• Eric M. Plakun, MD, is the Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center.

    This submission summarizes the place of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in the US health care system. It addresses trends in the field, tensions between biomedical and biopsychosocial models of mental and substance use disorders, and summarizes top-down legislative and bottom-up judicial actions that impact access to psychosocial treatments for mental and substance use disorders.

  • Margaret Parish, PhD, reflects on the helpful and less-helpful aspects of relying on Zoom in a residential treatment center. 

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had to adapt quickly. Both the virus and our adaptations to it shook the foundations of the Riggs community. The virus turns every person into a potential hazard to every other person; anyone could be a silent unwitting conduit. So many people already harbor anxiety about being harmed by others or about accidentally harming them–this harm is now perilously close to becoming real. The virus becomes a symbol for the dangers of other people.  

  • Is there Evidence that Psychoanalytic Treatment Works?

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, talks about what psychotherapy can expect after the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Dr. Eric Plakun spoke at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

    This video series is taken from our Centennial Conference and features excerpts from many of the presentations – check back often or bookmark the Riggs Blog to see new videos.

    “There is an excessive focus on the biomedical at the expense of the biopsychosocial. . . . there are false assumptions that genes equal disease, that patients have single disorders that respond to single evidence-based treatments, that pills are the best treatment that we have.” states Dr. Plakun.

  • Nancy McWilliams, PhD, spoke at the Austen Riggs Center's 2019 Fall Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

    Psychoanalysis “looks holistically and unflinchingly at complex phenomena that contemporary trends are fragmenting” remarks Dr. Nancy McWilliams in these select remarks from her presentation, “Standing for Reality: What Really Matters in Psychotherapy.”  

  • This video series is taken from our Centennial Conference and features excerpts from many of the presentations – check back often or bookmark the Riggs Blog to see new videos.  

    Can a psychodynamic approach work for children with ADHD? Francine Conway, PhD, makes the case in support of that position in these select remarks from her presentation, “The ADHD Compassion Project: Dispelling the Illusion of Children with ADHD as the ‘Bad’ Other.”  

  • Exploring the Impact of Client Suicides on Clinicians

    An exploration of the development of psychoanalysis in North America in the November 1 issues of Psychiatric News

  • Alessandra Lemma, MPhil, DClin Psych, gave the Grand Rounds presentation, "The Black Mirror: Body, Identity, Technology," at the Austen Riggs Center.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Alessandra Lemma, MPhil, DClin Psych, spoke with us about a number of topics including technology; the relevance today of psychoanalytic approaches to understanding problems with technology, identity, and desire; and she offered some advice to parents about children’s technology use. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    Scientific evidence supports the comprehensive treatment for complex psychiatric problems available at the Austen Riggs Center. 

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Later this month, Riggs clinicians will be presenting in San Diego, CA, at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Riggs will also be exhibiting at the APA annual meeting.



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