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The Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Veterans

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue, Room 1408 New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

“The Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Veterans”

Andrew S. Berry Ph.D, Psy.D with Discussant, Captain Nate Emery

Typically, when a veteran comes for psychotherapy for PTSD and related trauma, the PTSD is in the foreground of treatment, with everything else in the background. In the interpersonal approach, relationships and how PTSD affects them are in the foreground—with everything else in the background. Attachment issues and relationships are given special focus. Early clinical inquiries—even during intake about the veteran's brothers and sisters on the battlefield—are emphasized, as well how the characteristics of the veteran's relationships before battle change after the battle is over. Special focus is given to how relationships to people in positions of authority develop prior to treatment, and how re-parenting can occur to an extent, when trust in the process is achieved. New relationship development is then sought in clinical treatment. Dr. Berry will be presenting with discussant and veteran Nate Emery.

Andrew Berry Ph.D., Psy.D, ABPP, completed his graduate work at Harvard University Extension School, the Union Institute & University, and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, after which he completed board certification in clinical and counseling psychology, through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He completed analytic training at the William Alanson White Institute, and has delivered the presentation with Nate Emery that you are about to see at analytic institutes, and both national and international conferences across the country. Dr. Berry works in a group practice in Saratoga County.

Discussant: Nate Emery enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990 and served as an infantryman in OPERATION DESERT STORM in Kuwait and OPERATION RESTORE HOPE in Mogadishu, Somalia and several other missions. He was commissioned a Marine Officer in 2002 and retired from the Marine Corps in 2012. Over his 22-year career, he served in every combat element of the Marine Corps, across eight different occupational specialties. Mr. Emery holds a Master of Science in Management and Bachelor degrees in Political Science, History and American Studies. He currently serves as a Management and Program Analyst for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Re-serve Affairs. He has been affected by PTSD since 1991, and learning to live with its effects since 2009. He and his wife Angela have raised eight children and more than a dozen foster children.

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

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