Listening to Trauma: A Psychodynamic Perspective on PTSD

Instructors: Joe Wise, MD and Harold Kudler, 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



Harold Kudler, MD

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.

Harold Kudler, MD is Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration.  As a VA clinician, researcher and administrator with 32 years of VA experience, Dr. Kudler works effectively to overcome conflicts and gaps across VA Mental Health by promoting interdisciplinary understanding and cooperation.  Dr. Kudler has helped launch VHA’s new Center for Compassionate Care, and helped implement the Under Secretary for Health’s direction to pioneer VA use of Service Dogs to aid Veterans with significant mobility limitations secondary to mental health problems.

Dr. Kudler is recognized as a leader in VHA at the VACO level, VISN level, and among his academic professional peers.  He received his MD from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and completed psychiatric residency training at Yale University.  He joined the Duke Faculty and the Durham VA Medical Center in 1984 and was Associate Clinical.

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