Erikson Institute


The Erikson Institute organizes and hosts a range of conferences, lectures and workshops.

Counseling Service Conference – This annual event brings together regional college counseling services in a day-long working conference to explore issues of current concern.  Because the conference is small and focused on a specific network of counseling services, attendance is by invitation. The Erikson Institute is available to help other colleges organize conferences for their own networks.  

Creativity Seminar – This annual seminar brings together artists, scholars and clinicians to explore the creative process.  Themes have included: The Scarlet Letter: The Artist and Analyst as Outsiders; Mahler, Freud and the Symphony of a Thousand; and The Play’s The Thing: Creativity, Psychoanalysis and Play. Presentations from past conferences can be found in the Resource Center.

Arts in Mind – An extension of the Creativity Seminar, Arts in Mind is a series of presentations and discussion with leading artists about the relationship between art, creativity and mental health.  Held in New York, the program is curated by Josh Shenk, writer, journalist and Erikson Scholar.    

Fall Conference – The annual Fall Conference is a major offering of the Erikson Institute, bringing together expert presenters in an examination of current clinical, interdisciplinary and societal issues.  Presentations from past Fall Conferences can be found in the Resource Center.

Film Forum – This monthly event invites the public into viewing and discussing films of psychological interest.  Presentations are led by a Center staff member.

Friday Night Guest Lectures – This monthly lecture series brings prominent guest speakers to the Center to present on topics of clinical and interdisciplinary interest.  

Saturday Morning Clinical Workshops – Occasionally, guest presenters lead half-day workshops for clinicians on topics related to their lectures.  This is an opportunity for in-depth, clinically focused learning.

InContext – In this series of presentations and workshops, Riggs staff discuss a range of clinical topics in depth.  The InContext series is held throughout the country in partnership with local medical schools, institutes and treatment centers.

Interdisciplinary Forums – Interdisciplinary Forums examine a range of topics from various perspectives.  2012 Forums were organized around: Psychoanalysis and the Law and The Legacy of Perpetrator Trauma in Groups and Families: The German Second Generation.  

Media Forum – The Erikson Institute awards an annual Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media to three journalists for their sophisticated, accessible work on mental health issues.  In the Media Forum, these journalists present their work and join in a discussion. Presentations from previous award winners are available in the Resource Center.

Riggs-Yale Conference on Parenting, Partnerships and Families – This conference is dedicated to the exploration of developmental psychopathology occurring in the context of the family system.  Each year a specific theme is considered from the perspective of theory, research, and practice. 

Save the Date for 2015 Conferences

Riggs-Yale Conference: June 19-20

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