College Mental Health and Social Belonging: Hiding, Finding, and Being Found (Live)
This is the 19th annual College Counseling Conference sponsored by the Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy of the Austen Riggs Center
What and Why:
Mental health stigma and access to care vary dramatically across college campuses. For some students, it feels perilous to disclose challenges, while others appear to be magnets for diagnoses, services, and accommodations. Common to both positions are experiences of being hidden or lost.
In our working conference we will spend the morning viewing clips from the film Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (executive produced by Ken Burns, co-directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers), a stirring portrayal of challenges young adults are facing. Using these clips as a starting point for conversation, we will consider the social landscape students are navigating, importance of belonging, and risks associated both with being hidden and found.
In the afternoon, we will address group work and community involvement as avenues for peer engagement that can foster security and openness while challenging participants to face discomfort and unfamiliarity as they learn about themselves and adapt to their social surround.
This conference is for college mental health clinicians and those supporting students’ mental health otherwise. Trainees are encouraged to attend.
There will be no registration fee for this conference. 4.5 free continuing education credits will be provided to participants in various disciplines.
19th Riggs/Erikson College Counseling Conference
College Mental Health and Social Belonging: Hiding, Finding, and Being Found
Morning Session: Hiding in Plain Sight
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and opening remarks (Spencer)
9:10 – 9:15 Introduction to the film (Erik)
9:15 – 9:30 Hiding in Plain Sight (Clip 1): Social Media, Stigma, and Loneliness
9:30 – 9:50 Katie Lewis: Loneliness and Social Isolation During the Pandemic: Lessons From Attachment Theory and Beyond
9:50 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:10 Hiding in Plain Sight (Clip 2): Diagnoses and Medications
10:10 – 10:30 Erin Seery, MD: Hiding and Being Seen in Medication Management
10:30 – 10:45 Questions/Comments
10:45 - 11:15 Small group discussion
11:15 – 11:25 Break
11:25 – 12:10 Large group discussion – (Spencer & Seth – Moderators)
12:10 – 12:50 Lunch
Afternoon Session: Peer Connection and Community Belonging
12:50 – 12:55 (Frame the afternoon panel/introductions – Spencer)
12:55 – 1:10 Hiding in Plain Sight (Clip 3): Connections & Possibilities (1:38 – 1:48:20)
1:10 – 1:30 Michelle Marchese LICSW with Greenlee Brown, Mahajoy Laufer, Meg Laird, Elena Volpe and Alex Watson: Hiding and Seeking Within Group Therapy at Smith College
1:30 – 1:50 Lisa Amato: Student Voices and Perspectives on Trauma Informed Care in Education
1:50 – 2:20 Panel Discussion (All panelists; Seth – Moderator)
2:20 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:00 Small group discussion
3:00 – 3:45 Large Group Discussion – (Spencer & Seth – Moderators)
3:45 – 3:50 Conference Closing – (Spencer & Seth)
___*___ Introductory ____*__ Intermediate ___*___ Advanced
Describe how loneliness contributes to the youth mental health crisis.
Assess the impact of social media on experiences of social belonging.
Discuss how diagnoses and medications can either help someone feel seen and known or contribute to their isolation and sense of being lost.
Apply concepts from attachment theory to create links between the pandemic, social isolation, and loneliness.
Explain how peer involvement can promote self-understanding and social connection.
Discuss how group intervention for college students can enhance individual treatment services.
Conference Director: Spencer Biel, PsyD is the Director of the Austen Riggs Center Remote Access Intensive Outpatient Program for College Students and Emerging Adults. He has a private practice in Chicago, Illinois, where he is also on the Clinical Associate Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.
Speakers and Moderators:
- Lisa Amato, LICSW works primarily in Holyoke and Amherst, Massachusetts as a community-based, school-based, and private practice therapist. Her clinical work focuses largely on relationship and attachment in the treatment of trauma, depression, and anxiety. She incorporates fundamentals and principles from multiple psychodynamic schools of thought and supplements these ideas with skills from CBT, EMDR, relational, and narrative therapy. Lisa Amato works to guide her clients in building on their strengths and in shaping the direction of their own healing and empowerment.
