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Here you will find video excerpts and full presentations of Riggs clinicians and invited guests speaking on a wide variety of important mental health topics.

In this webinar, three experts with intimate knowledge of the case, discuss how the ruling curbs the power of insurance companies to decide what standards of care are appropriate, and provide insights on how caregivers can use the verdict to advance access to care for their patients.

Below, you will find conference presentation recordings (edited for public viewing) and a number of additional resources from the Austen Riggs Center’s Virtual 2020 Fall Conference–Suicide: Culture & Community.  

Hannah Dreier Selected for 2020 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize.

This virtual event recognized and celebrated the recipient of the 2020 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media: Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier.

Dr. Plakun spoke at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference.

Riggs Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, speaks at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference about mental health parity, recovery, and more.

Caroline Reynolds, Esq., presented at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference.

Caroline E. Reynolds, Esq., explains the theory of the case, in which UBH (Optum), the nation’s largest behavioral health claims administrator, was found liable for breaching its fiduciary duties to its insureds by developing and using medical necessity criteria that were pervasively more restrictive than generally accepted standards of care.

Carol Gilligan's Keynote Presentation at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference.

Carol Gilligan, PhD, gives a Keynote Presentation and raises issues addressed in the recent book she co-edited, The Crisis of Connection, noting a societal shift in the relationship between the “me” and the “we” in our culture. Dr. Gilligan also links her comments to Erikson, who was one of her mentors.

Dr. Mintz discusses a way of working with medications.

David Mintz, MD, discusses a way of working with medications that attends to the meaning of medications–a scalable clinical approach he describes as “psychodynamic psychopharmacology.” 

Dr. Parish discusses aspects of the Riggs biopsychosocial treatment model.

Margaret Parish, PhD, discusses aspects of the Riggs biopsychosocial treatment model as offering potential contributions to the solution of the mental health crisis in America. 

Ted Kennedy, Jr., Esq., presented Improving Access to Care: New Frontiers in Parity and Civil Rights at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference.

Ted Kennedy, Jr., Esq., was a presenter at the Austen Riggs Center's Centennial Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

Peter Fonagy, PhD, gave a keynote presentation at the Austen Riggs Center's Centennial Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

Peter Fonagy, PhD, gave a keynote presentation at the Austen Riggs Center's Centennial Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

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