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The Origins of Violence in Child Abuse



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This Webinar will explore the dynamic links between untreated child abuse and violent behavior in adolescence and adulthood. The role of untreated childhood trauma in producing the “moral damage” and “emotional damage” evident in the lives of killers is substantial. This analysis is based upon the presenter’s 20 years of experience as a psychological expert witness in murder cases.

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will be able to describe three consequences of untreated childhood trauma.
  • The participant will be able to summarize two elements of the “war zone mentality” in violent individuals.
  • The participant will be able to explain two strategies for reducing violence in traumatized individuals.
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Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (3) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. You can earn your CEs by watching the webinar and completing an accompanying reading assignment. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

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Optional CEs (3) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. You can earn your CEs by watching the webinar and completing an accompanying reading assignment. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

About the Presenter

James Garbarino, Ph.D. James Garbarino is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and at Loyola University Chicago. From 2006-2020, he held the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. From 1995-2006, he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. Among the books he has authored or edited are: Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases (2015), Miller’s Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us (2018), Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience (2008), See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006). And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence (2002); Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life (2001); Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999. Dr. Garbarino has won many awards from his work in the fields of trauma and abuse. He serves as a consultant for media reports on children and families. Since 1994, he has served as a scientific expert witness in criminal cases involving issues of violence and children.

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Robert Wing

We have been doing educational and Process Groups for 8 years with men in Marina California. We use the Codependency model for men from our training and therapy with Pia Melody.
Look forward to sharing this with the Men who attend.
Thank you
Bob Wing
(831) 224-5411


Kids who have been abused need to know they have a voice. So much has been “done” to them that
the therapist needs to really listen and say, You know, I don’t have all the answers. But, I promise you,
if you use your voice to talk your pain out the pain will eventually go away and you can focus on more
positive things. Most teenagers have shut out most adults by the time they are 14, so it’s important to
maintain trust. And that the abuse is over and now is the best time to let the pain that’s been put upon
them go. These kids need to laugh again, be a kid again, let someone love them. Let them know they
are loved no matter what. That they will get through this pain and hurt through honest communication.
That they are the ones who have the answers as well. Because they are the ones who have been through the abuse, they are the only ones who actually experienced the pain of it, they need to know they also have the key to open the door and let it all go.

Pamela Hall

I always find it so interesting how people think it is so easy to let it all go,, to forgive the abuser,, resulting in some kind of “freedom”. As a 57 year old woman,, who was brutalized, and beaten physically and emotionally, , I have yet, to find a way, to reach in to the wounded areas and flip a switch,, or turn some key, that undoes all the damage. The very best I have been able to do, is find joy, and laughter, using humor as the salve that soothes the pain and rage I feel at my father and stepmonsters daily terrifying abuse..So when someone finds, the “magic” wand, or key, let me know. I think the best one can do is find love, people who truly care about you, and just be glad we can function within our abilities, on this side of the Looney bin.


So hoping a magical wand does exist.. I suppressed my childhood abuse for upwards of more than 40 years.. Now I must except the parent I cared for and was dependant on so let me get physically beat and verbally abused by a sibling almost daily. I was afraid to tell her because I made the mistake of telling her and wound up the one in trouble for tattletails , as she called it.. So beat twice In one day, I didn’t want. I somehow thought this normal.. Also I remember being afraid to cry or show emotion because I learned early on that she would” give me a reason to cry”, this she always told me to make me stop the crying that I don’t guess she wanted to hear and didn’t know how to soothe..I have suffered dearly.. And I wonder if it would help me to confront her now? I feel only resentment for this lifetime of pain that has effected every aspect of my life for so long.. Its just recently that I come to this realization.. I somehow made excuses for the neglect for years. I guess in denial about the truth that I refused to believe for way too long.. Maybe had I felt this way years ago it wouldn’t have been as devastating to my health.. People believe her to be something that she was not to me, a mother.. I never knew my father and I just wish she had aborted me or at the least put me up for adoption.. Because she was lacking on the whole nurturing bit.. By a long shot to say much.. I wonder does she believe she was a good mother? I do hope I never made any of my children feel less of the important persons that they were to me.. I am just left wondering how does someone look the other way while an older child by 5 years and male also is left to baby sit at 12 their younger petite sibling.. And what makes anyone think it’s OK to strike another individual.. Its not ok.. It was very traumatic.. I actually have never shared my past before today to this extent. I recently concluded that this was the root to my debilitating depression and an on going drug dependence problem. That she has barely commented on once before that she believe that people could have depression but had her doubts that anything but drugs were the cause of my problems.. Stating depression was a state of my mind that only I could decide to change when I got tired of it.. Wow!! How was I so blind for so long?? I’m trying to figure out where I go from here.. Because I just haven’t a clue..


