Upcoming Courses

24th Annual Summer Seminars: Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Integrative Approach

Martha Stark, MD

July 5, 2013 – July 7, 2013 | Martha's Vineyard, Edgartown, MA | Harbor View Hotel and Resort More Information

Dr. Martha Stark has developed a comprehensive theory of therapeutic action that integrates the interpretive perspective of classical psychoanalysis (which speaks to the power of insight); the corrective-provision perspective of self-psychology and other deficit theories (which speaks to the importance of reparative experience as compensation for early-on deficiencies); and the contemporary relational perspective (which speaks to mutual enactment and negotiation by both patient and therapist of the entanglements that will inevitably emerge at the intimate edge of authentic engagement). Her focus throughout the seminar will be on the interface between theory and practice; and Dr. Stark will demonstrate, by way of numerous clinical vignettes and prototypical interventions, the ways in which the three modes of therapeutic action (knowledge, experience, and relationship) can be used to accelerate the healing process.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Examine the therapist’s “use of self ” to inform both understanding and intervention;
  • Understand the various curative factors in psychotherapy;
  • Work interpretively, empathically, and authentically;
  • Explain the therapeutic use of challenging when possible and supporting when necessary;
  • Describe the process of relenting, forgiving, grieving, and accepting.

Additional Information


Friday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 10


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This summer program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

MARTHA STARK, MD is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Teaching/Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches in the Continuing Education Programs at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Stark is the author of Working with Resistance; A Primer on Working with Resistance; and Modes of Therapeutic Action.