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.
The 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media is awarded annually to writers, reporters, producers, or editors who have made major contributions to public understanding of mental health issues. The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients are: National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon; editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author, Scott Stossel; and investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel.
It may have been a rainy day on Friday, June 13, 2014, but inside the Community Center at Riggs, hearts were full, gratitude was spoken and fourteen preschoolers, along with a room full of parents, caregivers, Riggs staff and patients celebrated the inaugural year of the newest incarnation of th
June 11, 2014 – Stockbridge, MA – The Austen Riggs Center Scholarship, given annually since 1977 to a graduating student from Berkshire Community College (BCC) who has exhibited academic excellence in the Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded this year to Misty Coope