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Effective Patient Interventions: How to Disarm Defenses

Marin County Psychological Association Presents:

 Dr. Patricia Frisch

Effective Patient Interventions: How to Disarm Defenses


This two-hour talk will introduce providers to my 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 are discussed. 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:


Definition and Discussion of Character Analysis

  • Describe the essential tenets of the concept of character
  • Discuss elements that contribute to the formation of one’s character style.
  • Describe the character analytic method
  • Discuss the differences between adaptive and non-adaptive defenses.

Importance of Contact and Tracking

  • Describe the basic elements of contact
  • Identify what to track and how to comment
  • Discuss examples of patient behaviors and stylistic aspects that are defensive and warrant therapeutic intervention
  • Demonstrate the potency of interrupting the story

Distinguishing character types and defensive styles

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

Saturday, April 10th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm   2 CE credits


MCPA Members: Free           Non-Members: $35.       Students $10.       2 Continuing Ed credits additional $15.


Login: 9:45-10:00 

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online to zoom platform - laptop or desktop with webcam and internet connection required. Smart phone can also be used.  Zoom program download or app required.


Questions?  Rick Pomfret, PsyD, at (415) 963-3536


The California Psychological Association (CPA) is co-sponsoring with the Marin County Psychological Association.  CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Zoom Online Platform - zoom meeting location details emailed automatically upon registration
Additional Info:
Rick Pomfret
(415)963-3536 (p)
Continuing Education
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
The fee for the event is non-refundable.
No Fee