By Jeff Zeig Posted 6/23/2017

The 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference this December in Anaheim, California offers therapists the opportunity to learn from luminaries in the field and earn continuing education credits.

Dr. Robert Sapolsky

This year, we are honored to welcome back Robert Sapolsky as a keynote speaker.

Years ago, when I was spending a relaxing day on the beach with my then wife, Lilian, I was thumbing through my iDevice to find an interesting lecture. I began listening to Robert Sapolsky, and within minutes I was mesmerized. I had Lilian listen in and she too became immediately engrossed. Robert Sapolsky’s lecture was filled with wit and wisdom. He is a cross between Stephen Jay Gould and Woody Allen. Subsequently, I avidly read his books and studied his lectures.

I invited Dr. Sapolsky to keynote both the 2009 Evolution Conference and the 2010 Brief Therapy Conference. I found him to be one of the most intelligent, interesting people that I’ve ever met. This year, he will keynote the December 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, and will also offer a pre-conference workshop.

Robert Sapolsky is currently the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor at Stanford University and holds joint appointments in several departments, including Biological Sciences, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery. He also serves as a primatologist and research associate at the National Museums of Kenya. His work has been widely featured in the press, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also authored: Stress, the Aging Brain, and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament, A Primate’s Memoir, Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals, and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.

Robert Sapolsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant. He also received the John P. McGovern Award for Behavioral Science awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was bestowed the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

Check out this video of Robert Sapolsky delving into what “Being Human” means.

I also highly recommend that you register for Sapolsky’s pre-conference Evolution workshop, “The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst,” Tuesday, December 12th. The Evolution of Psychotherapy conference will be held in Anaheim, California, from December 12 through December 18. The Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences, also known as the “Woodstock of Psychotherapy,” have been held on a regular basis since 1985. Over the years the faculty members have used the Conference to share ideas, promote convergence, and highlight unifying principles that guide effective clinical work. The Conference itself has evolved, becoming more clinical—organized around practice-oriented workshops, and offering interactive events.

The Grand Plaza near the Anaheim Convention Center.

You will learn. You will be entertained. You will be mesmerized.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey K Zeig, PhD

Participants in this online seminar will view historical videos of master therapists treating clients. Jeffrey Zeig will discuss their methods and indicate applications for improving clinical practice. The 90-minute class will be interactive. Students should view the hour-long videos prior to the class.

Experts to be featured: Carl Rogers, Carl Whitaker, Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, Erving Polster, Robert and Mary Goulding, Otto Kernberg, Zerka Moreno, Sue Johnson, and Jeffrey Zeig

The class is limited to 24 professionals. It will be recorded for later study for those registered for the class, and for those who miss a class.

CEs for some professions are available. To earn CEs participants must be present for the online session.

The fee for the class is $399.00 for all ten classes. There are no partial registrations

Meeting times:

Fridays: 12:30 PM to 2 PM MST (PST in March 2017)

January 13 February 10 March 10 April 14 May 19 June 16 July 14 August 11 September 15 October 13

CE Course Objectives:

Describe fundamental units of change from each of the ten theorists Given a patient describe how to effect therapy from that model. Describe the metamodel of change from the perspective of each model. Provide a critique of each model.

To register: Contact teresa@erickson-foundation.org. She will return your email the first week of January 2017.

 The purpose of the consultation class is to provide a small-group interactive experience for experienced therapists who want to learn advanced techniques of Ericksonian psychotherapy and hypnosis. The format will consist of lecture, demonstration, case discussion, and experiential exercises. Attendees will improve their competence in Ericksonian theory and practice.

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. Prerequisites include Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced Intensives in Phoenix, and licensed health professionals. Classes are held monthly for 6 months.

The classes will be video recorded for participants only. All students will receive a link to download the video, whether or not you are present for the session. The platform used is www.Zoom.us. You will have a live, on line presence. We may have a bulletin board for attendees to share information and ask questions.

All classes are held on Fridays from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM PST.

*Please note that Daylight Saving Time ends Nov 6, 2016. Arizona is on Pacific Standard Time until that date. After November 6th, Arizona will be on Mountain Standard Time.

Please register by October 1st, and arrange payment with Teresa Stratton Teresa@erickson-foundation.org

October 21, 2016 – Jeff Zeig

November 4, 2016– Brent Geary

December 2, 2016 – Lilian Borges

January 13, 2017 – Jeff Zeig

February 10, 2017 – Brent Geary

March 10, 2017 – Lilian Borges

CE APPROVALS

APA — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NBCC — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

ASCH — This 9.0 hour course titled Online Individualized Consultation is approved for credit toward  membership and certification requirements with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Jeff Zeig Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON Friday, October 21, 2016

Applications of Ericksonian therapy in the treatment of depression

Objectives:

Describe the phenomenology of depression Given a patient describe how to intervene using tasks Describe a method for creating a “map” as an assessment device

Brent Geary Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON Friday, November 4, 2016 – Last Class before Daylight Savings Change**

Applications of Hypnosis in Management of Pain

Objectives

Describe three basic approaches in which hypnosis can be utilized in pain management. Discuss the importance of the concept of tolerance in pain management. Cite important considerations in working with other professionals in pain cases.

Lilian Borges Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON *Please note DST change Friday, December 2, 2016 Two classes will focus on teaching about advanced utilization, demonstration and supervision.

Students will be able to bring cases to discuss and ask question about how to integrate hypnosis in their own practice in each class.

Objectives:

Utilize something from the patient or the environment to achieve the goals in therapy or in hypnosis Indicate how to incorporate utilization to treat couples and relationship issues. Provide rationale on whether of not to incorporate hypnosis in therapy.

 

Jeff Zeig         Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON Friday, January 13, 2017

Applications of Ericksonian therapy in the treatment of trauma

Objectives:

Indicate the three primary categories of symptoms in PTSD Describe the hypnotic approach that can be used to ameliorate symptoms Describe a four stage model for treating PTSD

Brent Geary Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON Friday, February 10, 2017

Integrations of Hypnotic Methods in Treatment of Anxiety

Objectives

List the three primary “targets” in therapy of anxiety. Discuss the relevance of the term “relax” to anxiety patients. Demonstrate the manner in which helpful breathing can be taught to anxiety patients

 

Lilian Borges Online Consultation 10:30 A.M.-12:00 NOON *Please note DST change Friday, March 10, 2017

Advanced Utilization

Two classes will focus on teaching about advanced utilization, demonstration and supervision. Students will be able to bring cases to discuss and ask question about how to integrate hypnosis in their own practice in each class.

Objectives:

Utilize something from the patient or the environment to achieve the goals in therapy or in hypnosis Indicate how to incorporate utilization to treat couples and relationship issues. Provide rationale on whether of not to incorporate hypnosis in therapy.