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.
On March 26, Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member, lost her long and valiant struggle against ovarian cancer. Pam worked at the Austen Riggs Center for almost 20 years, starting in 1987 as a psychiatric worker. She became the Center-Wide Community Coordinator in the Therapeutic Community in March of 1994, a position she held up until she left Riggs in 2006.
Neil Hilborn's Youtube video of his poem entitled "OCD" quickly became an internet sensation. It takes a lot of courage on the part of people, whether or not they are patients at Austen Riggs or elsewhere, to risk translating their behavior into words.
Many people considering psychotherapy ask this question. Dr. Margaret Parish explains where psychotherapists can help to understand past events and their contexts, offering guidance and perspectives as a person reviews what he or she has suffered.
Recipients of the 2013 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media will present their work on mental health issues in the media. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience around reporting on mental health and stigma, the challenges on reporting on trauma and how journalists think about a range of clinical perspectives that press for public discussion.