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.
Dame Gillian Lynne is Broadway Royalty. She choreographed Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and at 88 is still dancing, but the story of the start of her career, told on NPR in a story on Weekend Edition Saturday, is a cautionary tale about the danger of viewing problems in psychiatry through the lens of vulnerability rather than plasticity. By the time Gillian was 7, her mother and her teachers were at their wits end with little “wriggle bottom,” who could not sit still and had no attention span.
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.
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.
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.