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.
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.
The Austen Riggs Center is excited to announce an exhibit of nine new paintings by instructor of Visual Arts, Mark W. Mulherrin at the Lavender Door Gallery on 37 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm and this exhibit is on display through February 20, 2014.
In the past month at Riggs we held our biennial “open setting seminar” in which we study our community, paying particular attention to the unique challenges of working in a completely unlocked psychiatric hospital.
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.