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.

  • The role of nursing in the Austen Riggs Center treatment model.

    Nursing care is available 24/7 at the residential setting of Austen Riggs.  Every patient is assigned a nursing care coordinator who is also a member of the treatment team. Nursing staff member, Brian O’Gara, discusses the role of nursing in a three part video series.

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    As their website states, “The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) is an international organization whose members are devoted to analyzing aesthetic, social, cultural, and political situations through various psychoanalytic lenses.” Below, APCS co-chair and Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, offers her reflection on the recent APCS annual conference.

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be a panelist at the event Shrinks: Clashing Views From Psychiatry Today being held on November 5, 2015 at 8:00pm at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City. 

  • Rachael Rosner, PhD is the 2015 Fall Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    During her time as an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center, Rachael Rosner, PhD, is working on the first comprehensive biography of Aaron T. Beck.

  • Riggs Fellow in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies Heather Churchill, PsyD

    Colorado College alumna and current Riggs Fellow in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies Heather Churchill, PsyD, has been invited by her alma mater to speak about psychoanalysis and the work done at Riggs

  • The Austen Riggs Center has a unique approach to psychological testing.

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, talks about elements of psychological testing at the Austen Riggs Center that are unique to Riggs, including a team approach, a testing battery that was put together by some of the best thinkers in psychodiagnostic testing and the way in which the testing data is analyzed and presented.

  • The Austen Riggs Center uses a treatment team approach in their work with patients struggling with complex mental disorders

    Schizophrenia and psychosis are getting considerable attention in the media. Riggs clinician Jane G. Tillman, PhD, discusses psychosis, early warning signs and working with individuals struggling with psychosis in a series of blog posts. 

  • Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, explains why psychological testing may be repeated after patients are admitted to the Austen Riggs Center.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is seeking a Director of Patient Services to direct the Center's nursing services.

    The Austen Riggs Center offers a full-time four year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies for both psychologists and psychiatrists that is fully accredited as a psychoanalytic training program by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). 

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    A group of Riggs employees, family members and patients participated in the first-ever Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Over 50 staff members participated to raise awareness and dollars to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss in Berkshire County. 



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