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.
Sometimes the abuse is not evident right away even when it is quite clear that it occurred. But when we see the array of difficulties I’ve discussed —substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, disassociation, and so on —we know there’s some deep trouble somewhere—and that may be a history of abuse or trauma.
In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.
Riggs patients are competent people who come here seriously intending to improve their lives through self-examination in collaboration with others. At Riggs, an individual’s treatment plan is constructed collaboratively, rather than being prescribed and enforced by a professional.
The Austen Riggs Center offers an intensive clinical program for patients with treatment resistance, a challenging diagnosis. This provides a unique opportunity to do clinical research to learn from the work.