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Sandra L. Brown, MA

Sandra is the founder of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education and is a former psychotherapist in the field of psychopathology. She is a clinical lecturer and trainer, TV and radio guest, and an author. She is recognized for her pioneering work in women's issues related to relational harm from dangerous and pathological partners. The Institute has the only formal clinical Model-of-Care with a trauma-based approach for survivors and offers the largest available array of products and services related to this genre. Sandra is noted for being the first to research the effects of psychopathy on female partners. Her research has largely impacted the treatment field through her systematic approaches to recovery for women. Her most recent research was in collaboration with Purdue University. She is frequently interviewed for radio and TV shows to discuss dangerous relationships, high lethality cases, and psychopathy.

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About this course

Recovery has a beginning but in some ways, it has no end….so to start at the beginning is to understand ‘what’ you are needing recovery ‘from.’  The beginning is to bring an educational knowledge of what happened to you and, from a 12 Step approach, to ‘accept’ that you were harmed by the pathology of someone else over which you had no control.  The work in between -- of coming to know what happened and working on symptom management -- is the process of recovery.

Let’s say it like it is: the incomparable aftermath from a pathological love relationship is like no other. And it’s what The Institute has been studying for over 30 years.  Just what does a personality disorder/psychopathic individual do to a non-pathological partner? The answer is -- a LOT!

Throughout  the initial lessons in the Living Recovery Program, you will learn not only about our model using Four Puzzle Pieces to depict what comprises a Pathological Love Relationship™, but also, why these are the make-up of all pathological love relationships and what you are experiencing in the aftermath. Subsequent lessons build off the initial educational segment with even more educational materials, audios, videos, tools and resources as we get into symptom management, and, after that, on to Living the Gentle Life in the last dozen or so lessons. Finally, two bonus lessons give you insights on recovery by a remarkable woman, a survivor of two back-to-back pathological relationships, and none other than Sandra's own mother. Joyce created a life filled with love, laughter, excitement, and joy. You will see how she lived to the fullest for the last 16 years of her life. You'll want to channel Joyce as you go forward in your own great life!

So are you ready to begin your journey to healing and recovery? Then c'mon - let's get you started.