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Inside the Manipulator’s Mind: The Insider’s Guide to Ending Emotional Exploitation
Inside the Manipulator’s Mind: The Insider’s Guide to Ending Emotional Exploitation


When:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Constructive Strategies for Countering Emotional Manipulation
From guilt trips to gaslighting, emotional manipulation takes many forms, and it's often so covert that clients have difficulty articulating how and when it's happening. This seminar explores the manipulator's motivations for relating to others through drama, offering an in-depth analysis of the manipulation process. Discover effective strategies your clients can use immediately to recognize and counter manipulation in any setting while establishing healthy relational boundaries. Combining decades of clinical practice and the latest behavioral research, Dr. Alan Godwin offers comprehensive solutions you will be ready to use the next day to engage and empower your clients.

  • Describe the manipulation process and examine common manipulative behaviors

  • Analyze the relationship between reasoning deficiencies and emotionally manipulative behavior

  • Articulate behavioral patterns characteristic of people who tend to be most susceptible to emotional manipulation

  • Explain common responses to and risks of emotionally manipulative behavior

  • Evaluate strategies clients can use to effectively counter manipulation in a variety of contexts

  • Identify common limitations of manipulative relationships

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • Counselors

  • Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

  • Case Managers

  • Psychiatric Nurses

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

  • Criminal Justice Personnel

  • Pastoral Counselors

  • School Counselors


ALAN GODWIN, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with nearly 30 years of experience. Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals, couples, churches, and businesses develop better ways of handling conflict. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Godwin serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Counseling Department of Trevecca University in Nashville, TN, where he teaches a class for doctoral students entitled "Psychodynamic Psychotherapies." He has also taught undergraduates and has guest lectured in the Marriage and Family department. Additionally, he has penned a regular quarterly feature entitled "Ask Dr. Alan" for Deacon magazine, writes a weekly email called “The Drama Review: In Relationships and Culture,” and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Godwin's book, How to Solve Your People Problems: Dealing with Your Difficult Relationships, explains how and why conflict goes badly and how to make it go well with two types of people: reasonable and unreasonable. For more information about Dr. Godwin and his publications, please visit or 

Financial – Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

"A step–by–step system for working with very difficult clients. I anticipate that this system will be highly useful in my practice. Dr. Godwin's teaching was incredibly organized and very practical in real life issues."
-Ann Beam, Counselor
Springfield, OR

"Alan Godwin gave the best seminar I have attended in many years. The topic was very relevant to my therapy practice and his material was clear, thorough, and will be very useful as I work with my clients in the future. His use of material from his own practice helped put "theory" in a real life perspective."
-Joan Hodges, Social Worker
Winchester, MA
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