Narcissism and Addictions through the Lens of Attachment: Understanding the Shame Dynamic

Presented and developed by Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

This training is designed to deepen your knowledge and increase your effectiveness in working with narcissism, addiction, attachment and shame. While the topic is intense, we will learn in a setting that mixes didactic information with discussion and active learning. You will leave the training with a full set of handouts and renewed optimism about working with people who may have this challenging cluster of problems.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between shame and guilt and employ new strategies for working with shame.
  • Describe the consequences in adulthood of early shame-based experiences.
  • Identify the common underpinnings of narcissism and addiction and understand why they so often occur together.
  • Identify the many faces of narcissism beyond what is described in the DSM.
  • Articulate how early attachment injuries play a role in the development of both narcissism and addiction.
  • Use concrete treatment suggestions for working with these challenging diagnoses.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575) and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop."

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC, specializes in working with giftedness and treating addictions, depression, Axis II diagnoses and physical and sexual abuse.  She has been in private practice for close to thirty years in Seattle.  She taught in a graduate psychology program for many years and now enjoys teaching professionals via continuing education offerings.  She writes and trains nationally on topics related to high IQ adult and adolescents.  Until recently Lisa was clinical director at a Native American behavioral health program for children and youth where she learned that special population consults can never replace the therapeutic value of culturally specific services.

Lisa has been a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Seattle Counselors Association, and Co-chair of the DOH advisory Committee for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.  She has been training others in Clinical Supervision for many year and was part of the group that proposed the initial language for the Approved Supervisor WAC.

Lisa has been a presenter for Cascadia Training for over 10 year now.

For more information about Lisa, visit her website:

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