Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

Here you will find video excerpts and full presentations of Riggs clinicians and invited guests speaking on a wide variety of important mental health topics.

 

View full presentations from the 2014 Creativity Seminar: Translation in the Theater, in the Concert Hall, the Studio, and the Consulting Room.

 

Megan V. Smith, DrPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, child study and public health at the Yale University School of Medicine, and principal investigator of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, presented at the Austen Riggs Center about the importance of providing diapers to mothers.

 

David Finkel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, tells several compelling and intimate stories from his most recent book Thank You for Your Service, about soldiers who are trying to adjust to life back home after having been exposed to some of the horrors of war. 

 

Scott Stossel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, speaks about the healing act of sharing his vulnerabilities and the process of writing and releasing his deeply personal, thoroughly researched and, at times, humorous book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.

 

Hear Andrew Solomon, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media, speaks about his books The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree, using the word "resilience" to describe the unifying theme of his work. He explores the notion of building and constructing meaning as both central to dealing with depression and also to resolving seemingly vast differences between some parents and their children.

 

This presentation offers an overview of the evidence for the effectiveness of psychotherapy as a form of treatment, then offers a re-conceptualization of the 3 schools of therapy and their competencies into one unified whole in a “Y-shaped” structure based on evidence about core features of psychotherapy across schools of therapy and evidence from the comparative psychotherapy process research literature.

 

In her book, The Untold War, Professor Nancy Sherman argues that “wars are fought internally as well as externally” and that understanding the “emotional landscape of soldiering” is a duty for those of us on whose behalf our service personnel are fighting.

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