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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.

  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offers remarks on the burial of a time capsule to commemorate Riggs’ centennial.

    On Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Austen Riggs Center marked the official 100-year anniversary of its founding with a Founding Day celebration for current and former staff, patients, and Board of Trustee members. As part of the celebration, a time capsule–its contents curated by current staff and patients–was buried and Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offered these remarks.

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

    In November of 2016, Dr. Eric M. Plakun’s first piece as psychotherapy columnist for the Journal of Psychiatric Practice was published. You can read this piece and his more recent columns here.

     
     
  • Austen Riggs Center’s Dr. Jane G. Tillman talks with Norman Rockwell Museum’s Stephanie Plunket about Erik Erikson and Norman Rockwell’s relationship.

    Riggs staff member Jane G. Tillman, PhD, along with Norman Rockwell’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Stephanie Plunkett, kicked off the Art, Love, and Identity Lecture Series at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Tuesday, July 9, exploring the therapeutic friendship of illustrator Norman Rockwell and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and highlighting shared themes in their work relationship. You can view the lecture in its entirety.

  • 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 Medical Director/CEO Dr. Eric Plakun writes about the Four Freedoms of Mental Health Care

  • After an extensive national search, the Austen Riggs Center has hired John Zollinger as the director of communications.

    After an extensive national search, the Austen Riggs Center has hired John Zollinger, a seasoned journalist and non-profit marketing and fundraising professional, to serve as the Center’s director of communications, the organization announced today.

  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke about psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and more.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke with us about a number of topics including psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and some of his current projects. 

  • Freedom from stigma is the first of the four freedoms proposed by the Austen Riggs Center that are foundations of mental health.

    Freedom from stigma is the first of the four freedoms that are foundations of mental health.

    In the United States, estimates are that nearly 45 million adults have mental illness; yet fewer than half reportedly seek treatment (National Institute of Mental Health, 2018). Most people have either struggled with symptoms of a mental illness at some point in their lives or know someone who has. Despite this shared experience, stigma toward mental illness persists.

  • Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a psychiatry Fellow in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Dr. Heather Forouhar Graff, a psychiatry Fellow at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about some of the long-term benefits for psychiatry Fellows who train and practice in Riggs’ unique setting. 

  • Austen Riggs Center opens the exhibition on Main Street.

    On Saturday, May 25, the Austen Riggs Center hosted more than 100 invited guests at 48 Main Street in Stockbridge at an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its centennial-year exhibition, “The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health.” The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Riggs, chronicles its founding, and explores its place in the history of mental health treatment and research.

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the Riggs Centennial Mean to Me?” Our second blog entry comes from IRB Administrator Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD.

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