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Therapeutic Community

Building a relationship"Patients come here as human beings with their strengths and weaknesses, but often in a place that makes it difficult for them to hold onto their strengths.  The therapeutic community provides an opportunity and space for patients to be more than their illness, more than a patient, to find and utilize their strengths."  Brenda St. Pierre, centerwide community coordinator and IRP-N/G program manager

  • The patient community at Riggs is invited to work with the staff to solve problems of mutual concern and to create a safe, respectful and engaging environment for treatment. 
  • Patients have a lot of say over community life through the patient government system with over 20 elected patient positions. 
  • There are more than 30 different groups on a weekly basis.

To learn more about our unique model, you can view and download A Patient’s Perspective.

Read Director of Patient Care, Margaret Parish, PhD’s, paper titled: From Couch to Culture Through the Therapeutic Community.

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