Wednesday, March 29, 6pm, EST: Many Americans, world leaders and people everywhere are deeply concerned about what seems to be the mental clarity and fitness of the newly-elected President of the U.S., Mr. Donald Trump.
Without any formal means required by law to evaluate Presidential candidates or any other elected official, we rely upon our own sense of assessment as well as those of professionals to arrive at a deeper understanding of what we may be dealing with here. With numerous nations with nuclear capability, with the mounting effects of Climate Change across the planet such as drought, food shortages, rising sea-levels and numerous wars in motion at any given moment, with the capacity to destroy the world many times over with a few commands, the mental and emotional stability as well as non-reactive, intellectual clarity of the Commander-in-Chief is an absolute necessity. Yet perhaps at no time before in U.S. history have we had so many questions surrounding this important topic about the holder of this office.
To discuss this, Mitchell Rabin is joined by a physician, Dr. Rick Lippin, Jungian psychoanalyst, Dr. Michael Conforti and Professor of Psychiatriy at Tufts University, Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH.
Dr. Richard A. (Rick) Lippin is a recognized leader in the medical specialty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), which he practiced for over 25 years during which he held senior positions in Atlantic Richfield Company’s (ARCO) Corporate Medical Department. His most recent position, held since 1987, was Corporate Medical Director ARCO Chemical Company where he had responsibility for the management of Occupational and Environmental Medical Programs on a worldwide basis, including the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.
Following his retirement from ARCO in Dec 1999, Dr Lippin accepted a position as Chief Medical Officer of EarthMed.com an internet based Holistic Health Company.
In recognition for his achievements in his field Dr. Lippin was the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award given annually by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
Dr. Lippin holds academic faculty appointments at Jefferson Medical College and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Both are located in Philadelphia.
Within his field Dr. Lippin has developed special expertise and leadership in Worksite Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine issues in their relationship to employee health and productivity outcomes. He became an authority on work stress. He also has expertise in the responsible application of Alternative Medicine to the worksite. In 1996, he assumed the Chairmanship of ACOEM’s Mental Health Committee, and shortly thereafter was appointed as the only physician to serve on the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research priority (NORA) team on Organization of Work (OOW).
In January of 1996, Dr. Lippin published the first peer-reviewed article on the topic of Alternative Medicine in the Workplace in the highly regarded journal Alternative Therapies edited by Dr. Larry Dossey.
Dr. Lippin also coined the term “Arts -Medicine” having founded, in 1976, the American Physicians Poetry Association (APPA) and in 1985 the International Arts-Medicine Association (IAMA) dedicated to providing a forum for communication between arts and health professionals on a global basis. The arts-medicine movement incorporates the many links between the healing and creative arts including arts therapies, the environmental enhancement of health care facilities through the arts and the use of the arts in public health education. In 1997, Dr. Lippin was invited to author a chapter on Expressive Arts Therapies in a textbook, The Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Second Edition, (Ed-M.Micozzi) the first textbook for medical students on the subject.
Dr. Lippin writes and speaks extensively on the above topics often in a keynote capacity. See http://ricklippin.org/home.htm
Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston, the C.G Jung
Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England.
A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute – Zurich and Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada.
He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002). His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring Journal.
Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Mystic, CT and consults with individuals and corporations around the world. He provides his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry. He has served as script consultant on the films Pride and Glory and Elvis Anabelle and is currently working on a script for a new TV series. He has also been asked to consult on the application of field theory to the understanding and resolution of international border disputes. He was selected by The Club of Budapest and the University of Potsdam to be part of a 20 member international team of physicists, biologists, and dynamical systems theorists to examine the role and influence of informational fields. He is a recipient of the Vision Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Conforti is a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. He is currently working on a new book, Hidden Presence: Archetypes, Spells, Possessions and the Complex. Dr. Conforti has been a guest on A Better World TV and Radio a few times and is a long-time colleague and friend of Mitchell Rabin’s. See http://www.assisiinstitute.com.
Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH is a psychiatric researcher with expertise in depression and bipolar disorder, and training in philosophy and public health. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He also teaches at Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Lecturer. He is the author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness¸ a New York Times Best Seller (Penguin Group, 2011), a half dozen other books, and over 200 scientific articles or book chapters.
Dr. Ghaemi has a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, completed medical and psychiatry residency training at Harvard in the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital programs, received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Tufts University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
He was born in Iran and was raised in the United States from age 5. He is currently at work on a book on the psychology of nonviolence of Martin Luther King Jr.
Mitchell Rabin, M.A., L.AC. is a holistic psychotherapist, with a background in traditional Chinese Medicine and Energy Medicine/biofeedback, combining Chinese Energetics within a psychological paradigm. Mitchell has been in private practice in NYC since 1980, with additional training in Psychodrama, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and currently lectures and running Therapeutic Theater/Chi-Kung workshops. Mitchell brought the mind-body, integrated understanding of Total Biology, previously just available in French in Europe and Quebec, to the U.S. in 2005, work based on the German New Medicine. Using neuro-psychology and quantum/morphogenetic fields as an integral part of his work, Mitchell has been said to have contributed to the personal development of many of his clients and students over decades. Mitchell uses play, perspective and humor combined with Mind-Body thinking in his work.
Mitchell founded The Center for Creative Well-Being ,a stress management center in NYC, The Ecology Institute focusing on the subject of his book in progress, Sacred Stewardship: Awakening the Soul to Action, and A Better World, a popular weekly community cable TV show in NYC and A Better World Radio. He writes for the Huffington Post.