Following are videos of presenters’ talks from the Creativity and Madness summer conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico — July 29 – August 2, 2019

Over Exposed and Under Prepared – Helping Children Navigate Technology Safely

Dr. Amy Vail, PsyD

Dr. Amy Vail addresses the adverse effects seen in youth with high levels of screen time and a decrease in the ability to interact socially face-to-face with others, an increase in social isolation and problems related to a deficit of sleep…

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Dr. Amy Vail addresses the adverse effects seen in youth with high levels of screen time and a decrease in the ability to interact socially face-to-face with others, an increase in social isolation and problems related to a deficit of sleep. Dr. Vail is concerned with the impact of technology on everyone especially our children and adolescents. Dr. Vail’s work with families and schools addresses the consequences of technology on everyone, especially our youth. She will speak to the need to be aware of the impacts of phone and screen time on social and emotional development and, also, learn how children are using technology.

People increasingly recognize how stressed they are by devices that are designed to make their lives easier. Clinicians may be dealing with patients/clients who regularly complain about how out of control and disconnected they feel from others. Clinicians need to be aware of the impact of technology on adolescents. It has the following affects:

  • Decrease in the ability to interact socially face-to-face
  • Increases social isolation
  • Brains are constantly being overstimulated, producing an increase in dopamine. This activates the pleasure centers of the brain. In this sense they are becoming addicted to watching monitors.

Dr. Amy Vail is in private practice in Olympic Valley, North Lake Tahoe. She is also Director of Psychological Counseling at Squaw Valley Academy, as well as the bi-lingual psychologist at Tahoe Forest Hospital and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center, both located in Truckee, California. Dr. Amy Vail works with Life Ingredients, using an on-line program designed to teach mindfulness and self-awareness to children and adults.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Finding One’s True Identity through the Jazz flute solos of Claude Bolling

Rita Huie, MA, MSW

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Rita Maduell Huie has a masters in flute performance from the University of New Orleans and a masters in social work from LSU Baton Rouge, currently semi-retired and teaching art. Rita had worked as a social worker in various fields, including alcohol, drug abuse, private practice, and inpatient psychiatric facilities, and worked with families at Fort Stewart as a civilian in the army, where she wrote articles for the paper Frontline. Most of Huie’s working life however includes teaching music, art and creative writing. Rita plays flute currently with the Waco Community Band and Holy Angels Church in Clifton Texas, but has played with community bands and other bands and classical recitals in the New Orleans area before moving to Texas.

   $20 / 1-year rental


The Amazon Motif in the Arts and Psychotherapy

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD and Barbara Mainguy, MA, MSW

Our presentation examines how to use Amazonian art and stories in psychotherapy and medicine as ways to increase women’s sense of agency and to feel heroic in their lives…

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Our presentation examines how to use Amazonian art and stories in psychotherapy and medicine as ways to increase women’s sense of agency and to feel heroic in their lives but also as doors to open their discomfort with gender role conflict and with upsetting the men in their lives.

In these days of increasing discussion of the rights and the treatment of women, psychotherapists and physicians are sometimes challenged to find role models for female empowerment. The myth of the Amazonians was invented by Heraclitus and Strabo in 6th Century B.C. Greece to explain women warriors who defeated the Greeks in battle, but also to frighten Greek women into remaining submissive. As such, it has become a symbol for male discomfort with female power and female rebellion against male domination.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD (Cherokee and Lakota heritage) is the author of several books, including the “Coyote” Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980’s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes.

He has taught in the medical schools at Maine Dartmouth, Union Institute and University (Brattleboro, VT), the University of Hawaii, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. He has held a number of other positions in complementary healthcare organizations, in addition to hospitals, where he has also performed extensive emergency and psychiatric care throughout the U.S. and Canada, including about aboriginal systems and in aboriginal settings. He has also published over 100 papers in refereed journals. H currently teaches at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, practices medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, Bangor, and is the Director of Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. www.mehl-madrona.com and www.coyoteinstitute.us

Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA, MSW is creative arts director and education director for Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation in Orono, Maine. She also works with the Wabanaki Health and Wellness Center in Bangor, Maine. She is a psychotherapist and especially enjoys working with people experiencing psychosis and extraordinary experiences. She is also a filmmaker and a visual artist.

