Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding, Identifying and Managing Narcissism in Collaborative Divorce Cases

  • 06/20/2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines 60016)


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Presented by Beth Wilner, PhD

Narcissism is on the rise in our society, and as a result, we are seeing an increase in narcissism and the deleterious effects of these personality traits on the spouse and children in our divorce cases. The client with narcissistic traits can often present well initially, appearing charming, articulate and rational, while the spouse may appear anxious, flustered and irrational. These initial impressions can mislead team members to develop skewed perspectives about the parties which may serve to sustain power and control imbalances, overlook critical parenting-related concerns, and disregard the targeted spouse’s expressed needs and concerns. When team members over-identify with their client’s perspective and align with their client’s position, the team experiences impasse, discord, and possible derailment to litigation.

Attend this training and explore narcissism and the relationship dynamic of “narcissistic abuse,” with a focus on developing the skills to identify and manage these traits and dynamics in our cases. We will practice having “difficult conversations” with our team members when these traits infiltrate the professional team “container,” and learn ways to optimally manage cases with clients with this difficult personality style.

Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines 60016)

Paying by check? Please mail to PO Box 350050, Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Course Materials: Will be distributed electronically a few days before the program.

FCST Credits: This program provides 3 hours of Fellows Collaborative Skills Training.

Attorney MCLE Credits: 3 hours general, and 3 hours professionalism credits has been approved by the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Mental Health CEU Credits: This program is approved for 3 continuing education credits by Margaret S. Powers for all licencsed mental health providers in Illinois.

Cancellations: Please send cancellation requests to adminclii@collablawilorg. Cancellations received by June 14, 2019 will receive a full refund less a $20 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14, 2019 will receive NO refund or credit.

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