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.

  • Considering psychotherapy

    A person in a borderline state has had trouble in their primary relationship of dependency in life. Setting up an intensive psychotherapy invites them to depend on their therapist, thereby creating a situation, a charged situation to be sure, where the problems can be felt first hand and talked about. We can connect what happens in the therapy to the therapeutic relationship itself, and to other people in the patient's life.

  • The Austen Riggs Center commends Berkshire Community Scholarship recipient, Christopher Broast

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Christopher Broast is the 2015 recipient of the Austen Riggs Center Scholarship.  Given annually since 1977, the scholarship is awarded to a graduating Berkshire Community College (BCC) student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the behavioral sciences. 

  • E. Virginia Demos, EdD, Staff Psychologist

    Dr. Demos arrived at the Austen Riggs Center as an Erikson Scholar at a time when Erikson Scholars spent an entire year at Riggs. When her successor was unable to fill the role, Dr. Demos was asked to stay on for an additional year, which proved enough to convince the Riggs staff and her that serving as a therapist at Riggs was a meaningful path forward. 

  • In part four of our blog series on borderline personality disorder, Dr. M. Gerard Fromm answers the questions: What do people suffering from this condition, look like and talk like? How would a doctor or a family member recognize borderline?

  • Remembering Jayne Brookes, Former Theatre Director at Riggs

    Throughout its history, Riggs has been the beneficiary of many talented individuals, patients and staff, who have shared their gifts with the Riggs community. Today, we take a moment to remember one who left an indelible mark on the activities program and well beyond. 

  • Amanda Meczywor reflects on her undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students. In part two of our blog series, we will hear reflections from Amanda Meczywor, a 2015 graduate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). 

  • The third blog in a six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students.

    The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students. In this two-part blog series, we will hear reflections from two of this summer’s research interns. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, MA.

    The second blog in a six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    August 6-9 is the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada. Here are the themes for this year’s convention where Riggs clinician Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP will be presenting.

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