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.

  • The Austen Riggs Center uses a treatment team approach in their work with patients struggling with complex mental disorders

    Schizophrenia and psychosis are getting considerable attention in the media. Riggs clinician Jane G. Tillman, PhD, discusses psychosis, early warning signs and working with individuals struggling with psychosis in a series of blog posts. 

  • Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, explains why psychological testing may be repeated after patients are admitted to the Austen Riggs Center.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is seeking a Director of Patient Services to direct the Center's nursing services.

    The Austen Riggs Center offers a full-time four year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies for both psychologists and psychiatrists that is fully accredited as a psychoanalytic training program by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). 

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    A group of Riggs employees, family members and patients participated in the first-ever Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Over 50 staff members participated to raise awareness and dollars to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss in Berkshire County. 

  • Psychiatric testing

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, talks about the weekly Psych Testing Seminar that is an integral component throughout the four years of the Psychology Fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • 2015 Erikson Institute Fall Conference: Violence in Relation to Gender and Sexuality

    Each year, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research organizes and presents a Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars at the Austen Riggs Center. This year’s conference, Violence in Relation to Gender and Sexuality, will bring a psychoanalytic perspective to a multidisciplinary conversation about violence occurring in relation to gender and sexuality. 

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, gives an overview of psychological testing at Riggs and its place in the initial six-week treatment and evaluation phase at the Austen Riggs Center. She states, “We are trying to get a picture of someone’s internal world the best that we can.”

  • The obscurity of trauma

    Want to find out more about PTSD?  Riggs clinicians provide information about PTSD and Trauma in various blog posts often summarizing their research or scholarly work.

  • Dr. Stephen Xenakis, Brigadier General (Ret), USA is a Former Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs.

    Erikson Scholar Brig. General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD spoke to an invited crowd of around 60 on Monday evening, August 10, 2015. The topic of his presentation was Up Close: Terrorism, Torture, PTSD and Radicalization. 

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Riggs Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions Eric Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, was interviewed for a piece about the APA Caucus on Psychotherapy that appears in a recent issue of Psychiatric News



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