• 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.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Friday showing a 24% increase in the suicide rate between 1999 and 2014, the highest level in 30 years. These troubling statistics have not only caught the attention of the media, but also many researchers and public health experts, who note that the causes for suicide are complicated, involving biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.

  • Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, talks about psychodynamic and cognitive approaches to psychosis

    “I’ve always been interested in psychosis and how to address it,” states Riggs Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, who has been writing and presenting on the topic for several years. His research has led him to the exploration of “ways to bridge the gap between psychodynamic and cognitive therapy in treating psychosis.” 

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs Center Fellow Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, explains research on the history of psychological testing at Riggs and what it reveals. 

  • Beth Turner, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center Clinical Social Worker Beth Turner, LICSW, reflects on the settlement house movement, social work and understanding community today. 

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

    Associate Medical Director Eric Plakun, MD, explores "shared elements" or "common factors" for the treatment of suicidal patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in the March 4, 2016 issue of Psychiatric News.

  • David Rosenthal, LICSW, clinical social worker at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Although he has only been at Riggs for the past three years, clinical social worker David Rosenthal, LICSW, has a career in social work that spans three decades. “This field [social work] – you don’t choose it, it chooses you,” he says. Having worked in community mental health, hospitals, as a program director and as a college professor, Rosenthal brings a broad base of experience and unique perspective to his work. 

  • Eric Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych in admission consultation

    Team leader and psychiatrist at Riggs David Mintz, MD, talks about the elements of treatment that can help individuals struggling with bipolar disorder in Part 3 of this three part series. 

  • 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].”



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