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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    Recently, the Austen Riggs Center became a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and just last week attended their Annual Conference in Henderson, Nevada, where nearly 700 attendees gathered, shared information and built relationships with the goal of advancing the important work of the member schools and programs.

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    This past December, the American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees approved the formation of a Caucus on Psychotherapy. According to Riggs own Eric Plakun, M.D., chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Psychotherapy, the purpose of the Caucus is to “promote communication and networking among APA members who share a special interest in psychotherapy”.

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    The alliance negotiated at admission makes treatment in an open setting possible. Steven Ackerman, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, describes the importance of the alliance as it relates to treatment at Riggs.

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    According to the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline on Borderline Personality Disorder, the most effective treatment modality is not medication, but psychotherapy. This is why we make intensive individual psychodynamic psychotherapy a foundation of every treatment at Riggs.

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    Just down the road from the main Riggs campus is a small historic building where professional artists offer individual instruction and workshops in fiber arts, woodworking, ceramics and visual arts to Riggs patients.

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    Margaret Kotarba, LICSW, explains the role of the social worker and the value of the family's involvement in the treatment.

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    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. This is the fourth blog in the series, written by Dianne Heckman, Primary Charge Nurse.

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    The Erikson Institute, the educational, research and application arm of the Austen Riggs Center, is pleased to announce its interdisciplinary and educational offerings for 2014.

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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 communities we serve. The assessment was completed in response to emerging federal regulatory requirements, and served to deepen our understanding of the needs present in our community.

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    On December 31, 2013 John P. Muller, PhD stepped away from his job of twenty years as the Director of Training. He has left his erudite and sensible mark on a generation of Fellows who have developed as psychotherapists and, indeed, as human beings under his tutelage.

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