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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Published on 
December 2012

In her book, The Untold War, Professor Nancy Sherman argues that “wars are fought internally as well as externally” and that understanding the “emotional landscape of soldiering” is a duty for those of us on whose behalf our service personnel are fighting.

Published on 
November 2012

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.

Published on 
May 2005

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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