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.

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    Therapeutic Relationship

    For Cathy Towne, Mental Health Worker at Austen Riggs, respect for the human spirit and compassion for every individual are what keep her interested and focused. 

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    Diaper Parade and Tag Sale poster

    Advocates and supporters of the Berkshire Community Diaper Project (BCDP), a joint project of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, will take to Main Street in Lee this Saturday, 8:30 am, for a "Diaper Parade" to raise money and awareness regarding diaper need. To join the parade, join the other advocates and supporters at 8:30am at the Town Hall in Lee. 

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    The Science and Practice of Change poster

    The Fourth Annual Yale-Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process and Social Context, presented by the Yale University School of Medicine and the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center will be held Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2015 in New Haven, CT. The title of this year’s conference is The Science and Practice of Change: Contemporary Perspectives on Defining and Documenting Clinical Outcomes.

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    Medical office meeting

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.”  This is the third blog in the series written by Terry Owens-Gilbert, Senior Admissions Coordinator.

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    Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, President of Division 39

    One of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals and scholars in the world, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (APA) has more than 3,000 doctoral level psychologists, graduate students and allied mental health professional members. 

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    Community meeting

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.”  This is the second blog in the series written by Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, Staff Ps

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    Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research

    Last year at the 2014 FPS Spring CME Meeting, Riggs clinician David Mintz, MD, presented Meaning and Medication: The Psychodynamics of Effective Psychopharmacology. This year, Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, will be presenting: Suicide Risk Assessment: State of the Art, Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 8:30 —10:00 am.  Suicide assessment is both a science and an art. Understanding the risk and protective factors associated with suicide, as well as having a systematic way of assessing the potentially suicidal patient will be the focus of this talk.

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    CEB Board

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” Over the next few weeks you will read entries from a diverse field of respondents. Congratulations to Ellen Broderick, Therapeutic Community Center Education Coordinator, for creating the winning blog entry.

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    Berkshire Community Diaper Project
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    Running From Crazy - Mariel Hemingway

    Partnering with the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center presented Running From Crazy as a community-wide event on suicide, stigma and mental health. The event featured, an appearance by Mariel Hemingway, who co-produced the documentary about her family’s experience with suicide and mental illness. Though the stigma surrounding mental illness in general persists, nowhere is it more evident than in its relationship with suicide.

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