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 Schopick, JD, MSW, is an attorney with a background in Social Work and psychiatric research. She worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  Living in Seattle, she is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentations reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders including Narcissism and Psychopathy. 

Now an attorney, Fran works with mental health provider DOH Licensees of all disciplines who have received subpoenas, have to testify, or who have DOH complaints against them.  She also provides consultation on ethical and practice clallenges that put counselors at risk for DOH Complaints.  She 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 in MYC and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington State licensure as both an attorney and LICSW. 




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