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  • Developing fulfilling relationships is not only a goal for many people who come to Riggs, it is also an integral part of the treatment program itself.

    This year, at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, I heard a new catchphrase: "practicing at the top of your license." While I had heard this phrase a few times before, it seemed to be everywhere this year. The context in which this phrase tended to be uttered was when psychiatrists were describing the position that their employers took, when those psychiatrists wanted to provide some form of psychosocial treatment in addition to (or as an alternative to) the model of "15-minute med checks." The implication seemed to be, "you are medically trained, while others are not, so your energies should be devoted exclusively to providing medicine."

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

    The Coalition for Psychotherapy Parity, formed at the request of Harriet Wolfe, MD, president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), and comprised of leading researchers, clinicians, and advocates for psychotherapy, recently released “Clinical Necessity Guidelines for Psychotherapy, Insurance Medical Necessity and Utilization Review Protocols, and Mental Health Parity.” 

  • National Nurses Week 2014

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what nursing means at Riggs. Over the next couple of weeks you will read the two winning blogs. The first blog is written by Louise Posnick, Staff Nurse.

  • Director of Admissions Dr. Samar Habl talks about the admissions process and who should consider treatment at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Samar Habl, MD, director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about who should consider treatment at Riggs, what the admissions process entails, and the importance of negotiating a partnership during the admissions consultation.

  • Alan Abbass, MD, talks about the bias against psychodynamic psychotherapy, how he became interested in resistance in psychotherapy and what he has learned, and his book Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques.

    Allan Abbass, MD, professor of psychiatry and psychology and founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, talks about the bias against psychodynamic psychotherapy, how he became interested in resistance in psychotherapy and what he has learned, and his book Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques, during a recent visit to Riggs to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation.

  • The Austen Riggs Neural Mediators of Psychotherapeutic Change Strategic Initiative will use new neuroimaging hardware and software technologies to better understand both the brain and the mind in mental illness

    We continue our conversation with Dr. Gerber about the mind-brain connection, particularly as it relates to the 2018 Erikson Institute Fall Conference, Duality’s End: Computational Psychiatry and the Neuroscience of Representation, September 29-30, 2018.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew J. Gerber talks about the Mind-Brain connection – part 1 of 2. 

  • Read the latest issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter online – featuring articles on mental health parity, the evidence base for Riggs’ treatment, and the opioid epidemic.

    Read the latest issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter online – featuring articles on mental health parity, the evidence base for Riggs’ treatment, and the opioid epidemic. 

  • Working in an environment deliberately separated from the intensive treatment atmosphere, patients take up the role of student as they participate in a variety of artistic and intellectual endeavors in the Activities Program.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

    Here are five of the most popular blogs from July to September.

     
     
  • As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

    As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

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