Gaslighting: Helping your Client Survive Hidden Manipulation

Gaslighting: Helping your Client Survive Hidden Manipulation

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As practitioners, it is our obligation to our clients to help them spot manipulation and to teach them the techniques that will protect them from being mistreated and traumatised by this very common dynamic. Join Professor Tanya Robinson in her fascinating new course on the gaslight effect, in which she explains the complexities of this hidden but yet so common manipulation strategy people use in order to control others.


Learn how to spot early warning signs, different types of gaslighting, and then see how Professor Robinson leads you towards discovering protective strategies you can teach your clients.  See how gaslighting is used in the social media, politics, cults, families and the workplaces.  Learn how to explain healthy behaviours that your clients might need to learn about if they’ve been manipulated throughout their entire lives.  Equip yourself with knowledge so that you can then work effectively with your clients who are often only given simplistic advice from others, if any.


Learning about the dark side of human nature such as manipulation, is part of our jobs as counsellors and therapists, so do not miss this unique opportunity and attend this course.  You will be fascinated and you will enjoy it but most importantly, with this knowledge, you will be able to support clients who are victims of this common covert manipulation technique with confidence and with good results.


  • What is gaslighting
  • Different types of gaslighting
    • Triangulation
    • Splitting
    • Blatant attempts to carry favour
    • Projection and using disclosure as psychological ammunition
    • Double bind
    • “Flying Monkeys”
    • Narcissistic rages
    • Bait and Switch
  • Gaslighting in intimate relationships: Love-bombed, Hoovered, Devalued and Discarded
  • Warning Signs in the Early Stages of the Relationships
  • Why gaslighters behave this way?
  • Strategies controlling people use
  • Why do people stay with gaslighters?
  • Protective Strategies: Helping Clients in the Complex Situations
  • Understand how healthy people behave
  • Saboteurs, Harassers, Off-Loaders and Thunder Stealers
  • Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
    • Workplace Violence
    • Harassment by Clients
    • Harassment at University
    • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome
  • Common Characteristics of Gaslighters in the Public Sphere
  • Gaslighting Leaders
  • Gaslighting Media
  • Gaslighting in Social Media
  • Cults
  • Gaslighters in the Inner Circle of Trust
  • Gaslighters in Your Family
  • Adapting Your Counselling Style
  • What to do if your treatment does not work.

Dr Tanya Robinson


  • Registered Master of Forensic Mental Health (School of Psychiatry) from the University of NSW, Sydney.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the University of South Africa.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Cape Town.
  • Doctor in Social Work from the North-West University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of South Africa.
  • Magister Socialis Diligentiae (Cum Laude) in Social Work from the University of Pretoria.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Stellenbosch.


Professor Tanya Robinson majored in social work, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice and has clinical and forensic practice experience. She is a passionate academic and has obtained her 4th PhD in Criminal Justice. Tanya is an Extraordinary Associate Professor (NWU) and an Honorary Research Fellow (KZNU). She takes on Court-appointed work and is a specialist in family assessments and forensic investigations where children are involved. Prof Robinson has worked for many years in Africa and she now operates both in Africa and in South Australia, being the Director and Founder of The Green Duck International Institute. Prof Robinson has been appointed in many Court cases with an international component to facilitate decision-making processes serving the best interests of children. She has vast experience in victimology and specialises in investigating violent crimes committed against children.  She is the author and co-authors of various research-based scientific papers and books.  She has been in private practice for over two decades.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 8 sessions of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides. This course also includes extensive additional reading material, papers and articles.


You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 5 learning hours.  A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short multiple-choice assessment test. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.