Erikson Institute

Clinical Perspectives

ARC clinicians share their perspectives on a range of topics, including psychological testing, the admission consultation, symptom management through community engagement, and the importance of alliance in the open setting.

Riggs Fellow in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies Heather Churchill, PsyD

Heather Churchill, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology, talks about the open treatment setting at the Austen Riggs Center.

National Nurses Week 2014

Nursing at Riggs is different from many other psychiatric settings. In this video series, Riggs nursing staff members engage in conversation about the challenging and rewarding work they do in a completely open and voluntary setting.

Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the director of psychological testing

In four separate video clips, Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, gives an overview of psychological testing at Riggs, its place as part of the Fellowship program and its role in the initial six-week treatment and evaluation phase at the Austen Riggs Center.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.

Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

Eric M. Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy talks about the evidence for psychoanalytic treatment.

Margaret Parish, PhD, Director of Patient Care

Margaret Parish, PhD, Director of Patient Care talks about psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Austen Riggs.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute and Staff Psychologist

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute and Staff Psychologist talks about treatment teams at the Austen Riggs Center.

Margaret Kotarba, LICSW

Margaret Kotarba, LICSW, explains the role of the social worker and the value of the family's involvement in the treatment.

James Sacksteder, MD, Medical Director/CEO

James Sacksteder, MD, former Medical Director/CEO talks about the mission of the Austen Riggs Center and the unique treatment approach.

Steven Ackerman, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Steven Ackerman, PhD, Staff Psychologist talks about the importance of the alliance in an open setting.



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