Psychological Effects of Ostracism
Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT
CE Credit: 2 Hours
Learning Level: Introductory
Psychological Effects of Ostracism is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the effects of ostracism and social exclusion in both children and adults - in the real world, and online.
This course will explore the reasons why ostracism occurs – from feelings of moral superiority to differences in physical appearance, and even the idea that ostracism is necessary to insure social cooperation. We will then examine the ways in which ostracism leads to feelings of aggression, hostility, the tendency to endorse extreme beliefs, physical effects such as increased stress hormones, decreased immunity and decreased pain tolerance, and disrupts cognitive function often impairing our ability to work.
We will then explore the ways in which ostracism exists online – often known as “cybermobbing” – and the related psychological effects. From there, we will turn our attention to the compensatory behaviors that often result from being ostracized – from decreased self-control and potentially delinquent behavior, to victimization of weaker others, and exaggerated attention seeking behaviors.
Lastly, we will look at the steps clinicians can take to help clients overcome the effects of ostracism – from broadening the social network, restoring values, getting creative, and even some alternative forms of treatment. This section also includes exercises that you can use with clients in session to help restore their sense of belonging, identify unknown strengths and quite possibly, even find psychological growth in the challenging experience of ostracism.
Course #21-36 | 2019 | 40 pages | 15 posttest questions
Professional Development Resources (PDR) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5590. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PDR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Professional Development Resources is also approved as a provider of online (home study) continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#50-1635); the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501); and the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193).
This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in post-traumatic growth, optimal performance, and wellness. She is licensed to practice in California and Colorado. Claire earned her BS in Kinesiology and worked as a personal trainer for years before becoming a course developer for International Sports Science Association. Claire is always thinking about ways to improve physical fitness and nutrition as a modality for improving mental health. She also writes in her popular blog, Leveraging Adversity on Psychcentral.
Financial: Claire Nana receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.