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  • Dr. Andrew J. Gerber is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    New England Psychologist interviews Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber about the future of Riggs and health care.

  • 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.

  • Katie Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    According to a recent report by the CDC, suicide rates have consistently increased over the last 15 years in the United States. Sources of risk for suicide attempts, which include both factors that are malleable (such as hopelessness) and those that are not (such as family history of suicide), have contributed to the development of multiple screening measures for suicide; however, the evaluation of risk factors alone has been shown to have limited efficacy in predicting individual suicide attempts. The fact remains that it is extraordinarily difficult to understand, let alone predict, the situations and influences that bring a person to try to take his or her life.

  • Austen Riggs Staff Psychiatrist Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, and Research Psychologist Katie Lewis, PhD, respond to a Scientific American article about suicide risk assessment.

    In their recently published Scientific American article “Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work,” Declan Murray and Patrick Devitt note the limitations of using risk factors in assessing suicide risk and address a significant problem in mental health. We agree with the conclusion that over-reliance on formulaic assessment can interfere with real engagement with patients. We cannot agree, however, that the best recommended practice is to send suicidal patients home with the reassurance that statistically they are likely to stay alive "no matter what we do."

  • The Austen Riggs Center is focusing some of our research efforts on the issue of suicide.

    Austen Riggs Center Erikson Institute Director Jane G. Tillman, PhD, talks about the Suicide Research and Education strategic initiative taking form at Riggs. 

  • articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide

    Winter 2016-17 of Austen Riggs Center, ARC News, featuring articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide research.

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    When someone dies by a person’s own hand, the loss deeply affects each of those closest to him or her. What may often be missed, however, is how that loss also affects the therapist trained to keep this suicide from happening. In the popular mind, it may seem inappropriate to be concerned with the professional on the sidelines after a successful suicide attempt, but for the human being behind that degree, a death can have many repercussions both professionally and personally.

  • The Austen Riggs Center offers a unique therapeutic approach in an voluntary and open setting.

    It was a busy year for the Riggs Blog, with more than 100 pieces published – from commentary and current events to our treatment approach and our values. 

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    Austen Riggs Center clinician and Erikson Institute Director Dr. Jane G. Tillman is interviewed about suicide on The Psychology of Everything podcast.

  • The 2016 Erikson Institute Fall Conference at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce its annual Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars: Suicide: Theory, Research, and Clinical Perspectives. The day-long conference will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Austen Riggs Center, and will focus on understanding the psychosocial and community aspects of suicide, and state-of-the-art assessments and treatments for the suicidal patient and for vulnerable communities. 

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