Barbara attended the University of Toronto and York University in Toronto. Her master’s degree is in creative arts therapies with an emphasis on drama therapy from Concordia University in Montreal. She is the author of scholarly papers on embodied narratives and drama therapy with autism and schizophrenia, and is coauthor of (with Lewis Mehl-Madrona) of Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation Through Story.

Barbara has assisted Lewis in teaching Cherokee Bodywork since 2007. She is especially interested in exploring the ways in which trauma is encoded in the body and how bodywork can unlock it. She also focuses on how traditional North American healers used stories to bind this trauma and the accompanying emotions so they become digestible.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Maybe Daffodils: The Restless Solitude of May Sartont

Dorella Bond, MDiv, PhD

I am fascinated by those who bring something into being out of nothing. Here I turn my attention to the author and poet, May Sarton, who was my inspiration and muse two decades ago…

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I am fascinated by those who bring something into being out of nothing. Here I turn my attention to the author and poet, May Sarton, who was my inspiration and muse two decades ago. Revisiting that relationship today brings a perspective from a stage of my own development that allows me to tell a new story of hope and resilience.

Dorella Bond is a psychologist and private consultant with an MDiv from Yale and a PhD from Boston University. Her private practice is devoted to life-transition, personal change and leadership development based on Constructive Developmental Theory and the Immunity to Change model. Dr. Bond is Chair of the Psychology Department and Associate Professor at Madonna University where her research interests include change throughout the life cycle and creative expression in the classroom, the arts and the workplace.

   $20 / 1-year rental


“Pleased to meet you… Won’t you guess my name?” Clinician Self Care and the Dark Side of the Daimonic

Greg Scharf, MA, MS, MFCC

This presentation explores the possible relationship of the mythic, archetypal, and daimonic in Clinician Self-Care, as I believe it illustrates that the answer to stress related problems is neither facile nor short term…

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This presentation explores the possible relationship of the mythic, archetypal, and daimonic in Clinician Self-Care, as I believe it illustrates that the answer to stress related problems is neither facile nor short term. We will go from daimonic to demonic in learning to protect ourselves, much as a physician uses scrubs and gloves for protection.

Greg has a Master’s Degrees in both Counseling and Religion/Social Ethics. He has been in practice twenty years, and has specialized in anger management, Military Families, and have written opinion pieces for twenty years, first for The Californian, The San Diego Union Tribune, and now the Sarnia Observer, a division of the Toronto Sun. His work has been discussed on MSNBC and used for the cover of the Journal of the Alliance of the California Mentally Ill. Greg’s first thesis was “Authorized to Cast Out Demons, A Phenomenological and Ethical Approach to Demon Possession and Exorcism.” The second was “Dream Analysis and Couples” Therapy.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Find Your Way to Emotional Wealth

Sherrie Campbell, PhD

I continue to witness people in our society, who have both fame and money but seem to be lacking in happiness, ending up in deadly situations such as suicide or overdosing…

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I continue to witness people in our society, who have both fame and money but seem to be lacking in happiness, ending up in deadly situations such as suicide or overdosing. In this presentation I explore inner landscapes of true self-knowing laid against outer misperceptions of what authentic happiness means. Unless we truly know our worth, nothing outside of us can bring us the emotional wealth we desire.

Dr. Sherrie Campbell is a nationally recognized expert in clinical psychology, an inspirational speaker, former radio host of the Dr. Sherrie Show for the BBM Global Network and Tune In radio, and an active writer for both Entrepreneur.com and the Huff Post. Dr. Sherrie was selected by the Beauty In Beauty Out Tour 2015 to receive a Reflection Award in Los Angeles for being a “Real Superwoman” in her community. Dr. Sherrie is a licensed psychologist with over two decades of clinical training and experience providing psychotherapy services to residents in Orange County California. She has a Facebook following of over 100,000 and has three books.

