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From Defense to Adaptation: The Ever-Evolving Psychodynamic Process

May 09, 2014 09:00am -
May 09, 2014 4:30 pm

Event Description

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.

Martha Stark, M.D., instructor

This comprehensive theory of therapeutic action integrates the interpretive perspective of classical psychoanalysis (which involves the generation of cognitive dissonance); the deficiency-compensation perspective of self psychology and other deficit theories (which involves grieving disillusionment); and the contemporary relational perspective (which involves the therapist’s use of self to detoxify unmastered experience). Dr. Stark’s focus throughout the day will be on the interface between theory and practice; and she will demonstrate, by way of numerous clinical vignettes, the ways in which the three modes of therapeutic action (knowledge, experience, and relationship) can be used to promote the transformation of defense into adaptation, need into capacity.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • explore the use of dissonance, disillusionment, and detoxification to promote change
  • understand how resistance becomes transformed into awareness, refusal to grief into acceptance, and re-enactment into accountability
  • examine the therapist’s “use of self” to process and integrate unmastered psychic content

Program Code: MS68

6 CE/CME Credits

Location: at MSPP, Newton

Martha Stark, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, is a Holistic Adult / Child Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Boston. She is Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Faculty, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Smith College School for Social Work; and Former Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She is Co-Director of the new Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Martha is the author of three award-winning academic books on psychoanalytic theory and technique:  Working with Resistance; A Primer on Working with Resistance; and Modes of Therapeutic Action – all of which have earned the top rating of five stars on amazon.com and are being used around the country as primary textbooks at a number of psychoanalytic institutes and in various psychodynamic psychotherapy training programs. Martha is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, and the International Journal of Clinical Toxicology.

Register for multiple programs at the same time and save!

Use the appropriate discount code (below) during checkout to receive proper discount.

Note: We suggest that you write down the appropriate discount code noted in red so that you have it available during the registration checkout process.

Cost per program 1 program 2 programs* 3 programs*
Doctoral Level Professionals
$225 each
$195 each
$185 each
Master’s Level Professionals
$195 each
$175 each
$165 each
Fellows, Interns, Students,
Unemployed & Retired Professionals
$115 each
$100 each
$85 each

*Only for Master Series attendees who register for multiple dates at the same time.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Master Series (Clinical)
Early registration ends on Jul 16, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jul 17, 2013 and ends on Apr 28, 2014.
Late registration starts on Apr 29, 2014.



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