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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    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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    Medication

    While most patients at Riggs take medications as part of their treatment, we don't see medications as the most important component of treatment that we have to offer.

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    Stigma

    Concern about unacceptable shortfalls in the VA system’s ability to respond to the medical and psychiatric needs of veterans is not new. The Associated Press reminds us the issue was unearthed by a task force appointed by former president George W. Bush eleven years ago and was reported again two years ago in a Senate hearing. Of course, the problem will only grow as large numbers of active duty soldiers leave the military and enter the VA medical system.

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    Dr. Christina Biedermann, staff psychologist at Austen Riggs Center

    Papers from the 2012 Fall Conference, "Untold Stories, Hidden Wounds: War Trauma and Its Treatment," were recently published in a special issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology (April 2014).

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    Graphs of outcome quality

    To promote quality improvement, the Austen Riggs Center, strives continuously to collect and analyze measures of patient satisfaction, family satisfaction, demographics, and clinical change. At the beginning and end of treatment at Austen Riggs, we measure an individual’s symptom severity and assess their overall level of functioning

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    M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, Senior Consultant, Erikson Institute for Education and Research

    The Activities Program – offering deep engagement with one’s inner potential – is the inspiration for the annual Creativity Seminar at Riggs as well as Dr. M. Gerard Fromm’s new book, A Spirit That Impels: Play, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis. The book includes a group of papers collected over ten years from the Creativity Seminars at Riggs.

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    Sidney J. Blatt, Ph.D.

    The 2014 Riggs-Yale Conference on Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology began on a somber note. The opening remarks from Jane G. Tillman, Ph.D., Conference Director and Director of the Erikson Institute and Linda C. Mayes, M.D., conference presenter and professor at the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine paid tribute to Sidney J. Blatt, Ph.D. who passed away on May 11.

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    Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the director of psychological testing

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the new director of psychological testing, effective in June 2014, following the retirement of Dick Ford, Ph.D.

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