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.
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.
Meaning Matters Online Community
Meaning Matters, a new independent online psychodynamic community, hosted by Austen Riggs, provides a space to share information and thinking about psychodynamic practice, research, education and application. It's a place for thoughtful, interesting, civil discussion, as well as a resource for current news and a nationwide events calendar for the broader psychodynamic community. Membership is exclusive to credentialed mental health professionals or those with other qualifications for membership, such as graduate students majoring in related fields. Our objective is to convene a wide variety of clinicians and professionals who share an interest in psychodynamic thinking, and to create a virtual community where a sharing of ideas and thoughtful discourse can occur.