Candidates for APA President
Dr. Cohen had a scheduling conflict at the 2012 APA Annual Convention and was unable to record a video statement.
Currently, I live in Phoenix with my wife, Dr. Dayna Seigal, who is a theologian and an interfaith counselor. Interfaith counseling is one of our common interests and one of the things we do. Our interest in interfaith counseling grew after 9/11. Dayna and I were in a New York City cab on the way to the World Trade Center when 9/11 happened. Some positive human potential had become horrendously destructive. Could the destruction of 9/11 and the destruction that followed have been avoided? I tried to share some experiences and thoughts on the website and later in my blogs and Facebook posts. I believe in "the talking cure.''
In this real-world new world, I became a psysocial analyst. The psysocial analyst works through four inter-related windows: W1 the international global; W2 the national, e.g., the United States; W3 the organizational within nations, e.g., APA; and W4 the individual and group psytherapeutic. The end goal is always the same: To make better, fix, improve, help/heal "the patient.''
My professional background includes private practice, being a university professor and a clinical director of a community mental health center.
In my late 30s, the retinas of my eyes began to tear. I was legally blind for years. I now have fairly normal sight in one eye. My left eye is totally blind. I've not even started to tell the story of my experiences publicly. However, I believe these experiences guide me in my personal life and will make me a unique APA president for our time. I hope to become the first bipolar visual president of APA.
No human being can relate face-to-face personally to 7 billion-plus fellow citizens of the world or to 300 million-plus fellow Americans or to 150,000-plus fellow APA members of national APA.org. One challenge in the 21st century is to create town-hall-like genuine democratic long-distance communication spaces within which people can easily share information, ideas and voting.
The second related challenge is about human nearness, closeness and here-and-now immediacy. How do we upgrade (make better, fix, improve, help/heal) this person, this relationship, this family, this group, this community, this organization, this nation? What is the best way to maximize self-actualization/minimize waste of their human potential?
I've been posting on the APA Facebook site since August 2010. Take a trip back and forth on this site with me. I want to be a new age APA president who would continue to work on these challenges with you.