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.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center, Lisa A. Raskin, PhD is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be the next medical director/CEO for the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Gerber will begin his appointment on July 1, 2015.
With hundreds of choices throughout the country, how does one decide which psychiatric facility will work for them? What is it about the Austen Riggs Center that is different from other places?
"Patients come here as human beings with their strengths and weaknesses, but often in a place that makes it difficult for them to hold onto their strengths. The therapeutic community provides an opportunity and space for patients to be more than their illness, more than a patient, to find and utilize their strengths." Brenda St. Pierre, centerwide community coordinator and IRP-N/G program manager
This year’s Winter Chats and Lecture series at Riggs (open to staff and patients) began with the music of the written language; current Erikson Scholar, Annie Rogers, PhD, professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology as well as a watercolor painter and published poet, shared some of her own poems, spoke about her creative process and led us through an engaging and evocative group writing exercise during her talk, “Poetry: Writing into the Unknown.”