The Science and Practice of Change

Contemporary Perspectives on Defining and Documenting Clinical Outcomes - Friday and Saturday June 19 and 20, 2015

Since Josef Breuer first taught Sigmund Freud about the talking cure used in the treatment of Anna O., there has been extensive debate about the nature of change occurring in response to psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and other psychosocial interventions used in the treatment of psychiatric difficulty. Building upon this longstanding debate, the fourth Yale-Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process, and Social Context will examine contemporary perspectives on the definition and documentation of clinical outcomes occurring in response to psychotherapy and other psychosocial interventions being delivered in public and private treatment settings.

Drawing upon clinical and research programs offered at the Austen Riggs Center and the Yale University School of Medicine, this discussion will challenge existing assumptions and offer new perspectives on the nature of clinically significant change. Special attention will be devoted to the definition and documentation of change in biological, psychological, behavioral, and social outcomes for clients receiving comprehensive programs of clinical intervention for serious psychiatric and substance abuse problems. Clinical and research presentations will be complemented by invited comments and group discussion

Attendance will be limited to promote a full exploration of the ideas presented at the meeting. Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Conceptualize clinically significant change as a complex process involving biological, psychological, behavioral, and social dimensions.
  • Describe different approaches to defining and documenting clinically significant change.
  • Define clinical intervention as a change process.
  • Explain how definition and documentation of clinically significant change may vary with different approaches to clinical intervention delivered in a specific context.


$225 Registration by June 5, 2015
$275 Registration after June 5, 2015
$150 Resident physicians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students

Register online at
Register by mail to the Yale Child Study Center, Attention: Linda Isakson, 230 Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06519.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and the cost of continuing education credits for social work, psychology, and medicine. Refunds are only available until June 16, 2015.

To register and pay by check or credit card, follow the link above.

Additional Information

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 accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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. For additional information about this program, please call Samantha Blache, Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at (413) 931-5230.

The Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine has submitted an application to the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for 12.0 continuing education credit hours.

It is the policy of the Austen Riggs Center continuing education planners and speakers disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with commercial entities that could pose a real or apparent conflict of interest in the presentation of this educational activity. The Austen Riggs Center Continuing Medical Education Committee has established policies for identifying and resolving all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to the activity.

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The conference will be held in the Cohen Auditorium at the Yale Child Study Center, 230 Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06519.
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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.


Yale Child Study Center
230 S. Frontage Rd.
New Haven, CT 06519

T 203.785.7205
F 203.785.7926

41.30419 -72.93313
Register Online

Conference Chairs

Thomas McMahon, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry

Jane Tillman, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Austen Riggs Center
Erikson Institute for Education and Research