Erikson Institute for Education and Research
Welcome to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Established in 1994, the Erikson Institute provides a place for psychoanalytic education, research, and community engagement. The mission of the Erikson Institute is to provide clinicians, educators, researchers, and scholars with opportunities for a complex conversation about how to understand and respond to the problems faced by individuals, groups, and society.
Embedded in the rich tradition of the Austen Riggs Center and the psychoanalytic hospital treatment of adult patients, the Erikson Institute accomplishes its mission through many offerings: conferences, lectures, partnerships with other organizations, community engagement, clinical research, the Erikson Scholar-in-Residence program, a specialty library and growing archival collection of historical significance in the field of psychoanalytic hospital treatment, and national and international professional education provided by our staff via our online communities of learning.
For over 65 years we have been committed to the clinical training of postdoctoral psychologists and post-residency psychiatrists. The Erikson Institute offers a four-year ACPEinc accredited fellowship in psychoanalytic studies and advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a renowned faculty of psychoanalysts for teaching, and Senior Consultants noted for their specific expertise.
The Erikson Institute is named for Erik H. Erikson who was on the staff of the Austen Riggs Center for ten years, bringing his understanding of development occurring across the lifespan and a commitment to humanistic inquiry at the level of the individual, and importantly at the level of society and culture. Erikson’s psychosocial perspective broadened the field of psychoanalysis and shaped generations of clinicians. Studying the individual and society in a cultural context and through interdisciplinary collaboration remain central values of the Erikson Institute. I invite you to explore our website, attend our conferences and other events.
Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research
Jessica Yakeley, MD, speaks about the role of forensic psychotherapy in understanding violent behavior, its origins, its meaning and its treatment at the 2015 Fall Conference.