Im not eesponding to this particular post (so apologies to the poster) i am stating this for myself because there is nowhere else to post it— i need help!!! Im jobless- thankfully living with parents- but have had an EXTREMELY abusive childhood- im a mother of an almost 3 yr old son wjich is a full time job in itself especiay for a woman who is suffering from exrreme depression and ptss and extreme anxiety– i habe NEVER been able to REALLY move forward!!! Then i find a site tjat looks helpful and i read a bit anf stsrt believing and u derstsnding in it and tjen it asks for my payment preference– omg!!! THANKS!! Seems u don’t REALLLLY understand at ALL! How in the world do u expect an ABUSED ans depressed Procrastinating self hating over stressed out of work _possibly BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE ABOVE???) human being to PURCHASE THIS seminar???? And that’s my point. YOu Dont CARE. NOONE CARES!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP. THIS SITE IS TOTALLY MISLEADING AND SHAME ON YOU FOR THAT. I REALLY FELT I NEEDED HELP THIS EVEING AND I TRIED TO GO FOR IT AND THIS IS WHAT I GOT! After every other n.s site THIS ONE SEEMED REAL AND AUTHENTIC!!!! Thanks. Omg i cant believe this. I just cant. How could you?!?!? I actualy had a moment of HOPE! How COULD you


Hello Allie,

We are sorry for the frustration and sorry to hear that you are hurting. The post you happened to find is a description of a continuing education Webinar for mental health professionals that does cost $15. Most of the materials on our site our free, however some of our Webinars and eCourses cost money to help our non-profit website keep running. We do have several free resources on featuring James Garbarino and the subject of the origins of violence in child abuse, including this video interview and this article.

We also have a free Webinar on depression, which you are welcome to watch here.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is a free hotline available 24 hours a day to anyone in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.


Allie, I’m so sorry to read your post. I’m just another reader who stumbled across this article and promo for what looks like an excellent webinar recording. I’m sorry it struck you the way it did and triggered more bad feelings. I’m glad they responded and explained the site. It is a bit confusing if you googled a topic and landed here without context. Looks like any other site, that’s for sure. Anyway, I wanted to respond to your comments about not being able to move forward from your abuse and having depression PTSD. I’m not a therapist, but I work with people who are stuck in controlling and abusive relationships and help them build strategies to move forward, many of them have experienced extreme anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Myself included! One thing that helped me when nothing else did was a therapy called EMDR. It’s intended for soldiers returned from war and experiencing PTSD. But it works like nothing else. It gave me a deep sense of calm confidence and ease that I haven’t felt in my entire adult life!! I was neglected as a child and experienced verbal, emotional abuse but never physical abuse. Still the hurt ran deep and was always there.

But after trying EMDR, so much of that deeply wounded bitterness was dissolved.

It’s like an electric cord fueling those feelings and creating the anxious buzzing was cut and all its power drained. It’s AMAZING!!! Go to EMDRIA.org to look for information about EMDR and to find a therapist near you. I honestly hope you find solace. I know you don’t know me, but I too have a 3-year old and am a single mom, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Things can and will get better. Please believe it. If not for you then for the sake of your child. Life is beautiful and the past can be put behind you. I’ve experienced this myself. I’m no longer walking around hurt, anxious, fearful, and stuck. God Bless…

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