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.


Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, poet, artist and author talks about the role of creativity. She has a special interest in the creative process and is currently investigating factors that facilitate and inhibit creativity. 


Elizabeth Weinberg, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist on a psychodynamic perspective on medication management at the Austen Riggs Center.


Lisa Bozzuto, R.N., talks about the Nursing Care Coordinator role and working with patients throughout the continuum of care.


Dr. David Flynn, Associate Director of Admissions explains the importance of sharing information during the three-hour admissions consultation.


Eric M. Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions speaks about finding the voice of the prospective patient in the Admissions Consultation.


Director of Clinical Social Work, Cathleen Morey talks about assessing the family dynamics.


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.


Dr. David Flynn, Associate Director of Admissions talks about assessing psychotic symptoms during the admissions process at Austen Riggs.


Spencer Biel, PsyD, explains the value of psychological testing during the Evaluation and Treatment Phase.



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