2014 Creativity Seminar at the Austen Riggs Center Explores Translation



June 24, 2014 - The annual Creativity Seminar sponsored by the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center will be held Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2014 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.  

Seminar Co-Director Ellen Handler Spitz, PhD, has been involved with the Creativity Seminar since 2008 and notes that the mission of these seminars “is to open and pursue meaningful dialogues with disciplines outside the clinical realm but closely allied with it.” She goes on to say “The arts develop our capacities to imagine and to empathize. Thus, by bringing the worlds of art and therapeutic engagement together, we hope to stimulate new insights and breakthroughs of understanding in the minds of our participants.”

This year’s seminar, Translation: In the Theater, the Concert Hall, the Studio and the Consulting Room, will explore the process of translation in different areas of creative endeavor in the visual medium of photography, through the embodied work of translation by an orchestral conductor, via the interpretative work of translation by a psychoanalyst and by means of the multilayered acts of translation in theater. 

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, seminar co-director and Erikson Institute director, stated “Our aim is to explore more deeply the subjective and objective nature of interpretation and translation and to stimulate our use of these ideas in our various clinical, educational and other settings.”

The seminar begins with a theatrical presentation by Enchantment Theatre Company on Friday, August 1 at 7:00pm and continues on Saturday, August 2 from 9:00am – 4:30pm with presentations and commentary by: 

  • Phillip Blumberg, PhD, graduate and faculty member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute and faculty member of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University
  • Sara Jobin, music director of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York
  • Pradip Malde, photographer and professor at Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Linda Mayes, MD, Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Landis Smith, artistic and production director of Enchantment Theatre Company
  • Jennifer Blatchley Smith, artistic, literary and education director of Enchantment Theatre Company
  • Ellen Handler Spitz, PhD, Honors College Professor at the University of Maryland (UMBC), author of six books and a former Erikson Scholar

The rich and varied talents of the presenters have been collected for this seminar “to inspire our colleague-participants to discover for themselves ever-expanding ways to better understand the workings of the human psyche as well as our human relations with one another” commented Dr. Spitz. 

Continuing education credits will be offered at this seminar. The early registration rate of $80 is available until Saturday, July 5, 2014. 

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919.  Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement.  Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff.