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.

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

    The June 16 issue of Psychiatric News discusses the role of e-learning; Eric Plakun, MD is quoted in the article.

    “Online training doesn’t replace traditional learning that requires supervision and case discussion, but is a nice teaching tool to add to our toolbox,” said Plakun, who is the associate medical director and director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts

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    Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO

    "Psychoanalysis needs to change its culture," states Dr. Gerber in the June 28 New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Gerber and others discuss the value of combining brain research with psychoanalysis. Below are excerpts from the article which seeks to answer the question, "Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?"

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    On Saturday, June 27, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. This week, we will take a closer look at William Todd Schultz, PhD. 

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    Psychotherapy

    In this five-part series exploring psychotic spectrum disorders, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, a member of the Riggs clinical staff and an authority on psychotic spectrum disorders. The final blog in the series explores psychotic spectrum disorder outcomes, recovery and further resources.

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    On Saturday, June 27, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. This week, we will take a closer look at Stephanie McCrummen. 

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    In this five-part series exploring psychotic spectrum disorders, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, a member of the Riggs clinical staff and an authority on psychotic spectrum disorders. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

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    Alison Bechdel, 2015 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media Winner

    On Saturday, June 27, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. This week, we will take a closer look at Alison Bechdel. 

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    Alison Bechdel

    Every day, the public’s understanding of mental health issues is shaped by print, online press and broadcast media, as well as by the arts. The purpose of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media colloquy, curated by essayist and author Joshua Wolf Shenk, is to recognize and encourage writers, journalists, and media experts who have produced sophisticated and accessible work on mental health issues and to learn about various aspects of carrying out this work. This year’s colloquy will be held at the Austen Riggs Center on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 1:00 in the afternoon. 

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    In this five-part series exploring psychotic spectrum disorders, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, a member of the Riggs clinical staff and an authority on psychotic spectrum disorders. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

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    Elizabeth Weinberg, MD,

    After a competitive grant application process and review by members of the Austen Riggs Center external Research Consolation Group, the Erikson Institute is pleased to announce the first recipient of the EIDEA research grant: Elizabeth Weinberg, MD. Dr. Weinberg’s study “Short and Long-term Treatment Response in the Psychodynamic Treatment of Patients with Treatment Resistant Depression” will benefit from this first round of EIDEA funding.  

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