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 nursing staff at the Austen Riggs Center play an important role in the integrated treatment teams.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what nursing means at Riggs. This is winning blog number two, written by Carol Bersaw, Staff Nurse.

  • Austen Riggs library

    The Austen Fox Riggs Library is pleased to announce its most recent offering to its patron community and beyond: public online access to its electronic library catalog! As the first dynamic component of the new library page on the Austen Riggs Center website, this online library catalog supports title, author, subject and keyword searches of current library holdings and provides supplementary information concerning item location and checkout availability. 

  • Developing fulfilling relationships is not only a goal for many people who come to Riggs, it is also an integral part of the treatment program itself.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what nursing means at Riggs. Over the next couple of weeks you will read the two winning blogs. The first blog is written by Louise Posnick, Staff Nurse.

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

    From January 12 to 16, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), which is the oldest national psychoanalytic organization, will hold its 2016 National Meeting. This annual gathering brings more than 2000 mental health professionals, educators, researchers and students who are curious about psychoanalysis, together to enjoy psychoanalytic programming, networking and other stimulating content. 

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

    Scientists learn a great deal that is of potential value to others but often find it difficult to communicate such knowledge to those who might benefit from it. Although psychoanalysts recognize the internal, unconscious forces at work in both individuals and groups that motivate actions we would not consciously choose, we have not been very effective in offering that information in accessible language.

  • Austen Riggs Center

    As 2015 comes to a close and we begin looking toward 2016, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the year and remember some of the Riggs Blogs that generated discussions, highlighted milestones and in other ways encapsulated some of the many important moments and topics for us during the year.

  • Riggs clinicians offer resources on the unique approach to medication management at the Austen Riggs Center, called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology.”

    The Austen Riggs Center takes a unique approach to medication management called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology,” which attends to the meaning of medications and relies on the patient to be an active participant in assessing the effectiveness of medications.

  • Consultation

    Relationships are central in human life. This is one of the basic principles applied in every facet of the treatment at Riggs. By better understanding how they relate to others - including family members, peers, therapists and other staff - during the course of their work here, patients experience directly the importance of relationships in contributing to lasting change.

  • Austen Riggs Theatre 37 Presents The Patsy.

    “It’s wild.” says Riggs Theatre Director (and Shakespeare & Company Education Director) Kevin G. Coleman of the upcoming Riggs Theatre 37 production The Patsy, adapted from Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon, translated by Greg Leaming. 

  • Resources on trauma from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Located in the Erikson Institute section of the Riggs website is a Resource Center, which houses a broad collection of video interviews and presentations, white papers, full-text published articles, links and citations related to mental health and treatment featuring the work of Riggs clinicians and those who have presented at Riggs. 

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