   $20 / 1-year rental


How Facing Death Can Teach Us to Live: Three Films by Akira Kurosawa

Kurt Goerwitz, PhD

A presentation of clips from the movie, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, and most importantly, Ikiru, with discussion focused on the theme of living fully in the face of death…

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A presentation of clips from the movie, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, and most importantly, Ikiru, with discussion focused on the theme of living fully in the face of death.

Kurt first became enamored with Akira Kurosawa in the late 1960s after seeing the film, The Seven Samurai, an epic adventure with martial arts, a Zen warrior, life and death imagery, Japanese historical culture extravaganza. Although he had loved so many of Kurosawa’s brilliant films including his most famous, Rashomon, it was not until 2018 that he came to recognize Ikiru (to live) as his best, filmed in 1952.

   $20 / 1-year rental


The Shadow of the Phoenix

Jill Vosler, MD

Solzhenitsyn once said, “the battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” Stated differently, when, where, and why does a good man make a choice that suddenly throws him into the devil’s platoon? This is my focus of examination…

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Solzhenitsyn once said, “the battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” Stated differently, when, where, and why does a good man make a choice that suddenly throws him into the devil’s platoon? This is my focus of examination as I reference examples from my series of twelve novels, each one exploring this theme not through academia, but by getting inside the hearts and minds of a wide range of characters whose acquired experiences and innate tendencies battle for control. It is the age-old premise of nature versus nurture… good versus evil… right versus wrong, and few embody this conflict as well as my protagonist, Martin Henderson, or my antagonist, Edward Morningstar.

Dr. Jill Vosler is a family physician in a small, Midwestern town, whose experiences with the people in that town have inspired a wide range of fascinating, endearing characters. During Medical School, she was selected to travel abroad to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study Geriatric Medicine, and this opened her eyes to the joy and value of experiencing other cultures. Since then, she has made many trips to both the UK and Europe, and her love for these places has flavored her novels, along with the many years spent as a deputy coroner under the guidance of her father, who was the county coroner well into his eighties.

   $20 / 1-year rental


The Art of Balance: Staying Sane in an Insane World

David Bookbinder, LMHC

In this presentation I share the system of tools, techniques, and strategies that have been most helpful to my clients, and that I believe will be most helpful to my colleagues…

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In this presentation I share the system of tools, techniques, and strategies that have been most helpful to my clients, and that I believe will be most helpful to my colleagues. As a life coach and therapist, I’ve been helping people rebalance their lives for more than 15 years, and I’ve encountered a wider range of problems than most people encounter in a lifetime.

David J. Bookbinder is a psychotherapist, life coach, and photographer. He has been working as a coach and therapist for 15 years, helping people find balance, build resilience, overcome fear, and expand their lives every day. He came to psychotherapy
after a transformative near-death experience shifted him toward art and healing.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Your Creative Imagination. UNLOCKED. Become Who You Truly Are.

Jim Manganiello, EdD

Dr. Manganiello shares his ideas on how to UNLOCK our creative imagination, to become more of who we truly are so we can realize psychology and art’s joint possibilities for restoring depth, meaning and sanity to daily life…

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Dr. Manganiello shares his ideas on how to UNLOCK our creative imagination, to become more of who we truly are so we can realize psychology and art’s joint possibilities for restoring depth, meaning and sanity to daily life.

Dr. Jim Manganiello is an award-winning depth psychologist, teacher and author. He has more than 30 years of experience doing deep therapy work. He earned his Doctorate at Boston University, where he was directly admitted to doctoral candidacy under a full fellowship awarded on the basis of outstanding promise for professional excellence. He’s celebrated for his therapy and teaching skills, and for his pioneering efforts to bring psychotherapy into the 21st century.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Thoreau’s Lockjaw, Oar Locks, and Lock Up

Mike Sperber, MD

Dr. Sperber performs his one-act play with four scenes about a man who acted from principles and refused to pay taxes to support the Mexico-American War…

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Dr. Sperber performs his one-act play with four scenes about a man who acted from principles and refused to pay taxes to support the Mexico-American War (1846-8), saying: “I have no enemies in Mexico and would rather not trace my dollar until it bought a musket and a man to shoot one with.”

Trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Currently, he is Medical Director of Comprehensive Health Services
Dr. Sperber has written 3 books, 50 journal articles, and this will be his third play, written and performed for AIMED.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Tarot and Jung’s Turn to the East

Art Rosengarten, Ph.D.

Explore the fascinating and magical world of visual symbols and synchronicity, that is, “acausal connection through meaning,” a term coined by Jung and long understood by the Eastern mind…

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Explore the fascinating and magical world of visual symbols and synchronicity, that is, “acausal connection through meaning,” a term coined by Jung and long understood by the Eastern mind.

Dr. Rosengarten is a Jungian psychologist and a Buddhist meditator with a longstanding interest in tarot symbolism and divination from a psychological perspective. He’s written five books on ths topic, and has been teaching the tarot to helping professionals for over 25 years.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Comic Books, Creativity, and Madness: Supernormal Powers and the Cracked and Fragmented Self

David Odorisio, PhD

My presentation is an introduction to the ways in which psychological “madness” is creatively illustrated in popular culture through the medium of comic books…

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My presentation is an introduction to the ways in which psychological “madness” is creatively illustrated in popular culture through the medium of comic books, and what one storyline in particular can show us about the nature of trauma, dissociation, and the “supernormal” self.

Dr. Odorisio serves as Director of The Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, and is Associate Core Faculty in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies graduate degree program. David teaches and has published in the areas of psychology and religion, and comparative mysticism, and is co-editor of the volume Depth Psychology and Mysticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). For further information, please visit: www.ahomeforsoul.com.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Oscar Wilde: Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves

Matthew Horn, MD

This talk is about the life of Oscar Wilde, with the intent to dispel many of the falsehoods that surround his life story. Oscar Wilde has been a literary hobby of mine since I was in 10th grade…

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This talk is about the life of Oscar Wilde, with the intent to dispel many of the falsehoods that surround his life story. Oscar Wilde has been a literary hobby of mine since I was in 10th grade. I wrote a paper about his trial when I was in high school and have followed the myth and legend of his remarkable life for over 40 years.

Dr. Horn is a pulmonary critical care doctor practicing full time in San Diego. He went to Cornell university undergraduate and had the unique opportunity to get a bachelor of arts with a major in physics. He then attended New York University – school of medicine followed by residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village New York. Dr. Horn did his pulmonary fellowship at University of California San Diego. After five years on the University faculty, He went into private practice.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Under the Influence: The Zombie Zeitgeist, Technology and Our Future Selves

James Duffy, MD

My hope is to motivate us to develop a wisdom that will maintain our individual creativity and avoid “dementia technae”. We still have choices about how we engage with the genius of our technology…

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My hope is to motivate us to develop a wisdom that will maintain our individual creativity and avoid “dementia technae”. We still have choices about how we engage with the genius of our technology. My clinical and personal experience has highlighted the profound effect that emerging information technologies are having upon our consciousness. Recent research indicates that these technologies are not only producing measurable changes in our emotional wellbeing, but actual structural and functional changes in our nervous system. The zombie meme is becoming increasingly prevalent in our culture and I suggest this represents our collective fears about the future of human consciousness under the influence of technology.

Brief Bio: James Duffy MD FANPA FAAHPM is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Dr Duffy has been actively involved in the emergence of neuropsychiatry and palliative medicine as recognized medical specialties. More recently, he has been actively supporting the development of effective integrative approaches to mental healthcare. Dr Duffy has been working to support the wellness of clinicians through retreats, workshops and talks. He has published widely in areas relating to neuropsychiatry, palliative medicine, and the medical humanities.

   $20 / 1-year rental


Positively 4th Street: A Baby Boomer’s Guide to the Promised Land

Joshua Simon, MD, EdD

My focus is to further our understanding of creativity’s impact on why we think, feel, and act the way we do. Creativity is often immeasurable and can affect our lives for the better in totally unpredictable ways…

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My focus is to further our understanding of creativity’s impact on why we think, feel, and act the way we do. Creativity is often immeasurable and can affect our lives for the better in totally unpredictable ways. Opening to the excitement of creativity, our own as well as others, is an invitation to expand our understanding of self and look for the unexpected positives to be found!

