Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag is an expert in the study of healing, health and wellness. His expertise in psychiatry, modern medicine, and Native American wisdom allow him to create a singular approach to understanding health and wellness in today's world. He is one of the early pioneer leaders in mind-body-spirit medicine (psychoneuroimmunology) and an expert in integrating its practical applications.
In addition to being a bestselling author, frequent columnist and named as "one of the 10 most caring adults in America" by the Caring Institute, Dr. Hammerschlag serves as a faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School. Dr. Hammerschlag has addressed, inspired and challenged Fortune 500 companies and audiences around the globe, speaking about authenticity, leadership, the quest for vision and how to thrive in rapidly changing times.
This is an exploration of how one leads in this new age of public scrutiny and accountability. Leadership is about pursuing authenticity; creating environments that encourage risk-taking; learning to appreciate and harness the power of the unconscious, intuitive mind; and transmitting a clear sense of mission and values.
This unique experiential workshop uses didactic material as well as rituals and ceremonies to achieve a vision about the creation of an operational paradigm of healthcare maintenance and delivery.
This is a personal story about the journey from doctor to healer. After completing medical school and internship in the mid-sixties, Dr. Hammerschlag came to Indian country to serve his military obligation as an alternative to going to Vietnam. There he met an Indian medicine man who taught him how to dance. Like most Western trained physicians, he was an expert in the disease model – one that emphasized the identification and treatment of pathology. Over the next 40 years, he learned from traditional healers how to expand that disease model to a healing paradigm. This is a story about staying healthy, and the importance of harmony between thoughts, actions and feelings – the foundation of the new science of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).
The trajectories of culture, economics and technology are colliding to threaten the care of patients. The tail of cost control is wagging the dog of healthcare delivery. The economics of health care is creating a crisis of faith between providers, insurers and patients that threaten to steal our healing spirit. The future of medicine is moving from an interventional model to one that emphasizes prediction and prevention. Creating such a framework ensures a quality healthcare that sustains its healing ministry.
The way it was is not the way it is! Rapid changes in economics, technology and culture require transformational thinking. From both personal and organizational perspectives, thriving in the future is based on getting rid of preconceptions that keep us from seeing things from new perspectives. We can learn how to unlearn judgments that inhibit vision.
In discussing his own successes, the legendary J. Paul Getty said, “in times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.” Effective leadership in today’s global market has nothing to
do with how you once did it, or having access to more information; it has to do with how you process that information and create an atmosphere that generates new ideas.