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The Third Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting and Family Systems

April 22, 2014: The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine are jointly sponsoring the third annual conference on parenting which will be held at the Austen Riggs Center on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference focuses on the exploration of the research and clinical connections between early life experience, parenting, substance abuse, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the multiple life contexts for adult psychopathology. 

In a series of clinical and research presentations, presenters will examine the psychological and biological mechanisms that link early adversity with psychopathology in children that persists into adulthood. Links will also be traced between adversity early in childhood and the parenting of those children when they become adults, creating a cycle of the intergenerational transmission of adversity, psychopathology, and problems in the family system.  Researchers will summarize findings that connect early childhood adversity with adult medical sequelae as well as explore recent data on the long-term psychological and medical outcomes of fetal exposure to maternal distress and under nutrition.  

Conference co-chair Jane G. Tillman notes, “We are fortunate to have such a depth of researchers and clinicians to learn from and are pleased that this year’s keynote address will be given by Eamon McCrory, Ph.D, a noted expert on the neurobiological changes associated with early adversity.” 

In this year’s conference, researchers in the area of child development, neurobiology, stress, substance abuse and family systems will present current findings about the long-term consequences of early adversity.  Clinicians will report on how difficulties in the early parent-child relationship and other forms of childhood adversity may contribute to psychopathology and shape the treatment process in adults.  There will be ample time for discussion among presenters and the audience. For more information or to register online, visit: www.austenriggs.org/event/Riggs-Yale2014

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919.  Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff.

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