The Interpersonal Approach to Working with Veterans with Andrew S. Berry, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP Capt. Nate Emery, USMC (Ret’d) at NYPSU

The Interpersonal Approach to Working with Veterans Andrew S. Berry, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP Capt. Nate Emery, USMC (Ret’d)
November 11, 2017 Saturday, 1:00 – 4:30 pm 1 class / $100
Location: NYPSI (247 East 82nd Street, NYC) To register, click here, visit or call 212-879-6900

NYPSI Extension Program: The Interpersonal Approach to Working with Veterans
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. In interpersonal treatment, attachment issues and relationships, along with the impact of PTSD on them, are prioritized. Clinical inquiries into the veteran’s brothers and sisters on the battlefield are emphasized as early as the initial intake as is change in the veteran’s relationships before and after battle. The focus of the clinical work is characteristically on how relationships with people in positions of authority developed prior to treatment. And new relationship development results from trust in the process and the re-parenting that may occur within it.

Dr. Andrew Berry is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a group practice in Saratoga County, in upstate New York, and grew up not far from where he practices. He works mostly with adults, specializing in PTSD and veterans’ issues.

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 Reserve 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.

3.5 CME/ CE credits offered

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the nature of an interpersonal focus in treatment.
2) 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.
3) Describe 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.
4) 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.
5) Recognize the need to inquire about and focus on the interpersonal impact of PTSD on the veteran’s transition back to civilian life.


New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute SW CPE 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 #0317.


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 American Psychoanalytic Association and New York Psychoanalytic Society & 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 (3.5) 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 has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Persons with disabilities

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


247 East 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028 | 212.879.6900 |

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