“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.
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I really enjoyed it and had been looking forward to it for weeks. Dr. Webb's work is so relevant to the issues I am seeing within my practice. Her model is the best I have found in addressing and treating adult attachment issues. Her work has quickly become a huge resource for my clients and the foundation treatment model I use with most of my adult clients. - Angie Case, LPC
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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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