Unmasking Manipulative Disorders: Assessments, Strategies & Interventions PART TWO

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Without proper training, clinicians may struggle to identify and successfully work with emotionally manipulative clients. Join expert, Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW, as she delivers an intensive seminar designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to accurately identify and treat your most difficult, manipulative clients. Examine the critical factors and components to accurately diagnose manipulative clients and manage the calculated behaviors and power struggles. Decipher the covert tactics of antisocial, narcissistic, and borderline clients.  Case studies and examples will be used to illustrate client symptom presentation, treatment, and management of manipulative clients and you will walk away with solid, useable skills to include in your daily practice.


  • Analyze emotional regulation challenges, interpersonal behaviors, and manipulative strategies related to borderline, narcissistic, and antisocial personality disorders.
  • Examine manipulative behaviors, the manipulation process, and its clinical implications.
  • Explain how to interpret and respond to covert manipulative tools of the emotional manipulator.
  • Describe how to manage manipulative symptomatology and how this can assist with treatment planning and reduction of symptoms.
  • Identify the relationship between addiction and manipulative disorders.
  • Examine effective interventions and measures of progress to use with manipulative clients
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, & LMFT
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
4 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX-TCB 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20-703355 (R1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 3
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours each session
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 71
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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      Unmasking Manipulative Disorders: Assessments, Strategies & Interventions

Ellen Biros earned a Master’s in Justice from the American University in Washington, DC. and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Currently, she has a private practice where she specializes in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders, substance abuse issues, and emotional regulation problems. She also provides clinical supervision for social workers seeking their clinical licensure.
Ellen is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Phoenix in the College of Social Services and the College of Natural Sciences and at Tulane University in the School of Social Work. She has been a national continuing education speaker and has authored continuing education seminars including “Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: A Recipe for Disaster," “Unmasking Manipulative Relationships: Effective Strategies for Countering Covert Abuse," "Personality Disorders: The Challenges of the Hidden Agenda," and "Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic: Effective Treatment for Cluster B Personality Disorders."
Ellen has been married for 21 years and has two daughters.