoom training, however I need not have been. The pacing of the day was perfect, with clear explanations of each section. In addition, everybody was given time to ask questions and share their thoughts or, haha, moments of clients they may have worked with. I was unsure if my understanding of narcissism or NPD was correct, and I wanted clarity around this commonly used labelling of some people’s behaviours. The course gave a clear outline of the personality traits a narcissist has and how as a therapist we can support those that are identifying as being in a relationship with one such person. I have come away feeling informed around the subject of narcissism and ways to support clients that are in a relationship with one such person. Highly recommended.

  21. Pauline West, HG Therapist

    Excellent overview, with plenty of real life examples. Given the shorter study day, would have preferred less on emotional needs and resources, perhaps this could be pre-course essential reading.

  22. Psychotherapist

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was clear, concise, informative and well presented by Jennifer. This was my first time with Human Givens. I intend to do many more. Arlene was also very helpful bringing clarity to a question I had.

  23. Psychotherapist

    Was a very useful refresher on narcissism, having read a book about it and recognised its significance in several cases I have dealt with. Was especially good to think about in the context of emotional needs not being met in each member of the couple.

  24. HG Practitioner

    Another clear and focused course from Jennifer. Packed with lots of useful material and things to think about.

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