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.

  • 2015 Nef Scholarship Winners

    Each year since 2000, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center has awarded the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship to three graduating high school seniors who have been selected for their academic achievements, pursuit of study in the social sciences or pre-medicine and their leadership in the community.  

  • Psychotherapy

    In this video Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.

  • Considering psychotherapy

    In this six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, we will present excerpts from a longer interview, conducted by former Erikson Scholar Joshua Wolf Shenk in 2009, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

  • Psychotherapy

    Following the recent Richard A. Friedman piece in The New York Times, many have responded. Psychiatrist John Oldham, a former APA president, is one. He speaks of depression as a brain disorder associated with a terrible disease burden in the world.

  • Kate Gallagher, PhD, Fellow in Psychology at the Austen Riggs Center

    In this three-part series, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Psychology Fellow, Kate Gallagher, PhD, a member of the Riggs clinical staff who has researched and published on issues related to sexual assault. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

  • Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research

    Several Austen Riggs Center clinicians to present at the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) 49th Congress in Boston, MA - July 20-25, 2015. 

  • Alcohol is involved in a high percentage of sexual assaults within college populations.

    It is well established that alcohol is a contributing cause of men’s aggression toward women (Abbey, Zawacki, & Buck, 2005; Leonard & Quigley, 1999). Research consistently shows that about 50% of sexual assaults within college populations involve alcohol consumption by the victim, perpetrator, or both.

  • Ilana Ackerman, MSW, Riggs Nursery School Director

    Psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers do not generally have nursery schools on their campus. But at the Austen Riggs Center, there is a nursery school, not simply on the campus, but also as an integral part of the activities program, and larger community, which provides an opportunity for patients to take on the role of student, exploring their strengths and, for those who work as teachers’ aides in the nursery school, experience and learn about child development in a new way. 

  • Therapeutic Community Program Manager at the Austen Riggs Center, Cornelia Kalisher, LSW

    Each year the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center hosts a College Counseling Center Conference. The topic for the 2015 conference was: Sexual Assault in the College Setting: Integrating the Complex Roles of Psychotherapists, Advocacy and Prevention Specialists, Administration and Legal Counsel.

    In this three-part series, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Psychology Fellow, Kate Gallagher, PhD, a member of the Riggs clinical staff who has researched and published on issues related to sexual assault. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

  • Michael McCarthy, Pottery Instructor at the Austen Riggs Center is inspired by student's working in the Activities Program.

    Michael McCarthy writes, "In preparing for my talk I was confronted with the question of whether or not teaching ceramics at Riggs has given me a different perspective or any unique insights about creativity or the value of making art. I teach at Riggs as I would anywhere else to anyone else. However, I know that teaching at Riggs has allowed me to confront stereotypes of mental illness as they relate to art in ways I might not otherwise have encountered. It was my hope that my talk would provide a discussion that extended beyond the private walls where I teach."

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