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    The time has come to delve deeply into the idea of place as both a literal experience and also a psychological metaphor. This year’s annual Fall Conference at the Austen Riggs Center aims to explore the various meanings of place in relation to identity through a series of presentations by experts who will examine current clinical, interdisciplinary and societal issues.

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    The Austen Riggs Center has again been ranked as one of the ten best hospitals for 2014-15 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in caring for challenging patients.

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    Each year, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center awards the Evelyn Stefansson Nef scholarship to one student each from the Lee, Lenox and Monument Mountain High Schools who is selected by his or her respective school for a record academic excellence throughout the high school years; a stated intention to study social sciences or pre-medical studies in a four-year college program; and demonstrated leadership in community service.

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    The annual Creativity Seminar sponsored by the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center will be held Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2014 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

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    The Lavender Door Gallery at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA is thrilled to announce an upcoming exhibition by Debora Coombs, a master stained glass artist based in Readsboro, VT.

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    The 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media is awarded annually to writers, reporters, producers, or editors who have made major contributions to public understanding of mental health issues. The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients are: National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon; editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author, Scott Stossel; and investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel.

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    June 11, 2014 – Stockbridge, MA – The Austen Riggs Center Scholarship, given annually since 1977 to a graduating student from Berkshire Community College (BCC) who has exhibited academic excellence in the Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded this year to Misty Coope

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    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the new director of psychological testing, effective in June 2014, following the retirement of Dick Ford, Ph.D.

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    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Nicholas Holliday, M.D., has been appointed the new director of medical and ancillary services, effective Monday, March 24, 2014.

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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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