Joshua Simon is the Behavioral Health Medical Director at Marana Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to administering the psychiatric team of of psychiatric physicians and psychiatric nurse practitioners in an integrated care setting, Dr. Simon provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults. To contact Joshua, please email: ball9@aol.com

   $20 / 1-year rental


Erich von Stroheim, a psychological profile

Godfrey Ripley, MD 

Many of our younger colleagues will have seen Erich von Stroheim in the 1950 movie “Sunset Boulevard” – some of the more senior will remember him in the great 1937 ant-war Renoir film “Grand Illusion”…

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Many of our younger colleagues will have seen Erich von Stroheim in the 1950 movie “Sunset Boulevard” – some of the more senior will remember him in the great 1937 ant-war Renoir film “Grand Illusion” – but even the old-timers like myself will have had but little knowledge of his Art in the days of the silent cinema. We shall endeavor to present a glimpse of this.

Medical training, University of London
Psychoanalytic training, Tavistock Institute, London
Primary Care, Family Practice, England, Jamaica
Combat Military Service, infantry – insurgency, Jamaica
Former school teacher, Social Studies
Former Faculty University of Connecticut, Texas Tech. and Duke
Following retirement, locum tenens in Primary Care, Occupational Health and Prison Service

   $20 / 1-year rental


The Couples Project

Roger A. Miller, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., BCD

Focusing on how people relate to each other and their environments, this presentation incorporates Richard Avedon’s photographic sensibilities, the presenter’s own experience and creative process, and the relational theories of Judith Wallerstein and Jon Gottman…

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Focusing on how people relate to each other and their environments, this presentation incorporates Richard Avedon’s photographic sensibilities, the presenter’s own experience and creative process, and the relational theories of Judith Wallerstein (Developmental tasks of successful couples) and Jon Gottman (Interactional processes between members of the couple as predictor of successful relationships).

The Couples Project Started as a photographic essay based on the photographic styling of Richard Avedon. Using a medium format film camera and posing subjects on a pure white background these photographs remove all context except what is happening between the subjects in the present moment. A brief “clinical couple’s interview” accompanies the photographs in what I hope will eventually be a book documenting the project’s process and the couples’ stories.

Roger Miller is a Doctoral level Social Worker practicing in Asheville. Early in life, it became apparent he needed an artistic outlet to express himself fully. He originally trained in music, studying classical guitar and clarinet. However, due to an injury, it became evident that a career in music was not meant to be. Given an ongoing interest in the communication arts, Roger became trained as a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, focusing on how people relate to each other and their environments.

   $20 / 1-year rental


The Magic of Stories: Adventures of Wilhelm – A Rat’s Tale

Maria Ritter, Ph.D.

Dr. Ritter’s presentation is based on her most recent book, The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale. “Wilhelm” is an allegorical coming-of-age travel adventure for middle grade readers that inspires thinking about good and evil, tolerance and acceptance while helping readers learn about the importance of valuing other cultures…

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Dr. Ritter’s presentation is based on her most recent book, The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale. “Wilhelm” is an allegorical coming-of-age travel adventure for middle grade readers that inspires thinking about good and evil, tolerance and acceptance while helping readers learn about the importance of valuing other cultures.

“Everyone has a story to tell – even a rat, named Wilhelm.”

Maria Ritter is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in La Jolla, California. Dr. Ritter is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She also is a graduate and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.

Dr. Ritter uses storytelling to help her readers make sense of the world around them. She is the author of, Return to Dresden, (2004), an autobiographical reflection on her childhood in Germany during and after World War II. It is a healing memoir that confronts national guilt for the Nazi past and weaves the broken pieces of loss and grief into a healing tapestry.
“The ashes must be shared. It’s hard to swallow them alone, the voice of peace is heard.”

She has written on the topic of silence and trauma and has spoken to various audiences on trauma and recovery. Her book, On the Path and Other Wanderings, (2015) is a collection of poems and stories on people, animals and encounters. These rhymes and musings, short stories and reflective memories can inspire others to search their own attics and archives of memory for keepsake treasures.

She and her husband enjoy their family, their five grandchildren, traveling, writing, music, and their Dachshund, Penelope.

   $20 / 1-year rental

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