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.

  • Internship opportunities at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.

    There is a culture of learning and curiosity at the Austen Riggs Center that extends beyond the clinical work with patients, beyond the work of the Erikson Institute, and into the wider world. We have much to learn and much to share and it is within that spirit that Riggs offers internship opportunities.

  • 2017 American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) National Meeting Call for Poster Submissions

    Austen Riggs Center Staff, Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, Dr. Kate Gallagher and Dr. Katie Lewis, to Co-Chair 2018 American Psychoanalytic Association Poster Session for 2018 National Meeting.

  • Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute Awards Scholarship to Three Local High School Students

    Each year, for the past seventeen years, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center awards the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship to three students, one from each of three area high schools: Lee, Lenox, and Monument Mountain. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    Read about the programs and services that contribute to the interdisciplinary and individual treatment at Austen Riggs Center. 

  • The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the first Friday Night Guest Lecture in its 2017-18 series:b"SAD STORIES: What We Talk About When We Talk About Depression" with Daphne Merkin, Friday, September 8, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Something for the Pain

    Suicide and opioid use/addiction have something in common: they are attempts to solve the problem of pain, both physical pain and psychological pain (also known as “psychache”) (Shneidman 1998). Last summer the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report indicating that death by suicide in the US increased by 24% between 1999 and 2014, translating to 44,193 lives lost each year to suicide – a rate of 13.26 per 100,000 individuals. And this year, in 2017, we have learned that deaths from drug overdoses have increased 2.5 times the rate in 1999, to a rate of 16.3 per 100,000 individuals (Hedegaar, Warner, and Miliño 2017). 

  • Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD

    Austen Riggs Center Staff Psychologist Dr. Jeremy Ridenour talks about his research interests related to psychosis and schizophrenia.  

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    Scientific evidence supports the comprehensive treatment for complex psychiatric problems available at the Austen Riggs Center. 

  • Stockbridge Main Street

    Austen Riggs Center guest blogger Dr. Jennifer Michaels writes about the impact of the opioid crisis in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. 

  • 2017 Fall Conference at the Austen Riggs Center

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce its annual Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars: Mental Health Parity, Ethics, and the Law: What clinicians, patients, and advocates should know. The day-long conference will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Austen Riggs Center, and will focus on understanding the interplay between the politics of mental health care and the law.  



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