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 corrective 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 their 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. review of basic constructs: knowledge, experience, relationship as curative factors; “supporting” by being with the patient where she is vs. “challenging” by directing her attention to elsewhere; the therapeutic process as involving recursive cycles of defensive collapse and adaptive reconstitution at ever higher levels of integration and balance. the process of transforming defense into adaptation; the importance of awareness (wisdom), acceptance, and accountability; therapist as neutral object, empathic selfobject, authentic subject; prototypical interventions specifically designed to facilitate the grieving process and to accelerate the healing. working through the negative transference and disruptions to the positive transference; transforming infantile need into mature adult capacity; focusing on the contributions of both patient and therapist to the relational dynamics at their intimate edge; use of instructor’s process recordings to demonstrate the role of knowledge, experience, and relationship in strengthening the ego, consolidating the self, and resolving relational difficulties.