Psychodynamic Synergy Paradigm: The Marriage of Multiple Theories and Techniques

Weekend Conference April 22-24, 2022 with keynote speaker Martha Stark, MD. This weekend will be offered online through our secure zoom videoconference platform.


Program Date(s):

April 22, 2022 - April 24, 2022

Weekend Overview

Are you wishing that you had a better grasp of psychodynamic concepts and their application to the clinical situation? With a focus always on the moment-by-moment translation of theory into practice, Dr. Martha Stark’s Psychodynamic Synergy Paradigm is an integrative approach to the psychotherapy of patients with deeply embedded emotional injuries and unmastered relational traumas.

This intensive weekend will feature a comprehensive – theoretical and technical – exploration of the three major psychoanalytic schools: (1) the 1-person perspective of classical psychoanalysis (with its emphasis on “interpretation” and “enhancement of knowledge”), (2) the 1½-person perspective of self psychology (with its emphasis on “empathic attunement” and “provision of corrective experience”), and (3) the 2-person perspective of contemporary relational theory (with its emphasis on “authentic engagement” and “negotiation of mutual enactments”).

To highlight not only the complex interplay, during the actual clinical hour, of these three interdependent modes of therapeutic action (knowledge, experience, and relationship) but also the transformative power of “template” interventions specifically designed to target each of these three modalities, Dr. Stark will present a variety of brief vignettes and offer an in-depth analysis of several extended cases, thereby demonstrating firsthand how you can strategically integrate into your own clinical practices the fundamentals of this broad-ranging Psychodynamic Synergy Paradigm.

The course will use lecture, large group discussion, small group/GAM group discussion, case presentation and discussion and informal discussion to achieve the course objectives.

Friday 10:00am – 6:10 pm US ET

Saturday 9:45 am – 6:20pm US ET

Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00pm US ET

Schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided.

Martha Stark, M.D.

Martha Stark, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Board Certified by the American Association of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Stark is a Holistic, Adult and Child Psychiatrist, and Integrative Psychoanalyst in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. As well, Dr. Stark is a Faculty member of the Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and a Faculty member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine. Dr. Stark has numerous teaching affiliations with local, regional, and national psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training programs. As well, Dr. Stark is an award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed books on psychoanalytic theory and technique – several of which have become “required reading” for candidates at various psychoanalytic training institutes across the United States and for students in various psychodynamic psychotherapy training programs both in this country and abroad.



Full Conference:

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter

*Full members: $359

*Associate members: $410

Full time students: $150

Saturday One Day (morning and afternoon): $150

Saturday Morning only: $45

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Tuition and Fees

See costs above
Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chair

Lorrie Peters LCSW and Pat Hedegard MA, LMHC

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Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychotherapy Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute 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.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.