Addiction, Partnerships, and Parenting: Biopsychosocial Perspectives from Research and Practice

June 21-22, 2013

The Second Yale-Riggs Conference on Partnerships, Parenting, and Family Systems will focus on the reciprocal effects of addiction on family process and family process on addiction.  In a series of clinical and research presentations, the conference will explore the nature of sexual partnerships and parenting as they unfold in the context of addiction.  Narratives of family process affected by addiction and addiction affected by family process will be drawn from clinical and research programs offered at the Austen Riggs Center and the Yale University School of Medicine.  Special attention will be devoted to the integration of psychodynamic and psychobiological perspectives on both addiction and family process.  Clinical and research presentations will be followed by an invited commentary and group discussion.  Throughout the conference, there will be an emphasis on ways research on addiction can inform clinical care and ways clinical care can inform research on addiction.

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For more information, contact:

Linda Isakson
Yale University School of Medicine
(203) 785-7205 


Lee Watroba
Austen Riggs Center
(413) 931-5284

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Austen Riggs Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.  This conference has been approved for 12.0 continuing education credits.

The Austen Riggs Center’s policy on disclosure requires ARC Guest Speakers to disclose any significant financial interest or other relationship with any commercial supporters of this live activity.   In keeping with this policy and the disclosure requirements of the Massachusetts Medical Society, we hereby state that none of the speakers, nor anyone involved in the planning of the CME/CE event, has disclosed a potential conflict of interest. The Austen Riggs Center accepts no commercial support of any kind to support our CME/CE events.

This program has been approved for 12.0 continuing education credit hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut and meets the continuing education criteria for Connecticut social work licensure renewal.

The conference will be held in the Cohen Auditorium at the Yale Child Study Center, 230 Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06519.collapse
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Parking for the conference is available for a daily fee in the Air Rights Garage at 60 York Street.  The Temple Street Garage at 1 Temple Street, the Howard Avenue Garage at 800 Howard Avenue, and the Propark lots on Howard Avenue are alternatives.

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