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  • 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 open setting at the Austen Riggs Center.

    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. 

  • CEB Board

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” Congratulations to Ellen Broderick, Therapeutic Community Center Education Coordinator, for creating the winning blog entry.

  • Psychological testing at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Central elements of our clinical work include understanding individuals on their own terms, understanding the sources and meanings of the problems they bring, and respecting their authority in relation to their own life goals. People live in a network of relationships: our patients often have troubled networks and they bring the troubles with them. We offer a new network of relationships with staff and other patients, in which people can get support but also re-create the troubles in a place where they can be understood and changed. 

  • The role of nursing in the Austen Riggs Center treatment model.

    Nursing at Riggs is different from many other psychiatric settings. In this video series, Riggs nursing staff members engage in conversation about the challenging and rewarding work they do in a completely open and voluntary setting.

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