December 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 ext 103

The Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Veterans

1 Session: Monday, Dec 4, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This program will be of interest to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians.

This is an approach to working with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder that de-emphasizes focus on PTSD symptomology, and instead focuses on how the symptomology impacts interpersonal relationships. Specific attention to developmental issues such as relationships with people in positions of authority will also be addressed throughout the life of the veteran both individually and organizationally, up to and including with practitoners in our consulting rooms.



Andrew S. Berry, PhD, PsyD, ABPP — Psychoanalyst Member, and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program,  BPSI. Specializes in and delivers presentations on veterans’ needs at psychoanalytic training institutes within the United States as well as at national and international conferences. Private practice in Clifton Park, NY.

Capt. Nate Emery, USMC, (Ret’d), MS — 22 year career in the Marine Corps, as an enlisted Marine and as an officer, with combat experience in two campaigns.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the use of interpersonal focus in treatment.
  2. Design clinical interventions which focus on the impact of PTSD on interpersonal relationships with both those living and dead in the life of the veteran while de-emphasizing PTSD symptomology, per se.
  3. List the elements of an effective intake with veterans, e.g., asking about who the veteran served with, who survivied and who did not, as well as decorations earned in the service.
  4. Explain the importance of discussing the veteran’s evolving relationship to authority figures during times of trauma and afterward, from early childhood to the present day.
  5. Explain the need to inquire about and focus on the interpersonal impact of PTSD on the veteran’s transition back to civilian life.



Sullivan, H. S. (1953). The interpersonal theory of psychiatry . The Norton library. New York: Norton.

Lionells, M., Fiscalini, J., Mann, C., & Stern, D. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook of interpersonal psychoanalysis. Routledge.

Stern, D. B., & Hirsch, I. (Eds.). (2017). The interpersonal perspective in psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s: rethinking transference and countertransference. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Group Discussion.


Continuing Education

Physicians: 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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 1.5 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.