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  • Austen Riggs Center Alumni Reunion 2016 in Review

    The Austen Riggs Center 2016 Alumni Reunion set a record for attendance of more than 100 and was a moving and meaningful event for all those present. For those who were unable to attend or who wish to relive certain moments, we offer this brief recap.

  • On January 15, 2016 at Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant in New York City, Dr. Jane G. Tillman, director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, hosted an Erikson Scholar reunion dinner.  The event was attended by nine former Erikson Scholars, along with Riggs Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber and former Director of the Erikson Institute Dr. Jerry Fromm. The evening was a chance for the scholars to get together as a group, not only as members of the Riggs Alumni Community, but also as members of a very special community of Erikson Scholars. 

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    In preparation for the upcoming Alumni Reunion, newly appointed Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber recently sat down with reunion co-chairs Elizabeth Mangiaracina and Dr. Paul Lippmann to discuss his vision for Riggs, his background and the value he sees in cultivating a strong alumni community.

  • Admissions consult

    In admissions we are often asked by referrers, prospective patients and their families what the “waiting list” for admission to Riggs is all about, so it occurred to me it might make sense to explain what it is in a blog post.

  • Dr. Edward Shapiro, former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center

    Dr. Edward Shapiro, former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center delivered a moving talk during the reunion weekend. He spoke about the central aspects of the treatment at Austen Riggs and how relationships and the open setting are crucial to the knowledge developed at Riggs for staff and patients. The negotiation between patients taking up their authority and finding their voice within a community and staff learning to sharpen their capacities to listen develops a deeper clarity in our work with one another and has large implications in the world outside of Riggs.

  • Suicide Awareness Month

    The suicidal person suffers alone. We must continue to find ways to address this suffering. Treatment is only part of the answer, although in treatment centers we can and should try to find ways to do better. Beyond treatment, in our communities, our country, our culture, we can find ways both to cultivate hope and to speak with each other about suffering.

  • Inn Living Room

    Many often remark that Austen Riggs is a unique place and program. For those who have spent time here -- as an employee, a student, or a patient, the experience is often called “transformational.”

  • Allen Shawn, Award-Winning Composer and Author

    In 2007 he wrote his memoir, Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life, in which he began to explore the roots of his own inner emotions. As he delved deeper into his past, it became increasingly apparent that his twin sister Mary played a central role. This realization inspired a second memoir in 2010, aptly titled Twin and devoted to Shawn’s relationship with Mary, who at the age of eight was diagnosed with autism.

  • The theme for Alumni Reunion 2013 is Works in Progress.

    There is still time to register for the Alumni Reunion on September 27-29, 2013.

  • Lisa Koldys – Beloved Receptionist

    It is with great sadness that we announce to the Riggs community the passing of Lisa Koldys. Lisa served as receptionist at Austen Riggs for over 40 years, retiring in 2008. She was 75 at the time of her passing.

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