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Effective Patient Interventions: How to Disarm Defenses (part 1 & 2)
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When: 12:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar
United States
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Frisch
Contact: 916 286-7979

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Effective Patient Interventions:
How to Disarm Defenses

January 18, 2019

Part I - 12pm - 1 pm
Part II - 1 pm - 2 pm

Patricia Frisch – Instructor


This webinar will introduce providers to a method of character analytic interventions that effectively dismantle the obvious defenses in the room. The presenting style of the patient, “how the patient acts, reacts and presents” demonstrates healthy and unhealthy coping strategies, character/personality disorder markers and resistance aspects that can be engaged in the first session. This type of treatment approach creates lively, spontaneous interactions that interrupt non-productive story telling. The importance of contact and tracking will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

After attending Part I attendees will be able to:

  • Define the essential tenets of the concept of character and character analysis
  • Discuss the differences between adaptive and non-adaptive defenses.
  • Describe the basic elements of contact
  • Identify what to track and how to comment
  • Describe the potency of interrupting the story


Examples of specific character types will be utilized to illustrate the technique. Case questions from the participants will contribute to the understanding of how to intervene effectively. The cases presented provide an opportunity to name the defensive style, possible character type, any resistance to the process as well as show how the method deepens the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Objectives:

After attending Part II attendees will be able to:

  • Delineate a few character types used as examples of the method
  • Describe interventions that effectively disarm character defenses and deepen the therapeutic relationship.

Registration Fees:

Division I Members: Free

Non-Division I Members: $50


CE Credits:  Part I (1 CE credit)
                         Part II ( 1 CE credit)

CPA is co-sponsoring this webinar with CPA's Division I - Clinical Psychology. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


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