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Psychologist Jan Crawford’s fascinating and candid quest to find her rightful place and make peace with her family begins with opening her heart and mind to understand the connection between all that came before, and all that will come in future generations.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 8, 2013 – In the The Disorderly Soul, Jan Crawford first pays homage to her teacher and mentor, Bert Hellinger and to Hellinger facilitators, including Suzi Tucker and her Guided Learning in New York City. Crawford then describes constellation work in which a client may give a brief description of a family issue and participants are asked to step into a circle to play the role of a family member, person, or entity related to that issue. Through this interaction, a client may have a spiritual or emotional awakening that is different than the story they have told themselves and accepted as their fate. Their story most likely has also imprisoned them in a broken life. This was the story of Jan Crawford, and her most recent book, The Disorderly Soul, is an account of her brave journey to heal childhood wounds through the same methods she uses to heal others. Like many who feel disconnected with their families, Crawford first had a family history to examine before she could even attempt to understand, forgive and reconcile. Fortunately, with Mormonism in her lineage (Mormons kept fastidious records), which Crawford sees as both a blessing and a curse, she discovered detailed records of relatives and ancestors, giving her a glimpse into their personal lives, including their hardships. There was poverty, destitution, violence, grueling work, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, abandonment, depression and anxiety and often times little education. Yet, by learning of these struggles and the fragility of her family, Crawford takes the first step in healing, especially in her relationship with her mother, which is by far the most significant relationship in the book. It’s probably no coincidence Crawford comes full circle in her relationships with her family and that constellation work itself involves stepping into a circle to heal one’s life.

Honest, powerful, and emotionally and spiritually uplifting, The Disorderly Soul is a courageous voyage of self-discovery and becoming whole within one’s family lineage. Jan Crawford practices what she preaches and her life story is the best example of how constellation work can begin the process of healing.

A former psychoanalyst, Jan Crawford is a graduate of the International Trauma Studies Program of New York University.  Currently, she supervises health professionals training in Somatic Experiencing psychosomatic trauma work for the Foundation for Human Enrichment. Strongly influenced and mentored by Bert Hellinger, she also is certified in systemic family constellation work by Bert Hellinger, USA and Hellinger Sciencia, Germany.

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Wizard of the Desert: The life and work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. by Alex Vesely

About the Project

Milton H. Erickson revolutionized the world of psychotherapy with his novel and effective approach. Eventually his approach was tabbed, “Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.” His ideas inspired many professionals, and became the basis of many new schools of brief therapy, including strategic therapy, interactional therapy, Rossi’s mind/body approach, solution-focused therapy, NLP, outcome-oriented therapy, and the self-relations approach. This documentary explores the life and work of Milton Erickson to provide a picture of the man was thought of as the “Mozart of communication.”

Dr. Erickson died in 1980, but his work continues to spread around the world. This film takes a look at how today’s leading professionals in the field are building on Erickson’s ideas; how Erickson has influenced their way of working; and how they envision the future of psychotherapy.

About the Filmmaker:

Alexander Vesely, born 1974, is a filmmaker and licensed psychotherapist in Vienna, Austria, MA pth. He has held various internships as director and production assistant for television and at film academies in Vienna and New York. He teaches seminars on film and psychotherapy at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF) in Munich, and in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He is founder and director of the media-archive of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna. With his production company, “Clipwerk creative,” he works as director of photography and director of short films, commercials and documentary films.

Intent for the Film and its Distribution

The film introduces the life and work of Milton Erickson to a general audience. Its main focus will be on the personal life-story and the questions why and how Erickson developed hypnotherapy.


This film is produced by the Milton Erickson Foundation which will hold all rights. The Board of Directors has approved the project.

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The Milton H. Erickson Foundation honors both Dr. Erickson and donors with grand opening celebration.

 PHOENIX, Ariz. – October 8, 2012 – In celebration of its new headquarters and to honor Dr. Erickson and patrons who have donated generously, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation will hold a grand opening reception on October 11th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Incorporated more than 30 years ago, the Erickson Foundation was established to promote and advance the contributions made to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (1901-1980) who was a seminal force and pioneer in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Dr. Erickson lived and worked in Phoenix for many years and was the archetypical Wounded Healer who was stricken with polio at an early age and then suffered post-polio syndrome in his mid-fifties. However, he rose above his maladies to heal many with physical and mental pain. Dr. Erickson has been called “the father of hypnosis” and is best known for his use of hypnosis and utilization. He believed in the power of the subconscious and maintained that it was always positive, creative, and solution-generated. He also used an approach he coined as “Brief Therapy,” in which therapeutic changes could be made in relatively short sessions.

The Milton Erickson Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to training and educating behavioral health and medical professionals through large conferences, programs, workshops, a newsletter, webcasting, social media, and archives. Since its inception, the Foundation has operated out of modest ‘40s style bungalows in central Phoenix. In August of this year the Foundation moved to 2632 E. Thomas Road. The new location has allowed for the expansion of Foundation’s rich archives and will serve as a global destination for Ericksonian practitioners. It also is home to the Foundation Press, a strong publishing arm for the educational activities of the Foundation.

Every three years the Foundation hosts the International Congress in Ericksonian Approaches to Psychotherapy in Phoenix. The first Congress was held in 1980 and the most recent in December 2011.

Through the contributions of many donors and support from Friends of the Foundation, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation has begun a new chapter in its growth and is further committed to excellence in education and to preserving the legacy of Milton H. Erickson.

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