Finding a Place to Stand: The Connection between Institutional Membership and Citizenship

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
September 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Virtual Friday Night Guest Lecture with Edward R. Shapiro, MD

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and requires advance registration.

Friday Night Guest Lectures are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below). 

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Psychodynamic systems theory brings together individual dynamics with the dynamics of human systems. We are all shaped by our contexts and, when we begin to recognize our roles as representatives, we have the possibility of shaping those contexts in return. For any of us, as individuals, to grasp the vastness and complexity of society, we need intermediate spaces with others to make sense of the world. Institutions -- those bounded human systems that bring people together with missions that relate to the needs of society -- are those places. If we dismiss or devalue them, we lose the opportunity to change them. Through their missions, we can have a view of and perspective on the larger society. Citizenship is more than rights and privileges; it requires engagement. Using stories from institutions and their members, Dr. Shapiro will outline an approach to finding a place to stand as a citizen. 

Edward R. Shapiro, MD, retired as medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in 2011 after 20 years in the role. He was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale, a training and supervising analyst and a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Berkshires. After studying families and adolescents at the National Institute of Mental Health, he was the director of the Adolescent and Family Treatment and Study Center and director of Psychosocial Training and Consultation at McLean Hospital in Boston. Currently, he consults to CEOs and organizations, supervises and teaches at Riggs and does extended family consultations. In the context of the presidential election in 1996 and again this year (2020), as part of political research projects, he carried out extended interviews with unaffiliated voters in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the Boswell Group and on the Boards of the AK Rice Institute and the International Dialogue Initiative. He has written more than 40 papers, two books, and edited a third. His most recent book published in 2020 is Finding a Place to Stand: Developing Self-Reflective Institutions, Leaders and Citizens

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.

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  • To describe developments in contemporary psychoanalysis
  • To examine interdisciplinary theories and methods of understanding human and cultural experience
  • To recognize biopsychosocial contributions to complex clinical issues

(Physicians and Psychologists) 

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 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 interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.

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 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 information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note:  

The Austen Riggs Center utilizes the CME Tracker platform to issue credits. After the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits. If you do not already have an account with CME Tracker, you will need to create one.  


1.5 hours