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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 provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 2018 Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

  • Read the latest issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter online – featuring articles on mental health parity, the evidence base for Riggs’ treatment, and the opioid epidemic.

    Read the latest issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter online – featuring articles on mental health parity, the evidence base for Riggs’ treatment, and the opioid epidemic. 

  • Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy, Dr. Eric M. Plakun offers tools to navigate appealing denials of mental health care.

    Many people have had the unhappy experience of being denied insurance coverage for mental health treatment they, their family, and doctor agree is medically necessary. Appealing denials can be complicated, frustrating, confusing, and difficult to navigate.

     
  • The Austen Riggs Center is a psychiatric treatment hospital with an open setting.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

    Here are five of the most popular blogs from October through December of this year.

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

    The Austen Riggs Center stands for an integrated biopsychosocial model in the broader mental health field, in clinical practice, in teaching, in research, in advocacy, and in organized psychiatry as well as in psychoanalysis. Several Riggs clinicians represent that biopsychosocial approach in their work beyond the Riggs campus. 

     
  • Working in an environment deliberately separated from the intensive treatment atmosphere, patients take up the role of student as they participate in a variety of artistic and intellectual endeavors in the Activities Program.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

    Here are five of the most popular blogs from July to September.

     
     
  • With the holidays approaching, this is a busy time of year for everyone. As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on our accomplishments over the past year and the generous individuals and organizations who helped to make them possible. These donations have enabled the Austen Riggs Center to continue to deliver excellent clinical care and to maintain the education, research, and outreach efforts of the Erikson Institute.

     
     
  • As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year. Here are five of the most popular blogs from April to June.

     
     
  • Riggs Theatre 37 to Stage Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings, December 12-17, 2017

    Riggs Theatre 37 is excited to announce this year’s December production: Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings will be performed Tuesday, December 12 through Sunday, December 17, nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the intimate Riggs Theatre 37, located at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge on the second floor.

     
  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    This past summer, Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber was a featured speaker at the 2017 TEDxBerkshires event at Kripalu. The video of his talk, “Mindcraft: The Evolution of Precision Psychiatry,” is available in this blog.

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