While every state is different, most require mental health professionals to achieve at least minimal education and training in the understanding, identification, evaluation, and treatment of interpersonal violence. Few states, if any, require clinicians to gain an understanding in the identification and treatment of what is currently known as Stockholm Syndrome, despite that it is more pernicious than other sequelae of interpersonal violence. If we are to liberate people from the bondage of Stockholm Syndrome, it is necessary that clinicians can easily identify, manage, and eventually treat this symptom complex.
Historically associated with the response to being physically held in captivity, we now understand that Stockholm Syndrome may be present in millions of abuse victims who remain stuck in emotionally and physically violent relationships and circumstances. In these cases, victims endure near constant gaslighting by their perpetrators and can lose their ability to accurately discern and respond to their previous realities. In order to survive in these conditions and minimize harm for themselves and oftentimes for others (ex: children, family members), victims develop a form of Reality Dysmorphia as their perception is slowly but surely modified and distorted to match the perpetrator’s version of reality.
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Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents a clinical review of the techniques used to identify, manage, and treat the sequelae of domestic and interpersonal violence. Additionally, the phenomenon of Stockholm Syndrome will be explained so that clinicians can easily discern between traditional symptoms associated with domestic violence and the symptom profile that results following long-term exposure to being held in captivity, being exposed to gaslighting, and experiencing trauma-based perceptual distortion. It is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association and also has its own established code of ethics as developed by the Association of Comprehensive Psychology. Statements about approval or denial of services are according to presenter’s understanding of medical necessity and clinical documentation standards at the time of the program. This program discusses strategies for applying the methods taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, misapplication of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.
Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written books related to the content of this program.
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Born with a passion for all things mathematical, Dr. Breslin’s professional career started at age seventeen at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. A year later, she was encouraged to spread her wings and headed to Revelle College at UCSD. While enrolled in pre-med studies, Dr. Breslin continued to expand her knowledge of math and physics. But, an auto accident during her sophomore year left her with a brain injury and only limited capacity to comprehend the complexities of math and physics. Trying to utilize her remaining skills, she changed her major to Psychology and graduated a year later with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
At Northwestern University, Dr. Breslin earned a Masters and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She is now licensed as a psychologist in Tennessee, Georgia, and California. In addition, after 5 years of working as a psychologist, Dr. Breslin enrolled in training as an Intuitive Consultant. She has trained for 20 years in Energy and Vibrational Medicine, Aromatherapy, and Toltec wisdom, and is also a Reiki Master.
In 2004, Dr. Breslin earned her certificate in Integrative Medicine from Harvard Medical Center, and in 2010, she became an Ordained Minister. Dr. Breslin is a highly-respected psychologist known nationwide for her innovative approach to trauma recovery, focusing on the integration of mind, body, and spirit for the resolution of painful experiences. Additionally, her work as a Transformation Coach and Breakthrough Specialist has facilitated thousands of breakthroughs resulting in deeply enhanced personal and professional experience and performance.
Dr. Breslin is an avid speaker and a prolific writer. She has authored many online continuing education courses and hundreds of articles and chapters. She is also a contributing author for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Dr. Breslin is the author of the following books: