Online Courses

Online Courses

Welcome! The Erikson Institute of Austen Riggs Center is pleased to provide online continuing education (CE) / continuing medical education (CME). CE/CME credit is provided through video/audio courses with an emphasis on psychodynamic psychotherapy. CME/CE certificates are provided upon completion. Credit is available for those with an MD, PhD, PsyD and social workers at this time.  All mental health professionals and students are welcome to experience course offerings and can be provided with a certificate of completion. As a registered member of this educational platform, your courses and transcripts are available on demand. REGISTER to have access to courses. Check back to see new course offerings and thank you for browsing.

Visit Meaning Matters, an independent psychodynamically oriented community, hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, and available for clinicians and those with a professional interest in psychodynamic thinking. COMING SOON.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

MD
1

This course reviews reactions clinicians may have to the suicide of a patient.  Survivors of suicide include family, friends, bystanders, and also mental health professionals working with the person who commits suicide.  Increasingly the suicide of a patient is recognized as an occupational hazard for psychiatrists and other clinicians working with patients at risk for, and completing suicide.  The prevalence of suicide is reviewed along with research showing the unique responses survivors of suicide may have including shame, stigma, need to place blame or experience blame,and other difficult emotions.

Samar Habl, MD, and Cathleen Morey, LICSW

MD
1

In the era of the Affordable Care Act, patient care increasingly involves the use of integrated interdisciplinary treatment models. In this presentation, we will discuss interdisciplinary treatment teams that utilize a psychodynamic systems approach to optimize integration of care for patients with complex psychiatric conditions. 

Elizabeth Weinberg, MD

MD
2

Dr. Elizabeth Weinberg will both give a conceptual and historical overview of the DSM-5 system, and then will give a detailed review of DSM-5.  She will discuss each major chapter, its conceptual organization, major diagnostic categories, and important changes from DSM-IV.  There will be a brief review of the mandatory transition to ICD coding in 2014.

David Mintz, MD

MD
1

Over the past several decades, mental health care has been transformed by the advent of safer, more tolerable, and, perhaps, more effective medications. There is, however, little evidence that this had led to substantially better outcomes. Treatment resistant psychiatric conditions are still too frequently the rule rather than the exception.  

Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

MD
1

Using an overview of published evidence from epidemiologic, clinical and molecular genetic research, this presentation shows how 3 false assumptions are leading the field astray. These include assumptions that [1] genes and biology are more important than the environment and relationships in mental disorders, [2] patients present with single disorders that respond to single, evidence based treatments, and [3] the best treatments are pills. The presentation then explores the price paid by the field, by society, and by patients and families as a result of these false assumptions. Among the impacts of the false assumptions is the growing problem of treatment resistant disorders. The presentation offers specific psychodynamic principles that respond to and correct the false assumptions in the hope of improving patient outcomes.

David Mintz, MD

MD
1

American psychiatry has been concerned over the last few decades with establishing a sound evidence base for psychiatric practice. Often, this has meant a focus on the neurobiologic evidence base. Though neglected, there is a robust and growing evidence base that demonstrates that psychological and interpersonal aspects of medications are crucial factors in pharmacologic outcomes. This presentation will appraise the evidence base that demonstrates the potency of meaning in psychopharmacology. 

Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

MD
1

This presentation offers an overview of the evidence for the effectiveness of psychotherapy as a form of treatment, then offers a re-conceptualization of the 3 schools of therapy and their competencies into one unified whole in a “Y-shaped” structure based on evidence about core features of psychotherapy across schools of therapy and evidence from the comparative psychotherapy process research literature.

Andrew Solomon

MD
1

Hear Andrew Solomon, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, speaks about his books The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree, using the word "resilience" to describe the unifying theme of his work. He explores the notion of building and constructing meaning as both central to dealing with depression and also to resolving seemingly vast differences between some parents and their children.

Scott Stossel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media

MD
1

Scott Stossel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, speaks about the healing act of sharing his vulnerabilities and the process of writing and releasing his deeply personal, thoroughly researched and, at times, humorous book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.

David Finkel

MD
1

David Finkel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, tells several compelling and intimate stories from his most recent book Thank You for Your Service, about soldiers who are trying to adjust to life back home after having been exposed to some of the horrors of war. 

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