Daniel Amen, M.D., is a dear friend and esteemed colleague. He has been a great supporter of the Erickson Foundation and keynote speaker at several conferences. In December, Daniel will once again grace our podium at the upcoming 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, California.

Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist and author; his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list. His specialty is brain imaging, and he bases his research on more than 130,000 SPECT scans. In 2015, Discover Magazine touted Daniel’s brain imaging research as one of the top 100 stories of that year. His engaging PBS specials challenge the public to learn about brain health.

As psychotherapy evolves in the 21st century, a predominant theme is affective neurobiology. Clinicians need a guide to the brain. They need to know how it works and how it affects patient behavior as it is the target organ for psychotherapeutic change.

There’s no better teacher to learn about the brain than Daniel Amen. In Dan’s pre-conference workshop, you’ll learn about different brain systems that control adaptation and how unique strategies can be targeted for each pathway. To change life, revitalized brain circuits are required. And, after all, the mind creates the brain.

Join me at Dan’s pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, December 12 in Anaheim. You will be entertained and rewarded. Your dopamine circuits will be stimulated. You will have new tools for helping clients. Reserve your spot for Dan’s pre-conference workshop, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: A Therapist’s Guide to the Brain” by clicking here.

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.

As a new feature at the 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Marilyn Yalom, a prolific contributor to our field, will offer a lecture on feminist issues especially designed for psychotherapists. Marilyn, coincidentally, is married to keynote speaker, Irv Yalom.

A prolific contributor, Marilyn is Marilyn Yalom, PhD, is Senior Scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University. She has written many historic books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory (1993), A History of the Breast (1997), A History of the Wife (2001), Birth of the Chess Queen: A History (2004), The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds (2008) with photos by Reid Yalom, How the French Invented Love (2012), and The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship (2015).

Marilyn Yalom grew up in Washington D.C. and was educated at Wellesley College, the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins Universities. She has been a professor of French and comparative literature, director of an institute for research on women, a popular speaker on the lecture circuit, and the author of numerous articles on literature and women’s history. Marilyn is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions. In addition to her lecture on Female Friendship, she will participate in a Great Debate with Esther Perel entitled: Masculine/Feminine: Then and Now.

Marilyn’s enriching programs will add considerable depth and scope to our upcoming Evolution Conference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD


I first met Salvador Minuchin in the early 1970s when I was a student in the master’s program in clinical psychology at San Francisco State University. He was teaching a workshop in Berkeley. Since my financial means were meager and I could only attend workshops by being a student volunteer, I volunteered as Sal’s cameraman.

There was a short staff meeting prior to Sal’s workshop and I remember being intimidated. Sal was intense and confrontative and I was afraid that he would turn that penetrating force in my direction. As it turned out, he did so years later, in a most positive way. Sal is one of the architects of family therapy and I invited him to be faculty at the first Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in 1985. From that point on he became a regular faculty member at the Evolution Conferences.

I got to know Sal personally at the first Evolution Conference. He offered a stunning and insightful address entitled, “My Many Voices.” I had asked the faculty at that conference to present speeches on the essentials of their respective approaches. Instead, Sal examined and appraised the field of family therapy. And rather than extolling his own approach, he talked about his seminal influences — Satir, Whitaker, and Haley — and how they spoke through him. I was so inspired that I re-read his 1985 address several times so that I could completely grasp the content and underlying processes.

I shared the podium with Sal on numerous occasions since 1985. We have taught together in many foreign countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. I cherish those times and I am still excited to learn from him.

Sal is more than a colleague; he has become a friend.  Sal is one of those people who defies description, but I can at least say that he is wise, a dramatist, a systems thinker, and a remarkable therapist. He has honored me by making me the curator of the Minuchin Archives – a position that I happy to fill.

Sal will be 95 years old in December when he offers his keynote, “Deconstructing Minuchin” at the Evolution Conference. He has much to teach us. And, we will have another opportunity to honor him for his extraordinary contributions.

My colleagues and I at the Erickson Foundation created the following tribute (which includes clips from previous Evolution Conferences) for the March 2017 Psychotherapy Networker Conference at which Sal was honored. To get a better of idea of who Sal Minuchin is and what his perspectives are, please follow this link: https://youtu.be/MG-UvrVEkzw

You can also find peerless sessions of Sal conducting family therapy on psychotherapyvideo.com.

Please join me at the 2017 Evolution Conference to continue to learn from, and pay tribute to, Sal Minuchin, who has been a pioneer and innovator in the field of family therapy for more than five decades.

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD