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Rivka Bertisch Meir was an American psychologist, licensed mental health counselor and psychotherapist. She is known for the creation of personal development programs in the United States, Israel, and Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s and for establishing global partnerships in international psychology.

Meir was a Chairperson and International Liaison of International Psychology (Division 52) of the American Psychological Association from 2005 to 2012.[1] As International Liaison, she recruited international psychologists to establish partnerships with the American Psychological Association.[2][3] Meir was founder of the APA "Adopt a Psychologist" initiative which established international alliances between psychologists.[4] Meir was co-founder of the APA National Speakers Network, a directory of psychologists willing to share their expertise with others.[5]

Background and education[6]

Rivka Bertisch was born in Argentina to European Jewish parents. Most of her relatives were killed by the Nazis in Poland during World War II.[6] She attended the University of Hawaii where she received dual bachelor's degrees in Communications and Psychology and a Masters in Public Health.[6] Meir pursued and completed all but one graduate level course at the University of Hawaii and then received a PhD from the University for Humanistic Studies (presently Alliant International University). Her dissertation centered on: Life Pattern Counseling—Theory and Practice. Her dissertation work used cell memory techniques to access and modify traumatic memories.[7]

In the 1970s, Meir was a program planner and researcher at the School of Community Medicine of the Hadassah Medical Center at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and then at the Jerusalem Municipality, Department of Public Health where Rivka (as Rivka Danziger) co-directed Project KIDUM in which she developed clinic and community-based programs in counseling and how to improve cognitive and intelligence development, implementing it in the 30 Well Baby Clinics in Jerusalem, Israel (Tipat Chalav).[8] Meir also introduced and directed "EST" (Erhard Seminar TrainingLandmark Education) to Israel from 1977 to 1979. In 1986, she moved back to Argentina, where she pioneered using large group formats to teach human development and the Integrative Rivka’s Method[9] that she developed, which included relationship improvement skills, developed under the auspices of the R. Bertisch Foundation from 1990 to 1996.[10] This is an approach to therapy that integrates body-mind connection, health promotion, spiritual and psychological techniques, including firewalking (mind over matter).

In 1996, she moved to the New York City area.[6] Her work has continued at the corporate level centering on organizational productivity, life and business management coaching, team building and serving as a consultant, trainer, and resource person for top executives, staff, individuals, and groups.

In 2004, Meir founded the APA "Adopt a Psychologist" initiative, a mentoring program to foster alliances between psychologists worldwide.[4]

Academic positions

Selected publications

  • Bertisch Meir, R. (2006). Trauma in Childhood. In Warren Prince, M. From Trauma to Transformation. Crown House Publishing Ltd. UK[19]
  • Bertisch Meir, R. (2005). Adopt a Psychologist. American Psychological Association. International Psychology Reporter. Washington, DC.[20]
  • Bertisch-Meir, R. (2005). Changing One’s Life Story: A retrospective multiple case study. Doctoral Dissertation. Pro-Quest. Ann Arbor, MI.[7]
  • Bertisch Meir, R. (2005). Stop beliefs that stop your life. Bloomington, IL.[21]
  • Bertisch Meir, R. (2005). El poder de tus pensamientos [The power of your thoughts]. Bloomington, IL. Forward written by Dr. Raymond Corsini.[22]
  • Bertisch Meir, R., & Meir, M. (2004). Re-creating your life. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris. Forward written by Dr. Stanley Krippner.[23]
  • Bertisch, R., & Mordkowski, F. (1993). Autotransformacion y longevidad [Self-transformation and success]. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Synergistics International. Forward written by Dr. Stanley Krippner.[24]
  • Bertisch Danziger, R. (1979) “The Production of Educational Material for Developing Countries,” Cycle, a Ford Foundation-sponsored periodical. Also available (mimeo) from East-West Center Communication Institute, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Bertisch Meir, R. (2004).Achieve Success : Get What You Really Want. Half hour CD. Self Mastery Systems. NY.[25]


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  4. ^ a b "International alliances". Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  5. ^ "APA Speakers Network". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
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  8. ^ "Rivka Danziger, a new immigrant from Hawaii and KIDUM Specialist". Jerusalem Post Magazine. June 22, 1979. 
  9. ^ Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph. D. M. P. H (December 2009). "Stop Beliefs That Stop Your Life: Fixed Beliefs and Life Pattern Theory". ISBN 9781463472467. 
  10. ^ "About the Invited Speakers". 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  11. ^ "Forward, Fall 2011 – Harold". SPSSI. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
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  16. ^ "Rivka Meir – Hunter College". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  17. ^ "Rivka Meir – Borough of Manhattan Community College". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  18. ^ "About the Invited Speakers". 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  19. ^ From Trauma to Transformation – Muriel Prince Warren – Google Boeken. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  20. ^ "Microsoft Word - IPR 9.2.5.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  21. ^ "Stop Beliefs That Stop Your Life by Ph.D. M.P.H. Rivka Bertisch Meir | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback | Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  22. ^ "El Poder De Sus Pensamientos". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  23. ^ Rivka Bertisch Meir (Author) (2004-08-25). "RE-CREATING YOUR LIFE: Self-Transformation Step-by-Step: Rivka Bertisch Meir: 9781413453850: Books". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  24. ^ "Autotransformacion y Longevidad: Mordkowski Bertisch: Books". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  25. ^ "Achieve Success: Rivka Bertisch Ph.D. M.P.H. Meir: Music". 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2013-07-05.