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COAP Helping Clients Heal From Toxic Relationships
Friday, November 03, 2023, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: COAP

Central Oregon Association of Psychologists Regional affiliate of the Oregon Psychological Association

Helping Clients Heal From Toxic Relationships

Presented by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

DATE: Friday, November 3rd 2023

9:00 am until 1:00 pm PST

4 hours Continuing Education Credit 


Location: ONLINE
(registrants will be sent a Zoom link via the email address they register with.  The Zoom link will be sent out 1-3 days prior to the training and will come from "COAP Workshops.")


Workshop Overview:  Toxic relationships come in all types— romantic partners, business partners, parents, siblings, friends…and everyone, at some point in their lives, has experienced a toxic relationship.  As a therapist, you’ll encounter at least one client a month who is preparing to leave or has left a toxic relationship. They’re emotionally fragile, so being well-educated on how to provide the best care for your client is a must - as well as dealing with your feelings of frustration when your client returns to the toxic relationship.

Dr. Sarkis will show you, through evidence-based practice: trauma-informed therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, case studies and her over 20 years of experience, how to help clients rebuild their lives after the trauma of a toxic relationship:
Knowing what to do when your client gets “hooked” on the cycle of abuse & reconciliation
Client who continues to seek out similar toxic relationships
Moving on without closure
Letting go of anger and self-blame
Establishing boundaries
Practicing self-care
Grief – working through the loss
Rebuilding emotionally healthy relationships

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Employ evidence-based practice from trauma-informed therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to assist clients in rebuilding their lives.
  •  Analyze how parental alienation further traumatizes clients and their children.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of vicarious trauma for purposes of reducing clinician burnout.
  •  Determine a diagnosis of complex PTSD through trauma-informed interviewing skills.
  •  Build 10 tools to help clients reestablish healthy boundaries via research-based activities.

About the Presenter:  Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD NCC DCMHS LMHC, is a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, gaslighting, narcissistic abuse, and ADHD. She is the author of eight books and one workbook, including Healing From Toxic Relationships: 10 Essential Steps to Recover from Gaslighting, Narcissism, and Emotional Abuse and Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free. Dr. Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, American Mental Health Counselors Association Diplomate (Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling), and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator.  She has been in private practice for over 20 years.  She is a senior contributor for Forbes online and is also a contributor to Psychology Today.  She is the host of the Talking Brains podcast and is based in Tampa Bay, Florida.  You can visit her website at www.stephaniesarkis.com.

Costs:  COAP uses an online registration process that accepts credit and debit cards. The lowest registration rates are associated with early registration, we encourage you to sign up early to make sure you have a spot.  This workshop is limited to the first 95 participants who register.

Registered by 10/30/23

COAP Member:  $90

Non COAP Member:  $100

Registered after10/30/23

COAP Member: $100

Non COAP Member:  $110

Student Rate $50

*Membership in COAP is limited to Central Oregon based active and retired psychologists, residents, and psychologist associates. You must be current with COAP dues to register at the membership rate. Yearly COAP dues are $25 and are collected in September via Cheddar Up website (a small fee will be charged by cheddar up). Please use this link to pay dues: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/coap-membership-2023-24

We welcome all allied mental health practitioners to our workshops (at non-member registration rates); receiving Continuing Education credits from various Licensing Boards has not been problematic, assuming the topic meets your Board’s criteria.

**A $15 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations. Registration fee will not be refunded for dissatisfaction with the training or for no-shows.  

Students are invited to attend for $50.  Please be prepared to submit a copy of your student identification card as proof of your student status.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Check out the COAP website for additional information  https://www.coapworkshops.org

Registration Details:  Registration will be handled online by the Central Oregon Association of Psychologists through Eventbrite.  Please visit the following website to sign up: