Aaron T. Beck, MD

By Christine Padesky, PhD

Photo credit: Kathleen A Mooney, © 2005

On November 1, 2021, Aaron Temkin (Tim) Beck died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 100. He was a giant on whose shoulders other giants will stand throughout this century.

A few highlights of his professional contributions to psychotherapy are captured in this tribute, and yet this does not begin to encapsulate what made Tim Beck such a great man. For this we need stories. Tim Beck was my dear friend for more than 40 years. I am grateful for this opportunity to intermingle parts of his biography with personal memories that highlight some of the many facets of his extraordinary presence and the ways he made this world a better and more humane place. Some of the experiences I recount here took place at the Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences and readers of this newsletter undoubtedly have their own stories of interactions with him at these special conferences. Remarkably, many people have told me they met Tim for just a few minutes and yet those few minutes changed their lives forever. → Read more

Written By Joyce Bavlinka, M.Ed., LISAC Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 39 seconds

While sorting through the Foundation’s book collection, I came across several books that were autographed by Erickson. Two of the three autographed books we found were autographed to T.E.A. von Dedenroth. The name intrigued me, as well as Erickson’s quirky messages. Who was T.E.A. von Dedenroth and how was he a part of Erickson‘s story? → Read more

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 48 seconds

The Erickson Foundation continues to be a space for Ericksonian professionals and professionals in a health-related field that have an interest in psychotherapy, hypnosis, and Milton Erickson. Our products continue to range from courses, books, audio & video. We are working to reach our international audiences, such as our Spanish Speaking audiences. The purpose of this blog post is to share all the available Spanish-translated materials that we have at the Erickson Foundation. Our Spanish materials are split into two categories, books, and audio & video. Below is a deeper look into the two categories of our Spanish Translated products. → Read more

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 23 seconds

Written by Joyce Bavlinka, M.Ed, LISAC

As we reorganize the Foundation’s book collection, I have come across several noteworthy books featuring those who have made strides in the fields of hypnosis and psychotherapy.

One such book was discovered in our historic book collection. It is the Handbook of Investigative Hypnosis (1980) by Martin Reiser, Ed.D. Reiser was director of Behavioral Science Service (BSS) for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and founder and director of the Law Enforcement Hypnosis Institute. He also served as president of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.

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Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 14 seconds

The Erickson Foundation makes it a priority to offer courses that will continue your education and perfect the foundation of your art. Our team at the Erickson Foundation has worked hard to bring you one-of-a-kind courses that focus on psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy strategies. Our Online Summer Guide consists of 3 courses that are virtual so that attendees all over the world can attend our courses in the comfort of their own homes and connect with us and other attendees from all over the world. Below is a detailed look at our Summer Guide and resources to help you through those said courses. → Read more

By Jeffrey Zeig Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

I never met anyone who could make a human connection as intently as Virginia Satir. She did this when working with clients; she did it with her colleagues, and she did it when she was on stage. I remember one keynote that she offered in Phoenix at one of the Erickson Foundation conferences. People left the room marveling and commenting. Many said she was talking directly to them. I thought she was talking to me. → Read more

By Robert Staffin, PsyD Reviewed by John D. Lentz D. Min Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 47 seconds

This book is done well on many different levels. Through his own rich experience attending Jeff Zeig’s masterclasses, Robert Staffin creates a vicarious experience that includes multilevel learning. Staffin is aware of what those who take a master class in psychotherapy are seeking and he offers possibilities for meeting those needs. As he recounts his experiences and illustrates Jeff Zeig’s wizardry, a smorgasbord of multilevel learning is the backdrop. Following along with Zeig’s teaching, on one level he talks about the possibilities for therapists, and on another level, the possibilities for an individual. He also explains the complexities and intricacies of Zeig’s teaching, which is another level of learning. → Read more

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

The Erickson Historic Residence is an important part of Dr. Erickson’s past and offers guests a unique glimpse into the professional and personal life of the psychotherapy master.

In 1948, Milton Erickson and his family made the move from Eloise, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona as he was told the warm and dry climate would be good for his health. Erickson spent the last decade of his life with his wife, Elizabeth Erickson at the modest ranch-style home on Hayward Avenue. → Read more

By John D. Lentz, D.Min. Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes, 28 seconds

John Lentz: Lilian, we have known each other for some time, and you have been teaching the Intensives for many years. I browsed the Erickson website and discovered that the Intensives program has changed a lot.

Lilian Borges: Yes, but I have been positively surprised at the outcome. My first class was last week. Each class is now two hours long and I had to be trained to teach others because the Foundation is using a whole different system. There are now modules: A through D on different topics. → Read more

By Cheryl Becker, GCFP Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 11 seconds

I am not sure how old I was when I learned fractions and division, but I know that I was very young because my little sister and I were sleeping in the same bed. My father had not yet finished building our separate bedrooms in the attic. By that time, my sister and I already had a lot of experience dividing things between the two of us. → Read more