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Toolkit for Identifying & Countering

This toolkit serves as a comprehensive guide to Identifying & Countering Psychological Manipulation and Coercive Control. It is meant to equip mental health professionals with the knowledge and strategies needed to navigate the intricate dynamics of manipulation and coercion. By exploring the distinct definitions of PM and CC, recognizing signs of manipulation, understanding stages and motivations for involvement, and embracing targeted intervention and prevention steps, this toolkit can act as a guide to help others gain distance from manipulative groups or individuals, reclaim agency, and foster resilience.

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Section Guide 

Section 1 - Defining and Differentiating PM and CC: Define and differentiate psychological manipulation and coercive control. 

Section 2 - Identifying Common Signs: Explore the common signs and behavioural patterns of people under the influence of psychological manipulation and coercive control. 

Section 3 - Stages of Involvement: Understand the stages of involvement, from initial attraction, to deep entrenchment, to critical engagement.

Section 4 - Understanding Motivations: Gain insights into people's motivations to seek connection and purpose within manipulative environments. 

Section 5 - Steps to Intervention: A comprehensive toolkit of intervention strategies tailored to various stages of manipulation.

Section 6 - Pillars of Prevention: Take a proactive stance against PM and CC by exploring the pillars of prevention: Community, Connection, Purpose, and Education. 

Section 7 - Recovery: A note on recovery.

Section 8 - Violent Extremism: Notes on engaging with violent extremism.

Section 9 - Ideology: Explore ideas on how to guide a PUI away from engagement with complex and convoluted ideologies.  

Section 10 - Appendices: Extra notes and ideas to explore.

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