Bullseye: Helping your Clients Finally Understand why Predators Target Them (again and again).



Presented and developed by Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW


Have you ever heard this cry from your clients?  "Why does this keep happening to me?  Do I have a bullseye on my forehead that announces that people can get over on me??"  Well, as it happens, yes!  Not an actual bullseye, of course, but a figurative one. 

The predator/prey dynamic is subtle and elusive.  Even therapists may fail to see patterns as they emerge.  Victims may be misunderstood and labeled simply as "love addicts," "dramatic," and "co-dependent," when the dynamic is actually much more complicated.  Fuller exploration often reveals that victims of predators are strong people who have elevated levels of such values as loyalty and fairness.  Participants at this interactive presentation will learn to spot the signs of abuse as well as the client behaviors that put clients at risk for domination and abuse.

Presentation outline:

Personality disorders

  1. Narcissistic PD
  2. Antisocial PD (Sociopathy)
  3. Sadistic behaviors
  4. Machivellian behaviors
  5. Small group exercises

Understanding Coercive Control

  1. Psychologically controlling behaviors
  2. Domination without assault
  3. Small group exercises

Identifying the abuser

  1. Understanding abusers goals
  2. How to spot abusers' patterns of engagement

How the Narcissist/Sociopath identifies the perfect target

  1. How the abuser knows the target will collude and tolerate the abuse
  2. Help the targets understand the patterns that make them prime targets

How to help your clients break their patterns

  1. Small group exercises



Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs


Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW


Frances Shopick, has worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  She is on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (fka the Mount Sinai School of Medicine) in New York City in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the faulty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentation reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders.  More recently, she has investigated high conflict custody issues as an evaluator for Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is trained as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL).  As an attorney, her focus is on Family Law dissolutions (divorces) and helping counselors with ethical challenges that put them at risk for DOH complaints.  Ms. Schopick has presented to the Washington State NASW on Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice, Washington State Superior Court Judges' and Administrators' (SCJA) 2013 Spring Conference and the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Counsel on mental health issues.  Ms. Schopick completed her BA at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington licensure as both an attorney and LICSW.


Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, April 27th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Clarion Inn, Tacoma, WA
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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