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.

  • Austen Riggs Center

    As 2015 comes to a close and we begin looking toward 2016, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the year and remember some of the Riggs Blogs that generated discussions, highlighted milestones and in other ways encapsulated some of the many important moments and topics for us during the year.

  • Riggs clinicians offer resources on the unique approach to medication management at the Austen Riggs Center, called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology.”

    The Austen Riggs Center takes a unique approach to medication management called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology,” which attends to the meaning of medications and relies on the patient to be an active participant in assessing the effectiveness of medications.

  • Consultation

    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.

  • Austen Riggs Theatre 37 Presents The Patsy.

    “It’s wild.” says Riggs Theatre Director (and Shakespeare & Company Education Director) Kevin G. Coleman of the upcoming Riggs Theatre 37 production The Patsy, adapted from Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon, translated by Greg Leaming. 

  • Resources on trauma from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Located in the Erikson Institute section of the Riggs website is a Resource Center, which houses a broad collection of video interviews and presentations, white papers, full-text published articles, links and citations related to mental health and treatment featuring the work of Riggs clinicians and those who have presented at Riggs. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is thankful to have a dedicated staff devoted to improving the lives of emotionally troubled people.

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” This week, we’re featuring the final two staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

  • In Part 3 of our video series on nursing, Brian O'Gara talks about the many opportunities patients have to engage in activities outside of therapy

  • A multi-disciplinary treatment team

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” This week, we’re featuring two more staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

  • Family work

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature several pieces authored by staff members across disciplines, speaking about the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients.

  • Community meeting

    In part two of our three part video series on nursing, Brian O'Gara outlines some of the unique aspects of the Therapeutic Community and reflects on what he enjoys most about working at Riggs.

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