Erikson Institute


Fellowship Curriculum
2014 Fellowship Application

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

There are two- and four-year Fellowships for psychiatrists who have completed their residency training and four-year Fellowships for postdoctoral level clinical psychologists from APA-approved or APPIC listed graduate school and internship programs. The Fellowship in psychoanalytic studies at Riggs is a four-year psychoanalytic training program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc).

The program includes supervised work in intensive individual psychotherapy with quite troubled patients, group consultation, family work, therapeutic community work, psychological testing, psychopharmacology, case conferences and a curriculum of didactic seminars.  Fellows come to learn, among many other things, the importance of conceptualizing developmental issues and attending to inter-generational trauma. 

This robust, in-depth program prepares Fellows to work effectively with serious and often inadequately treated mental illness, to train and supervise others, to manage 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 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.


Accepting applications for the 2014 post-doctorate Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. For more information on the Fellowship Program contact Bertha Connelley, at (413) 931-5206.