It is a pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir, colleague and friend whom I have known for some 25 years. During that period of time, I observed her lead training sessions in Buenos Aires and interacted with her Foundation in Argentina. I chaired one of her Doctoral Dissertations Committee at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. Saybrook Graduate School. After supervising her four years in graduate study, I found her to be a caring person and therapist with high ethical and moral standards.
Dr. Rivka’s “Fixed Beliefs/Life Patterns” model was originally initiated in 1984; it is described in Dr. Raymond Corsini’s Dictionary of Psychology. Dr. Corsini also supervised her early work in psychotherapy, as did Dr. Genevieve Painter and several other outstanding practitioners. Dr. Bertisch Meir has presented and read her papers at several national and international congresses. Has authored and co-authored many professional papers and books, and is internationally known for her innovative work in Industrial Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, and psychotherapy, training and coaching. We have discussed various counseling and psychotherapeutic modalities, and I found her to be experienced and well-informed in this field. There is much to say about Dr. Meir’s professionalism; as a teacher, as a coach, as a mentor, as an author, as an entrepreneur and as a colleague. As teacher she has a vast experience with small and large groups of students in different settings, cultures and Universities. In the USA she taught in the CUNY System, Touro College and Fordham University for several years. Abroad she taught in various Universities in Spain, Argentina and in Israel. Her time, dedication and quality of teaching devoted to students left in each of her students and colleagues a great deal of knowledge, experience and inspiration for the studies. Her characteristics in class include, caring, compassion and demeanor for her students. No doubt that Rivka is a vibrant and charismatic psychologist and a wonderful teacher for any institution.
With her husband, Michael Meir, M.D., a distinguish physician and psychotherapist, Dr. Rivka Meir has set a landmark that solidifies her work and philosophy, especially with Hispanic populations, both in the United States and abroad. She has initiated a “Adopt-A-Psychologist” program for the International Division of the American Psychological Association in order to enhance Psychology’s role around the world. She was awarded 4 times as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association and also by the Eastern Psychological Association.
I have been impressed with Dr. Bertisch Meir’s motivational workshops and have been present at planning sessions in which she and her colleagues discussed ways of developing the human potential of each individual and communities, positive psychology and reducing school violence in the New York City area. She is extremely energetic, can quickly identify the crux of a complex problem and displays humor and creativity in her professional presentations.
Dr. Meir has many specific projects and plans for improving the quality of human life in the 21st century. I strongly recommend her without hesitation.
Very truly yours,
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Saybrook University San Francisco, California