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
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
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
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
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
Many people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States that affects 40 million adults. Anxiety is a common response when we are going through big life changes, such as career changes, moving, or financial and health troubles. When the anxiety starts to become larger than the events themselves or your everyday life and routine are affected, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Signs and symptoms of someone struggling with anxiety can range from excessive worrying, restlessness, agitation, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and more. If you need help managing your anxiety, here are some tips to help you manage it and overall better your life. → Read more
With a foreword written by Erving Polster, readers can anticipate that Jeffrey Zeig has created yet another useful and cutting-edge book for psychotherapists. Not only will you learn how to evocatively communicate, but you will also discover truths about psychotherapy and communication that will be useful in your clinical practice. → Read more
For over 25 years, the Couples Conference has helped professionals learn the applications of the latest research on facilitating treatment with couples. With the world going through a global pandemic, we as people have had to learn to rely more on virtual settings. As a result, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and the Couples Institute still plan to hold the Couples Conference online, so you can continue your education with couples therapy work and in turn, be able to connect with and help your patients with couples related issues. → Read more
Jack was a 35-year-old accountant who was terrified of being wrong or criticized. He initially came in requesting help with his ten-year-old son, Nathan. Homework was a constant battle. Jack would show Nathan how to do it the right way and Nathan would want to do it his own way. Jack complained that if Nathan would do it the right way, the homework would be finished within half an hour. This would allow Jack to enjoy a quiet evening reading the beloved hardback mystery books he collected. → Read more
What are Psychoaerobic Exercises, and why are they useful in training therapists and empowering excellence? In his most recent book, Psychoaerobics: An Experiential Method to Empower Therapist Excellence, Jeffrey Zeig emphasizes conceptual rather than factual learning. That is, one “knows” a fact, but one has a “felt sense” of a concept. Thus, his Psychoaerobic Exercises are all designed to be experiential rather than cognitive. People learn most deeply by feeling, sensing, and doing. Zeig states categorically: “The consultation room is the theater of the conceptual.” It is not a lecture hall where facts are stated. “It is the job of the therapist to strengthen positive concepts and modify ineffective, negative concepts.” The exercises can then be described as mini-psychodramas done in a group setting where all the participants are engaged experientially. You do not learn how to play tennis or a musical instrument by observing, but by repetitive practice under the guidance of a professional. → Read more