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.

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    Barbara Taylor, a noted historian and professor of humanities, has written a memoir of her long, and at times harrowing, psychoanalysis and psychiatric hospitalization. In The last asylum: A memoir of madness in our times, Taylor goes beyond a standard autobiographical account and links her personal history to the sociocultural history of the asylum movement of the past 150 years.

  • The treatment program at Austen Riggs focuses on explaining the underlying problems behind the psychiatric diagnosis.

    Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Dr. John Muller reflects on how anxiety can manifest in patients, family members, and therapy staff during treatment.

  • Donna Elmendorf, PhD is the director of the Therapeutic Community Program at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center Director of the Therapeutic Community Program Donna Elmendorf, PhD, talks about the Human Development Strategic Initiative at Riggs.

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

    Austen Riggs Center Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric M. Plakun, MD, talks about the Biopsychosocial Advocacy strategic initiative at Riggs.

  • Austen Riggs Center Alumni Reunion 2016 in Review

    The Austen Riggs Center 2016 Alumni Reunion set a record for attendance of more than 100 and was a moving and meaningful event for all those present. For those who were unable to attend or who wish to relive certain moments, we offer this brief recap.

  • Austen Riggs Center Admissions Brochure - Learn More.

    Austen Riggs Center Admissions Brocure and Orientation for Families describing treatment for complex psychiatric problems now available online.

  • 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.

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

    Recently, the Austen Riggs Center Board of Trustees and staff undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process that prioritized a number of initiatives designed to expand our role and positively impact the serious mental health issues we face as a society. These include: clinical systems, human development, biopsychosocial advocacy, suicide research, the neuroscience of psychotherapeutic change, and psychodynamic psychopharmacology. This is the first in a series of blogs that will highlight each of these strategic initiatives.



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