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.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center, Lisa A. Raskin, PhD is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be the next medical director/CEO for the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Gerber will begin his appointment on July 1, 2015.
Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the open setting mean to you?” Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, wrote the blog entry below.
In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.
Over the last two decades, there have been considerable pressures across American mental health care, to close and lock psychiatric facilities. This has been driven by reimbursement models that hold hospital treatment to be unnecessary, unless the patient requires incarceration. Further pressure to close treatment settings derive from a litigious culture which promotes a defensive practice of medicine. In the face of these pressures, however, we at Riggs have maintained the highest commitment to the preservation of a completely open setting. Why take these risks?