Identifying and Treating Childhood Emotional Neglect in Adults

Presented by Jonice Webb, PhD on 07-21-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

“Childhood abuse and neglect” is a phrase therapists use, read, and hear often. In the last decade, the many forms of child abuse have received greater awareness and understanding among the professional community. Clinicians know how physical and emotional abuse can impact a person throughout their life, but the long-term effects of neglect are not as well known. Like abuse, the effects of neglect can manifest in many ways. When a person has experienced childhood emotional neglect (CEN), the impact can be devastating in adolescence and adulthood.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Jonice Webb will discuss the distinct pattern of symptoms characterizing an individual who grew up in an environment where they experienced emotional neglect. Dr. Webb will describe a system for identifying CEN in someone who struggles to remember or describe what they experienced as a child. Attendees will learn strategies for recognizing and targeting CEN in therapy so they can provide the most appropriate help to individuals working to change damaging patterns and develop healthy relationships.

Dr. Webb will describe how childhood emotional neglect is an act of omission because it is a parent’s failure to notice, attend to, or respond appropriately to a child’s feelings. A child who receives the message that their feelings do not matter may internalize the message that they do not matter. In turn, this can lead to higher instances of shame, counter-dependency, emptiness, self-blame, and self-directed anger. This can create challenges for clinicians when individuals who experienced emotional neglect seek help in adulthood and struggle to explain their experiences or identify explanations for their symptoms.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. List the distinct emotional and mental health patterns that can accompany CEN. 
  2. Discuss how targeting CEN directly can treat the source of a client’s presenting complaints, not just the symptoms themselves.
  3. Apply specific strategies to regulate emotion and improve interpersonal relationships.
  4. Develop a shared vocabulary for talking about attachment failure and emotional neglect with individuals in therapy.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of CEN to develop a therapeutic relationship that works with resistance, aides in retention, and contributes to positive outcomes. 

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Jonice Webb, PhD

Jonice Webb, PhD

Jonice Webb, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Webb has directed several large outpatient mental health clinics and is now in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts where she specializes in treating couples and families.

Throughout the last 25 years of practicing psychotherapy, Dr. Webb noticed a distinct pattern of complaints among clients of disparate backgrounds and presenting symptoms. In searching for the common causal factor among these many clients, she discovered the source: emotional neglect during childhood. Often benign and typically unremembered by the client, Dr. Webb discovered the effects of emotional neglect can nevertheless be identified by the therapist and yield powerful results when targeted directly in treatment.

Dr. Webb has created an online recovery program for childhood emotional neglect. The online program, Fuel Up For Life, consists of a series of educational videos and homework assignments and bi-weekly group calls. The program is designed to be useful as an adjunct to individual or group therapy. 

Dr. Webb wrote her first book, Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect in 2012. She is currently writing her second book about how to deal with the effects of childhood emotional neglect in marriage, parenting, and relationships with the parents who were the original source of the neglect. She has appeared on NPR, Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness Happy Hour, New England Psychologist, and numerous other podcasts. Dr. Webb also writes a weekly blog on Psych Central’s Childhood Emotional Neglect Page.

For more information about Dr. Webb, please visit www.drjonicewebb.com.

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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.