Erikson Institute


The Erikson Institute organizes, hosts and participates in a range of conferences, lectures and workshops. For a full listing, view our Calendar of Events. The Erikson Institute also offers continuing education (CE) / continuing medical education (CME) credits online. Presentations from past conferences can be found in the Resource Center.


2015 Erikson Institute Fall Conference: Violence in Relation to Gender and Sexuality
October 17, 2015
A conference for clinicians and scholars with Conference Director: Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP.
Baby laughing
November 6, 2015 to November 8, 2015
The Yale-Riggs Infant Mental Health Training series is dedicated to the exploration of development, attachment, trauma and the interaction of these topics within the parent-child relationship and family system.

Ongoing Educational Events

Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian will be shown and discussed at the Erikson Institute Film Forum.
October 13, 2015
Discussion led by Greg Farr, ARC Librarian/Archivist
Eric Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych in admission consultation
November 6, 2015
Friday Night Guest Lecture with Rachael I. Rosner, PhD
Her (2014) will be shown and discussed as apart of the Erikson Institute Film Forum at Austen Riggs.
November 10, 2015
Discussion led by Amy Taylor, PhD

External Events

October 8, 2015 to October 10, 2015
The Austen Riggs Center will be exhibiting at the YATA Conference 2015 in Boulder, CO.
Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP
October 21, 2015 to October 25, 2015
Dr. Marilyn Charles, conference co-chair, and Dr. Heather Churchill will be presenting at the 2015 Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Annual Conference in New Brunswick, NJ.
Dr. Eric Plakun M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsych
October 27, 2015
Eric M. Plakun, MD, will present "How Foster Children pay the Price for Psychiatry's False Assumptions" at the AACAP's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.


The Erikson Institute is involved in a few annual conferences each year designed to share our learning and expertise and to learn from others including:

  • College Counseling Center Conference
  • Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process and Social Context (in collaboration with the Yale University School of Medicine)
  • Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars

Ongoing Educational Events

The Erikson Institute organizes a variety of regular and special events, including:

  • Friday Night Guest Lecture Series
  • Film Forum
  • Media Colloquy (Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media)
  • Saturday Morning Clinical Workshop

External Events

From attending and presenting at conferences to hosting clinical and relationship building events, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to connecting with the larger world of mental health through:

  • Grand Rounds presentations
  • Presentations and attendance at conferences
  • Relationship building events