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Friday Continuing Education Series: Effective Patient Interventions: How to Disarm Defenses, Patricia Frisch, PSY, LMFT

  • Fri, March 08, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, #201, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Effective Patient Interventions: How to Disarm Defenses

Patricia Frisch, PSY, LMFT

Friday, March 8, 2019

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.


Learning Objectives:

  • Definition and Discussion of Character Analysis
    • Define the essential tenets of the concept of character and character analysis
    • Discuss the differences between adaptive and non-adaptive defenses.
  • Importance of Contact and Tracking
    • Describe the basic elements of contact
    • Learn what to track and how to comment
    • Realize 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.

Educational Goals:


1.  Attendees will be able to distinguish character types and defensive styles

2.  Attendees will be able to describe the character types used as examples of the method

3.  Attendees will be able to describe interventions that effectively disarm character defenses and deepen the therapeutic relationship.

Patricia Frisch, PSY, LMFT, is an expert in Wilhelm Reich’s characteranalytic and somatic approach, known as Orgonomy and has developed her own method that updates Reich’s theories. 

Reichian theory is at heart of current somatic approaches. As founder and Director of The Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC), she supervises and trains professionals in Orgonomy: character analysis, somatic interventions, diagnostic typologies and enhanced clinical skills at her own facility and at clinics in the Bay Area.

Dr. Frisch authored Whole Therapist, Whole Patient:  Integrating Reich, Masterson, and Jung in Modern Psychotherapy, published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, in 2018. She also authored the Orgonomy (Reichian Therapy) chapter of SAGE Publications’ (2015) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy and published a video through SAGE (2015). 

Dr. Frisch was recently interviewed on KMET 1490 AM – ABC News Radio’s program Inner Voice by Dr. Foojan Zeine, PSY.  She will also be appearing as the Resident Expert January 18, 2019 on the California Psychological Association’s Webinar Program Welcome to the Consultation Room:  The Doctor is In.   

Dr. Frisch has created a comprehensive audio training program, which provides long-distance learning and certification options to students throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has created an international and local Online Coaching Program for Healthcare and Mental Health Professionals and an Online Interactive Book Discussion Group on her book. She led workshops at Esalen® Institute for 10 years.   

She maintains an active private practice in Mill Valley, California.

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Laurie Buntain.


Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the CE Director on no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the CE Director, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents contact Laurie Buntain, Continuing Education Director for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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