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  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, explores neuroimaging research and advances that may expand our understanding psychotherapeutic change. 

  • Nancy McWilliams is the Current Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institution for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center.

    During her time at Riggs, Erikson Scholar Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, focused on two projects: completing the editing of a revised edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM), and working on a book of clinical experience and research that aims, as she explains, “to expand the public conversation about mental health treatment beyond simple symptom reduction.”

  • The open setting at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric Plakun, MD, responds to the recent Times Union report that outlines BlueShield’s illegal denial of claims for mental and nutritional counseling.

  • CEB Board

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” Congratulations to Ellen Broderick, Therapeutic Community Center Education Coordinator, for creating the winning blog entry.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    A recent article in the New York Times reports on a study published in the journal PLOS One which, according to the newspaper, concludes that “Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals.” 

  • New York Times Magazine article

    "Psychoanalysis needs to change its culture," states Dr. Gerber in the June 28 New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Gerber and others discuss the value of combining brain research with psychoanalysis. Below are excerpts from the article which seeks to answer the question, "Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?"

  • Community meeting

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.”  This is the second blog in the series written by Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, Staff Ps

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

    A Commentary by Toronto based historian of psychiatry, Edward Shorter, PhD has just been published in Psychiatric Times. Dr. Shorter’s provocative comments often but not always miss the mark, but nowhere are they more offensive, misinformed and misguided than in his attack on the biopsychosocial model and on psychoanalysis, which he compares to witchcraft. He asserts that the mental health system would benefit if both of these were dropped.

  • Admissions consult

    The recent 60 Minutes piece and Terry’s blog about her experience speaking to managed care reviewers are moving, powerful and frustrating. The draconian procedures sometimes used by managed care organizations make it hard to remember that, in fact, they operate from the same “limited resources” moral imperative as the environmental movement.

  • 60 Minutes logo

    A Senior Admission Coordinator at the Austen Riggs Center, Terry Owens-Gilbert, responds to a recent 60 Minutes program on chronically mentally ill patients and insurance providers.

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