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  • Riggs Strategic Initiative Video Blog: Biopsychosocial AdvocacyOctober 18, 2017Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Dr. Eric M. Plakun gives an overview of the Biopsychosocial Advocacy Strategic Initiative at the Austen Riggs Center.Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":fals...

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  • At What Point Does Too Much Crying Mean a Prescription is Needed?October 12, 2017Dr. Jane Tillman discusses the drug Nuedexa and when does too much crying call for a prescribed medication. Who decides when someone is crying too much? Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • Our Treatment The Open SettingOctober 11, 2017Entering the open setting here at Riggs produces a kind of culture shock—this holds for patients, for their families, and for new staff. As a psychiatric hospital, Riggs is unique, and it is the open setting that makes it unique: no locked wards, no security guards, no pass system. Patients have cars, hold jobs, come and go to college, sit (or work) in...

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  • Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry Provides Important Benchmark for Medical Student Eric DebboldSeptember 27, 2017Tulane University Medical student Eric Debbold recently completed the Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry at the Austen Riggs Center. Debbold grew up in northern California, did his undergraduate work at UCLA in microbiology and molecular genetics (with a minor in global studies), a...

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  • We’re All Students HereSeptember 22, 2017Pottery Instructor Michael McCarthy writes about his role as a teacher in the Activities Program at the Austen Riggs Center for Studio Potter journal.  Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • Learning from Each Other September 20, 2017There is a culture of learning and curiosity at the Austen Riggs Center that extends beyond the clinical work with patients, beyond the work of the Erikson Institute, and into the wider world. We have much to learn and much to share and it is within that spirit that Riggs offers internship opportunities. Read more Share ...

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  • Announcements Call for Submissions: 2018 American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Poster SessionSeptember 18, 2017Austen Riggs Center Staff, Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, Dr. Kate Gallagher and Dr. Katie Lewis, to Co-Chair 2018 American Psychoanalytic Association Poster Session for 2018 National Meeting. Read more Share | var addthis_c...

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  • Announcements Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute Awards Scholarship to Three Local High School StudentsSeptember 18, 2017Each year, for the past seventeen years, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center awards the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship to three students, one from each of three area high schools: Lee, Lenox, and Monument Mountain.  Read more Share ...

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  • Our Treatment Comprehensive Treatment at the Austen Riggs CenterSeptember 13, 2017Read about the programs and services that contribute to the interdisciplinary and individual treatment at Austen Riggs Center.  Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • Press Releases Daphne Merkin to present "SAD STORIES: What We Talk About When We Talk About Depression" at the Austen Riggs CenterSeptember 8, 2017The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the first Friday Night Guest Lecture in its 2017-18 series:b"SAD STORIES: What We Talk About When We Talk About Depression" with Daphne Merkin, Friday, September 8, from 6:30-8:00 p...

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  • Something for the PainSeptember 6, 2017Suicide and opioid use/addiction have something in common: they are attempts to solve the problem of pain, both physical pain and psychological pain (also known as “psychache”) (Shneidman 1998). Last summer the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report indicating that death by suicide in the US increased by 24% between 1999 and 2014, translating to ...

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  • Our Treatment Does Our Treatment Work?August 24, 2017Scientific evidence supports the comprehensive treatment for complex psychiatric problems available at the Austen Riggs Center.  Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • The Opioid Epidemic: A Local PerspectiveAugust 23, 2017Austen Riggs Center guest blogger Dr. Jennifer Michaels writes about the impact of the opioid crisis in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • Press Releases Austen Riggs Center 2017 Fall Conference to Focus on Mental Health Parity, Ethics, and the LawAugust 17, 2017The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce its annual Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars: Mental Health Parity, Ethics, and the Law: What clinicians, patients, and advocates should know. The day-long conference will be held on Saturday, S...

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  • Psychodynamic Therapy Found ‘Equivalent’ to CBT Across DisordersAugust 11, 2017Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director Dr. Eric Plakun comments on meta-analyses showing “equivalence” of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions . . . and with the Influence of Big PharmaAugust 9, 2017The opioid epidemic is a special problem among those with mental disorders. Of 115 million opioid prescriptions distributed annually in the US, more than half were received by the 16% of Americans with mental disorders (Davis et. al 2017). The Austen Riggs Center doesn’t offer primary addiction t...

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  • Our Treatment / Press Releases Austen Riggs Center Named a Top Ten Best Hospital in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World ReportAugust 8, 2017The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #9 in Psychiatry nationwide. Noteworthy among the top group of psychiatry honorees for its small size and integrated approach, the Austen Riggs Center...

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  • Coping when a Patient Commits SuicideJuly 28, 2017Austen Riggs Center clinicians Drs. Eric Plakun and Jane G. Tillman speak about the impact of suicide on clinicians.  Read more Share | var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":false};

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  • The Opioid Epidemic: A Clinical PerspectiveJuly 19, 2017Throughout America, individuals, families, and clinicians are struggling to make treatment available to those who need it. Meanwhile, the deaths of successful and wealthy celebrities demonstrate how extraordinarily difficult overcoming opioid addiction can be, as well as making it clear that addiction does not discriminate based on social sta...

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  • Press Releases Early Intervention with High-Need/Low-Resource Populations is Focus of 6th Annual Riggs-Yale ConferenceJuly 18, 2017Jointly planned and presented by the Austen Riggs Center, the Yale Child Study Center, and the Yale Department of Psychiatry, this conference will bring together researchers and project leaders from both institutions who will describe community-based programs designed ...

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  • Research Update – States of Mind Preceding a Near Lethal Suicide Attempt: Understanding Pathways to Suicide and Associated Risk and Protective Factors July 12, 2017The States of Mind (SOM) study involves 131 participants drawn from the patient population of the Austen Riggs Center. Data were collected between 2009-2012. Within this sample we conducted a detailed psychodynamic interview with a subs...

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  • Celebrating the Students of the Austen Riggs Nursery School July 5, 2017Recently, the Austen Riggs Nursery School held both its annual art show and its year-end celebration, two events organized to recognize the work of the children, parents, teachers, and all those who contribute to the school’s continued success throughout the year. Read more Share ...

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