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

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

    The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) is holding its 2019 National Meeting at the New York Hilton in New York City, February 6-10, 2019. Founded in 1911 and the oldest psychoanalytic organization in the United States, APsaA is a professional organization for psychoanalysts that focuses on education, research, and membership development. 

  • 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.

  • Dese’Rae L. Stage gave an interview on suicide prevention and her multi-media suicide survivor portrait and story project Live Through This.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Dese’Rae L. Stage, photographer, writer, and suicide prevention activist, spoke with us about suicide prevention and Live Through This, a multimedia-based storytelling series that aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination against suicide attempt survivors. 

  • Anne Dailey, J.D., Erikson Scholar

    Anne C. Dailey, JD, reflects on her time at Riggs as an Erikson Scholar and the book she was working on at the time–Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (Yale University Press, 2017).

  • Erikson Institute

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Friday Night Guest Lecture: “A Letter of Love: An Encounter with White Backlash” with George Yancy, PhD.

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

    In this video blog series, we will periodically feature Riggs staff members–who they are, where they come from, why they came to Riggs, and why they stay.

  • Director of Admissions Dr. Samar Habl talks about the admissions process and who should consider treatment at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The waiting list consists of prospective patients whose clinical situations have been reviewed by the director of admissions and then determined as potential candidates for admission. They are waiting for us to schedule the face-to-face admissions consultation during which we make the actual determination about whether to offer admission. 

  • Dr. Jeff Foote and Dr. Michael Groat speak about the ways in which psychodynamic principles can be used in different types of treatment settings.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Dr. Jeff Foote, co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), and Dr. Michael Groat, president and CEO of CooperRiis, spoke with us about the ways in which psychodynamic principles can be used in different types of treatment settings among other topics. 

  • Medical Office Building

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #10 in Psychiatry nationwide. Unique among the top honorees for its small size and integrated approach to treatment, the Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.

  • 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.