Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker, healer, and humanitarian clown. A Yale-trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine). A faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School, the Chief of Community Mental Health, Gesundheit! Institute, and founder of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization whose programs integrate the principles of mind/body/spirit medicine with Native American rituals and ceremonies.
Dr. Hammerschlag’s life work has been chronicled in five critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within, and two children’s books.
For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world. He is a recipient of the National Caring Award. Selected by the Caring Institute of Washington D.C. from more than a quarter million nominations, the award honors “the ten most caring adults in America.” In his presentations, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag brings his gift of storytelling, a wealth of legends, and unique insights which bridge the worlds of science, spirit, and culture. With poignancy and humor, he leads his audiences on a joyful journey that will stimulate and renew their creative potential.
Change is the biological order of the universe. How you come to those changes is more important than the challenges they represent. It’s hard for us to change, as a species we seem to want to maintain the status quo. We are comfortable with the familiar even if it keeps us from achieving greater success by doing things differently. Sometime in our lives we will face difficult and serious challenges. If we can balance our fear of change with our hopes for the future then we can transform threats into opportunities.
In his inimitable style with humor and poignancy, this storyteller, doctor, healer, grandfather, sculptor and fly fishermen will guide you on a transformative experience of discovery that will allow you to become the hero of your own life’s journey or assisting those you serve.
Only when we shed the masks that inhibit growth and learn to explore our preconceptions and face our fears can we take the risks to become great leaders. In this age of public scrutiny and accountability, Dr. H discusses leadership in terms of pursuing authenticity; creating environments that encourage risk-taking; appreciating the power of the unconscious, intuitive mind; and transmitting the clearest sense of mission and values.
Wireless technology is reprogramming human behavior on a massive scale. We can stay connected to friends, family, do business, and foment uprisings; we can talk, listen to music, and look at streaming video while driving. 85% who have a handheld device are never more than an arms length away from them. As a culture, we are always ready to respond to the sound of the ping, and stop whatever we’re doing and be someplace else.
We are becoming addicted to the ping of an arriving message which triggers a burst of endorphins that stimulate the reward centers of our brains and urge us to want more. As a culture, we suffer from an Attention Deficit Disorder, and it’s stressing us out. In the language of science and stories, Dr. Hammerschlag reminds us how to thrive in these rapidly changing times. With passion and humor this internationally recognized psychiatrist helps us appreciate the importance of a “life between the pings.”
Saying what you mean, and doing what you promise, is no longer the custom in our culture. Nowadays, it’s more common to say whatever people want to hear, or whatever you can get away with. Right and wrong is now determined by courts of law rather than a shared consensus about what’s ethical and moral.
To succeed personally and professionally you must be authentic– a person or organization whose words, actions and principles are all telling the same story. In his compelling style, Dr. H. shares his experience and wisdom, in ways that will kindle your passion and purpose.
Today’s healthcare model is based on an intervention (we diagnose illness and prescribe treatment). The future of healthcare will be based on a model of prediction and prevention. We can do that and get reimbursed for it, but it means moving beyond office and hospital walls, and into the community. Healthcare in the future will be provided in schools, after-school programs, senior centers designed to keep people healthy.
In high risk areas of the community mobile vans can provide out-patient/preventative care. There is a large pool of healing resources and practitioners in communities that can be mobilized to create a network focused on keeping people healthy. Weaving the language of science, with the magic of his stories, Dr. H. presents a paradigm-shifting model of preventative healthcare that saves billions of dollars, provides better care and promotes the importance of sustaining connections and building community.
"He did a fantastic job. We definitely plan on doing more work with him in the near future."
"Aaron Carroll possesses an incredible depth of knowledge about our healthcare policy, which he shares in a dynamic presentation that entertains and educates. I was particularly impressed by how he used data to bring the subject alive, engaging the audience and forcing them to rethink their perceptions about healthcare reform. Aaron's insights are right on target. He puts aside partisanship to take a straightforward, honest look at where we stand with healthcare reform and where we need to go. He 'WOWed' our audience with his grasp of the issues."
"Aaron was great - very engaging and informative. Nothing but rave reviews!"
"Dr. Carroll was part of a high powered panel of presenters and included the President of the American Psychological Association and a Vice-President of Anthem/Wellpoint. However, he stood out in this prestigious group as the best and most informative presenter. He was the most highly rated of the presenters by the audience with many requests to invite him to present again. He is articulate, clear, thoughtful and organized. He is just the sort of keynote speaker that every organization hopes to find for their meeting. "
"There is simply no one more skilled at talking to audiences about health care reform and the future of health care in the United States than Aaron Carroll. Aaron became a weekly and sometimes bi weekly guest on my radio show throughout the last year. I've never seen him back down from a debate, and he is one of the rare experts who is skilled at taking unscreened calls. More than any other expert we had on, he changed the way people thought of and understood health care policy. If you are looking for an expert in the future of health care in the United States, someone who can explain the issues so that anyone can understand them, someone who can answer questions respectfully and objectively - and entertain while doing so - I guarantee you that Dr. Carroll is the best guy in the whole industry."
"Your presentation was one of the favorites on the program. Personally, I was very impressed with the content and organization of your presentation and I enjoyed your engaging presentation style. As you know, your presentation engendered a lot of discussion and I feel certain those present are a lot more knowledgeable now about the real impact of Obamacare."
"Dr. Carroll was a huge success! His message was spot-on. Attendees said that they had seen a lot of presentations on ACA and Dr. Carroll's was the best in terms helping them understand the ACA and its implications."
"Dr. Aaron Carroll was fresh, insightful and engaging. Dr. Carroll is genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish. Our audience of healthcare professionals were taken behind the scenes of the crisis and condition of healthcare as it impacts nations around world, and were presented with staggering statistics and data as to where our nation ranks, and what we need to do collectively to improve the health and wellness of Americans. We walked away with a better understanding of what needs to be done from an IT and research perspective, how it needs to be done, and the steps medical professionals need to take to enhance the quality of care Americans receive. Dr. Carroll was top notch from start to finish."
"Dr. Carroll's content as well as his ability to respond to the Questions section at the end was truly fantastic. I was a big fan before, now I'm a huge fan."
"He was awesome!"
"Aaron knocked it out of the park as evidenced by the fact that everyone I spoke with afterward was very impressed with the content and delivery. It exceeded our expectations and he was able to present a complex and potentially contentious topic in a non-biased, factual manner that engaged the audience and prompted numerous questions. And thank you (SOH) for all of your kind assistance."
KEYWORDS: Change, fear, healing in community, Leadership, Authenticity, Passion, Purpose, Competitive Advantage, Facing Challenges