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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    Scott Stossel

    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

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    Enchantment Theater presentation

    The annual Creativity Seminar sponsored by the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center will be held Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2014 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

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    Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Last month, clinicians and researchers gathered at the Austen Riggs Center for an exciting, stimulating two-day exchange of learning and collaboration at the third annual Riggs-Yale conference. Throughout the conference, which focused on Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology, there was a robust discussion about the growing evidence for the value of working with individuals who struggle with mental illness from a biopsychosocial perspective rather than a reductionist biomedical model, also known as the “bio-bio-bio” approach (as coined by Steve Sharfstein, MD in his American Psychiatric Association presidential address) that is currently more prevalent in the mental health care system.

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    Artwork by Debora Coombs, a master stained glass artist

    The Lavender Door Gallery at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA is thrilled to announce an upcoming exhibition by Debora Coombs, a master stained glass artist based in Readsboro, VT.

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    Erikson Prize winner, Andrew Solomon

    On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, 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: 

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    Scott Stossel

    The 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media is awarded annually to writers, reporters, producers, or editors who have made major contributions to public understanding of mental health issues. The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients are: National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon; editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author, Scott Stossel; and investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel.

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    Ilana Ackerman, MSW, Nursery School Director

    It may have been a rainy day on Friday, June 13, 2014, but inside the Community Center at Riggs, hearts were full, gratitude was spoken and fourteen preschoolers, along with a room full of parents, caregivers, Riggs staff and patients celebrated the inaugural year of the newest incarnation of the

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    ARC Scholarship illustration

    June 11, 2014 – Stockbridge, MA – The Austen Riggs Center Scholarship, given annually since 1977 to a graduating student from Berkshire Community College (BCC) who has exhibited academic excellence in the Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded this year to Misty Cooper. 

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    Eamon McCrory, PhD, DClinPsy from the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at the Anna Freud Centre

    Last month, clinicians, researchers, educators and others gathered on the Austen Riggs campus for the third annual Riggs-Yale Parenting Conference.

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    Erikson Prize winner, Andrew Solomon

    Five years ago, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center developed the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media with the goal “to reward and encourage sophisticated, accessible work on mental illness and recovery, and to stimulate conversation about the broad range of mental health issues, including how to dispel stigma and promote well-being.”

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