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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.

  • Medical Office Building

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #10 in Psychiatry nationwide. Unique among the top honorees for its small size and integrated approach to treatment, the Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.

  • The Austen Riggs Center has a therapeutic community in an open treatment setting.

    Entering the open setting here at Riggs produces a kind of culture shock—this holds for patients, for their families, and for new staff. As a psychiatric hospital, Riggs is unique, and it is the open setting that makes it unique: no locked wards, no security guards, no pass system. Patients have cars, hold jobs, come and go to college, sit (or work) in the coffee shop down the street.

  • The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center announces the schedule for its 2018-19 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series, designed for mental health professionals.

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center announces the schedule for its 2018-19 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series, designed for mental health professionals. 

  • In this video blog series, we will periodically feature Riggs staff members–who they are, where they come from, why they came to Riggs, and why they stay. 

  • Dori Laub, MD, one of the foremost psychoanalytic theorists on trauma, passed away on June 23, 2018.

    Dori Laub, MD, one of the foremost psychoanalytic theorists on trauma, passed away on June 23, 2018. A Fellow in psychiatry at Riggs from 1967-1969, Dori was clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut. Born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1937, Dori received his medical degree at the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. 

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

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

  • Crying Girl

    The face of a two-year-old Honduran girl, dwarfed by the adults who only appear as legs in the photo, communicates undeniable anguish. Used to represent the horror of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border, the photo became a lightning rod for controversy when it turned out that this particular child was not actually separated from her mother.

  • Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Dr. Eric Plakun writes about the Four Freedoms in Mental Health Care

    Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Dr. Eric Plakun writes about the Four Freedoms in Mental Health Care

  • Leadership and Institutional Integrity conference at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce “Leadership and Institutional Integrity,” a one-day conference on Saturday, July 21, being held in memory of the Rev. Dr. A. Wesley Carr, former Dean of Westminster Abbey (1997-2006), former Erikson Scholar, and former member of the Erikson Institute Council of Scholars of the Austen Riggs Center. The conference examines current leadership pressures in our major institutions of education, arts, government, and healthcare. 

  • Samar Habl, MD is the director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    In this video blog series, we will periodically feature Riggs staff members–who they are, where they come from, why they came to Riggs, and why they stay. 

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