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  • Family relationships, even going back several generations, are almost always a crucial aspect of treatment in the open setting at Austen Riggs.

    Freedom from Dehumanizing Treatment is one of the Four Freedoms that is a foundation of mental health. Dehumanizing treatment is different from stigma, which is another of the Four Freedoms of Mental Health, as it refers to treatment itself as opposed to more general beliefs, attitudes, and actions related to stigma in the larger world. 

    Dehumanizing treatment includes: unnecessary restriction, seclusion, or restraint of those struggling with mental disorders; treating mentally ill individuals as merely a diagnosis rather than full people; or treatment that regards patients as mouths to swallow pills instead of people with stories that are meaningful. Underfunding mental health treatment generally is the result of stigma, but this results in dehumanizing treatment. 

  • Photos from the Austen Riggs Center’s Centennial Conference-The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions.

    The Austen Riggs Center welcomed more than 200 individuals to our Centennial Conference–The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions–at Tanglewood’s new Linde Center for Music and Learning.

  • Tom Insel, MD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's centennial conference on the Mental Health Crisis in America on September 21-22, 2019.

    Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and recently appointed “Mental Health Czar” for the state of California

    Dr. Insel will give the Session 1 keynote presentation, “Beyond Magical Thinking” on Saturday morning at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” 

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    If you are a journalist who covers topics related to suicide, mental health, access to care, the politics/economics of health care, and related issues, this conference will provide you with access to leading thinkers and policy-makers.

  • David Mintz, MD, is the Director of Psychiatric Education, the Associate Director of Training, and a Team Leader.

    Austen Riggs Center’s Director of Psychiatric Education David Mintz, MD, recently authored a piece about the APA Caucus on Psychotherapy and its meeting at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco that appears in the August 2, 2019 issue of Psychiatric News.  

  • Medical Office Building

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. 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.

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

    In November of 2016, Dr. Eric M. Plakun’s first piece as psychotherapy columnist for the Journal of Psychiatric Practice was published. You can read this piece and his more recent columns here.

     
     
  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke about psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and more.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke with us about a number of topics including psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and some of his current projects. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    The Austen Riggs Center (Riggs) will convene a conference of national and international experts in the fields of mental health care, treatment, research, advocacy, and the law to explore The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions, it was announced today by Eric M. Plakun, MD, Medical Director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center. The two-day conference, scheduled for September 21-22, 2019, will take place in Stockbridge, MA.

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

    The Austen Riggs Center’s Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Eric M. Plakun, MD, as medical director/CEO. 

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