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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.

  • The Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    The Coalition for Psychotherapy Parity, formed at the request of Harriet Wolfe, MD, president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), and comprised of leading researchers, clinicians, and advocates for psychotherapy, recently released “Clinical Necessity Guidelines for Psychotherapy, Insurance Medical Necessity and Utilization Review Protocols, and Mental Health Parity.” 

  • National Nurses Week 2014

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what nursing means at Riggs. Over the next couple of weeks you will read the two winning blogs. The first blog is written by Louise Posnick, Staff Nurse.

  • The Hamlet Project will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 13at Riggs Theatre 37.

    Each spring, a group of Austen Riggs Center patients and actors from the local community stage a Shakespearian production in the intimate Riggs Theatre located at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge on the second floor. This year’s production, The Hamlet Project, will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 13.

  • Austen Riggs Center clinicians to present at 2018 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New York City.

    Next week, several Austen Riggs Center clinicians will be presenting in New York City, at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Riggs clinicians will also be involved in presentations at the Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN) and American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP) annual meetings.

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

    Samar Habl, MD, director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about who should consider treatment at Riggs, what the admissions process entails, and the importance of negotiating a partnership during the admissions consultation.

  • Dr. Elise Miller about her work while in residence as an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    An interview with Dr. Elise Miller about her work while in residence as an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center. 

  • Alan Abbass, MD, talks about the bias against psychodynamic psychotherapy, how he became interested in resistance in psychotherapy and what he has learned, and his book Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques.

    Allan Abbass, MD, professor of psychiatry and psychology and founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, talks about the bias against psychodynamic psychotherapy, how he became interested in resistance in psychotherapy and what he has learned, and his book Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques, during a recent visit to Riggs to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation.

  • Katie Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    This interview is republished with permission from New England Psychologist. It was originally published online on March 2, 2018.

  • Read the spring 2018 issue of the ARC News, the Austen Riggs Center's newsletter.

    Read the spring 2018 issue of the ARC News, the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter. 

  • Hear Austen Riggs Center staff talk about Substance Abuse Services.

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). As they state on their website, “Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.”

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