Erikson Institute


Now Accepting Applications for the Fellowship Program

Fellowship Curriculum

The Austen Riggs Center is now excepting applications for the Fellowship Program.

The Austen Riggs Center is committed to the education of future generations of psychiatrists and psychologists in the values and skills of psychoanalytic thought and treatment of people with complex psychological difficulties. To accomplish this part of its mission, Riggs, through its Erikson Institute, offers post-graduate Fellowships in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies.

We offer a full-time four-year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies for psychiatrists who have completed their residency training and for postdoctoral level clinical psychologists from APA-accredited doctoral programs and APA accredited or APPIC listed internship programs.  Psychiatrists are also eligible to apply for a two-year Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  The four-year Fellowship is fully accredited as a psychoanalytic training program by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc). The Fellowship’s tripartite model of psychoanalytic training includes a personal analysis, didactic seminars with a distinguished faculty and individual supervision in the individual psychotherapy of complex psychiatric patients in four-times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

Work with families, psychological testing (for psychologists) and psychodynamically-informed prescribing (for psychiatrists) are part of our comprehensive training program.  Additionally, Fellows work within a therapeutic community program, where learning is focused on the application of psychoanalytic understanding to group phenomena and the development of leadership and consulting skills.  This robust, in-depth program prepares Fellows to work effectively with complex, challenging and often inadequately treated psychiatric difficulties, to teach and supervise others, to navigate a complex treatment setting and to contribute to the body of knowledge about disturbed development and its treatment. In addition, it teaches Fellows to think across disciplines and to consider how their learning might be applied more broadly.

Prerequisites for the Psychology Fellowship are the completion of both a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited program and an APA accredited or APPIC listed pre-doctoral clinical internship.

The Fellowship offers a generous compensation and benefits package, including support for the first two years of a personal psychoanalysis.

Dr. Amy Taylor describes the fellowship experience at Austen Riggs in the video below.

For more information on the Fellowship Program contact Bertha Connelley, Director of Human Resources, at [413] 931.5206.

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