Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Integrative Approach

Martha Stark, MD

July 27, 2015 – July 31, 2015 | North Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA | Sea Crest Beach Hotel More Information

Dr. Martha Stark has developed a comprehensive theory of therapeutic action that integrates the interpretive perspective of classical psychoanalysis; the deficiency-compensation perspective of self-psychology and other deficit theories; and the intersubjective perspective of contemporary relational theory. In order to address the difficulty many clinicians report having when it comes to explaining what exactly they are doing during the therapy hour, Dr. Stark will focus her attention on the translation of theory into practice. She will present snippets of clinical material and a number of extended case vignettes to demonstrate how seasoned clinicians position themselves in relation to the unfolding therapeutic process. Because it will be a traditional live course, there will be ample opportunity for learners to interact directly with both the instructor and their fellow learners. Dr. Stark’s method of teaching involves not only teasing out recurring themes and patterns in the clinical material but also simplifying complex theoretical concepts with an eye to making the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy more accessible

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Examine the therapist’s “use of self” to inform both understanding and intervention;
  • Evaluate 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


Registration: 8:30 am

Seminar Format: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


PHYSICIANS: 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 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CANADA recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the EUROPEAN CONTINUOUS MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS(ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational 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 Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and 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 Nation

NURSES: The following program meets the specifications for 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 A Primer on Working with Resistance and Modes of Therapeutic Action.