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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.

  • Erikson Institute

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Friday Night Guest Lecture: “A Letter of Love: An Encounter with White Backlash” with George Yancy, PhD.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center.

    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.

  • Director of Admissions Dr. Samar Habl talks about the admissions process and who should consider treatment at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The waiting list consists of prospective patients whose clinical situations have been reviewed by the director of admissions and then determined as potential candidates for admission. They are waiting for us to schedule the face-to-face admissions consultation during which we make the actual determination about whether to offer admission. 

  • Dr. Jeff Foote and Dr. Michael Groat speak about the ways in which psychodynamic principles can be used in different types of treatment settings.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Dr. Jeff Foote, co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), and Dr. Michael Groat, president and CEO of CooperRiis, spoke with us about the ways in which psychodynamic principles can be used in different types of treatment settings among other topics. 

  • 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. 

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