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July/August 2017 News & Events

Upcoming Events

2017 Erikson Institute Fall Conference
Mental Health Parity, Ethics, and the Law: What clinicians, patients, and advocates should know
September 23, all day

The conference goal is to educate clinicians, patients, and care advocates about the current state of the national health insurance landscape, with a focus on parity law implementation.

Featured Presenters:
Meiram Bendat, JD, PhD: Founder and president of Psych Appeal, licensed attorney, and psychotherapist
Laura B. Dunn, MD: Professor of psychiatry, director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Stanford University
Ted Kennedy Jr., JD: State Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly and partner at the law firm of Epstein Becker Green
Eric M. Plakun, MD: Associate medical director and director of biopsychosocial advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center, and leader of the APA Psychotherapy Caucus
>>Learn more and register

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The Riggs Blog

Check out these popular articles from the Riggs Blog:

The Opioid Epidemic: A Clinical Perspective
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Throughout America, individuals, families, and clinicians are struggling to make treatment available to those who need it. Meanwhile, the deaths of successful and wealthy celebrities demonstrate how extraordinarily difficult overcoming opioid addiction can be, as well as making it clear that addiction does not discriminate based on social status or economic means. >>Read more

We are each other’s business . . .
By Jane G. Tillman, PhD

Jane G. Tillman_ PhD
The surprise verdict of guilty in the Michelle Carter texting and suicide case in a Massachusetts courtroom has far-reaching implications for how we think about suicide, personal responsibility and culpability, free speech, and our duty as citizens to one another, particularly those on the brink of suicide. >>Read more

Riggs on the Road

July 31: Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will present “Mindcraft: The Evolution of Precision Psychiatry” at TEDxBerkshires at Kriplau in Stockbridge, MA. >>Learn more

August 3-6: Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, will be presenting at the American Psychological Association (APA) 125th Annual Convention. >>Learn more

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