- Erik Ewers Erik Ewers has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns — as Ewers likes to say — “ever
since ‘The Civil War.’” For more than 30 years, Erik has edited nearly all Burns’s single and multi-episodic films
including Baseball, Jazz, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Unforgivable
Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The National Parks, Mark Twain, Prohibition, The
Roosevelts, The War, The Vietnam War, and serving as senior editor on Country Music, and
Hemingway. Erik has been nominated for more than seven personal and program Emmy Awards and was
awarded one editing Emmy and three program-series Emmys, as well as two prestigious ACE
Eddie Award nominations and one ACE Award for “Best Edited Documentary of 2015.”
Erik is co-director and senior editor at Ewers Brothers Productions, a preferred collaborative
company in the co-creation of Ken’s films. Ewers Brothers co-directed with Ken to create the
two-hour film The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science, which broadcast on PBS in 2018, and their
partnership continued with the June 2022 broadcast of the film series, Hiding in Plain Sight:
Youth Mental Illness. Currently, Erik is at work with Burns, Florentine Films, and Ewers Brothers Productions on a
sequel to their 2022 film on America’s adult mental health crisis, and a 2-hour film on the life
and legacy of 19th century writer and environmentalist Henry David Thoreau.
- Katie Lewis, PhD serves as the Director of Research at the Austen Riggs Center. Her research examines interpersonal behaviors, personality processes, and suicidal ideation in adult psychiatric patients using experience sampling methodology. Dr. Lewis received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. In the past, she has served as the graduate student representative on the Ethics Board of Division 39 and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Her research has been supported by the Robert Wallerstein Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Research, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Division 39 Marsha McCary Fund for Psychoanalysis. She has published and presented on a wide range of topics, including suicide and self-harming behaviors, personality psychopathology and assessment, and the ethics of confidentiality in clinical writing. She currently serves as a Consulting Editor and Section Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment.
- Michelle Marchese, LICSW is the Director of Counseling Services at Smith College, and feels lucky to be a part of such a stellar clinical team. Michelle also runs a small group private practice that focuses on trauma recovery. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Smith School for Social Work and is researching the efficacy of dissociation scales for transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse people; qA and EMDR for race-based traumatic stress. Michelle is an EMDR certified consultant and an adjunct professor in the MSW program at the Smith School for Social Work.
- Seth Pitman, PhD is the Associate Director of the Austen Riggs Remote Access Intensive Outpatient Program. He has provided psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy services at psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, and a university-based clinic, in both individual and group formats. He has also been trained in neuropsychological testing and consultation-liaison psychology services. Dr. Pitman’s peer-reviewed research articles have focused on the relationship between psychodynamic techniques and therapy outcome, the impact of patient personality factors on the therapeutic process, and trauma. His original research has earned him recognition from APA’s Division 29–Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
- Erin Seery, MD is a psychiatrist in the Remote Access Intensive Outpatient Program for College Students in Massachusetts at the Austen Riggs Center. She is a board-certified psychiatrist with active medical licenses in Massachusetts and South Carolina. After completing psychoanalytic fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Seery joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. She practices in a variety of settings within MUSC and was recently named an Associate Program Director of the psychiatry residency program. Dr. Seery teaches psychodynamic psychotherapy and is committed to fostering a patient-centered approach to care by future psychiatrists.
Austen Riggs Center Inc. confirms that Conference Director, Speakers and Moderators named above nor anyone involved in the planning of the CME event, has disclosed a potential conflict of interest.
The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Austen Riggs Center.
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Designation Statement - Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 4.50 APAThe Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Online live for 4.50 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.
- 4.50 ASWB-ACEThe Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this Online live. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2023-2/2/2026. Social workers completing this Online live will receive 4.50 continuing education credit(s). For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit States and provinces that accept ACE | Association of Social Work Boards.
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