Psychoanalysis of a War Torn Soldier – Saturday Dec. 8

Psychoanalysis of a War Torn Soldier

Saturday, December 8, 2012   8:30am – 12:30pm

National 4-H Confernece Center, Chevy Chase, MD 20904

Program Description – Dr. Carr, an Iraq war veteran, will discuss how combat in Afghanistan shattered a soldier’s world and self experience. He will show how an intersubjective understanding can be used to treat combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), using Robert Stolorow’s phenomenologic, contextualist approach to traumatic emotional experiences. The case illustrates how the aftermath of trauma shatters one’s sense of safety and time; the loss of significance of socially defined norms; and the forced recognition of the inescapability of death. These effects leave traumatized people with an exquisite sense of singularity, shame, a pervasive sense of dullness, and estrangement. From an intersubjective perspective, therapeutic action arises from providing a relational home so that unendurable emotions can be borne, processed, and integrated to achieve a more constant and individualized sense of self. Dr. Carr will also describe how his work with this traumatized soldier affected him, ultimately contributing to his own sense of authentic existing. He will discuss the need for therapists to recognize and acknowledge, to traumatized patients, their shared finitude and ubiquity of trauma. Dr. Doris Brothers will offer commentary on Dr. Carr’s presentation and describe her own approach to combat trauma, showing how trauma destroys the certainties that organize psychological life.

Learning Objectives
1. Describe and apply Robert Stolorow’s intersubjective ideas on the phenomenology of trauma to the treatment of combat-related PTSD.
2. Explain the roles of shame and guilt in combat-related PTSD.
3. Describe the use of intersubjective empathy for the successful bearing and processing of combat-related trauma and PTSD.
4. Describe an understanding of trauma as the destruction of the certainties that organize psychological life.
5. Compare Dr. Brothers’ approach to combat trauma with the approach of Dr. Robert Stolorow.
6. Discuss the self-restorative attempts made by many traumatized combat veterans.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 CE credits available for full attendance
Continuing Education Credit – The Institute of Contemporary Psychology and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP&P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP&P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Fees: ICP&P Member – Free; Non-Member $90.00, Full-time student $35.00

For more information or to register, please visit or call 202-686-9300 ext. 5 or email

* Russell B. Carr, MD and Doris Brothers, PhD have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity

Written by ICPP Administrator