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3 Reasons Why Relationships Matter in Treatment

Relationships are central in human life. This is one of the basic principles applied in every facet of the treatment at Riggs. By better understanding how they relate to others - including family members, peers, therapists and other staff - during the course of their work here, patients experience directly the importance of relationships in contributing to lasting change.

Below are three clinical perspectives from our Resource Center that address the importance of relationships in the open, voluntary residential treatment setting at Riggs. 

At Austen Riggs patients often develop important relationships with members of the nursing staff, who are available around the clock.1. The Relationship Between Patient and Nurse

In this video, Charge Nurse Karen Kalish, RN, talks about the patient's relationship with nursing staff. Patients often develop important relationships with members of the nursing staff, who are available around the clock.

 

Developing fulfilling relationships is not only a goal for many people who come to Riggs, it is also an integral part of the treatment program itself. 2. The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Medication 

In this video, Team Leader/Staff Psychiatrist David Mintz, MD, talks about the effects of medication relating to the quality of the doctor-patient relationship. The non-medical characteristics of the pill, the patient's underlying psychology, the prescriber's attributes, and, perhaps most of all, the quality of the pharmacotherapeutic alliance can make the difference between a medication that works and one that fails.  

Developing fulfilling relationships is not only a goal for many people who come to Riggs, it is also an integral part of the treatment program itself. 3. The Importance of the Alliance

In this video, Accreditation Manager/Team Leader/Staff Psychologist Steven Ackerman, PhD, talks about the importance of the alliance in an open setting.

 

 

For our complete library of resources, visit: www.austenriggs.org/resources.

 

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