Our Late Founder (1941-2014)
Rivka Bertisch Meir was a world-renowned Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with degrees from the University of Hawaii and Saybrook Graduate School.
Chairperson, American Psychological Association, International Liaison International Psychology, Program Chairperson 2007, American Psychological Association, General Psychology Secretary elect, NYS Psychological Association, DOWI (Division of women’s issues). Rivka introduced “EST” (Erhard Seminar Training—Landmark Education) to Israel in the late 1970’s where she moved from Honolulu, HI.
Rivka Bertisch Meir was a powerful, inspirational mentor in human development, with an outstanding reputation on three continents. She was a cutting edge trainer and personal coach, as well as a committed and dedicated psychotherapist and coach. She pioneered in Tele-Coaching and Tele-Psychotherapy. Also served as a President and founded the R. Bertisch Foundation, and co-founded IRM Success, LLC. She was a Corporate Consultant for such major corporations and organizations as Hickam Air Force Base, McDonald’s, Queens Medical Center and Cynergy Data among others.
Over the course of her life Rivka worked extensively in counseling as well as in administration, including holding the position of Program Planner and Director of Maternal and Child Health Division at the Department of Public Health, Jerusalem, Israel where she co-directed the “Kidum Program” (for the advancement of the intelligence and parent-child relationships and success in school and adult life); Also, she served as a visiting Instructor at Hebrew University’s School of Social Work and as a researcher at the Hadassah Medical Center, School of Community Health. She also was a Visiting Scholar at the Rhine Parapsychology Research Center in Durham, North Carolina.
She conducted Business Training Workshops for many Chambers of Commerce including the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and many private and governmental organizations. Rivka Bertisch Meir was included in the Dictionary of Psychology, written by Dr. Raymond Corsini, Ph.D. Most of all, Rivka loved to help people to get the most out of what they’ve got and to discover who they really are and what they are truly capable of achieving. Her charisma and passion for helping others was unlimited.
- Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association.
- Fellow, American Psychological Association – Division of International Psychology.
- Fellow, American Psychological Association – Division of Group Psychotherapy.
- Fellow, American Psychological Association – Division of General Psychology.
- American Psychological Association. Division of International Psychology. Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service in advancing psychology worldwide.
- PSI CHI, Fordham University Chapter. For advancing members’ knowledge and excellence 2009 in all fields, including psychology.
- Listed in the DICTIONARY of PSYCHOLOGY, by Dr. Raymond Corsini, Ph.D. “Fixed Beliefs – Life Patterns Counseling Theory”.
- Quoted in “COUNSELING WITH CORSINI”: Book, Author: Raymond Corsini, Ph.D.
- Eighteenth Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research at St Francis College, NY. Recognition for Scientific Research session presented.
- American Psychological Association. Division of International Psychology. Recognition Award for 2006 Extraordinary Service in advancing psychology worldwide.
- Presidential Citation for Extraordinary Service as Chairperson of the International Liaison 2005.
- Committee. American Psychological Association. Division of International Psychology.
- Benjamin B. Wolman Recognition New York State Psychological Association Division of 2005 Social Issues and Cross-Cultural Psychology. Pace University.
- Recognition for Valuable Contribution at “Behavioral Science and the Global Agenda” hosted 2005 at Fordham University. American Psychological Association Regional Group of the International Psychology Division.
- Inducted to Psi Chi. The National Honor Society in Psychology.
- NYSPA. (New York State Psychological Association). Media Ambassador San Martin Society New York, U.N. (United Nations). Outstanding work in Community Service.
- Cartier International Prize, Miami, Fl. Outstanding professional in Human Development and Community Service.
- Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
- Arthur Lyman Dean Prize, For Best Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences. Univ. of Hawaii.
- Scholarship. United States Public Health Service. University of Hawaii, School of Public Health.