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The Defense Mechanism

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register online for this FREE seminar Participants must bring their registration ticket for admission.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 • Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Seminar Highlights:
This seminar is centered on various defense mechanisms identified by Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud. Details about defenses universally used by people to protect themselves and to avoid change are presented. The seminar focuses on the Id, Ego, and Superego, and how to help clients develop insight about their use of defenses in everyday interactions.


  • Clinicians will be able to name five neurotic defenses and five mature defenses.
  • Attendees will be able to recall three ways to educate their clients about defenses in either individual or group therapy.
  • Social workers will be able to name two emotional problems, which play a critical role in the development of defenses.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical topics. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics, including personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of The Psychotherapy Manual, Co-occurring Disorders, and Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.

Attendees must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is 2 CEU credits. For CEU approval information, go to If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, or content evaluation, contact If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, email RoseMary Klie at