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Place and the Formation of Identity to be Explored at Austen Riggs Center’s Annual Fall Conference

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Illustration of houses on hillsThe time has come to delve deeply into the idea of place as both a literal experience and also a psychological metaphor. This year’s annual Fall Conference at the Austen Riggs Center aims to explore the various meanings of place in relation to identity through a series of presentations by experts who will examine current clinical, interdisciplinary and societal issues.

The conference begins with a welcome and opening keynote on Friday, October 17 at 8:00 pm and continues on Saturday, October 18 from 8:30am – 5:00pm (followed by a reception) with presentations and commentary by: 

  • Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD, a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a member of the relational faculty at New York University’s postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  
  • Kai Erikson, PhD, a past president of the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Eastern Sociological Society.
  • Dorothy Holmes, PhD, a professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the George Washington University where she directed the Professional Psychology Program and Clinic (2005-2011). 
  • Maria Marchetti-Mercer, PhD, the head of the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Linda Mayes, MD, the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center, the special advisor to the dean in the Yale School of Medicine, and the chairman of the directorial team of the Anna Freud Centre.
  • Adele Tutter, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and a faculty member at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
  • Karen Yu, PhD, a professor of psychology at Sewanee: the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where she teaches courses in cognitive psychology and has helped to develop an interdisciplinary course on Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia.

Continuing education credits will be offered at this conference. For more information on the conference, the presenters or to register, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/2014-Fall-Conference. The registration fee of $215 includes breakfast, lunch and the conference reception on Saturday. 

 

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