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As a case for re-humanizing family therapy, as opposed to numbly accepting its soulless “medicalization” in the name of safety and profitability, author David Keith scrutinizes an interview conducted more than 35 years ago by Carl Whitaker and highlights why Whitaker’s unconventional ways worked. Bravely challenging the status quo, Keith rallies for renewed freedom of language and developing a therapeutic Self, and explains how spending time with a “Crazyman” can be good for all concerned.


PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 12, 2014 – Carl Whitaker, one of the most influential family therapists of the 20th century, had his loyal following, including David Keith with whom he was a longtime friend, teacher, mentor, co-therapist and collaborator. He also had naysayers, such as one therapist who shortly after Whitaker’s death in 1995 called him a “Crazyman.” But, if a Crazyman means a “full-fledged human being: thoughtful, imaginative, down-to-earth, curious, spiritual, smart, playful, inconsistent, tough, tender, ironic, supportive, rebellious, self-deprecating, loving, and generous,” then a Crazyman is exactly who Keith had chosen to spend a 33-year relationship with – and, he recommends it for other therapists.

For Keith, Whitaker embodied therapeusis, “that elusive complex, energetic, and abstract core of psychotherapy.” And due to his relationship with Whitaker, Keith calls for a higher order — the reshaping of clinical minds. He proposes that therapists learn to listen more carefully, and that they playfully and energetically use language in all its forms — irony, syntax, metaphor, etc. — as opposed to relying on evidence-based methods. Irony, especially, commands Keith’s full attention because the Empire of Overregulation he states leads to a squelched spirit; spirits often high in ‘irony deficiency.” Keith instead champions semiotics, offering an analogy of a forest: “alive, recycling, blossoming, growing, consuming.” He considers semiotics the enigmatic soul of the art of psychotherapy, its heart being caring and empathy. If not for the evil Empire with its bloodless language of “business-eze,” bureaucracy, and bottom-lines, therapists could be free to pursue the passion of truly helping others.

Carl Whitaker took giant steps in this direction, and David Keith is in for the long-haul. Like a marathon runner, Keith has taken up the torch of therapeutic freedom, redefining what it means to really care for patients. Godspeed!

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Contact: Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD Director: The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Telephone: 480-389-4342 Web site: Email:

Location: Anaheim Venue: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Hilton, and Anaheim Marriott Dates: December 11-15, 2013



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

Master practitioners in the field of human psychology will present their latest research on a wide range of topics to an audience of more than 7,000 registrants at the largest psychotherapy conference in the world. The topics include post-traumatic stress disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, marital problems, stress and its consequences, personality disorders, and major mental illness.

Special keynote speaker of this year’s Conference include, Alanis Morissette, a singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress who has won 16 Juno Awards, seven Grammy Awards, and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards; Aaron Beck, MD, an American psychiatrist who has been widely regarded as the father of cognitive therapy; Gerard Edelman, MD, Ph., Director of The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California and Professor at The Scripps Research Institute who received the Nobel Prize for his work on the structure and function of antibodies; and James Foley, a filmmaker of complex themes highlighted by finely-tuned performances coaxed from a wide range of actors. His movies include Glengarry Glen Ross and Perfect Stranger. He also directed the award-winning series House of Cards, and Twin Peaks.

Invited keynote speakers include, Diane Ackerman, MFA, PhD, the author of 23 books of poetry and nonfiction; Daniel Amen, MD, a psychiatrist, brain-imaging specialist, teacher, and New York Times best-selling author; Paul Ekman, PhD, author of 13 books including Emotions Revealed & Emotional Awareness, coauthored with the Dalai Lama and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people; and Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, a Professor of Psychology and the Director for the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California Santa Barbara who oversees an extensive research program investigating how the brain enables the mind.

All Conference faculty members are experts who have written best-selling, popular books, and who frequently appear in the national media. Other keynote speakers are: Martin Seligman, Salvador Minuchin, and Irvin Yalom. The primary faculty is comprised of Albert Bandura, David Barlow, John & Julie Gottman, Jean Houston, Otto Kernberg, Marsha Linehan, Cloé Madanes, Donald Meichenbaum, Erving Polster, Ernest Rossi, Francine Shapiro, and Jeffrey Zeig.

The state-of-the-art faculty includes Judith Beck, Claudia Black, David Burns, Jon Carlson, Nicholas Cummings, Robert Dilts, Stephen Gilligan, Steven Hayes, Harville Hendrix, Sue Johnson, Jack Kornfield, Harriet Lerner, Peter Levine, Scott Miller, William Miller, Bill O’Hanlon, Violet Oaklander, Christine Padesky, Mary Pipher, Daniel Siegel, Derald Wing Sue, Bessel van der Kolk, Michele Weiner-Davis, and Michael Yapko.

Tabbed by Time magazine “the largest gathering ever devoted to the practice of psychotherapy,” the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference is held every four years. As the “Woodstock of Psychotherapy,” registrants come from every state and more than50 countries worldwide. Currently, there are 400 registrants from Canada, 300 from Australia, and 50 from China. Registration is limited to health/mental health professionals and graduate students from accredited institutions. Commencing in 1985, the greatest minds in psychotherapy have served on the Conference faculty.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for in-depth interviews on any mental health topic.

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Jim Roy chronicles the life and legacy of William Glasser whose controversial ideas and brilliant insights significantly impacted mental health and education professionals. Champion of Change illustrates Glasser’s lifelong dedication to help others lead productive, meaningful lives. 

PHOENIX, Ariz. – October 1, 2013 – William Glasser did not just have a profession, he had a mission – to empower people through choice, free will, and self-determination He envisioned the a better world and the weighty issues he tackled reflected that – the definition, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and the explosion of psychotropic drugs; addiction and self-medication; failing marriages and the high divorce rate; disconnected families; crime and overwhelming prison conditions; underachieving students and poor quality schools; and worldwide political oppression and violence.

Although Glasser was already gaining recognition in the early ‘60s with the publication of his first book, Mental Health or Mental Illness, his notoriety changed significantly after his second book, Reality Therapy (1965). Working as psychiatrist in the late ‘60s at the Ventura Schools for Girls, a school for troubled teens, Glasser’s professional life really began to take shape as his ideas were implemented, dramatically changing and reforming young women who most had given up on. His long and successful run at the school prompted another book, Schools Without Failure (1969), which is still a bible to many present-day educators.

Over the next four decades Glasser published 23 books and a slew of booklets and articles and was interviewed and written about in myriad books, magazines, and journals. The principles and concepts he held, articulated through his books and public speaking, and generously shared were reality therapy, control theory, choice theory and mental health as a public issue rather than a medical issue. The latter being the most controversial in that Glasser’s voice rose up against the tidal wave that swept in the growing belief that drug therapy should supersede talk therapy.

Also captivating is Glasser’s personal life – his own dysfunctional family history, the family losses he endured and his quest to find love again. And through it all he selflessly continued to work to change the bigger picture.

In the introduction of William Glasser – Champion of Change, it’s stated that novelist Thomas Berger once said writers write because “it isn’t there,” and Jim Roy takes that to heart giving us a comprehensive and compelling biography on a distinct voice that will echo throughout history.

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