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 Merchant of Venice poster

    Each spring for the past decade or so, Riggs Theatre 37 has staged a work by Shakespeare. Out of several options Coleman brought to the patients this year, the one chosen for production was The Merchant of Venice

  • Social work consultation

    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 fifth blog in the series written by Nicki May, Admissions Coordinator.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Founded in 1979, the Division of Psychoanalysis is the 39th division of American Psychological Association. With a membership of over 3,000 professionals, the Division is one of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals of its kind. Marilyn Charles, PhD, staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, is currently serving as the president of Division 39.  In April, the Division convened its annual meeting.  Dr. Charles provided a talk, titled “The Future of Psychoanalysis.”

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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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