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  • 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.

  • Resources on trauma from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Located in the Erikson Institute section of the Riggs website is a Resource Center, which houses a broad collection of video interviews and presentations, white papers, full-text published articles, links and citations related to mental health and treatment featuring the work of Riggs clinicians and those who have presented at Riggs. 

  • The obscurity of trauma

    Want to find out more about PTSD?  Riggs clinicians provide information about PTSD and Trauma in various blog posts often summarizing their research or scholarly work.

  • Dr. Stephen Xenakis, Brigadier General (Ret), USA is a Former Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs.

    Erikson Scholar Brig. General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD spoke to an invited crowd of around 60 on Monday evening, August 10, 2015. The topic of his presentation was Up Close: Terrorism, Torture, PTSD and Radicalization. 

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

    In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center. 

  • Consultation

    The final stage is a very cautious, slow, opening up of hope for something different, namely to come out of hiding, and trusting that maybe, just maybe they can be safe in the world beyond the therapy. That can be a terrifying moment, because they have spent years protecting themselves, by not allowing themselves to hope for something, or to trust someone in an intimate relationship.

  • The obscurity of trauma

    Sometimes the abuse is not evident right away even when it is quite clear that it occurred. But when we see the array of difficulties I’ve discussed —substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, disassociation, and so on —we know there’s some deep trouble somewhere—and that may be a history of abuse or trauma.

  • Consultation

    In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center. 

  • E. Virginia Demos, EdD, Staff Psychologist

    In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center. 

  • The importance of providing diapers to mothers

    One of the hidden problems of poverty is diaper need. Earlier this month, the Erikson Institute and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute sponsored a talk detailing the need for diapers. This video features Megan V. Smith, DrPH. of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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