Patterns in Abusive Relationships

Patterns in Abusive Relationships

Current Status
Not Enrolled
$275 AUD
Get Started

Abusive relationships tend to follow patterns for behaviours, underlying emotional needs, and cognitive distortions related to those patterns. 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 underlying problems. 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 was recorded via Zoom as a collaborative process and includes questions and discussions with participants.

  1. Learner will be able to identify the definition of dependency and codependency
  2. Learner will be able to understand the purpose of using roles in relationships as part of patterns in relationships
  3. Learner will be able to identify at least five of the eight diagnostic criteria of DPD and one common impact of symptoms
  4. Learner will be able to use objectifiable measurements in unhealthy dependent emotional needs and behaviours
  5. Learners will be able to identify patterns in healthy relationships
  6. Learner will be able to identify 5 family relationship styles as part of fostering dependent behaviour
  7. Learner will be able to identify at least one intervention for addressing feelings and behaviours of unhealthy dependency

Leo DeBroeck is a Mental Health Practitioner and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington State (USA). He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Centre. He has completed his Masters 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.


Leo works full-time at a community health centre as a therapist with a team of  Marriage and Family Therapists,  Clinical Social Workers, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists. 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 behaviour 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 Counsellor’s Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated therapeutic tools and books.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 4 sessions of video content (total approximately 6 hours), accessible via streaming on our website, as well as supporting material, including PowerPoint slides, references and additional tools you can use in your practice. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 6 learning hours.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.