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The Austen Riggs Center commends Berkshire Community Scholarship recipient, Christopher Broast

The Austen Riggs Center commends Berkshire Community Scholarship recipient, Christopher BroastStockbridge, MA – August 25, 2015 – The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Christopher Broast is the 2015 recipient of the Austen Riggs Center Scholarship.  Given annually since 1977, the scholarship is awarded to a graduating Berkshire Community College (BCC) student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the behavioral sciences.  Mr. Broast is graduating with an associate degree in Human Services and will be attending the College of St. Rose in September.  An army veteran who served in Iraq, Mr. Broast interned at Berkshire United Way and the Barrington Stage Company while a student at BCC.  Described by BCC staff member, Jennifer Larkin, Mr. Broast has “been a very big positive presence on campus.”  Active in student government and the Student Veterans Alliance, Mr. Broast has also been a member of Phi Theta Kappa Leadership.  He is currently the Connections Veterans outreach coordinator for the Berkshire County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is now working at the Berkshire United Way.

The faculty of Berkshire Community College’s Behavioral Sciences department select the annual recipient who is honored with a monetary reward of $500 and their name engraved on a plaque at the college.  The Austen Riggs Center commends Christopher Broast on his scholarship and commitment to the behavioral sciences field.

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919.  Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement.  Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff. For more information, visit: www.austenriggs.org.  Riggs’ Erikson Institute (EI) promotes education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment, by working to generate new knowledge in partnership with a range of disciplines, and by bringing a clinically informed, psychosocial perspective to societal problems.

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