Understanding Parental Narcissism: Strategies to Help Your Clients Heal

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Relationships with parents are one of the most important relationships individuals will have in their lifetime. If the relationship is unhealthy, it can affect all other relationships moving forward. Adult children of narcissistic parents have experienced traumas that have set in motion a series of problems including unstable relationships, shame, and guilt. 

Join Ellen Biros, therapist, and author of Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter’s Workbook, as she discusses how to identify the symptoms of abuse and guide effective treatment. Help your client begin to heal from childhood abuse and develop a core sense of self to break the cycle of abuse. 


  • Distinguish parental narcissistic abuse and other types of emotional abuse. 
  • Identify tools to help ease shame and guilt of adult children of narcissistic parents. 
  • Create treatment plans that help your client set boundaries, communicate their needs, and develop a stronger sense of self.
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    Ellen Biros, LCSW

    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 25 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 a variety of continuing education seminars. Ellen is the author of multiple psychotherapeutic articles as well as the recently published "Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter's Workbook." Ellen has been married for 24 years and has two daughters.

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  • Skill Level Intermediate
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