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Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: Understanding the Attraction
Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: Understanding the Attraction


When:  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Emotional manipulators and codependents are perpetually and inevitably drawn to each other. The attraction dynamic is so strong that both partners pursue each other despite therapeutic interventions, multiple failed relationships and painful consequences. This seminar investigates the relationship dynamic that irresistibly draws emotional manipulators (Borderline, Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders) and Codependents together.

Using a unique, fresh and innovative approach, Ross Rosenberg will explain the fundamentals of this attraction dynamic. He will describe the nature of these binding and lasting relationships, which are often immune to personal or professional assistance. Ross will introduce his “Continuum of Self” model, which ties together the complex web of underlying psychological forces that inescapably draws the emotional manipulators and codependents into enduring and mutually inescapable relationships. You will explore why these two personality types exist in an intense, fluid and self-correcting system that creates an enduring magnetic attraction.

You will also learn why these opposite personality types create a destructive, lasting and ultimately pathological relationship. Ross will describe, in detail, symptoms and traits of Codependency and Emotional Manipulators (Narcissistic, Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorder). Most importantly, you will learn how to help codependent victims recognize their own propensity to be attracted to emotional manipulators. Therapy approaches will be briefly discussed. With an understanding of this “magnetic” relationship force, psychotherapeutic efforts can be more focused and effective. At the end of the day, you will leave with a deeper understanding about these destructive relationships.

  1. Identify and diagnose emotionally manipulative individuals (Borderline, Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality disorders).
  2. Identify and diagnose codependent clientele.
  3. Demonstrate the complex relationship dynamic occurring between emotional manipulators and codependents.
  4. Explain the working definition of the Continuum of Self model.
  5. Outline how to integrate the Continuum of Self model into a therapy practice.
  6. Recognize the etiology of Emotionally Manipulative-related Personality disorders.
  7. Recognize the etiology of codependency.


Ross A. Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC is the owner of Clinical Care Consultants - a counseling center in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Since 1988, Ross has been an administrator, professional trainer and psychotherapist in the mental health, social service and/or child welfare fields. Ross is considered an expert in the field of sex addictions and internet addictions, for which he provides comprehensive counseling, training and consultation services. Ross provides professional trainings spanning the topic areas of sex and internet addictions, codependency, narcissism and borderline personality disorders, ethics and the clinical implications of Technological Advances.

Over the span of his career, Ross has specialized in the fields of substance abuse, addictions and codependency/co-addictions. Ross's addiction work includes chemical and process (behavior-based) addictions. Ross's psychotherapy services for addictions, codependency and survivors of trauma and/or abuse has enabled his clients to achieve balance, mutuality and feelings of respect and appreciation in their lives.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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