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. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.

  • Wearing a costume of a crying girl

    Dr. Jane Tillman discusses the drug Nuedexa and when does too much crying call for a prescribed medication. Who decides when someone is crying too much?

  • The Austen Riggs Center has a therapeutic community in an open treatment setting.

    Entering the open setting here at Riggs produces a kind of culture shock—this holds for patients, for their families, and for new staff. As a psychiatric hospital, Riggs is unique, and it is the open setting that makes it unique: no locked wards, no security guards, no pass system. Patients have cars, hold jobs, come and go to college, sit (or work) in the coffee shop down the street.

  • Erikson Institute

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce two FREE upcoming events during the week of October 9, 2017.

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

    Dr. Andrew J. Gerber gives an overview of the Neural Mediators of Psychotherapeutic Change Strategic Initiative at the Austen Riggs Center. 

  • Tulane University Medical student Eric Debbold recently completed the Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Tulane University Medical student Eric Debbold recently completed the Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry at the Austen Riggs Center. Debbold grew up in northern California, did his undergraduate work at UCLA in microbiology and molecular genetics (with a minor in global studies), and traveled abroad to study China’s economic and cultural development in the wake of the communist revolution. He worked at a hyperbaric wound healing center and a behavioral health clinic before applying to medical school, where he is in his final year.

  • Pottery Instructor Michael McCarthy writes about his role as a teacher in the Activities Program at the Austen Riggs Center for Studio Potter journal. 

  • Internship opportunities at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.

    There is a culture of learning and curiosity at the Austen Riggs Center that extends beyond the clinical work with patients, beyond the work of the Erikson Institute, and into the wider world. We have much to learn and much to share and it is within that spirit that Riggs offers internship opportunities.

  • 2017 American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) National Meeting Call for Poster Submissions

    Austen Riggs Center Staff, Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, Dr. Kate Gallagher and Dr. Katie Lewis, to Co-Chair 2018 American Psychoanalytic Association Poster Session for 2018 National Meeting.

  • Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute Awards Scholarship to Three Local High School Students

    Each year, for the past seventeen years, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center awards the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship to three students, one from each of three area high schools: Lee, Lenox, and Monument Mountain. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    Read about the programs and services that contribute to the interdisciplinary and individual treatment at Austen Riggs Center.