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Contact: Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD Director: The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Telephone: 602-956-6196 Cell Phone: 602-684-1918 Web site: Email:

Location: Anaheim Venue: Convention Center, Anaheim Hilton and Marriott Dates: December 13-17, 2017


International experts assemble to describe state-of-the-art methods used to solve problems in behavioral health and relationships.

This conference is an unparalleled opportunity for interviews and in-depth coverage of the problems that challenge contemporary culture, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and marital problems. Faculty members are authors who are commonly featured on national media. They have written some of the most important, best-selling books that appear on self-help and professional bookshelves worldwide.

The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference is organized by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, established in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is the world’s largest meeting for mental health professionals. Estimated attendance for 2017 is more than 8,000 professionals from 50 countries. Advances in the art and science of psychotherapy will be presented. Keynote speakers include Tipper Gore, Robert Sapolsky, Philip Zimbardo, and Antonio Damasio. Also: Aaron Beck, Salvador Minuchin, Martin Seligman, and Irv Yalom. Held every four years, the Evolution Conferences have been covered by TIME magazine, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

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Psychotherapy ethics. OMG! I need a course for re-licensure. OMG! I need a course to protect myself so I can practice within the limits of my profession. OMG! All the classes I’ve taken on ethics have been SO boring!

Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

Fortunately, at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference there will be a Law and Ethics pre-conference workshop on December 12th, led by Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, that will not the same old, same old dull, humdrum ethics course. You don’t have to be register for the Full Conference to attend Dr. Frankel’s event and receive CEU credits! Register for the L & E seminar by clicking here.

Steve has been an Erickson Foundation conference faculty member for decades. He has consistently been one of our highest rated speakers. I have attended a dozen of his classes and the lessons I have learned are invaluable. His courses are filled with wit and wisdom and I can’t think of a person more qualified to teach psychotherapy laws and ethics. This is a course you will not want to miss.

Steve is a practicing license board defense attorney and clinical/forensic psychologist. For more than a decade, he served as full-time faculty member in the clinical psychology program at the University of Southern California. For five of those years he was director of their clinical training program. In addition to his legal practice, Steve is a practicing therapist, specializing in dissociative disorders and the treatment of trauma.

The Laws and Ethics pre-conference program offers attendees either four or six hours of continuing education credit in ethics. Here’s what Steve will present:


“What Goes Around” is a six-hour law/ethics workshop and is focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, starting with changes to child abuse reporting obligations, then moving to cover changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and risks regarding tele-health practice, updates on duties to inform and warn when violent behavior may occur, modifications of laws concerning “retirement” of professionals, receiving subpoenas, testifying in court, risk management for supervisors, suicide risk management, and “selected slippery slopes.”

Educational Objectives:

Identify at least two recent developments in law/ethics that may have national impact. List at least two concerns regarding child abuse reporting for downloading child pornography. Identify at least two “slippery slopes”—high risk areas for clinicians.

Bring your questions and sense of humor to this valuable course. You will be educated and entertained. See you there!

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

Tipper Gore, once named one of the “Ten Most Admired Women in the World,” has brought her warmth, charm and infectious energy to communities and organizations around the globe. She will be presenting a Keynote speech on the topic of “Mental Health and the World We Seek” at this year’s Evolution of Psychotherapy conference. The mental health community continues working to expand our understanding of the brain and to improve both the quality of, and the access to treatment. It is also important to build enduring connections with other communities. The speech will discuss the role of those working with mental health in the critical challenges and opportunities facing our interdependent world. Making mental health a priority not only benefits people with mental illness, but also society at large.

Tipper Gore was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to speak with us about her experiences in the mental health field.

Jeff Zeig: Hello. We’re so glad you accepted our invitation to speak at the upcoming Evolution Conference in December. Could you please tell us about your educational background in psychology?

Tipper Gore: I studied psychology as an undergraduate and graduate student at Boston University and Vanderbilt. This gave me a solid grounding in principles and theory. But to be honest, it has been the people I encountered who were dealing with mental illness who prepared me most to be a mental health advocate. It’s one thing to read about depression or bipolar disorder. However, I have found that through knowing the experiences of others and the struggles they face you gain a deeper understanding of these conditions. That helps us know what we as a society need to do to improve mental health.

JZ: We would be glad to know about your work advocating for the disenfranchised, especially those with mental illness. Also, what are your recommendations to help the disenfranchised, especially those with mental illness?

TG: From parents facing the unimaginable decision to raise a child with severe mental illness, or to give up custody so the government has to provide treatment, to veterans struggling with the mental health effects of combat, to the homeless living with mental illness, I have seen how gaps in our mental health system can push people to the margins. Some can — and do — stand up for themselves and advocate on their own behalf, but they need allies. First, as an ally, it is important for advocates to realize that they are partners with the people living the challenges we seek to overcome. Your role is to help amplify their voices, to build bridges so more people aid their cause, and, if you are in positions of privilege or power, make your seat at the tables of influence useful in advancing their needs.

JZ: What about your efforts on behalf of the LGBTQ community?

TG: From marriage equality to changing social attitudes about sexual orientation, I have been proud to see the LGBTQ community win some tough fights in the United States. And, the same goes internationally where marriage equality is a reality under law in more countries. The struggle for LGBTQ rights is a mainstream part of the struggle for human rights for everyone. Of course, there are many more battles to win and much progress to make. I have been proud to support many LGBTQ civil rights and advocacy organizations, to speak out and raise money when I can, and, perhaps most important, to make equality for the LGBTQ community among the values my family lives by and stands for.

Could you talk about your interest in photography?

TG: My love of photography began in the early 1970’s with the gift of a 35mm Yashica. I’ve been taking photos ever since, both in my professional and personal lives. I was a photographer for the Nashville Tennessean, and free-lanced when I moved to Washington D.C. When I was in the White House, I took my camera with me, photographing events like the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn. I also photographed our travels around the world, including to post-genocide Rwanda. I’ve found it extremely powerful to share images that put human faces on statistics in order to inspire us to improve both lives and the health of our planet.

I’m not putting the camera down any time soon.

JZ: Most attendees of our conferences are therapists who work in community mental health. Do you have an inspiring message for them?

TG: First, THANK YOU. While much of your work is done in private, working one-on-one in confidential settings with the people you serve, I want you to know that you are not alone, and your hard work is not forgotten. You are making a difference in people’s lives and making our families and communities stronger. I can’t wait to meet you!

JZ: Thank you. And we can’t wait to meet you and hear your keynote speech.


Find out more about the upcoming Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Anaheim, California by clicking here.