Dr. Michael Conforti
Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute - Boston, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute - Zurich and Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature andPsyche. Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice and provides his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry. He has served as script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory.
He is a recipient of the Vision Award presented by the
Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Conforti is a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. He is currently working on a new book,
Hidden Presence: Archetypes, Spells, Possessions and the Complex
Dr. Susan Scrimshaw
Susan C. Scrimshaw is President of The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY. Previous positions include President of Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and associate dean of public health and professor of public health and anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles.
She is a graduate of Barnard College, with a Ph.D. in anthropology are from Columbia University. Her research includes community participatory research methods, health disparities, pregnancy outcomes, violence prevention, and culturally appropriate delivery of health care. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Anthropological Association.
She served on the Chicago and Illinois State Boards of Health. She is past president of the board of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science and of the Society for Medical Anthropology, and former chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health. Her honors include the Margaret Mead Award, and a Hero of Public Health gold medal awarded by President Vicente Fox of Mexico.
Dr. Scrimshaw lived in Guatemala until age 16. She speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Rick Tarnas, PhD
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He has also taught archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern that became both a best seller and a required text in many universities; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. Formerly president of the International Transpersonal Association, Professor Tarnas frequently lectures at various Jung institutes and societies in the U.S. as well as at Eranos in Switzerland, and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
Dr. Silvia Behrend
The Reverend Doctor Silvia Behrend is an Archetypal Pattern Analyst in Olympia, Wa. She graduated from the Assisi Institute with a focus on the Archetypal Field of Leadership. In her work as a minister, Dr. Behrend lectured widely on issues of social justice and led national workshops on creativity, worship and transformation. Her doctoral work focused on the transformational power of art in secular and religious institutions, and research was based on subject-centered pedagogy, depth psychology and a theology of relationship and creativity.
Sandra has a BFA from UMASS Dartmouth. She was a professional illustrator for many years and is still actively involved in painting and printmaking. In 2001 she obtained a graduate degree in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University in Newport RI where she also received an Advanced Graduate Degree in Mental Health, along with a certification as an Expressive Arts Facilitator.
Since 2005 Sandra has worked as a mental health clinician in The Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence RI, where she provides extended counseling as well as facilitates an Expressive Arts Therapy support group for women
diagnosed with cancer.
In 2009 Sandra received a certification as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro Vt.
Along with maintaining a private practice Sandra is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University as well as a senior faculty member of The Assisi Institute.
Loralee brings over 20 years of proven leadership expertise in non-profit organizations with over two decades of experience in educational program development and collaborative community activism. Her body of original artistic work spans two decades and encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach to creativity, depth psychology, education and the performing arts.
Her most recent body of work focused on the global issue of human trafficking. This original production, "SoulCry!" resulted in the on-going creative collaboration with the Russell Sage College, and City Council members in passing anti-trafficking legislation. Loralee's work around this issue is featured as part of a compilation of research included in a newly released academic book published by Routledge: "Grief, Trauma and The Expressive Arts" Loralee will receive an MFA in inter-disciplinary arts focused on the transformational power of the creative to effect individual and cultural change from Goddard College in February of 2015.
A sought after public speaker, and certified MBTI Consultant, Loralee has been a keynote for groups like the Rhode Island Family Courts Conference, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council, the Washington DC Anti-Trafficking March, the Journey Conference and others.