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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    On March 26, Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member, lost her long and valiant struggle against ovarian cancer. Pam worked at the Austen Riggs Center for almost 20 years, starting in 1987 as a psychiatric worker. She became the Center-Wide Community Coordinator in the Therapeutic Community in March of 1994, a position she held up until she left Riggs in 2006.

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    In 2013 the Austen Riggs Center conducted a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to identify and evaluate the key mental health needs of the national, regional and local communities we serve. One highlighted concern was to enhance access to quality mental health care services for low-income populations in Berkshire County. To that end, Riggs has begun conversations with the staff at the Brien Center, which serves a low-income population, to identify opportunities for Riggs staff to provide education and training to Brien Center clinicians.

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    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” The entry below comes from Barbara Turner Hart, R.N., M.A., Nurse Educator.

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    The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc) recently granted a full seven year accreditation to the four-year Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies at Riggs. ACPEinc accreditation affirms that the Riggs Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies meets rigorous standards for psychoanalytic training.

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    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” Over the next few weeks you will read entries from a diverse field of respondents. The entry below comes from Nancy Peck, Admissions and Resource Manager.

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    Why is it that outpatient psychotherapy isn’t always successful? Living adaptively between sessions and being able to manage day to day life can be difficult.

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    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc) has given a full seven year accreditation to the four-year Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies at Riggs.

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    When clinical staff at Austen Riggs talk about "the open setting," we are invoking a concept intimately familiar to those of us, both patients and staff, who have been here for any significant period of time. What we mean by this term, however, is not always immediately obvious outside this system.

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    As part of our Winter Chat series provided for patients and staff, Riggs Food Services Manager, Adrian Bennett, gave an informative and delicious demonstration on how to prepare and cook four basic Indian dishes (Lemony Red Lentil Dahl, Cilantro Mint Chutney, Vegetable Biryani and Kachumbar) that the audience gratefully sampled at the conclusion.

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    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” Over the next few weeks you will read entries from a diverse field of respondents. Congratulations to David Mintz, M.D., Team Leader and Staff Therapist, for creating the winning blog entry.

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