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Introductory CD Training Courses for New Students

OINC’s 6-course introductory CD training series is designed for new students who want to learn characteranalysis. This series can be preparatory for classes in Reich’s somatic interventions. These courses will cover the theoretical and clinical approach of Wilhelm Reich and his somatic techniques. The Masterson Group’s delineation of the Disorders of the Self will also be included in order to represent later research in developmental attachment theory and round out Reich’s diagnostic typology. These training courses are rich with information, include non-confidential discussion and experiential coaching to hear the approach in action, and allow students to self-pace and deepen their learning to the point of mastery. These courses facilitate your entry into more advanced classes that include Reich’s biophysical interventions.

For two samples of Dr. Frisch teaching Introductory Audio Courses, listen here:

Therapeutic Neutrality
The Basics of Therapy

Both from Fundamentals of Wilhelm Reich & Masterson’s Setting the Frame.

The Introductory CD Training Series:

1. An Orientation on Breaking through Resistance.

Reich is the master of working with resistance and it is a core concept to his clinical approach. Therapists who do not know how to recognize resistance at its most subtle level and approach it skillfully will see patients sabotage their progress, drop out prematurely, and continue their unrewarding pattern of resistance to life and others. This CD is an edited recording of a 2-hour orientation training. (note: this CD course is the same as one of the Orientation Series courses) Time: 1:40 (1.5 hrs CE credit)
Price: $60* Buy Now

2. Fundamentals of Wilhelm Reich & Masterson’s Setting the Frame.

In this CD, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, Dr Frisch discusses Reich’s critical concept of contact, the 3 layers of defense, and other basics of Orgonomy. Dr Frisch will cover the basic nuts and bolts of clinical practice, creating and holding the therapeutic frame, and give details on how to conduct 1st and 2nd session patient interviews. Students will learn how to set up the therapeutic relationship so it can succeed. Role-play with coaching demonstrating the therapeutic work in action is included. Time: 2:44 (2.5 hrs CE credit)
Price: $120*. Buy Now

3. Introduction to Diagnosis: Orgonomy and Characteranalysis – Working with Presenting Style, an Inroad into Defense.

This CD, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, delineates Reich’s theory and stages of character development, and discusses how trauma leads to blocks creating repressed or unsatisfied zones. Dr Frisch discusses the development of muscular and character armoring and other orgonomic concepts. She outlines Reich’s diagnostic typology and delineates many of his character types. There is discussion between the lectures and an experiential portion, which includes Dr Frisch coaching a dyadic role-play. Time: 3:05 (3 hrs CE Credit)
Price: $120*. Buy Now

4. Introduction to Diagnosis: Disorders of the Self.

This CD, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, gives you the basics of developmental self/object relations from James Masterson’s perspective. Reich’s diagnostic focus fit his times with an emphasis on the oedipal phase of development and accompanying, related neurotic impairments. Research in attachment issues and related preoedipal dysfunction adds greatly to the typology of character diagnosis. This provides students a breadth of knowledge in character structure/defenses, which allows their clinical work to be truly discriminating. An introduction to theory and a discussion of Narcissistic Character disorder is also included. Time: 2:56 (2.5 hrs CE Credit)
Price: $120*. Buy Now

5. Reich’s Diagnostic Categories Part 2: Schizophrenia and the Anal Character.

This CD, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, completes Reich’s diagnostic typology so students are armed with all the character structures they will need to accurately assess patients. This CD also includes a discussion of schizophrenia from Dr. Mahler’s object relations point of view, to better understand the etiology and inherent nature of this patient. Time: 2:38 (2.5 hrs CE Credit)
Price: $120*. Buy Now

6. The Difficult Patient: Managing Acting Out.

This CD, an edited recording of an introductory full-day training, discusses Reich’s foundational concepts of resistance, transference neurosis and latent negative transference. Dr. Frisch delineates the stratification of the layers of defense. The Disorder of the Self diagnoses of Borderline and Schizoid will be completed. Time: 5:11 (5 hrs CE Credit)
Price: $200*. Buy Now

Intro CD Training Series Discount Packages:

  • Intro CD Package A will be Courses 1, 2, & 3 and the package price will be $250 ($50 discount) Buy Now
  • Intro CD Package B will be Sessions 4, 5, & 6 and the package price will be $365 ($75 discount) Buy Now

*Plus shipping, handling, and applicable taxes.

Students wishing to study the Introductory Training Series must be licensed health professionals or students on track for licensure.

Individual and Shared Mentoring Options:
There are individual and shared mentoring options for all our Audio Series.  Mentoring helps students enhance mastery of the material, provides opportunities to engage experientially with the intervention style, and aids in integrating the work into other paradigms. If you would like to be mentored by Dr. Patricia Frisch in an individual or shared mentoring setting, please email us and let us know.

CE Credit:
All live and audio distance learning classes may be eligible to receive CE credit for psychologists through CPA OPD. The Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes CE Credits offered through CPA for the license renewals of MFT’s and LCSW’s. Nurses should contact us to see if CE credits are available for the courses they wish to take. Dr. Patricia Frisch is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. Dr. Patricia Frisch maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE certificate fees for 2016 = $20/course.

Terms and Conditions:
When enrolling in any live class or purchasing an audio CD product from OINC, you must agree to our Terms and Conditions, a copy of which is downloadable here.


Dr. Patricia Frisch has created a unique, proprietary clinical method which expands Reich’s character typology and seamlessly weaves in portions of Masterson’s theory and practice resulting in a comprehensive system for treating patients and training therapists. Her method, along with the material on this website, materials from her trainings, and Dr. Frisch’s audio CD’s, which are copyrighted through the Library of Congress, are her sole property. Dr. Frisch’s method can only be taught with her permission. Please contact her directly at for permission to use her method or materials.
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