• Crying Girl

    The face of a two-year-old Honduran girl, dwarfed by the adults who only appear as legs in the photo, communicates undeniable anguish. Used to represent the horror of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border, the photo became a lightning rod for controversy when it turned out that this particular child was not actually separated from her mother.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director Dr. Eric Plakun comments on meta-analyses showing “equivalence” of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

  • The treatment program at Austen Riggs focuses on explaining the underlying problems behind the psychiatric diagnosis.

    Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Dr. John Muller reflects on how anxiety can manifest in patients, family members, and therapy staff during treatment.

  • The Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    The field is learning that psychiatric diagnosis is not as straightforward as in the rest of medicine and surgery, where making the single right diagnosis points toward the likely effective treatment.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, MA.

    The second blog in a six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Erikson Institute Media Prize winners

    Erik Erikson famously wrote about identity. He indicated that a central negotiation required developing an increasing congruence between your views of yourself and the views others have of you. Learning to ‘see yourself as others see you’, as the poet Robert Burns put it, is a major developmental achievement not easily accomplished. A recognizable and accepted identity allows us to live more freely in the social world.

  • Compass

    The New York Times this past Saturday featured an excellent editorial about anxiety disorders in adolescents by Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College.

  • Jane Tillman, Ph.D., Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research.

    Dr. Jane Tillman will present at the Erikson Lecture at the Yale Child Study Center on April 2, 2013.


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