• Dr Eric Plakun and Dr. Jane Tillman presented "Responding to the Impact of Suicide on Clinicians" at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting.

    What are the effects on the clinician when his/her patient dies by suicide? How to respond? Drs Plakun and Tillman have been offering a workshop on responding to the impact of suicide on clinicians as part of the APA Annual Meeting since 2004. 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Friday showing a 24% increase in the suicide rate between 1999 and 2014, the highest level in 30 years. These troubling statistics have not only caught the attention of the media, but also many researchers and public health experts, who note that the causes for suicide are complicated, involving biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.

  • Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, talks about psychodynamic and cognitive approaches to psychosis

    “I’ve always been interested in psychosis and how to address it,” states Riggs Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, who has been writing and presenting on the topic for several years. His research has led him to the exploration of “ways to bridge the gap between psychodynamic and cognitive therapy in treating psychosis.” 

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs Center Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, explains research on the history of psychological testing at Riggs and what it reveals. 

  • 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.

  • Nancy Kuhl is the Winter 2016 Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Recently, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center welcomed Nancy Kuhl as its latest Erikson Scholar. She will be spending 3-1/2 months at Riggs, working on what she calls “a long essay” exploring the intersection of literary archives and psychoanalytic thought.

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    The Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAAPP) is holding a continuing education (CE) event titled “Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Research Supported Treatments,” featuring Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Austen Riggs library

    The Austen Fox Riggs Library is pleased to announce its most recent offering to its patron community and beyond: public online access to its electronic library catalog! As the first dynamic component of the new library page on the Austen Riggs Center website, this online library catalog supports title, author, subject and keyword searches of current library holdings and provides supplementary information concerning item location and checkout availability. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is thankful to have a dedicated staff devoted to improving the lives of emotionally troubled people.

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” This week, we’re featuring the final two staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

  • Rachael Rosner, PhD is the 2015 Fall Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    During her time as an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center, Rachael Rosner, PhD, is working on the first comprehensive biography of Aaron T. Beck.



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