A core belief at the Austen Riggs Center is that the successful functioning of our therapeutic community is that everyone has something to offer and something to gain by participating. In this spirit of learning and to underscoring another core value -- relationships matter,  we offer two online communities. These protected, member-only communities--one for mental health professionals and the other for Riggs Alumni--will feature blogs and discussions, special videos and resources, previews of and registration for upcoming educational programs and events, and more. Join us.

Clinician or Mental Health Professional Community

The Austen Riggs Center offers a online CE/CME courses for mental health professionals

Our clinicians learn from their work within our therapeutic milieu, where individual psychotherapy and family work is integrated with the study of the interaction between patient and institutional dynamics. If you are intrigued with the ideas and psychodynamic principles we value, we hope you'll join us online in our community.  We are about to launch a digital community where MEANING MATTERS and interested clinicians and mental health professionals along with graduate and/or medical students can experience lively conversation, have access to various resources and learn about events and conferences. There's a place for dynamic thinking, whether you practice in a busy clinic, a relatively isolated outpatient/private office, or other inpatient, partial hospital or residential settings or prefer to work in a research or academic setting. Meaning Matters is hosted by the Austen Riggs Center but is an independent community inviting broad membership.

Online courses providing continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) for physicians, psychologists and social workers are offered via the Austen Riggs Center. All mental health professionals and students are welcome to register and experience our course offerings.  REGISTER and you will receive an email with further instructions and gain access to the courses, receive certificates and have a transcript record of your coursework.

Austen Riggs Alumni Community 

The Austen Riggs Center Alumni Association--the first of its kind--was established in 1995 to support the mission of Riggs and began as informal gatherings of former patients. Today, the Association is a national network of more than 1,000 former patients, former staff, and former trustees. Alumni support the institution through various gatherings and activities. For example, Austen Riggs Center alumni have played a pivotal role in promoting our work and supporting our mission through advocacy and philanthropy.

Alumni reconnect through updates in ARC News, alumni Reunions every three years, and other special projects or events. Additionally, alumni return to Riggs periodically to meet with current patients for discussions about the experience of leaving Riggs (Transitions meetings). Please join our Alumni Community for updates and news or visit the Questions and Answers about the Alumni Blog for more information. 

If you are a former patient, staff or trustee, and would like to join the Alumni Association, please contact Janet Hiser. Former patients become eligible to join one year after being discharged from Riggs and will receive a communication at that time, welcoming their joining  other alumni in this wonderful extension of the Riggs community.