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Safely Leaving the Abusive Relationship: Do’s and Don’ts for Therapists

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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT
1 Hour 04 Minutes
Jan 28, 2022
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Leaving a toxic relationship isn’t easy. Manipulation, coercion, shame, self-doubt, and a sense of losing oneself can keep clients trapped in the abuse. And when they do make the decision to leave, the fear of dangerous explosive reactions can be very real. You need knowledge and interventions targeted at this population to help clients exit these relationships safely. View Katelyn Baxter-Musser, licensed clinical social worker and expert on intimate partner violence for this session and get the tools and interventions you need to increase your clinical competency in supporting clients exiting abusive relationships.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CDBT) through Evergreen Certifications Institute.

Ms. Baxter-Musser is trained in DBT and incorporates it into her practice in working with adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of concerns. She has facilitated DBT skill groups and has used DBT in individual therapy in private practice and in work for several agencies. Her years of experience using DBT principles in her practice have helped her clients to develop healthier coping skills, better process their past traumas, and increase their ability to identify and cope with destructive emotions.

Ms. Baxter-Musser is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a certified EMDR therapist. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management and the Maine Collaborative Law Alliance. She sits on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and is the co-regional coordinator for the EMDRIA Southern Maine Regional Network. She works in private practice where her areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety grief and relationship issues.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, CPD, is the Owner, Operator and Trainer at Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, CPD, is a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee, the Southern Maine EMDR Collation, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management.

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  1. Analyze how complex barriers to leaving abusive relationships impact your role as a therapist.
  2. Employ a trauma-informed approach that respects clients’ autonomy.
  3. Utilize strategies to enhance clinical support and safety for clients exiting abusive relationships.


  • Barriers to leaving narcissistic abuse relationships
  • Trauma-informed approaches that respect clients’ autonomy
  • Strategies to enhance clinical support and safety

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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