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  • Daltrey Turner, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Family work is an important part of the treatment at Riggs for many patients and their families. A licensed, clinical social worker who is part of each patient’s treatment team serves in the role of family liaison and family co-therapist. Riggs social worker Daltrey Turner, LICSW, remarks, “The basic tenets of social work are a systems approach to understanding peoples’ troubles and people having agency in their own lives … both of those tenets are right at home in this institution [Riggs].”

  • Treatment of people with bipolar disorder is complex and multi-layered. State-of-the-art psychopharmacological intervention is key in helping patients with significant mood disturbance. However, it is well established that most people with bipolar disorder need more than medications alone.

  • Margaret Kotarba, LICSW, Senior Social Worker, Austen Riggs Center.

    At the Austen Riggs Center, a team of clinical professionals follow patients from admission to discharge. Social workers play a crucial role within the interdisciplinary treatment team and provide a number of essential services for both patients and their families throughout a patient’s stay.

    This blog series will explore some roles social workers have, what has changed about social work and what the future holds for social work at Riggs. 

  • David Mintz, MD

    Last year, we ran a series of blog posts on bipolar disorder and treatment by team leader and staff psychiatrist, David Mintz, MD. Back by popular demand, we are sharing the series again.

  • The Austen Riggs Center Newsletter (ARC News).

    The Austen Riggs Center recently mailed out the latest edition of its regular newsletter the ARC News, which is published three time annually. Now, for the first time, we’re making a digital version of the ARC News available on our website, along with our past three issues.

  • Consultation

    Relationships are central in human life. This is one of the basic principles applied in every facet of the treatment at Riggs. By better understanding how they relate to others - including family members, peers, therapists and other staff - during the course of their work here, patients experience directly the importance of relationships in contributing to lasting change.

  • Resources on trauma from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Located in the Erikson Institute section of the Riggs website is a Resource Center, which houses a broad collection of video interviews and presentations, white papers, full-text published articles, links and citations related to mental health and treatment featuring the work of Riggs clinicians and those who have presented at Riggs. 

  • 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. 

  • A multi-disciplinary treatment team

    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 two more staff perspectives that explore the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients. 

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

    Nursing care is available 24/7 at the residential setting of Austen Riggs.  Every patient is assigned a nursing care coordinator who is also a member of the treatment team. Nursing staff member, Brian O’Gara, discusses the role of nursing in a three part video series.

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