The Body Bears the Burden: The Physical Consequences of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse in Marriage (Without CE’s) Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Body Bears the Burden: The Physical Consequences of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse in Marriage (Without CE’s) Tuesday, February 6, 2024


*Note: This Webinar is not approved for CE credit. 

The Body Bears the Burden: The Physical Consequences of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse in Marriage 

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 

6:00 – 8:00 PM ET 


Webinar Presenter 

Dr. Hawkins, MBA, MSW, MA, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has brought healing and restoration to thousands of marriages and individuals for more than forty years. Dr. Hawkins has become a leader and expert in the field of treatment for narcissism and emotional abuse in the context of relationships. Dr. Hawkins is a speaker & trainer for the American Association of Christian Counselors and writes for,, and He has made regular appearances on Moody Radio and Faith Radio and is a best-selling author of over thirty books. 



Our clients’ minds and bodies are connected. Too many mental health clinicians focus on treating the mind, forgetting to ask questions about the body. Thus, they are in danger of enabling a very destructive process instead of participating in powerful interventions. This workshop explores how an unhealthy marriage often leads to an unhealthy body and how the body keeps the score for the health of the marriage. Psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will explore how chronic narcissistic and emotional abuse often leads to various psychosomatic illnesses, with the body and physical symptoms reflecting the health of the marriage. This workshop will explore psychosomatic illness and its relationship to PTSD and Complex PTSD, its connection to chronic stress in marriage, and action steps participants should take to help those struggling to cope. The presenters will explore “emotional exhaustion” and the cost to spouses of “over-functioning” and coping, adapting, and accommodating a stressful marriage. Finally, steps will be elucidated for clinicians to assist spouses suffering from psychosomatic illness to take responsibility for their healing, which includes how to assist a spouse in finding appropriate emotional help through therapy and physical support through medical assistance with a physician, as well as creating healthy boundaries that can lead to physical healing. 


Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. Identify traits of narcissistic and emotional abuse as well as typical physiological symptoms associated with this abuse 
  2. Outline various psychosomatic illnesses often associated with narcissistic and emotional abuse 
  3. Describe the relationship between chronic marital stress and psychosomatic illness 
  4. Summarize best practices for treating those suffering from narcissistic and emotional abuse and assisting them in finding appropriate physical care, setting healthy boundaries, and taking ultimate responsibility for their healing 


Continuing Education 

Approved for 2.0 ASWB and 2.0 IBCC CE Credits 


The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due to good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required Continuing Education hours. For more information on Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit  


*Webinars MUST be watched LIVE to receive CE Credit.