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.
Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Janet Cooperman Hiser, MSW, talks about what motivates people to give to the Austen Riggs Center.
This year’s Creativity Seminar, Translation: In the Theater, the Concert Hall, the Studio and the Consulting Room, which took place at Riggs August 1-2, 2014, explored the process of translation in different areas of creative endeavor in the visual medium of photography, through the embodied work of translation by an orchestral conductor, via the interpretative work of translation by a psychoanalyst and by means of the multilayered acts of translation in theater.
Organized under the Center's Erikson Institute for Education and Research, our training takes a systems perspective on treatment, emphasizing cultural and familial contexts as well as individual development, in the tradition of Erik Erikson. We offer a full-time four-year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies for both psychologists and psychiatrists.
Dr. Marilyn Charles’ experience in working with patients with psychosis brings to light ways in which psychological stressors in young adulthood can lead to serious psychiatric disturbances later in life. Dr. Charles stresses the importance of the availability of empathic others, such as educators, providing a key role in recognizing vulnerable and anxious characteristics in adolescence.