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  • Heather Churchill, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology

    Heather Churchill, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology, talks about the in-depth training and career experience offered by the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Austen Riggs uses a biopsychosocial approach to treating complex psychiatric disorders.

    Over the last several decades, the mainstream psychiatric understanding and treatment of major depression has increasingly been seen through the lens of neurobiology:  a problem of chemical imbalance, for which the first line treatment is often the correction of the chemical imbalance with antidepressant medications.

  • Psychiatric testing

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, talks about the weekly Psych Testing Seminar that is an integral component throughout the four years of the Psychology Fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • 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 Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    The field is learning that psychiatric diagnosis is not as straightforward as in the rest of medicine and surgery, where making the single right diagnosis points toward the likely effective treatment.

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

    Former Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, talks about the integrated elements of treatment that make the Austen Riggs Center unique.

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

    I’m grateful to Psychiatric Times for this opportunity to offer periodic columns about psychodynamic therapy. Not only is psychodynamic therapy a useful evidence-based treatment, but a psychodynamic perspective offers such a valuable set of skills to integrate overall treatment plans that every psychiatrist would benefit from some degree of mastery. I thought I’d begin this series with a lesson I learned about countertransference in my first therapy case. 

  • Megan Czaja, LICSW, clinical social worker at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center clinical social worker Meg Czaja, LICSW, talks about her path to becoming a social worker at Riggs and how social work is different here. 

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

    Associate Medical Director Eric Plakun, MD, explores "shared elements" or "common factors" for the treatment of suicidal patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in the March 4, 2016 issue of Psychiatric News.

  • Eric Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych in admission consultation

    Team leader and psychiatrist at Riggs David Mintz, MD, talks about the elements of treatment that can help individuals struggling with bipolar disorder in Part 3 of this three part series. 

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