The Abusive Personality: Insecure Attachment, Borderline Personality, and Intimate Partner Violence

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CE Credits: 7 Credits
Length: 2 Hours (Video) + 5 Hours (Reading)
Level: Intermediate
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB, ANCC, NBCC, NAADAC, CPA
Training Style: Video + Readings
Category: Intimate Partner Violence
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
In this workshop, attendees will examine the psychology of intimate partner violence, specifically focusing on attachment insecurity and Borderline Personality as central features of abusiveness. A detailed review of the empirical literature on attachment and Borderline Personality is made, and their relationships to intimate partner violence are outlined. It is argued that insecure attachment can develop into Borderline Personality and that compromised threat assessment and lack of emotional control are central risk factors for aggression. A trauma model for abusiveness is proposed that views abusiveness as produced by a personality constellation resulting from genetic susceptibility and a triad of early maltreatment from physical abuse, shaming, and insecure attachment. Case studies are used to connect attachment issues to spousal homicide.
Trainer Biographies
Don Dutton, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. During the 15 years he spent providing therapy for court-mandated men convicted of wife assault, he developed a psychological model for perpetrators of intimate partner abuse. This clinical experience has driven Dr. Dutton to publish over 100 papers and five books, including the Domestic Assault of Women (1995), The Batterer: A Psychological Profile (1995), The Abusive Personality (2002), and Rethinking Domestic Violence (2006). Dr. Dutton has frequently served as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials involving domestic abuse and family violence, and has provided numerous workshops to professionals based on his work.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Describe the relationship between Borderline Personality and the cycle of violence
  • Identify how early psychological factors can result in the formation of insecure attachment
  • Examine the evidence connecting attachment insecurity to adolescent aggression
  • Discuss the psychological basis for reactive abandonment killings

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