The Riggs Blog

The Riggs Blog

The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.

  • Winter 2016-17 of Austen Riggs Center, ARC News, featuring articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide research.

    Winter 2016-17 of Austen Riggs Center, ARC News, featuring articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide research.

  • Austen Riggs Center implements new online CME Tracker for educational event attendees to manage their CE, CME, and nursing contact hours.

    Filling out evaluation forms, receiving certificates, and keeping track of your CE, CME, and nursing contact hours for educational events at the Austen Riggs Center just became much easier.

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    When someone dies by a person’s own hand, the loss deeply affects each of those closest to him or her. What may often be missed, however, is how that loss also affects the therapist trained to keep this suicide from happening. In the popular mind, it may seem inappropriate to be concerned with the professional on the sidelines after a successful suicide attempt, but for the human being behind that degree, a death can have many repercussions both professionally and personally.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    The Austen Riggs Center has received a major grant from philanthropists Bill and Deborah Ryan to launch a research program, MRI-based Characterization of Complex Psychopathology. This program will explore how complex psychiatric disorders might be characterized in greater detail, with a view toward opening the door to a better understanding of each patient’s mental illness and their response to psychotherapy.

  • Austen Riggs Center clinicians to attend and present at American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) 2017 National Meeting.

    From January 18 to 22, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), which is the oldest national psychoanalytic organization, will hold its 2017 National Meeting.

    Once again this year, several Riggs clinicians will present, attend, and be involved in the gathering that brings together more than 2,000 mental health professionals, educators, researchers, and students to participate in enjoy psychoanalytic programming, networking, and other events. 

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric M. Plakun, MD, comments on a Wall Street Journal article about how to know if your therapy is working.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Psychiatry has long utilized symptom clusters to classify mental illness, and today the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which outlines specific conditions as independent entities, remains the standard tool in the field. However, in the past decade or so, there has been growing interest in new ways to characterize mental illness, such as through gene mutations or physiological recordings, which have the potential of adding depth and dimensionality to the understanding of mental illness, and of informing the treatment trajectory.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    Last week we featured some of our top blogs of 2016. This week, we bring you the rest of the list.

  • The Austen Riggs Center offers a unique therapeutic approach in an voluntary and open setting.

    It was a busy year for the Riggs Blog, with more than 100 pieces published – from commentary and current events to our treatment approach and our values. 

  • This is a time of year when many open their hearts and make charitable donations to organizations for which they feel an affinity.

    This is a time of year when many open their hearts and make charitable donations to organizations for which they feel an affinity. If you believe in the work of the Austen Riggs Center, we hope that you will consider a year-end gift and become part of our strong community of donors.

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