Listening to Trauma: A Psychodynamic Perspective on PTSD

Instructor: Joe Wise, MD

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Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124




Course Level: Intermediate

Fee: $75.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 3.0 Credit Hours

This lecture will trace the history and theory of psychodynamic approaches to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, starting with Freud’s reaction to WWI through contemporary ideas about trauma.  Clinical vignettes of psychodynamic psychotherapy will be presented of work with Servicemembers/Veterans from the Vietnam era to Post 9-11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There will be discussion of integrating other treatments such as medications, CBT, and referrals for substance disorders.  Dr. Wise will discuss his deployment to Iraq as an Army Psychiatrist.

There will be ample time for questions and answers.


  • To trace the history of psychoanalytic ideas about combat PTSD and trauma.
  • To identify psychodynamic principles in working with combat trauma
  • To describe the unique cultural elements of work with Servicemembers/Veterans
  • To describe how to integrate other treatment modalities in psychodynamic psychotherapy with this population

Joseph Wise, MD is a Board-certified Psychiatrist and Advanced Psychoanalytic Candidate at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is currently on staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington, DC-area, where he works with military members, retirees, and their families.  Joe has published and presented about psychodynamic approaches to combat PTSD in military patients.  Prior to his work at Walter Reed, Joe was Chief of Behavioral Health at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Ft Campbell, KY, the home of the 101st Airborne Division.  He also deployed as a psychiatrist to Iraq in 2010.  He anticipates completing his military service in 2018.


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