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.

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

    August 6-9 is the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada. Here are the themes for this year’s convention where Riggs clinician Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP will be presenting.

  • 2015 Nef Scholarship Winners

    Each year since 2000, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center has awarded the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship to three graduating high school seniors who have been selected for their academic achievements, pursuit of study in the social sciences or pre-medicine and their leadership in the community.  

  • Psychotherapy

    In this video Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.

  • Considering psychotherapy

    In this six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, we will present excerpts from a longer interview, conducted by former Erikson Scholar Joshua Wolf Shenk in 2009, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

  • Psychotherapy

    Following the recent Richard A. Friedman piece in The New York Times, many have responded. Psychiatrist John Oldham, a former APA president, is one. He speaks of depression as a brain disorder associated with a terrible disease burden in the world.

  • Kate Gallagher, PhD, Fellow in Psychology at the Austen Riggs Center

    In this three-part series, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with Psychology Fellow, Kate Gallagher, PhD, a member of the Riggs clinical staff who has researched and published on issues related to sexual assault. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.

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

    Several Austen Riggs Center clinicians to present at the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) 49th Congress in Boston, MA - July 20-25, 2015. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    The Austen Riggs Center has again been highlighted as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. 

  • Alcohol is involved in a high percentage of sexual assaults within college populations.

    It is well established that alcohol is a contributing cause of men’s aggression toward women (Abbey, Zawacki, & Buck, 2005; Leonard & Quigley, 1999). Research consistently shows that about 50% of sexual assaults within college populations involve alcohol consumption by the victim, perpetrator, or both.

  • Ilana Ackerman, MSW, Riggs Nursery School Director

    Psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers do not generally have nursery schools on their campus. But at the Austen Riggs Center, there is a nursery school, not simply on the campus, but also as an integral part of the activities program, and larger community, which provides an opportunity for patients to take on the role of student, exploring their strengths and, for those who work as teachers’ aides in the nursery school, experience and learn about child development in a new way. 

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