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Welcome to APsaA’s new website. This site has been designed to make finding information easier than ever. The home page serves as your gateway to a wealth of information.

Listen to Veterans without Judgement

Many moons ago, I heard a Viet Nam era veteran say something that, I think, rings eternal: “We want to be heard. We don’t want to be judged.”
 

The First Step: Get Them to Talk

I have worked with combat veterans for a while, mostly Marines and Navy Corpsmen with PTSD and related issues, and it occurs to me that there are two kinds of “messed up” they come home with. The first is PTSD (and, by the way, I don't believe there are PTSD experts: we're all still students of it) but the second kind comes from the ever-changing rules of engagement which have become progressively more complex as objectives became more political than military

Important Dates for the National Meeting

Tuesday, October 14 - Preliminary Program & Hotel Information Available Online
Tuesday, October 21 - Registration Opens 12 PM ET
Tuesday, November 4 - Deadline for Two-Day Clinical Workshop Lottery Registration
Monday, December 15 - Registration Closes 12 AM ET

The Importance of Asking THE QUESTION: "Have you or someone close to you ever served in the military?"

APsaA's SVI is partnering with other organizations including the AMA, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the American Academy of Nursing, the  White House's Joining Forces initiative to ensure that all health care providers ask their patients (at all age levels) "Have you or anyone you are close to served in the military?"

The Role of Talk Therapy in the Treatment of Service Members (Part 2)

Analysts and therapists interested in the issue of offering talk therapy in conjunction with other treatments offered to service members and veterans we urge you to take the time to watch the full recording of the April 10 congressional hearing of the House Armed Services Committee meeting which featured testimony by Commander Russell B. Carr, M.D., Service Chief, Adult Behavioral Health Clinic, U.S.

The Role of Talk Therapy in the Treatment of Service Members (Part 1)

Harold Kudler, chair of the SVI, offered the following discussion on the members list a few months ago on the interplay between talk therapy and biological treatments especially as it applies to service members and veterans. His discussion has broader implications for psychoanalysts. His discussion is worth reading again and preserving.

A Preview of the January 2014 SVI Meeting

As has become traditional, the Service Members and Veterans Initiative holds an open meeting at APsaA's National Meeting in January. This year’s meeting is on Wednesday from 12-1:30. All interested meeting attendees are welcome. This year, the SVI meeting will feature a discussion of Harold Kudler's essay, What is PTSD…And Who is it For? Dr.

First Public Showings of Lost 1945 Gene Kelly Movie on Combat Fatigue

In 1945, actor Gene Kelly, then a Navy Lieutenant, directed and starred in a Navy training film called Combat Fatigue Irritability.  To get a feel for his role, Kelly had himself admitted to a Navy hospital, posing as a sailor suffering combat fatigue.  Distribution of the film, like many military training films, was restricted.

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