We offer an Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy for both psychiatrists (post-residency) and psychologists (postdoctoral). Psychiatrists are also eligible to apply for a two year Fellowship and psychology Fellows are eligible for licensure after completion of the first 24 months of the postdoctoral Fellowship. Our psychoanalytic training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). Our Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy is fully accredited by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This program is part of the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute for Education and Research. Our training takes a systems perspective, emphasizing individual development across the lifespan from within familial and cultural contexts. Fellows are evaluated twice annually by supervisors (written and oral report) and throughout the academic year by individual instructors (written report).
- adult psychoanalysis;
- psychoanalytic psychotherapy;
- a hospital-based systems approach;
- work with families;
- psychological testing (for psychologists);
- psychodynamic psychopharmacology (for psychiatrists); and
- work within a therapeutic community program, where learning is focused on the application of psychoanalytic understanding to group phenomena, and on the development of leadership and consulting skills.
FELLOWS BENEFIT FROM
- clinical supervision;
- weekly didactic seminars by a distinguished faculty from Riggs, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and other prestigious institutions;
- support for two years of personal analysis;
- opportunities to engage in clinical research related to complex mental illness; and
- support for external education and conference attendance, and use of the superb Riggs on-site library and library services.
Our robust, in-depth program prepares Fellows to
- work effectively with patients with complex psychiatric difficulties;
- understand a psychodynamic systems perspective in a therapeutic community program;
- teach and supervise others; and
- contribute to the body of knowledge about disturbed development and its treatment.
Applications accepted year-round for psychiatrists and due by December 15 for psychologists.
Prerequisites for psychiatry applicants include completion of a psychiatric residency. Psychology applicants must have a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-accredited program and a year of clinical internship at an APA-accredited or APPIC-listed site. In addition, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required. Select applicants will be invited to Riggs for in-person interviews. The Austen Riggs Center provides an excellent and competitive salary and benefits package, including support for two years of personal psychoanalysis. View and download an application here.
Dr. Jane G. Tillman talks about the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.
Our psychology Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique.
Our psychiatry Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique.
A Due Process procedure is available to all Fellows from the Human Resources Department. For additional information on the policy or the Fellowship, contact Director of Human Resources Bertha Connelley, PHR, at  931.5206.
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