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  • 2015 Erikson Institute Fall Conference: Violence in Relation to Gender and Sexuality

    Each year, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research organizes and presents a Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars at the Austen Riggs Center. This year’s conference, Violence in Relation to Gender and Sexuality, will bring a psychoanalytic perspective to a multidisciplinary conversation about violence occurring in relation to gender and sexuality. 

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    The 2015 Psychodynamic Graduate Training in Psychology: Crises, Challenges and Opportunities II is an opportunity for training directors at graduate programs and internships, staff and students, or as conference director Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, stated, “anyone trying to support psychodynamic work at a graduate level” to come together, identify areas of shared concern, work toward solutions and develop a supportive social network. The conference will be held at the Austen Riggs Center on October 3-4, 2015.

  • Psychotherapy

    In this video Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.

  • New York Times Magazine article

    "Psychoanalysis needs to change its culture," states Dr. Gerber in the June 28 New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Gerber and others discuss the value of combining brain research with psychoanalysis. Below are excerpts from the article which seeks to answer the question, "Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?"

  • The obscurity of trauma

    Let’s take a step back for a moment. What does psychotic mean in the first place? 

    For a lay-person, it means an altered sense of reality, a lack of shared reality with other people. Of course, we all have our own slant on reality, but hopefully we have enough touch points or shared points where we can have what we call a consensual reality.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Founded in 1979, the Division of Psychoanalysis is the 39th division of American Psychological Association. With a membership of over 3,000 professionals, the Division is one of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals of its kind. Marilyn Charles, PhD, staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, is currently serving as the president of Division 39.  In April, the Division convened its annual meeting.  Dr. Charles provided a talk, titled “The Future of Psychoanalysis.”

  • Community meeting

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.”  This is the second blog in the series written by Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, Staff Ps

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    A Commentary by Toronto based historian of psychiatry, Edward Shorter, PhD has just been published in Psychiatric Times. Dr. Shorter’s provocative comments often but not always miss the mark, but nowhere are they more offensive, misinformed and misguided than in his attack on the biopsychosocial model and on psychoanalysis, which he compares to witchcraft. He asserts that the mental health system would benefit if both of these were dropped.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    All patients begin in an evaluation and treatment phase for the first six weeks of their treatment at a residential or hospital level of care. This time is used to better understand whatever brings them to the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Therapeutic Community Program Manager at the Austen Riggs Center, Cornelia Kalisher, LSW

    In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center. 

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