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The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.

  • Emily Weinstein, EdD, spoke at Austen Riggs about her work in social media research.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Emily Weinstein, EdD, spoke with us about a number of topics ranging from her interest in social media research, her work with Project Zero and Common Sense Media, and advice for parents concerned about children’s social media use. 

  • Conference

    The Therapeutic Community Program at the Austen Riggs Center provides an opportunity for patients to share their strengths with one another and with the staff in a partnership of mutual problem solving and learning. This exploration of strengths has, in different ways, always been a key component of the treatment philosophy from Riggs’ founding in 1919 to its present form today. 

  • Austen Riggs Center Clinicians will be presenting at and attending the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) 2019 National Meeting, Feb. 5-10 in New York City.

    Austen Riggs Center Clinicians will be presenting at and attending the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) 2019 National Meeting, Feb. 5-10 in New York City.

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    The Austen Riggs Center (Riggs) will convene a conference of national and international experts in the fields of mental health care, treatment, research, advocacy, and the law to explore The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions, it was announced today by Eric M. Plakun, MD, Medical Director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center. The two-day conference, scheduled for September 21-22, 2019, will take place in Stockbridge, MA.

  • Medication

    In this guest blog, mental health practitioner Alison Mitchell explores the opioid abuse problem, particularly related to its impact on relationships and rural communities. 

    The United States has an opioid abuse problem. Though the issue is widely recognized, addressing it remains challenging, particularly in rural areas. The often-confusing array of behaviors and decisions individuals may make when influenced by drugs can be overwhelming, indeed even alarming. One way to make sense of it all is to think of the drug as playing the role of a substitute for human relationships.

  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Aron Janssen spoke with us about his gender identity work, current research, and advice for parents on topic of gender and sexuality.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Aron Janssen spoke with us about his gender identity work, current research, and advice for parents on topics of gender and sexuality. 

  • Read the winter 2018-19 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on creativity and human development.

    Read the winter 2018-19 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on creativity and human development. 

  • As we approach the end of 2018, 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 through December of this year.

  • As we approach the end of 2018, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year. 

    Below are five of the most popular blogs from January to June of this year: 

  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Doug Gentile spoke with us about video game addiction and media violence among other topics.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Doug Gentile, PhD, spoke with us about a number of topics ranging from video game addiction, monitoring children’s media use, and the effects of media violence. 

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