Treating Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Help Your Clients Take Back Their Lives from the Toxicity of Emotionally Immature People

8
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Lindsay Gibson, PsyD Clinical psychologist and author

About This Course

This is unique training from the author of Amazon bestseller, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents. Author Lindsay Gibson has become the expert in how to treat these newly identified adult children in psychotherapy. This training will present clinically useful information on the characteristics of emotional immaturity and how these traits create painful and damaging effects in all intimate relationships, but especially between parent and child. It will also address the unique treatment needs of these adult children of emotionally immature parents (ACEIPs,) due to the fact that they have often been parentified and present themselves in therapy as much less lonely and distressed than they really are. It is easy for clinicians to over-estimate ACEIPs’ strengths and neglect the underlying issues of an incomplete and shamed self-image, impaired self-esteem, emotional constriction, and morbid feelings of severe non-entitlement. Such clients are often frustrated by lack of progress in conventional therapies which often feel too superficial, lacking in practical application, or over-emphasizing the client’s strengths and high functioning to the detriment of their unresolved emotional needs. Attendees will learn a four-part therapeutic approach for how to meet the particular needs of this ACEIP population. The first part will address in depth the phenomenon of parental emotional immaturity and the effects on their children.

The second part will describe how these ACEIPs present in psychotherapy and why they can be deceptively difficult to treat. It spells out the unique psychoeducational, emotional needs of these clients, showing how parental emotional immaturity tends to prevent these clients from living life from their authentic selves. This is significantly therapeutic in and of itself, as it helps clients understand their experiences in a new way that does not make them feel damaged, ‘diagnosed,’ or bad about themselves – all typical reactions to a childhood with emotionally immature parents (EIPs) that has led to self-estrangement.

The third part teaches practical interactional and self-awareness skills for clients so they can interact successfully with EIPs and protect themselves from emotional takeovers and coercions. How these measures work will be explained. Specific interventions will empower ACEIPs in interactions that in the past would have aroused fear, shame, guilt, or self-doubt.

The fourth part of the training will show clinicians how to use hand-picked emotional processing interventions from several well-researched therapy models to heal different aspects of the client’s therapeutic needs. This special integration of different approaches is unique to this training and is designed to resolve specific emotional and cognitive issues that arise from growing up with these parents.

Clinicians will learn how to:
  1. Promote self-connection and improve emotional intimacy in clients
  2. How to break out of the altered consciousness and distorted beliefs that EI interactions instill
  3. get through stiff resistance to emotional awareness and the experience of vulnerability
  4. how to emotionally heal longstanding traumatic affects based in fears of attack, shame, and loss of connection


This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.

Schedule

Session 1: October 26, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Introduction to emotional immaturity
The nature of EI relationships
Two types of ACEIPs
Avoiding emotional takeovers
Session 2: November 2, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm pm EDT
Understanding the specific emotional and interpersonal effects of EIPs on ACEIPs
How the effects of EIPs on ACEIPs impact lives, and what should be noticed and focused upon in therapy
Session 3: November 9, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm pm EST
Three-pronged practical training with clients to overcome disempowering legacy of growing up with EIPs
Using more conscious and skillful interactions and boundary-setting with EIPs
Session 4: November 16, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Learn techniques from established emotionally-oriented and memory reconsolidation therapies for deep emotional processing and emotional trauma release
Help clients choose healthiest path forward with or without their EIPs

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Identify defining characteristics of emotional immaturity (EI) and maturity, and be able to explain the developmental factors of emotional immaturity and how trauma leads to emotional immaturity.
  2. Identify and describe the interpersonal, neural, and societal impact of emotional immature parents, EI significant others, EI bosses and leaders, and others in positions of power and influence.
  3. Identify and treat the psychological and long-term developmental impact on children and clients of having had EI parents or other significant EI relationships (internalizers, externalizers).
  4. Discuss how to teach clients how to recognize and avoid entrapment in Emotionally Immature Relationship Systems (emotional coercion, emotional contagion, emotional takeovers, distortion fields, and EI Drama Triangles).
  5. Identify ways to implement awareness of EI into therapeutic approach with clients to help them reclaim a strong sense of self, emotional autonomy, mental freedom, connection with their inner guidance system, freedom from distorted loyalties and morality, and the confidence to self-express and emotionally protect themselves around EIPs.
  6. Identify ways to coach clients to overcome self-defeating habits of passivity, dissociation, inferiority and rage reactions learned in early relationships with dominating EIPs.
  7. Identify and describe the three-pronged approach to treating ACEIPS.
  8. Discuss how to teach clients practical interactional skills with EIPs (Maturity Awareness Approach) to prevent emotional takeovers and set boundaries without feeling bad about it.
  9. Apply traumatic emotional-processing and memory reconsolidation techniques from effective affect-based therapeutic models (IFS, EFT, RLT, AEDP, and Coherence Therapy).
  10. Describe how to assist clients in choosing the level of interaction or relationship with the EIPs that works best for them going forward in their life.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 8 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 8 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists:Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
  • Nurses:Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
  • Educators:Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
  • Social Workers please note:In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable.

Prerequisites

Basic counseling or psychological education

Audience

Mental health professionals, beginners to advanced, including pastoral counseling; chaplains; school guidance counselors; life coaches

Recommended Reading

None

References

Gibson, L. C. (2019) Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger
Gibson, L. C. (2015) Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger
Gibson, L. C. (in press, September 2021) Self-Care for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger
Gibson, L. C. (2000) Who You Were Meant to Be. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.