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  • Therapeutic Relationship

    The Austen Riggs Center has a long history of treating patients who have tried and failed to respond to previous treatment efforts.  Early on, Riggs clinicians recognized the importance of so-called “treatment resistant” psychiatric disorders and their associated societal, financial and personal burdens – including death by suicide.

  • Richard Q. Ford, PhD

    It is not uncommon to find people who have spent a decade or two working at the Austen Riggs Center. There are even some who have spent 30 years tending to the mission and work. But Richard Q. Ford, PhD, who recently retired as the coordinator of psychological testing at Riggs, cultivated a 43-year relationship with Riggs as a fellow, a staff psychologist, a researcher and, for the last 20 years, as the coordinator of psychological testing. 

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Austen Riggs Center staff members are presenting at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York City. This year’s program is titled “Changing the Practice and Perception of Psychiatry.” Included in the theme of change in this year’s program is the inaugural meeting of the Psychotherapy Caucus, created to promote the importance of psychotherapy within psychiatry. Here is the schedule of Riggs presentations taking place at the APA meeting.

  • Psychotherapy

    According to the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline on Borderline Personality Disorder, the most effective treatment modality is not medication, but psychotherapy. This is why we make intensive individual psychodynamic psychotherapy a foundation of every treatment at Riggs.

  • Consultation

    Dr. Eric Plakun responds to the post written by Dr. Margaret Parish, "How Literature Teaches Empathy."

  • Photo of reading glasses

    I used to work in a teaching hospital where one of the doctors regularly asked psychiatry residents to read a story by Anton Chekhov called Misery or To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief? The story is about a man who can find no one to talk to about his sorrow about the recent death of his son.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Dr. Eric Plakun comments on recent publications comparing CBT to psychodynamic therapy.

  • Blue eyes

    Dr. Eric Plakun continues to look at the four false assumptions of contemporary psychiatry, focusing on the game changing work of Caspi's group.

  • A genetic basis of schizophrenia?

    Dr. Eric Plakun on the four false assumptions of contemporary psychiatry.

  • Dr. Eric Plakun M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsych

    A blog series with Dr. Eric Plakun on the four false assumptions of contemporary psychiatry begins with a perspective on the DSM-5.

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