Erikson Institute for Education and Research
Erik H. Erikson, renowned humanist psychoanalyst and former Riggs staff member, recognized that individuals could not be understood apart from their psychosocial and historical contexts. For its work to be effective and relevant, Riggs too must grasp its connection to the larger society. Riggs’ Erikson Institute develops this connection by promoting education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment, by working to generate new knowledge in partnership with a range of disciplines, and by bringing a clinically informed, psychosocial perspective to societal problems. Under the leadership of M. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., the Erikson Institute aims to bring the work of Riggs into these learning dialogues through a series of programs and conferences.
Dr. Stephen Xenakis, retired brigadier general, U.S. Army, concluded the Austen Riggs Center 2012 Fall Conference on PTSD and moral injury in returning troops with a sobering view of the magnitude of health and social problems facing literally hundreds of thousands of service men and women and their families.