An helpful overview of how narcissism plays out in family systems


  • Course Description

    What is narcissism and what is Narcissistic Personality disorder? More specifically, how do these pervasive personality patterns affect children with narcissistic parents and adult children of narcissistic parents? The course offers insight into the emotional, mental, and legal implications of narcissistic parenting and how the clinician can best be prepared when the client is a minor. Dr. Barrett will address the current controversy of “diagnosing” a narcissistic individual who is not in the room and how this controversy has perpetuated the cycle of abuse. Her research and experience as a fact and expert witness will serve to discuss issues related to false accusations of parental alienation, lack of understanding and tolerance in the judicial system, and how the narcissist controls custody of a child. The training will assist the clinician in how to best help the individual find autonomy, the effects of growing up with a narcissistic parent and how to manage expectations should they remain in contact with loved ones who have the disorder. The ultimate goal is to provide information so that practitioners are vigilant in identifying clients with complex post traumatic stress due to a relationship with a narcissistic personality, thereby putting the diagnosis into context, which in turn improves their client’s self-empowerment and ability to heal.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Briefly describe the underlying components and organization of the narcissistic personality; Identify three developmental challenges a child with a narcissistic parent may experience; List two or more interventions to help our clients manage narcissistic personalities in their family, if no contact is not an option

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

    Please note that episode/course #51 includes Part I of this course.

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; users can re-test up to three times. After three attempts, users are advised to re-listen to the audio course in its entirety and then subsequently re-test. Psychologists who are seeking CE credit may not be awarded credit if they attempt to pass the post-test more than three times.)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.


Catherine Barrett, PSY

Narcissism Expert

Catherine Barrett is a licensed Clinical Forensic Psychologist who has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 10 years. Dr. Barrett has a dual focus, working both in family practice and forensic psychology. Dr. Barrett received her Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University- California School of Forensic Studies. Her pre and post-doctoral work was in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of mentally disordered offenders, individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity, sex offenders, and sexually violent predators. It was here where Dr. Barrett first gained her experience working with severe personality disorders; specifically Narcissistic and Antisocial personality. Dr. Barrett also has a family practice with Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills, where she treats many survivors of personality disordered abuse. Dr. Barrett also performs psychological testing for adolescents and facilitates a group for LGBT teens. Dr. Barrett has experience working in addiction/recovery and with drug and alcohol related offenders. To learn more about her and her work, visit CB Psychological, Inc.

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