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.

  • We’d like to introduce you to a new section of our website, housed within the “Education/Training” section, that provides information on the Austen Riggs Center’s six strategic initiatives. Here you’ll find a brief overview, Riggs staff involved, and news related to each of the initiatives. Please read them, let us know what you think, and stay tuned for updates throughout the year. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    Boston Globe Spotlight Team Named Winner of Austen Riggs Center 2017 Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media – to be presented at Riggs 2017 Fall Conference, September 23, 2017. 

  • Bipolar disorder

    In organizations and in families, those who find themselves in or take up the outsider role have a chance to see and even understand the suffering of the insiders, suffering that over time has unwittingly become its own system of protections, outlets and dysfunctional roles.

  • Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a psychiatry Fellow in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Dr. Heather Forouhar Graff, a psychiatry Fellow at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about some of the long-term benefits for psychiatry Fellows who train and practice in Riggs’ unique setting. 

  • Lee Watroba and Bertha Connelley are leading efforts to engage Riggs staff with suicide prevention and advocacy on the local and regional levels.

    Whether working locally with suicide prevention organizations, presenting at conferences, or contributing to the larger field of suicidology through research and scholarship, the Austen Riggs Center and its staff are committed to better understanding and preventing suicide.

  • An overview of the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Megan Kolano, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology, gives an overview of the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD is a Fellow in Psychology at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Dr. Ridenour talks about why he came to the Riggs Fellowship, what his experience was like, why those looking for a fellowship should consider Riggs, and what he looks forward to after graduation.

  • Members find their own unique ways of belonging and making a difference in the therapeutic community at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Communities are inherently therapeutic – at least potentially. Social networks support longer, healthier, happier lives. Many research studies suggest that even relatively introverted people do better, emotionally and physically, when they feel connected to other people. The connections do not have to be deep and the contact does not have to be frequent, it just needs to be felt as connectedness.

  • 13 Reasons Why – A Clinical Perspective on Suicide Contagion

    While the show demonstrates the danger of contagion, the creators appear not to have considered how their particular approach to presenting the series may create similar vulnerabilities and danger in young viewers. Suicide is fundamentally an irrational act that occurs in a state of tremendous distress. When a suicide occurs, this increases feelings of pain and guilt, as well as making suicide feel more accessible. For this reason, showing Hannah’s suicide in such detail seems likely to be counterproductive.

  • Riggs Theatre 37 to Stage Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure May 23-28

    Each spring, a group of Austen Riggs Center patients and actors from the local community stage a Shakespearian production in the intimate Riggs Theatre 37, located at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge on the second floor. This year’s production, Measure for Measure, will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 28.



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