The Riggs Blog

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.

  • Lost in Transmission book cover

    Congratulations to Dr. M. Gerard Fromm for the recent review by Michael Shulman in the October 2013 publication of the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Shulman gives Lost in Transmission: Studies of Trauma Across Generations, which Dr. Fromm edited, a detailed and very favorable review.

  • Dr. Edward Shapiro, former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center

    Dr. Edward Shapiro, former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center delivered a moving talk during the reunion weekend. He spoke about the central aspects of the treatment at Austen Riggs and how relationships and the open setting are crucial to the knowledge developed at Riggs for staff and patients. The negotiation between patients taking up their authority and finding their voice within a community and staff learning to sharpen their capacities to listen develops a deeper clarity in our work with one another and has large implications in the world outside of Riggs.

  • Addiction

    If you tuned into cable news during the last month you may have seen two more politicians engulfed in scandal. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught smoking crack and Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) was caught buying cocaine. The recent events have sparked extensive coverage in the media, political discussions and ample material for comedians. It seems that politicians behaving badly creates a place for society to wrestle with views on addiction and individual responsibility.

  • The theater at Austen Riggs

    Part of the rich history of the Austen Riggs Center is the impact and work of Erik Erikson. We also have his spouse, Joan Erikson, to thank for making a lasting and meaningful impact on our treatment model and on the patients who benefit from being at the Center.

  • Train tracks

    Since many of us at Riggs and in the Berkshires are periodic users of Metro North trains for travel into New York City, we have followed with great concern and sadness the tragic crash of a Metro North train in the Bronx last week. How awful that four died and so many sustained injuries that early morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims—including the engineer.

  • Interns in Inn Living Room

    As the holiday season approaches, thoughts often turn to year-end acts of charity. Janet Cooperman Hiser, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, describes what it means to donate to Austen Riggs.

  • Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. This is the second blog in the series, written by one of our Admissions Coordinators Nicki May.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    On November 9-10, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center hosted a working conference entitled Psychodynamic Training in Psychology: Crises, Challenges, and Opportunities. Attendees consisted of individuals from 22 psychodynamically oriented training programs in the USA and Canada.

  • Jeb Fowler, PhD Fellow in Psychology

    We offer a two-year Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and a four-year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies.

  • Community Center

    Recently, Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. Over the next few weeks you will read entries from a diverse field of respondents. Congratulations to Lindsay Codwise, Development Assistant, for creating the winning blog entry.



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