By Christine Padesky, PhD
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
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.