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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.

  • Richard Q. Ford, who ran the psychological testing service at Austen Riggs for over 20 years, died peacefully on April 25. During the past several months, he faced death calmly with his family at his side, exchanging notes and letters with many former students, patients, colleagues, and friends who have known and loved him during his long life. 

  • Erikson Institute

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Yasmin Roberts Memorial Friday Night Guest Lecture: “Queer Arts of Analysis,” with Ann Pellegrini, PhD: Friday, April 26, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

  • Jed Yalof, PsyD, is the staff neuropsychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    What is neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment, and how can this service be of assistance to patients? Neuropsychology seeks to understand how brain-behavior relationships influence thoughts, feelings, and everyday psychosocial adjustment.

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    Austen Riggs Center Chief Nursing Officer Cheryl Puntil writes about the importance of talking about suicide, prevention and personal experience.

  • Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute, explores Wesley Carr and an institution’s primary task.

    Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, continues an exploration of Wesley Carr and the integrity of religious institutions. 

  • Austen Riggs Center Greenhouse Instructor Sandy Dawson talks about the role of gardening and the greenhouse as part of the Activities Program at Riggs.

    Those beautiful flowers on the tables, the well-tended plants in the Inn, the delicious vegetables prepared in the kitchen—Austen Riggs has its own “garden-to-table” initiative, courtesy of patients who tend plants in our greenhouse and garden as students of Greenhouse Instructor Sandy Dawson.

  • Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute, explores Wesley Carr and an institution’s primary task.

    Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, continues an exploration of Wesley Carr and the integrity of religious institutions. 

  • Austen Riggs Center Spring 2019 newsletter, celebrating 100 years, exploring the four freedoms of mental health, and a call for Media Prize entries.

    Austen Riggs Center Spring 2019 newsletter, celebrating 100 years, exploring the four freedoms of mental health, and a call for Media Prize entries. 

  • Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute, explores Wesley Carr and an institution’s primary task.

    Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Distinguished Faculty in the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute, explores Wesley Carr and an institution’s primary task. 

  • 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.

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