Supporting Clinicians and Educators Who Work with High-Risk, Low-Resourced Families

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
August 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM to at 5:00 PM

Presented by the Erikson Institute’s Human Development Strategic Initiative of the Austen Riggs Center and the Yale Child Study Center.

Please join us for the eighth annual Riggs-Yale Conference, a day-long event on approaches to understanding and coping with the strain on clinicians and educators who work with multi-problem families and children. We will hear from experts in the field about the impact of toxic stress and secondary trauma. Through both didactic presentations and experiential learning, we will explore ways of understanding and coping with powerful feelings evoked in the work with high-risk children and families including reflective supervision, countertransference as meaningful information that provides insight into the family, and mindfulness practice.

This is a conference on developmental psychopathology, family process, and social context for:

  • educators
  • caregivers
  • clinicians or therapists
  • medical providers
  • administrators of early 
  • childhood programs

Space is limited. Scholarships are available. For additional information, please contact Lee Watroba at lee.watroba@austenriggs.net or 413.931.5284. 

We would like to thank the Weil Foundation for their generous support of the Austen Riggs Human Development Initiative.


8:30 a.m.                         Registration & Breakfast

8:45 a.m.                         Welcome

9:00-9:45 a.m.                 Linda Mayes, MD
                                        “Understanding Toxic Stress and Secondary Trauma”

9:45-10:30 a.m.               Karen Baicker
                                        “The Cost of Caring: How Secondary Stress Affects the School Community”

10:30-10:45 a.m.             Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.             Christy Mills, MSW, LCSW, and Nancy Close, PhD
                                        “Using Reflective Supervision to Understand the Challenges of Working with Challenging Families
                                         and Systems”

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.     Discussion of Morning Presentations

12:15-1:15 p.m.               Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m.                 Reflective Supervision Groups led by Christy Mills, MSW, LCSW, and Nancy Close, PhD

2:15-2:45 p.m.                 Discussion of Learning in Reflective Supervision Groups

2:45-3:00 p.m.                 Break

3:00-4:15 p.m.                 Peg Oliveira, PhD
                                        “Practices for Managing Toxic Stress and Secondary Trauma: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga”

4:15-4:45 p.m.                 What have we learned? How can we continue to support one another in working
                                        with challenging families in challenging systems of care?

Continuing Education (6.5 CEs offered)

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live activity for 6.5 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology and social work.

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual conferences, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual conference may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this conference. ASWB Approval Period: 02/02/2017-02/02/2020. Social workers completing this conference receive 6.5 continuing education credits.

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit: www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net.

For additional details, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.




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Total Cost: $35.00