Family Work

  • Erikson Institute

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the following two events this week, both free and open the public and both being held at the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Laura M. Morrell, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Clinical social work is an integral part of the interdisciplinary psychodynamic treatment approach at the Austen Riggs Center. 

    Hear Laura M. O’Neill, LICSW, speak about the multifaceted role of the clinical social worker at Riggs. 

  • Read the summer 2018 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter.

    Read the summer 2018 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on creativity and human development. 

  • Psychotherapy

    We focus on the whole person, including the trauma. “We try to learn from a person’s relationships—past and present. We try to understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come up in relationships, some of which otherwise might sabotage treatment,” she says.  People with complex trauma histories often become reactive to relationships in ways they don’t understand. We try to help them understand and organize themselves so they can stay in treatment and approach their trauma in a safe way. 

  • Austen Riggs offers family therapy to assist family members to understand one another and the family system better, leading to more harmonious and satisfying relationships.

    In April 2018, the Austen Riggs Center held its second Multi-Family Education Workshop, a new initiative that brings family members of current Riggs patients together with Riggs clinical staff members for a day-long educational program. 

  • Austen Riggs Center staff member Dr. Claudia Gold is part on the Human Development Strategic Initiative.

    When world-renowned child development researcher Dr. Ed Tronick spoke in April 2018 for a mixed audience of Austen Riggs staff and community members who work with children and families, he began with a quote from Steven Hawking, “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. . . .Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

  • Dr. Elizabeth Fitelson gave the Grand Rounds presentation, "Women’s Mental Health Through the Life Cycle," at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Elizabeth Fitelson, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and the co-founder and director of the Women’s Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, talks about women’s mental health through the reproductive life cycle and her impressions of Riggs during a recent visit to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation.

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

    Read about the programs and services that contribute to the interdisciplinary and individual treatment at Austen Riggs Center. 

  • Austen Riggs Center’s Human Development Strategic Initiative hosts Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training.

    Austen Riggs Center’s Human Development Strategic Initiative hosts Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training. 

  • Heather Churchill, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology

    Heather Churchill, PsyD, Fellow in Psychology, talks about the in-depth training and career experience offered by the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.



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