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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. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.

  • Learn more about the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy Now Accepting Applications. 

  • As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

    As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

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

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is focusing some of our research efforts on the issue of suicide.

    Director of the Erikson Institute Dr. Jane G. Tillman and Research Psychologist Dr. Katie Lewis give an overview of the Suicide Research and Education Strategic Initiative at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Erikson Institute

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Friday Night Guest Lecture and Saturday Morning Workshop, both given by Deborah Luepnitz, PhD.

  • Daphne Merkin

    Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy, talks about her book, how it’s been received, and her impression of Riggs during her recent visit to deliver a Friday Night Guest Lecture. 

  • Austen Riggs psychology Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique.

    Our psychology and psychiatry Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique. 

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Dr. Eric M. Plakun gives an overview of the Biopsychosocial Advocacy Strategic Initiative at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Wearing a costume of a crying girl

    Dr. Jane Tillman discusses the drug Nuedexa and when does too much crying call for a prescribed medication. Who decides when someone is crying too much?

  • The Austen Riggs Center has a therapeutic community in an open treatment setting.

    Entering the open setting here at Riggs produces a kind of culture shock—this holds for patients, for their families, and for new staff. As a psychiatric hospital, Riggs is unique, and it is the open setting that makes it unique: no locked wards, no security guards, no pass system. Patients have cars, hold jobs, come and go to college, sit (or work) in the coffee shop down the street.

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