Understanding Narcissism - theory and practice

This workshop will focus on providing participants with an understanding of narcissism, both traits and personality disorder. The workshop will explore the developmental dynamics that promote narcissism and the subsequent interpersonal dynamics that arise in adulthood. Topics such as narcissistic supply, ego fragility, shame, compensation, fantasy vs reality and the lack of mirroring so central to narcissism will be covered.

Suitable for all mental health practitioners and those with an interest in narcissism and it’s impact on contemporary culture.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning credits on completion of this workshop. 


“Kevin's knowledge of the subject area was spectacular! I thought there was an excellent balance between theory and practice issues. He also had a great intuition for when the audience may have been confused - for example, over the technical vs vernacular use of a word or phrase.”

Dr Lucy Moore, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, May 2023


“I loved how the trainer provided information from the most basic level, through the complexity of primary and secondary narcissism ultimately leading to personality disorder. I found the therapeutic advice very interesting, as well as helpful for the future. Real life experience was shared, making it very valuable. Congratulations to Kevin, not only for all the knowledge shared, but for his excellent ability to impart this. “

Ana Llorca Benet, Team Leader, St. Margaret’s Network, May 2023

Programme Duration

One full day training

Programme Aims

The workshop aims to provide participants with an in-depth introduction to narcissism and to evidence based approaches to working with narcissism. The primary orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic. 

Training Content

A theoretical history of understanding narcissism

The developmental and family dynamics that promote narcissistic traits

An overview in evidence based interventions and relational dynamics essential to engaging with narcissistic disturbance 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop participants should have been given the tools to enable them to have:

A detailed understanding of narcissism,

A capacity to discern narcissistic disturbance and differentiate this from other clinical presentations and

A capacity to develop therapeutic tools to deal with narcissistic presentations

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute will distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone taking part and is tailored to the appropriate level, while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby participants are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All attendees will receive an eCertificate of Completion in ’Understanding Narcissim – Theory and Practice’ from The Learning Curve Institute.