Psychoanalytic Research on Causes and Prevention of Violence: From Individual to Social, Political, and Economic

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
February 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM to at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

In this lecture, Dr. Gilligan will summarize lessons learned from 50 years of working with the most violent men in our society, as well as the most violent members of other nations, about the causes and prevention of violence–including homicide and suicide, mass and multiple murders, and war crimes and genocide. He will emphasize the centrality of shame and humiliation, and the absence of guilt feelings as among the psychological forces causing violence. He will also address the various means of protecting people from those stressors that cause violence.

James Gilligan, MD, has been a psychiatrist on the faculty of New York University since 2002. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, in addition to maintaining a private practice in general adult psychiatry, he has specialized in the study of violence as a problem in public health, preventive medicine, and psychiatry by investigating the causes and prevention of violent behavior. He is the author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic (Vintage, 1997); Preventing Violence: Prospects for Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson, 2001); and Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others (Polity, 2013). 

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED: 1.0 (MD, PhD, Social Work). This lecture has also been approved for 1.0 Nursing Contact Hour as established by Regulatory Authority 244 CMR 5.00: M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 74 and 74A. 

Attention NY, NJ, and ME Social Workers: the Austen Riggs Center is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 47 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine.

No registration required. For more information contact Samantha Blache at [413] 931.5230. 

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 

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