Sandra L. Brown, M.A.

Safe Relationships/The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Psychopathy Education

Sandra L. Brown, M.A., CEO of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education is a clinician, program development specialist, psychopathologist, lecturer, and an award-winning author. Her books include Counseling Victims of Violence (1991, 2006), How to Spot a Dangerous Man Book and Workbook (2005) and The Moody Pews (2005).

She is recognized for her pioneering work on women’s issues related to relational harm with Cluster B/Axis II disordered partners and specializes in the development and implementation of Pathological Love Relationship clinical training and services. Sandra’s work, numerous books, CD’s, DVD’s, other training materials and literature have been used as curriculum in drug rehabs, women’s organizations and shelters, women’s jail programs, women’s prisons, school-based programs, inner city projects, college campuses, various psychology and sociology programs worldwide, and utilized in almost every country of the world.

Her collaborative research on Women Who Love Psychopaths was recently presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, and her work has been presented in lectures across the country including the Ruth Ginsberg Lecture Series Women and the Law on Domestic Violence as well as programs related to Domestic Violence Provider and Batterer Intervention Training in which her unique focus on Pathological Love Relationships has been featured.

In addition, her work at The Institute has included the development of a comprehensive online psychopathology magazine interviewing some of the country’s leading researchers on personality disorders and pathology, a Peer-Support Coaching Program, and the development of a Model of Care Approach for Treatment Centers.

Sandra’s previous work included the founding and directing of Bridgework Counseling Center, a Florida-based program from 1987-1997 which encompassed a multi-faceted mental health treatment center for Trauma Disorders, Personality Disorders, and one of the country’s first long-term residential programs for women with Dissociative Identity Disorder. She was also a pathologist on the Woman’s Trauma Inpatient Hospital Program for The Manors Psychiatric Hospital. She facilitated groups on PTSD and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as individual treatment. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

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