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.

  • Main Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

    In Deborah Solomon’s recently published biography American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, she gives a thorough account of the years Rockwell and his family lived in Stockbridge, MA.

  • Green cleats

    You may not have known that Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week coincide. Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall knew he was violating the NFL dress code on October 10, during Mental Health Awareness Week, when he chose to wear green cleats instead of the pink cleats that the association set as a policy for all players to wear throughout October to raise awareness for breast cancer.

  • Fall Conference poster

    In this year’s Fall Conference, October 18 –19, we explore the history of trauma and the attempts to remember, forget, or mark the landscape with our history of trauma.

  • Consultation

    Dr. Eric Plakun responds to the post written by Dr. Margaret Parish, "How Literature Teaches Empathy."

  • Photo of reading glasses

    I used to work in a teaching hospital where one of the doctors regularly asked psychiatry residents to read a story by Anton Chekhov called Misery or To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief? The story is about a man who can find no one to talk to about his sorrow about the recent death of his son.

  • Suicide Awareness Month

    The suicidal person suffers alone. We must continue to find ways to address this suffering. Treatment is only part of the answer, although in treatment centers we can and should try to find ways to do better. Beyond treatment, in our communities, our country, our culture, we can find ways both to cultivate hope and to speak with each other about suffering.

  • Inn Living Room

    Many often remark that Austen Riggs is a unique place and program. For those who have spent time here -- as an employee, a student, or a patient, the experience is often called “transformational.”

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Dr. Eric Plakun comments on recent publications comparing CBT to psychodynamic therapy.

  • Dr. Jonathan Olds

    "If, like me, you have a deep desire to understand what it is to be human, are not afraid to be challenged, and feel that one is able to truly make a clinical difference to someone through the power of analysis and perseverance, I cannot recommend a medical elective at Austen Riggs highly enough."

  • Artwork entitled Important Day

    “People have eyes to see, ears to hear and art to feel.” Jo Ann Rothschild quoted her first teacher, Leo Garel, in an interview discussing her upcoming gallery opening in Stockbridge, MA. “One of the things that Leo taught is that art is useful for everyone. We do not have a specific organ to help us experience or even process our emotions, and that is where art comes in. Leo used to say that art is the organ for emotion.”



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