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.

  • Patient room

    The Austen Riggs Center will be featured on the television program, Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., with an initial airing Monday, August 25, 7:00am EDT, on the Discovery Channel. 

  • Robin Williams

    Robin Williams’ death by suicide has drawn attention to the complicated circumstances and feelings that surround the issue of suicide.  When I started studying suicide and its effects on clinicians in 1998 I did not know that this would become a career trajectory.  Suicide back then was swept under the rug and rarely acknowledged as a professional hazard or something to be discussed much in public. 

  • Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator

    On a beautiful afternoon, Friday, June 27, co-workers and friends gathered to celebrate Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator for the last 10 years at Riggs, as she retired from a 42-year career in nursing, 18 of which were spent at Riggs.

  • Enchantment Theater

    In translation, there is a source that is changed or clarified to create something that communicates information in a way we can better understand. What happens in the space between the source and what is created was the topic of much discussion during the annual Creativity Seminar at Riggs on August 1-2, 2014. 

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute

    At a luncheon on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the Austen Riggs Center awarded three graduating high school seniors the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship. 

  • Gregory Farr, MLIS

    Not everyone knows this, but there is a well-curated library at the Austen Riggs Center that features numerous volumes related to psychodynamic thought, psychotherapy and analytically informed studies. Available as a resource for many local clinicians and mental health professionals, including the staff at Riggs, this collection contains a veritable wealth of information. 

  • Behind the Medical Office Building

    The first task of a psychotherapist is to listen. This is not as easy as it might seem.  Another person’s suffering can be hard to witness without turning away. Formal education in mental health teaches us to categorize and formulate according to patterns and principles.  These are necessary guides but they cannot fully capture the sources of an individual’s trouble nor pinpoint guaranteed cures.

  • Image of a baby

    Megan Smith, DrPH, to Speak at the Austen Riggs Center on “Diaper Need and its Impact on Families,” in Collaboration with the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.

  • Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD

    The recent addition of Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD, as Manager of Institutional Research at Riggs has brought a palpable energy to the research department. To say Dr. Hunter-Schaedle is qualified for this position and its challenges would be a gross understatement. Her diverse and extensive background in research, administration, strategic plan development, discovery and clinical trial implementation as well as science writing makes her a tremendous addition to both the research department and the Riggs community as a whole.

  • Psychiatric testing

    The Erikson Institute (EI) develops Riggs’ connection to the larger society by promoting education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment, by working to generate new knowledge in partnership with a range of disciplines, and by bringing a clinically informed, psychosocial perspective to societal problems.



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