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.

  • Margaret Kotarba, LICSW, Senior Social Worker, Austen Riggs Center.

    At the Austen Riggs Center, a team of clinical professionals follow patients from admission to discharge. Social workers play a crucial role within the interdisciplinary treatment team and provide a number of essential services for both patients and their families throughout a patient’s stay.

    This blog series will explore some roles social workers have, what has changed about social work and what the future holds for social work at Riggs. 

  • David Mintz, MD

    Last year, we ran a series of blog posts on bipolar disorder and treatment by team leader and staff psychiatrist, David Mintz, MD. Back by popular demand, we are sharing the series again.

  • Nancy Kuhl is the Winter 2016 Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Recently, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center welcomed Nancy Kuhl as its latest Erikson Scholar. She will be spending 3-1/2 months at Riggs, working on what she calls “a long essay” exploring the intersection of literary archives and psychoanalytic thought.

  • On January 15, 2016 at Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant in New York City, Dr. Jane G. Tillman, director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, hosted an Erikson Scholar reunion dinner.  The event was attended by nine former Erikson Scholars, along with Riggs Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber and former Director of the Erikson Institute Dr. Jerry Fromm. The evening was a chance for the scholars to get together as a group, not only as members of the Riggs Alumni Community, but also as members of a very special community of Erikson Scholars. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center Newsletter (ARC News).

    The Austen Riggs Center recently mailed out the latest edition of its regular newsletter the ARC News, which is published three time annually. Now, for the first time, we’re making a digital version of the ARC News available on our website, along with our past three issues.

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

    In preparation for the upcoming Alumni Reunion, newly appointed Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber recently sat down with reunion co-chairs Elizabeth Mangiaracina and Dr. Paul Lippmann to discuss his vision for Riggs, his background and the value he sees in cultivating a strong alumni community.

  • Jennifer Stevens, PhD, ABPP is the Director of Training at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Riggs clinician and Director of Training Jennifer Stevens, PhD, has become board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). 

  • Austen Riggs Online CME/CE courses

    Personality disorders (including borderline personality disorder) are one of the most common diagnoses patients contend with when seeking residential treatment at the Austen Riggs Center. Many of our clinicians present and publish widely on personality disorders, as well as many other topics. In an effort to share learning and generate conversation, Riggs curates a broad selection of resources on our website. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center recaps the January 2016 APsaA meeting in New York City.

    January in New York City conjures up images of blustery winds and freezing temperatures, but the weather was relatively mild this year as The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) held its 2016 annual meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan January 12-17. 

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

    The Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAAPP) is holding a continuing education (CE) event titled “Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Research Supported Treatments,” featuring Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center.



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