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Thanks to the extraordinary and multifaceted achievements of Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, the University of Fernando Pessoa, in Porto, Portugal decided through its competent bodies to award him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in recognition of his enormous work and structuring role in favor of science, teaching, psychotherapy, and clinical hypnosis. The ceremony, which will be held November 21, 2018, will be officiated by Foundation Board Member, Camillo Loriedo, MD, who served as padrinho, or academic godfather. The achievement is described as follows:

Jeffrey Zeig, PhD in Clinical Psychology, is acknowledged to be an extraordinary teacher, clinician, writer, and a leader and executive. As a teacher he has trained with remarkable success, and continues to train thousands of psychologists and psychotherapists, as well as other health/mental health experts around the world. As a clinician, he has helped thousands of people. As a writer he has published dozens of books and articles. As a leader and executive, he founded and directs the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, a landmark in the history of psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis, the sponsor of more than 100 Milton H. Erickson institutes around the world. Thanks to Foundation sponsorship, Portugal created its first Milton H. Erickson Institute in Portugal — North (Porto) (IMHEP – N (Porto) in 2001, due to the initiative of Ana Rita Almeida, Agostinho Leite D’Almeida, and Peter J Hawkins Today, IMHEP – N (Porto) is part of the University of Fernando Pessoa, in Porto, thanks to the generosity of its founder and Rector, Prof. Salvato Trigo.

Paul Ekman and his Daughter, Eve Ekman

By Dan Short, PhD

At the December 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, I had the pleasure of hearing several talks delivered by the renowned researcher, Paul Ekman, PhD, and his daughter, Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW, who is also a researcher of emotion. Their back-and-forth discussion during the lectures helped illuminate multiple perspectives from which each concept could be considered. The energy that they shared seemed extra special — the kind you only see with people who have a deep and secure connection. Even as they stood on stage in front of a large audience, it did not matter if one disagreed with the other. Each remained flexible and interested in the other’s thinking. For these reasons, I was all the more delighted when the Ekmans graciously agreed to sit down with me for an interview at breakfast.

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Christine Padesky is a clinical psychologist and cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. Along with Kathleen Mooney, she is now developing “strength-based cognitive therapy.” Padesky is the coauthor of five books, including the bestseller, Mind Over Mood. She is recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy for significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy and she also received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association.

The following is an edited version of a 50-minute interview. To watch the full interview visit: https://www.erickson-foundation.org/yapko-padesky-interview-january-2018/.

Michael Yapko: Let me start by asking you about some of the work that you do that is more experiential. You bring another element to cognitive therapy that a lot of people don’t. Could you please talk about the role experiential learning has played in the therapy that you do.

Christine Padesky: I’m glad you asked about that. Therapy is a learning process. I think of myself as an educator when I’m doing therapy and I want to help people learn in the best ways possible. I’m not an educator in the sense of didactically telling people things, but in the sense of trying to use our relationship and the experiences that we share to maximize client learning and discovery. We know from research that one of the best ways we learn is through experience.

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