Patterns in Abusive Relationships (6 CE Hours)

A Continuing Education (CE) Course for Behavioral Health Professionals

This training will be taught live and online on March 26, 2021 (11am to 6:30pm- Central Time)

Make Sure to Register for the Live Course Webinar in the Curriculum Below After Purchase

*6.0 hours of continuing education clock hours in behavioral health

Abusive relationships tend to follow patterns for behaviors, underlying emotional needs, and cognitive distortions related to those patterns. Important topics and skills for helping clinicians and their clients identify these patterns and their underlying causes will be reviewed. This comprehensive course will review the evidence and breakthroughs provided by research as well as undoing past misconceptions and errors in past research on codependency.

Areas of focus for the course will include the development and use of codependency, understanding Dependent Personality Disorder, attachment styles, and using tools with clients. Practice on using specifically the wheel of power and control, the four horsemen, the love languages, and the sound relationship house will be completed. Identifying common problems with problems with transference with those with dependent traits will be discussed as well as peer discussion of case vignettes. Steps for recent research on treatment/symptom management will be broken down into obtainable steps with time to discuss complications.
This course will complete an overview of the most common questions to use for clients to be able to help you better directly address the underlying problems by using the therapeutic alliance rather than at its cost. In digestible and simple terms, ways of approaching the subject with analogy and exploring values through pointed questions will be reviewed as well. The seminar will be presented through a live webinar and will include times for questions and other interactions.
After finishing this course, learners will be able to:
  • Use objectifiable measurements in unhealthy dependent emotional needs and behaviors
  • Identify patterns in healthy relationships
  • Identify 5 family relationship styles as part of fostering dependent behavior
  • Identify at least one intervention for addressing feelings and behaviors of unhealthy dependency

PsychMaven is responsible for all aspects for this program.

*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)- ACEP No.6624. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. PsychMaven is approved for both Live/Real Time and Home Study continuing education (CE) programs. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas No.1 (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship).

PsychMaven is a Licensed Social Worker Continuing Education Provider under the Texas State Board for Social Worker Examiners (Provider No. 7751). PsychMaven may provide continuing education to Social Workers certified and/or licensed in that state, and in other states/jurisdictions that accept the Continuing Education (CE) approval of other state Social Work boards. Please contact your state licensing board if you have questions about the acceptability of CE hours.

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Your Instructor

​Leo DeBroeck, MS
​Leo DeBroeck, MS

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) in Washington State. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center. He works full-time at a community health center as a therapist with a team of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists. He has completed his Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Washington University with his thesis on factors in suicide. He has experience working with children and adolescents at an intensive inpatient program in Spokane, Washington for several years. He has worked in several different levels of care for mental health treatment including long-term inpatient care, WISe wraparound intensive services, school-based therapy services, and outpatient clinical settings. He also works as a quarterly faculty lecturer for Eastern Washington University’s satellite campus at Bellevue College. He teaches night classes to graduate and undergraduates in foundations of psychotherapy, trauma: assessment, management, and treatment, cognitive and behavior change, and others. He has published peer-reviewed scientific research on young adults related to suicidality. He has written several children's therapy books, which are published on Amazon, for use in therapy settings addressing grief, addiction, neglect, abuse, and others. He is the president and founder of Counselor's Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated counseling products, therapeutic tools, and books.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the course be taught
The course will be taught live and online on March 26, 2021, 11am to 6:30pm (Central Time). Registration for the live training is in the course curriculum
Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?
Yes, this training has been approved for continuing education (CE) clock hours by the organizations listed in the course description. If questions about PsychMaven's CE approvals, and/or about the continuing education requirements of different disciplines in different states/jurisdictions, please visit
Will there be a replay?
Yes, a recording of the course will be available for everyone who is registered. CE hours are available for the recording as well.

This course is closed for enrollment.