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.

  • 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. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is thankful to have a dedicated staff devoted to improving the lives of emotionally troubled people.

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” This week, we’re featuring the final two staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

  • In Part 3 of our video series on nursing, Brian O'Gara talks about the many opportunities patients have to engage in activities outside of therapy

  • A multi-disciplinary treatment team

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” This week, we’re featuring two more staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

  • Family work

    Earlier this year, 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, we’re going to feature several pieces authored by staff members across disciplines, speaking about the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients.

  • Community meeting

    In part two of our three part video series on nursing, Brian O'Gara outlines some of the unique aspects of the Therapeutic Community and reflects on what he enjoys most about working at Riggs.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    A recent article in the New York Times reports on a study published in the journal PLOS One which, according to the newspaper, concludes that “Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals.” 

  • The role of nursing in the Austen Riggs Center treatment model.

    Nursing care is available 24/7 at the residential setting of Austen Riggs.  Every patient is assigned a nursing care coordinator who is also a member of the treatment team. Nursing staff member, Brian O’Gara, discusses the role of nursing in a three part video series.

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

    As their website states, “The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) is an international organization whose members are devoted to analyzing aesthetic, social, cultural, and political situations through various psychoanalytic lenses.” Below, APCS co-chair and Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, offers her reflection on the recent APCS annual conference.

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

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be a panelist at the event Shrinks: Clashing Views From Psychiatry Today being held on November 5, 2015 at 8:00pm at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City. 

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