At Austen Riggs, family work  is an important part of the treatment process. Social workers collect a detailed history of the family during the assessment, in order to understand the patient’s difficulties from an internal and individual perspective as well as from an external environment. The family environment is crucial in a patient’s development and family work at Austen Riggs looks at ways to develop some understanding of where the patient and family may have become stuck in their relationships with each other. In the initial six-week evaluation period , social workers assess the family in order to possibly identify areas of tension, conflict or difficulties communicating and through that process they may make a recommendation to engage in family therapy at Austen Riggs.
Hear Cathleen Morey, LICSW, Director of Clinical Social Work, talk about assessing family dynamics and the process of family treatment at Austen Riggs .
In our Clinical Perspectives series  Austen Riggs clinicians share their perspectives on a range of topics, including psychological testing, the admission consultation, symptom management through community engagement, and the importance of alliance in the open setting.