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.

  • Interns in Inn Living Room

    As the holiday season approaches, thoughts often turn to year-end acts of charity. Janet Cooperman Hiser, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, describes what it means to donate to Austen Riggs.

  • Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. This is the second blog in the series, written by one of our Admissions Coordinators Nicki May.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    On November 9-10, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center hosted a working conference entitled Psychodynamic Training in Psychology: Crises, Challenges, and Opportunities. Attendees consisted of individuals from 22 psychodynamically oriented training programs in the USA and Canada.

  • Jeb Fowler, PhD Fellow in Psychology

    We offer a two-year Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and a four-year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies.

  • Community Center

    Recently, Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. Over the next few weeks you will read entries from a diverse field of respondents. Congratulations to Lindsay Codwise, Development Assistant, for creating the winning blog entry.

  • Main Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

    In Deborah Solomon’s recently published biography American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, she gives a thorough account of the years Rockwell and his family lived in Stockbridge, MA.

  • Green cleats

    You may not have known that Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week coincide. Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall knew he was violating the NFL dress code on October 10, during Mental Health Awareness Week, when he chose to wear green cleats instead of the pink cleats that the association set as a policy for all players to wear throughout October to raise awareness for breast cancer.

  • Fall Conference poster

    In this year’s Fall Conference, October 18 –19, we explore the history of trauma and the attempts to remember, forget, or mark the landscape with our history of trauma.

  • Consultation

    Dr. Eric Plakun responds to the post written by Dr. Margaret Parish, "How Literature Teaches Empathy."

  • Photo of reading glasses

    I used to work in a teaching hospital where one of the doctors regularly asked psychiatry residents to read a story by Anton Chekhov called Misery or To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief? The story is about a man who can find no one to talk to about his sorrow about the recent death of his son.



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