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

    President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law this week. This is an unusual piece of bipartisan legislation that has significant mental health components important to us at Riggs and to others who advocate for the importance of adequate funding for treatment of those with mental and substance use disorders.

  • 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.

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

    Dr. Joshua Gordon, new director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a former Columbia University Medical Center colleague of Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, and was recently profiled in an article for Nature.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Austen Riggs Center offers a unique, comprehensive, and integrated program for the treatment of borderline personality disorder.

    The Austen Riggs Center offers a unique, comprehensive, and integrated program for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Recognizing that the instability of emotions and sense of self characteristic of the disorder is generally the product of early developmental disruption, inconsistent relationships, and trauma, rather than a simple imbalance of neurochemistry, our treatment approach is built around relationships and engagement in the life of our vibrant therapeutic community. 

  • The Riggs community of patients and staff work together in an open setting that is devoid of locks or privilege systems.

    Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric Plakun, MD, responds to the recent Times Union report that outlines BlueShield’s illegal denial of claims for mental and nutritional counseling.

  • 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. 

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    Recently, I was invited to participate in Boston College University's Counseling Services Colloquium on Loneliness and presented my ideas regarding “Loneliness and the Capacity to be Alone.” This opportunity allowed me (and others) to address the concern that young adults, who, despite being more “connected” than ever, are increasingly isolated and less able to navigate and nurture successful relationships with others. The colloquium also provided the opportunity to reflect upon my work with patients at Riggs who struggle with these same issues.

  • Nicholas Holliday, MD, assumes the role of Director of Psychopharmacology and Medical Services at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Nicholas Holliday, MD, assumes the role of Director of Psychopharmacology and Medical Services at the Austen Riggs Center. 

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