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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.

  • Nina Gutin, PhD, writes about the importance of speaking up about suicide and me

    Austen Riggs Center former patient Nina Gutin, PhD, writes about the importance of speaking up about suicide and mental health struggles. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center has a therapeutic community in an open treatment setting.

    Who is residential treatment meant for? This is a question we hear often and the answer is not always straightforward. However, if you seriously struggle with relationships and have difficulty interacting with friends, family, co-workers, and others, you may benefit from residential treatment. These kinds of struggles can be a sign of impaired social learning, and interventions such as one-on-one sessions with a therapist alone may not be enough. In such instances, intermediate levels of care like residential treatment can help you build social learning capacity by being immersed in a community of peers and providers with many opportunities for sustained interaction and relationship-building.  

  • Education and training opportunities at the Austen Riggs Center.

    At a certain juncture in their training, some medical students and psychiatric residents confront a profound question: What is the best intervention to treat patients suffering with mental health problems—Is it medication? Is it psychotherapy? Is it both?  

  • David Mintz, MD, Team Leader/Staff Psychiatrist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center Director of Psychiatric Training David Mintz, MD, receives award for “Recovery from Childhood Psychiatric Treatment” article. 

  • Read all of the latest news from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Read and download the latest issues of the ARC News from this year. If you do not already receive the ARC News and would like to, please fill out our general contact form and let us know.  

  • Read all of the latest news from the Austen Riggs Center.

    Read the fall 2020 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on Moral Injury and Blocked Mourning, Measuring Psychological Pain, Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Berkshire County, and A Commitment to Social Work Education. 

  • Highlights from the ARC News - Summer 2020 issue include: Zooming in the Pandemic, Social Distancing and Loneliness, and Mental Health, Suicide Risk, and COVID-19.

    Highlights from the ARC News - Summer 2020 issue include: Zooming in the Pandemic, Social Distancing and Loneliness, and Mental Health, Suicide Risk, and COVID-19.

  • Read the spring 2020 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on Riggs treatment, planned giving, and the Health and Wellness Program.

    Read the spring 2020 issue of the Austen Riggs Center’s newsletter, ARC News, featuring stories on Riggs treatment, planned giving, and the Health and Wellness Program. 

  • The Importance of Health and Wellness, Now More Than Ever - a blog on the Austen Riggs website.

    What can we do when are faced with loss, when we are faced with a world that seems unrecognizable? The pandemic has forced many of us to reckon with difficult feelings and situations, and is having a documented negative impact on the mental health of a growing number of people. In the same breath, some are finding new paths of resilience as well as the time and space to slow down and reconnect with family, friends, and themselves. One powerful tool some are turning to are contemplative practices such as yoga or mindfulness.  

  • As the pandemic wears on and claims more lives, reported mental health issues including suicidal thoughts are continuing to rise. How are COVID-19 and the necessary social isolation measures impacting suicide rates? What are the other individual and societal factors at play and how can we understand and combat them? 

    In an effort to address these and other questions, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to present a VIRTUAL conference for clinicians, scholars, and mental health advocates, Suicide: Culture & Community on Friday evening and Saturday, October 16-17, 2020.  

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