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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Otto F. Kernberg, MD Director of the Personality Disorders Institute  New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Division

    You've surely heard of depression and anxiety and may have read about bipolar disorder. But even though it affects up to two percent of the U.S. population, borderline personality disorder, or BPD – with its erratic moods, relationships and behaviors – is far less well-known.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    “Our patients often struggle alone with serious secret and shameful self-doubt, and therapy offers a private space to form a relationship, come to trust someone and be less alone with their pain.” – Eric Plakun, MD, director of admissions and associate medical director

  • Dame Gillian Lynne is Broadway Royalty. She choreographed Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and at 88 is still dancing, but the story of the start of her career, told on NPR in a story on Weekend Edition Saturday, is a cautionary tale about the danger of viewing problems in psychiatry through the lens of vulnerability rather than plasticity. By the time Gillian was 7, her mother and her teachers were at their wits end with little “wriggle bottom,” who could not sit still and had no attention span.

  • Therapeutic Community Program Manager at the Austen Riggs Center, Cornelia Kalisher, LSW

    The relationship between you and your therapist is important. How do you find a therapist whom you have never met, and be able to feel comfortable sharing some of your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings with them?  While this might seem like a daunting task, here are some ideas that may help you:

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