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Modes of Therapeutic Action: Awareness, Acceptance and Accountability

Jun 08, 2012 8:45 am -
Jun 08, 2012 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, MD, instructor

Dr. Martha Stark has developed a comprehensive theory of therapeutic action that integrates the interpretive perspective of classical psychoanalysis (enhancement of knowledge “within”); the deficiency-compensation perspective of self psychology and other deficit theories (provision of corrective experience “for”); and the contemporary relational perspective (engagement in authentic relationship “with”). Her 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 accelerate the transformation of defense into adaptation, need into capacity.

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

  • examine the therapist’s “use of self” to inform both understanding and intervention
  • work interpretively, empathically, and authenti cally
  • understand the way in which resistance becomes transformed into awareness, refusal to grief into acceptance, and re-enactment into accountability

Program Code: MS54
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, West Roxbury/Boston

Martha Stark, MD, is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Teaching/Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition, she is Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), serves on the faculty of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School), and is Adjunct Faculty at the Smith College School for Social Work. She is the author of three award-winning books on psychoanalytic theory and technique: Working with Resistance; A Primer on Working with Resistance; and Modes of Therapeutic Action.

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
$195 each
$175 each
$165 each
Master’s Level Professionals
$170 each
$155 each
$145 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 Aug 16, 2011.
Regular registration starts on Aug 17, 2011 and ends on May 28, 2012.
Late registration starts on May 29, 2012.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Doctoral Level Professionals
Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
Non-Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
 Master's Level Professionals
Member Fee: $170.00$170.00$170.00
Non-Member Fee: $170.00$170.00$170.00
 Fellow's, Interns, Students, Unemployed & Retired Professionals
Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00
Non-Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00

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