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  • Erikson Institute Media Prize winners

    Erik Erikson famously wrote about identity. He indicated that a central negotiation required developing an increasing congruence between your views of yourself and the views others have of you. Learning to ‘see yourself as others see you’, as the poet Robert Burns put it, is a major developmental achievement not easily accomplished. A recognizable and accepted identity allows us to live more freely in the social world.

  • Dr. Christina Biedermann, staff psychologist at Austen Riggs Center

    Papers from the 2012 Fall Conference, "Untold Stories, Hidden Wounds: War Trauma and Its Treatment," were recently published in a special issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology (April 2014).

  • Family work

    Part 2 of our 3 part series on Dignity. At the recent American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) conference in New York City, Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., Senior Consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, gave a stirring presentation on Dignity. This series of blog posts will examine dignity as it relates to the clinical work carried out here at Riggs and beyond.

  • Lost in Transmission book cover

    Congratulations to Dr. M. Gerard Fromm for the recent review by Michael Shulman in the October 2013 publication of the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Shulman gives Lost in Transmission: Studies of Trauma Across Generations, which Dr. Fromm edited, a detailed and very favorable review.

  • Suicide Awareness Month

    The suicidal person suffers alone. We must continue to find ways to address this suffering. Treatment is only part of the answer, although in treatment centers we can and should try to find ways to do better. Beyond treatment, in our communities, our country, our culture, we can find ways both to cultivate hope and to speak with each other about suffering.

  • Considering psychotherapy

    Many people considering psychotherapy ask this question. Dr. Margaret Parish explains where psychotherapists can help to understand past events and their contexts, offering guidance and perspectives as a person reviews what he or she has suffered.

  • Dr. Stephen Xenakis

    This country is only now beginning to fathom the magnitude of issues that surround the multidimensional nature of combat and operational stress exposure, according to Dr. Stephen Xenakis, who closed this year’s Erikson Institute Fall Conference on Trauma and Moral Injury.

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