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  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Dr. Joshua Gordon, new director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a former Columbia University Medical Center colleague of Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, and was recently profiled in an article for Nature.

  • Meaning Matters is an online community, hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, that provides a place for mental health professionals and those in related disciplines to share information and thinking about a variety of topics.

    Meaning Matters is an online community, hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, that provides a place for mental health professionals and those in related disciplines to share information and thinking about a variety of topics. These include: human behavior and how it is impacted by conscious and unconscious processes, personality and motivational factors, relational dynamics, and the meaning of symptoms.

  • The Riggs community of patients and staff work together in an open setting that is devoid of locks or privilege systems.

    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.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO

    WAMC spoke with Austen Riggs Center Medical Director and CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber about the ranking, Riggs’ unique treatment approach, and a variety of other topics related to psychiatry and mental illness. 

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

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #9 in Psychiatry nationwide. Noteworthy among the top group of psychiatry honorees for its small size and integrated approach, the Austen Riggs Center emphasizes the importance of relationships, the discovery of meaning, and the role and responsibility of the patient.

  • Riggs clinicians offer resources on the unique approach to medication management at the Austen Riggs Center, called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology.”

    The Austen Riggs Center takes a unique approach to medication management called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology,” which attends to the meaning of medications and relies on the patient to be an active participant in assessing the effectiveness of medications.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is seeking a Director of Patient Services to direct the Center's nursing services.

    The Austen Riggs Center offers a full-time four year Fellowship for both psychologists and psychiatrists that is fully accredited as a psychoanalytic training program by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). 

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    The 2015 Psychodynamic Graduate Training in Psychology: Crises, Challenges and Opportunities II is an opportunity for training directors at graduate programs and internships, staff and students, or as conference director Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, stated, “anyone trying to support psychodynamic work at a graduate level” to come together, identify areas of shared concern, work toward solutions and develop a supportive social network. The conference will be held at the Austen Riggs Center on October 3-4, 2015.

  • John Santopietro, MD, Describes the Stigma Barrier to Behavioral Health Issues

    John Santopietro, MD, is the chief clinical officer of behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare System and a graduate of the Austen Riggs Center Fellowship. In the video link below, Dr. Santopietro talks about the role stigma plays in keeping some people from accessing the kind of care they need to meet their behavioral health needs. 

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

    The Austen Riggs Center has again been highlighted as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. 

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