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 first task of a psychotherapist is to listen. This is not as easy as it might seem. Another person’s suffering can be hard to witness without turning away. Formal education in mental health teaches us to categorize and formulate according to patterns and principles. These are necessary guides but they cannot fully capture the sources of an individual’s trouble nor pinpoint guaranteed cures.
Neil Hilborn's Youtube video of his poem entitled "OCD" quickly became an internet sensation. It takes a lot of courage on the part of people, whether or not they are patients at Austen Riggs or elsewhere, to risk translating their behavior into words.
Many people considering psychotherapy ask this question. Dr. Margaret Parish explains where psychotherapists can help to understand past events and their contexts, offering guidance and perspectives as a person reviews what he or she has suffered.
Recipients of the 2013 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media will present their work on mental health issues in the media. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience around reporting on mental health and stigma, the challenges on reporting on trauma and how journalists think about a range of clinical perspectives that press for public discussion.