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.


Austen Riggs Center Medical Office Building
October 15, 2016
Austen Riggs hosts its annual Fall Conference - Suicide: Theory, Research, and Clinical Perspectives
Yale-Riggs Infant Mental Health Training Series at the Austen Riggs Center.
November 4, 2016 to November 5, 2016
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.
The Erikson Institute for Education and Research will host the 2016 Psychodynamic Graduate Training in Psychology: Competence vs. Competencies conference at the Austen Riggs Center November 19-20.
November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016
A working conference focusing on psychodynamic training issues with Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, Conference Director.

Ongoing Educational Events

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October 13, 2016
"The Big Lebowski" viewing followed by discussion led by Heather Forouhar Graff, MD and Amy Taylor, PhD.
Erikson Institute
November 4, 2016
M. Fakhry Davids presents "Internal Racism in Clinical Practice" during Friday Night Guest Lecture series.
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November 10, 2016
"The Ides of March" viewing followed by discussion led by Dan Knauss, PsyD

External Events

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP
October 6, 2016
Jane Tillman, PhD, to present "The Impact of Suicide on Clinicians and Organizations" at the Northampton, Massachusetts Veteran's Administration.
Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP
October 13, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Marilyn Charles, PhD, to present at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society annual conference.
Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP
October 21, 2016
Marilyn Charles, PhD, presents "Trauma, Identity and Working Through" at George Washington University.


The Erikson Institute hosts several 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