With hundreds of choices throughout the country, how does one decide which psychiatric facility will work for them? What is it about the Austen Riggs Center that is different from other places?
At Riggs, situated in the small Berkshire community of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, walking through the doors is the first of many choices. In fact, individual choice is central to a patient’s life at Riggs, including choosing, in collaboration with the treatment team, from among various ways to engage in the work, and choosing how long to stay. Patients are active participants in all aspects of their treatment and each person’s work is individually tailored, rather than being designed to fit a particular diagnostic category.
In this video, Medical Director/CEO, James Sacksteder, M.D.  explains the mission of the Austen Riggs Center and what makes the work here unique. Dr. Sacksteder talks about the treatment at Riggs , life outside of therapy and how patients and staff are always learning together in a partnership of mutual problem solving.
We invite you to explore other videos in the Clinical Perspective Series  to learn more about what makes Riggs different from other treatment centers. Learn about the value of psychological testing , the benefits of residential treatment , our approach to medication management , and other topics.
Check back soon for entries from our blog competition  among ARC staff members on what they think makes Riggs unique.