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.

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    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 third annual conference on parenting which will be held at the Austen Riggs Center on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference focuses on the exploration of the research and clinical connections between early life experience, parenting, substance abuse, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the multiple life contexts for adult psychopathology.

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    Benedict Carey, in his recent New York Times article, “Suicide Prevention Sheds a Longstanding Taboo: Talking About Attempts,” explores the recent move by the American Association of Suicidology to recognize those who have attempted suicide and survived and what this acknowledgment means for the survivors, the clinicians who treat suicidal individuals, research into suicidality and how society discusses suicide.

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    On March 26, Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member, lost her long and valiant struggle against ovarian cancer. Pam worked at the Austen Riggs Center for almost 20 years, starting in 1987 as a psychiatric worker. She became the Center-Wide Community Coordinator in the Therapeutic Community in March of 1994, a position she held up until she left Riggs in 2006.

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