Many individuals have learned to defend against taking in nourishment that is available, whether it be emotional or physical, because their early life experience indicated that accepting nourishment carried a heavy price. Perhaps the debt incurred in return for accepting the nourishment was exorbitant, e.g., becoming responsible for meeting all of a parent’s needs.
Continuing Education Credits: 2 Credit Hours
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Course Title: The Nourishment Barrier: Shock Response to Toxic Intimacy
Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists
Course Level: Intermediate
Content By: David Hartman, LCSW
Bio: David Hartman, LCSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington and co-founder of The Wellness Institute. David earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. During his career, he has specialized in trauma resolution and the use of altered consciousness for healing and spiritual growth.
Course Format: Asynchronous Video (2 hours)
Many individuals have learned to defend against taking in nourishment that is available, whether it be emotional or physical, because their early life experience indicated that accepting nourishment carried a heavy price. Perhaps the debt incurred in return for accepting the nourishment was exorbitant, e.g., becoming responsible for meeting all of a parent’s needs. Perhaps the price was being forced to tolerate toxins that inevitably accompanied any nourishment. We call the defense constructed by such an individual a nourishment barrier. In this course, we will explore toxic intimacy, defense mechanisms, the connection between the nourishment barrier and the vagal parasympathetic response, the basis for anorexia, and the connection between need shock and the nourishment barrier. We will utilize case studies to illustrate the dilemma and discuss how to treat it.
1. Identify the two primary defenses against toxic nourishment and how to treat each.
2. Explain the relevance of The Vagal Paradox in the development of a capacity to tolerate intimacy.
3. Explain the impact of prenatal development on one’s capacity to respond to threat and safety.
4. Articulate strategies for identifying and treating an individual’s nourishment barriers.
Introduction to the Nourishment Barrier (0:00-6:05)
Course Outline (6:05-9:25)
What is Toxic Intimacy? (9.25-26:20)
What is shock? (26:20-41:40)
What is Needs shock/Needs shame? (41:40-48:05)
Sense of Self (48:05-60:00)
Central Influence of pre- and perinatal experiences (0:00-16:30)
Developing substitutes for emotional satisfaction (16:30-21:00)
Treatment for individuals presenting with Nourishment Barrier (21:00-60:00)
Continuing Education Course Requirements:
Attendees must watch the entire asynchronous video and score at least 75% on the post-test to meet the requirements of the course.
At the conclusion of the training, you will fill out a course evaluation in your online student account. This is required in order to earn your CE credit.
CE Certificate: After successfully completing all the requirements of the course, you will be able to access your CE certificate in your online student account.
Distance Learning Description: This course is delivered asynchronously. Students must be able to access our Learning Management System (via computer, tablet, etc) to participate in this course.
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This program is approved for 2 CE by the FL Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counseling Professionals. CE Broker Tracking #20-1025292
This program is approved for 2 CEs by the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board for the period 4/15/2023-4/30/2025, Approval #MCST04235292.
The Wellness Institute 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-0132