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As all passionate endeavors, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation began with a dream.

In 1974, a young, earnest psychologist named Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. had a noble aspiration. He wanted to hold an educational meeting of mental health professionals. For six years, Dr. Zeig, along with other colleagues, trained and mentored under Milton H. Erickson M. D., the world’s foremost authority on hypnosis. Dr. Erickson never charged his students, so to express his gratitude and to offer Dr. Erickson an opportunity to witness the tremendous impact he had made in the field, Dr. Zeig organized the first Erickson Congress. As plans were underway, the need to establish a more formal non-profit educational foundation was recognized. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation was incorporated October 29, 1979. Unfortunately, Dr. Erickson died nine months before the congress but was able to appreciate that 750 had already registered. The congress, held in December of 1980, attracted more than 2,000 and was the largest meeting ever held on the topic of hypnosis.

Over the next 40 years, the Foundation grew to offer more congresses and eventually conferences, including the Brief Therapy Conference, the Couples Conference and the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference. The Foundation also offers the Intensives Training Program and Master Classes; a rich and expansive archive; the Foundation Press, which produces information resources and studies of Dr. Erickson’s methods and Ericksonian-related topics; a newsletter published three times a year; and the Erickson Historic Residence, which was formerly the home where Dr. Erickson lived and worked the last decade of his life, and now a museum open to visitors worldwide.

From its humble beginnings, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation has grown to become one of the most globally recognized and influential organizations in the field of psychotherapy today. However, it has only been possible with the support of registrants, faculty, donors, and those who strongly believe in the Foundation’s mission.

Our mission is to promote and advance the contributions made to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, MD. The Foundation is dedicated to training health and mental health professionals through conferences, workshops, and programs. The Foundation also offers audio recordings, streaming video, CDs and DVDs on our online store. These products are available to professionals in health-related fields, including physicians, psychotherapists, doctoral-level psychologists, podiatrists and dentists who are qualified for membership in, or are members of, their respective professional organizations (e.g., AMA, APA, ADA), and to professionals with graduate degrees from accredited institutions in areas related to mental health (e.g., MA, MS, MSN, MSW).


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Behavioral Health Science, Psychotherapy, Hypnotism

2632 E. Thomas Rd. Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ 85016 United States


Mental Health Care


Company Size
1-10 employees


The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, or physical challenge.

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