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Ambiguous Grief and Loss in Narcissistic and Emotionally Abusive Relationships

About the Course

This training is designed to help clinicians to recognize, understand, and support clients through processing the complex grief and ambiguous losses they may encounter in a narcissistic or emotionally abusive relationship. Clinicians will learn how healing from narcissistic abuse introduces changes in the relationship, which may lead to ambiguous grief and loss such as estrangement. Attendees will also learn what makes grief and loss in abusive relationships complex, including grieving a relationship that, while abusive and harmful, also included familial/romantic love. Attendees will learn to understand grief and loss as it occurs on multiple levels and directions, including grief for events of the past, present, and future. Finally, this training will help clinicians understand the importance of honoring this complex grief as a necessary part of healing.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Ambiguous Grief and Loss in Narcissistic and Emotionally Abusive Relationships created by Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC in 2023.

Publication Date:

First Oct 2023

Course Material Author

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC
Amy Marlow-MaCoy, MEd, LPC is the author of The Clinician’s Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists: Pulling Back the Curtain on Manipulation, Gaslighting, and Emotional Abuse in Narcissistic Families (2023). She is also the author of the Amazon best-selling book The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse (Callisto Media, 2020). Amy is an internationally known expert on gaslighting and narcissistic abuse, providing training and continuing education credits for clinicians as well as consultation and mentoring for clinicians wishing to deepen and grow their strengths in working with survivors of narcissistic abuse. Amy runs a private practice treating complex and developmental trauma in adults raised in narcissistic, emotionally immature, and toxic families of origin. Amy has advanced training in multiple trauma treatment models, including IFS, EMDR, and brainspotting.

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Amy Marlow
Amy Marlow-MaCoy, MEd, LPC is the author of The Clinician’s Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists: Pulling Back the Curtain on Manipulation, Gaslighting, and Emotional Abuse in Narcissistic Families (2023). She is also the author of the Amazon best-selling book The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse (Callisto Media, 2020). Amy is an internationally known expert on gaslighting and narcissistic abuse, providing training and continuing education credits for clinicians as well as consultation and mentoring for clinicians wishing to deepen and grow their strengths in working with survivors of narcissistic abuse. Amy runs a private practice treating complex and developmental trauma in adults raised in narcissistic, emotionally immature, and toxic families of origin. Amy has advanced training in multiple trauma treatment models, including IFS, EMDR, and brainspotting.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and above levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Differentiate ambiguous loss from other losses and identify relevant clinical implications.
  2. Explain how internalized guilt and shame instilled by narcissistic family of origin complicate grief, particularly when a narcissistic loved one dies and clients are unable to achieve resolution.
  3. Implement support for clients in exploring all dimensions of grief work, including what did and did not happen.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Faculty: Amy Marlow

None to report.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103383
3 CE credit hours
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  • Recorded Webinar
Exam Fee $17.91
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Course Materials $30.00

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