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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 first blog entry comes from Staff Nurse Amy Hardt, RN, MPH, MAA.

  • Riggs Theatre 37 to Stage Shakespeare’s Henry V May 14-19, 2019

    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, William Shakespeare’s Henry V, will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 19.

  • Riggs Clinicians to Present at 2019 APA Annual Meeting

    May 18-22, Riggs clinicians will be presenting in San Francisco, CA, at the 2019 Annual Meetings of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP), and PsychSIGN.

  • Cyberbullying Causes and Potential Interventions: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Barlett

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Christopher Barlett, PhD, spoke with us about a number of topics related to cyberbullying including advice for parents, the creations of a theory to explain cyberbullying processes, and how intervention efforts can utilize the theory to reduce cyberbullying. 

  • "The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health"

    The Austen Riggs Center is proud to announce the new exhibition, “The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health,” over Memorial Day Weekend. The exhibition will be located in the newly renovated annex of the Old Corner House in Stockbridge, and chronicles the history of Riggs, from its founding by Dr. Austen Fox Riggs in 1919, to its current position as a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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