Welcome! COVID-19 UPDATE: We're fully responsive remotely. To access your purchases, login and click on your name on the top right- you will find courses, links and completion certificates.

Get Unlimited Access to All Live/Webinar & Recorded Courses

Workshop Also Available as Live / Webinar On:

List Price:
  • Beginning
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Clinical
  • Combination
  • Academic
Dr. Joseph Tropper
Dr. Joseph Tropper, PsyD, MS, LCPC
Senior Presenter
CE Director & Clinical Supervisor

Joseph Tropper, PsyD, MS, LCPC holds a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and is a highly sought-after trau... Show More


Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
What makes people act the way they do? This question has been studied by philosophers, scientists and, for the past century, has been a primary focus of psychology. Sigmund Freud posited that many underlying forces contribute to the actions carried out by people. His daughter Anna Freud developed this thesis and made famous many of the classic Freudian defense mechanisms. Psychiatrist Eric Berne’s 1964 book Games People Play opened up a new era of clinical understanding of how humans are wired for self-protection, subconscious motivations and how to play into or fight these games. As therapists, we often find ourselves face to face with these defenses and games while trying to help our clients.

This training will focus on understanding evolutionary psychology, Freudian defenses, games people play and most importantly, how to help bring clinical awareness to clients. By learning how we are wired, what makes us tick and how to become aware of and deal with unconscious motivations, desires and agendas, we can become more insightful people. Learn how to utilize insights from transactional analysis, ego states, Freudian defenses, mind-mapping, evolutionary psychology to enhance personal, emotional and vocational relationships.
Original recording date: December 10, 2019 Length: 184 minutes
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List the foundations of evolutionary psychology and at least 10 defense mechanisms.
  • Describe the foundation of ego states and transactional analysis.
  • Utilized 5 evidence-based techniques to help clients reach actionable insights about their own brain style and games they play.
Sources and Resources (click to expand)
Berne, E. (2009). Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis. New York: Ballantine Books.

Buss, D. M. (2019). Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (6th ed.). New York: Routledge.

Freud, A. (1993). The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense. London: Karnac Books and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.

Sapolsky, R. M. (2018). Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. NY, NY: Penguin Books.

Schnarch, D. M. (2018). Brain Talk: How Mind Mapping Brain Science Can Change Your Life & Everyone In It. Evergreen, CO: Sterling Publishers.
CE Details:
3 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)
Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: Note: This course provides 3 contact hour(s) self-study credits. Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
ASWB ACE Approved:
Core Wellness, LLC, #1745, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Core Wellness, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020- 05/18/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 3 recorded webinar continuing education credit(s).
Content Access:
Upon purchase, all material (link to video, handout and evaluation/posttest form) instantly posts to your account here (you must be logged in to access) and are also sent to your email on file. Please whitelist all messages from support@corewellceu.com Upon submission of your evaluation and passing the posttest (80% of higher), the completion certificate is posted to your account here and is sent to your inbox within 1 business day.
Passing Score and Retest Policy:
Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.
Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:
Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who successfully complete the course and pass the posttest. Registration is open indefinitely. Recordings, handouts and completion certificates are accessible for a guaranteed one year as long as your account is active. Full refund or equal exchange up to 14 days of purchase if you are not satisfied as long as a completion certificate was not issued. For further details, please see the FAQ section or contact us.
Accessibility Accommodations:
We try our best to offer accommodations and accessibility. Please contact us with any need.
Financial Declarations:
The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales.

Eligible States

*For other States, please contact your board


Games, Defense Mechanisms and the Human Operating System
List Price:

We're Here to Help!

Contact Us


Games, Defense Mechanisms and the Human Operating System
List Price:


15 Review(s)

Awesome, I really enjoyed the animations used in the training!


Good insight into games people play, thank you. I would also appreciate a few more examples.

Anonymous LGPC
Anonymous LGPC

I think the facilitator was very effective in his approach-kept it lively and moving. The course was very helpful in my review of these important conc... Show More


Review of practical mind mapping skills and modalities. Excellent.  




Very interesting.

Trauma Mastermind & Consultation

Take Your Practice and Clinical Skills to the
Next Level

Learn More

Outstanding Trainings & Awesome Deals

Grab 20% OFF your first order today & be the first to hear about our deals!

We never spam. Promise.