Spotting a Narcissistic Client: Diagnostic Considerations for Treatment*

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One of the most challenging disorders to treat as a mental health clinician is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Can we effectively recognize and treat a narcissist client if he or she walked into our office? Join Ellen Biros, MS, LCSW as she discusses the essential characteristics to look for when diagnosing and treating these evasive clients. Leave with reliable and practical skills to use in your daily practice.


  • Assess for and identify Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • Examine client symptom presentation and explain how to manage narcissistic symptomatology.
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively with clients exhibiting narcissistic behaviors.
  • Determine whether to manage or treat narcissism.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 2
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      Spotting a Narcissistic Client: Diagnostic Considerations for Treatment*
    • Lecture.1
      Spotting a Narcissistic Client: Diagnostic Considerations for Treatment*
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Spotting a Narcissistic Client: Diagnostic Considerations for Treatment* 15 questions

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.