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.
Dame Gillian Lynne is Broadway Royalty. She choreographed Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and at 88 is still dancing, but the story of the start of her career, told on NPR in a story on Weekend Edition Saturday, is a cautionary tale about the danger of viewing problems in psychiatry through the lens of vulnerability rather than plasticity. By the time Gillian was 7, her mother and her teachers were at their wits end with little “wriggle bottom,” who could not sit still and had no attention span.
In 2013 the Austen Riggs Center conducted a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to identify and evaluate the key mental health needs of the national, regional and local communities we serve.
One highlighted concern was to enhance access to quality mental health care services for low-income populations in Berkshire County. To that end, Riggs has begun conversations with the staff at the Brien Center, which serves a low-income population, to identify opportunities for Riggs staff to provide education and training to Brien Center clinicians.
Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” The entry below comes from Barbara Turner Hart, R.N., M.A., Nurse Educator.
The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc) recently granted a full seven year accreditation to the four-year Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies at Riggs. ACPEinc accreditation affirms that the Riggs Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies meets rigorous standards for psychoanalytic training.