The Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Approach to Working With Veterans


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Andrew S. Berry, Ph.D., Psy.D.
LAISPS Guest Instructor
Captain Nate Emery
LAISPS Guest Discussant

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

12011 San Vicente Blvd., #520
Los Angeles, CA 90049

This Course Is APA Approved For 3.0 CEs

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


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 effects them are in the foreground, with everything else in the background. Attachment issues and relationships are given special focus, and how PTSD affects them. 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 processis achieved. New relationship development is then sought in clinical treatment


Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of an interpersonal focus in treatment.
  • Focus, clinically, on the impact of PTSD on interpersonal relationships with those both living and dead in the life of the veteran while de-emphasizing PTSD symptomatology per se.
  • Understand the elements of an effective intake with veterans, e.g., asking about who the veteran served with, who survived and who did not, as well as decorations.
  • Recognize and focus on the importance of the veteran’s evolving relationship to authority figures during times of trauma and afterward, from early childhood to the present day.
  • Recognize the need to inquire about and focus on the interpersonal impact of PTSD on the veteran’s transition back to civilian life.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 3 credit hours.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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9:00am – 12:00pm

Approved CEU's