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.
On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. This week, we take a closer look at David Finkel.
Each year, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center awards the Evelyn Stefansson Nef scholarship to one student each from the Lee, Lenox and Monument Mountain High Schools who is selected by his or her respective school for a record academic excellence throughout the high school years; a stated intention to study social sciences or pre-medical studies in a four-year college program; and demonstrated leadership in community service.
The New York Times this past Saturday featured an excellent editorial about anxiety disorders in adolescents by Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College.