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.

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    Behind the Medical Office Building

    The first task of a psychotherapist is to listen. This is not as easy as it might seem.  Another person’s suffering can be hard to witness without turning away. Formal education in mental health teaches us to categorize and formulate according to patterns and principles.  These are necessary guides but they cannot fully capture the sources of an individual’s trouble nor pinpoint guaranteed cures.

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    Image of a baby

    Megan Smith, DrPH, to Speak at the Austen Riggs Center on “Diaper Need and its Impact on Families,” in Collaboration with the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.

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    Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD

    The recent addition of Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD, as Manager of Institutional Research at Riggs has brought a palpable energy to the research department. To say Dr. Hunter-Schaedle is qualified for this position and its challenges would be a gross understatement. Her diverse and extensive background in research, administration, strategic plan development, discovery and clinical trial implementation as well as science writing makes her a tremendous addition to both the research department and the Riggs community as a whole.

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    Psychiatric testing

    The Erikson Institute (EI) develops Riggs’ connection to the larger society by promoting education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment, by working to generate new knowledge in partnership with a range of disciplines, and by bringing a clinically informed, psychosocial perspective to societal problems.

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    Cathleen M. Morey, LICSW, Director of Clinical Social Work

    Cathleen Morey, LICSW, director of clinical social work at the Austen Riggs Center has been granted membership in the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). The Academy has a rigorous application process. In addition to holding a terminal professional degree, Cathleen needed to demonstrate significant post-degree clinical experience working with families, as well as a record of scholarship, teaching and supervisory experience.

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    Austen Riggs Center

    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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    Theatrical performance of Mother Goose by Enchantment Theatre Company

    This year’s Creativity Seminar is organized around the theme of Translation and will begin at the Austen Riggs Center on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00pm with a theatrical performance of Mother Goose by Enchantment Theatre Company, a non-profit arts organization based in Philadelphia.

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    David Finkel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Coverage by the Media

    On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. This week, we take a closer look at David Finkel.

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    Evelyn Nef

    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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    Compass

    The New York Times this past Saturday featured an excellent editorial about anxiety disorders in adolescents by Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College.

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