Erikson Institute

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 (EI) 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 Jane G. Tillman, Ph.D., the EI aims to bring the work of Riggs into these learning dialogues through a series of programs and conferences.

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Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research talks about the wider application of the Erikson Institute.


In this book, readers are given an in-depth view into the psychodynamics systems perspective of treatment resistant disorders, with illustrations of the value of including family therapy, and developing and using a psychodynamic treatment team. Also offered is the first description published in book form of the newly-defined area of psychodynamic psychopharmacology—an approach to the use of medications that attends to the meaning of medications to the patient and clinician, as well as to their pharmacologic effects.


Dr. M. Gerard Fromm, editor of Lost in Transmission, Studies of Trauma Across Generations, and former Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, explains how psychotherapy and family treatment at Riggs can help to break the cycle of transmission of trauma.


The last two decades marked incredible advances in the neurobiological sciences. Psychiatric residents must master an increasingly complex body of neurobiology and psychopharmacology, prompting greater focus on the teaching of these and related fields.

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