A core belief at the Austen Riggs Center is that the successful functioning of our therapeutic community is that everyone has something to offer and something to gain by participating. In this spirit of learning and to underscoring another core value -- relationships matter,  we offer two online communities.

Austen Riggs Alumni Community 

The Austen Riggs Center Alumni Association--the first of its kind--was established in 1995 to support the mission of Riggs and began as informal gatherings of former patients. Today, the Association is a national network of more than 1,000 former patients, former staff, and former trustees. Alumni support the institution by promoting our work and supporting our mission through advocacy and philanthropy.


Meaning Matters Online Community

Credentialed clinicians and other mental health professionals are invited to join Meaning Matters, an online discussion forum hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, that provides a space to share information and thinking about human behavior and how it is impacted by conscious and unconscious processes, personality and motivational factors, relational dynamics and the meaning of symptoms.

We invite you to raise the topics, concerns, and psychoanalytic ideas that compel, perplex, and even provoke you; we expect it to be a place for thoughtful, interesting conversations for open and inquiring minds. 

We encourage discussion that integrates a psychodynamic perspective with other theoretical approaches and modalities, as well as with research in neuropsychology and neuroscience, developmental psychology, personality, and cognition.

To sign up (free), go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/meaning-matters-community