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.

  • Dr. Meiram Bendat will be at the Austen Riggs Center on May 4-6, 2016.

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to be hosting a visit with nationally-renowned expert Dr. Meiram Bendat on May 4-6, 2016.  Dr. Bendat is an attorney with skills and knowledge unique in the field of health law. After representing children and families in the Los Angeles child welfare system and treating patients, he founded Psych-Appeal, the country’s first private mental health insurance law firm in 2011. Since then, Dr. Bendat has helped patients and providers successfully challenge denials of mental health treatment through administrative appeals and impact litigation, recovering millions of dollars in wrongly withheld benefits.

  • The role of nursing in the Austen Riggs Center treatment model.

    Nursing at Riggs is different from many other psychiatric settings. In this video series, Riggs nursing staff members engage in conversation about the challenging and rewarding work they do in a completely open and voluntary settings.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Friday showing a 24% increase in the suicide rate between 1999 and 2014, the highest level in 30 years. These troubling statistics have not only caught the attention of the media, but also many researchers and public health experts, who note that the causes for suicide are complicated, involving biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.

  • The Gym at the Inn Residence

    In response to patient interest and staff input regarding what might be helpful to patients, the Austen Riggs Center has initiated a Health and Wellness Program as part of the Therapeutic Community Program, an interconnected series of activities aimed at enhancing patient authority, fostering interpersonal learning and creating an environment that supports treatment. 

  • National Nurses Week 2014

    Nursing staff members discuss the unique way in which nursing is engaged in “a partnership with the patients.”

  • Emily Fox Gordon will speak at the Austen Riggs Center on September 30, 2016.

    In describing her thoughts about speaking at Alumni Reunion 2016, fifty years after being at Riggs as a patient, author Emily Fox Gordon says, “It’s sort of a thrill, like coming full circle.”

  • Austen Riggs nursing staff members talk about the challenging and rewarding work they do in a completely open setting.

    Nursing at Riggs is different from many other psychiatric settings. In this video series, Riggs nursing staff members engage in conversation about the challenging and rewarding work they do in a completely open and voluntary setting. 

  • Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, talks about psychodynamic and cognitive approaches to psychosis

    “I’ve always been interested in psychosis and how to address it,” states Riggs Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, who has been writing and presenting on the topic for several years. His research has led him to the exploration of “ways to bridge the gap between psychodynamic and cognitive therapy in treating psychosis.” 

  • We are very pleased to introduce John Kerr as our Alumni Reunion 2016 Keynote Speaker. Mr. Kerr will be speaking on Saturday, October 1, 2016 as part of Reunion weekend (September 30-October 2, 2016).

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs Center Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, explains research on the history of psychological testing at Riggs and what it reveals. 

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