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 Eric Plakun and Dr. Jane Tillman presented "Responding to the Impact of Suicide on Clinicians" at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting.

    What are the effects on the clinician when his/her patient dies by suicide? How to respond? Drs Plakun and Tillman have been offering a workshop on responding to the impact of suicide on clinicians as part of the APA Annual Meeting since 2004. 

  • Conference

    by Aaron Beatty

    The Therapeutic Community Program at Riggs represents the practical application of the values at the core of our work. These include:

  • Austen Riggs Center Clinicians Presenting at and around APA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to have several members of its clinical staff attending and presenting at and around the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, May 14-18, 2016. 

  • Developmental, Psychopathology, Family Process and Social Context: A conference for clinicians and researchers at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine are jointly sponsoring the fifth annual Riggs-Yale Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process and Social Context for clinicians and researchers, to be held Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. 

  • Riggs Theatre 37 to Stage The King Lear Project May 10-15 in Stockbridge, MA.

    Each spring, a group of Austen Riggs Center patients and members of 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, The King Lear Project, will be performed on May 10-15 at 7:30pm.

  • Interns in Inn Living Room

    In the this video, Primary Charge Nurse Diane Heckman, RN; Mental Health Worker Brian O'Gara; and Mental Health Worker Jennifer Morse have a conversation about how they think about “examined living” at Riggs.

  • 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. 



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