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.

  • Psychopharmacology

    David Mintz, MD, team leader/staff psychiatrist, talks about the effects of medication relating to the quality of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr.

  • E. Virginia Demos, EdD, Staff Psychologist

    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. 

  • Self-examination in collaboration with others

    Riggs patients are competent people who come here seriously intending to improve their lives through self-examination in collaboration with others. At Riggs, an individual’s treatment plan is constructed collaboratively, rather than being prescribed and enforced by a professional. 

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP and Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD

    The Austen Riggs Center offers an intensive clinical program for patients with treatment resistance, a challenging diagnosis. This provides a unique opportunity to do clinical research to learn from the work.

  • Fall Conference poster

    Individual and group identities may be thought of as occurring at the intersection of literal and metaphorical place(s). The 2014 Fall Conference at Riggs explored the various meanings of place in relation to identity. In a global world, our capacity to “be” in several places at once, to travel to other places via technology and to experience place in a more diverse and complex manner shapes our identity and our identifications in complex ways. In this conference, participants learned together about the social and clinical implications of these shifting experiences of place and identity.

  • Otto F. Kernberg, MD Director of the Personality Disorders Institute  New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Division

    You've surely heard of depression and anxiety and may have read about bipolar disorder. But even though it affects up to two percent of the U.S. population, borderline personality disorder, or BPD – with its erratic moods, relationships and behaviors – is far less well-known.

  • Medical office building Austen Riggs Center

    We asked current Riggs staff members to share what they enjoy about working at Riggs and received many responses, some of which are featured in this blog post.

  • Riggs Theatre 37 is staging a production of The Master and Margarita

    Beginning Wednesday, December 10 and continuing through Sunday, December 14, Riggs Theatre 37 is staging a production of The Master and Margarita, based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. These performances are the culmination of ten intensive weeks of planning, preparation, instruction and rehearsal, stewarded by long-time Riggs Theatre Director (and Shakespeare and Company Education Director) Kevin G. Coleman. 

  • Michael Sugarman, CADC II, substance use disorder counselor

    “The use and consequences approach we utilize examines not only the individual consequences of substance use, but the consequences to a patient’s family, friends or community, whether here at Riggs or elsewhere.” – Michael Sugarman, CADC II, substance use disorder counselor  

  • Annie Rogers, PhD, explores psychosis and the enigma of language

    The current Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center, Annie Rogers, PhD, is many things. She is a professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Ireland, a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University and a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College. She is the author of A Shining Affliction (1995) and The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (2006), as well as academic articles, memoir, short fiction and poetry. She is a scholar, a teacher, an artist.



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