File 2018.019.03 - Bert Haanstra interview

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Bert Haanstra interview

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  • June 17, 1978 (Creation)
    Sommers, Frank
    Paris (FR)
    Interview conducted

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2 mm of textual material. 2 photographs.

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Dr. Frank Sommers is a Toronto psychiatrist and lecturer at the University of Toronto department of Psychiatry. During his career, he has been privately practiced psycho-sexual therapy, worked at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and was deployed with the Canadian Forces Reserves as a military psychiatrist in Afghanistan. He has studied and spoken on disaster psychiatry,

During the Cold War, in 1979, he initiated, and in 1984 was elected Honourary and Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is a founding member of the World Association of Sexology, served as the president of the Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and on the Executive of the Central Toronto Clinical Society, and was a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association councils.

Dr. Sommers was elected a Distinguished Fellow by the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, and is recipient of the General Service Medal with ISAF bar for service with the Canadian Forces “in the presence of an armed enemy”. He is a Life Member of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and received the Ontario Medical Association Life Member Award in 2015.

He is the author and co-author of several peer reviewed articles and books, and has spoken on stress, disaster psychiatry, and mindfulness in love and sex.

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File contains a short, transcribed, copy of an interview conducted with Dutch film director Bert Haanstra by Toronto Psychiatrist Dr. Frank Sommers, for Sommers' project "The Mind of the Film Director. Also included are a filmography and list of Haanstra's awards, photographic stills from Haanstra's films, and a one page description of Dr. Sommers' book project.

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Donated to Ryerson University Library Special Collections by Dr. Frank Sommers.


Files arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee (director).

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  • English

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