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Hello to All:

Here’s a special opportunity. . .

Lilian Borges, Jeffrey Zeig and Brent Geary will offer an Online Consultation Course limited to 15 participants. (The class is also open to those who have attended the first online consultation class and wish to continue.) The format will include lecture, supervision, Q&A, Power Point, and clips of video for discussion. Topics will be decided by consensus, but emphasis will be on expanding and practicing skills in Ericksonian hypnotherapy as taught during the Intensive Training workshops here in Phoenix.

The classes will be held once-a-month for six months. Registration is $240 payable to the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

The classes will be video recorded for participants only. All students will get a link to download the video, whether or not you are present for the session.

All classes will be held on Fridays from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. (Note that Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1)

Each faculty will host two sessions. The dates are as follows: June 19 with Jeff Zeig July 17 with Jeff Zeig August 14 with Lilian Borges September 18 with Brent Geary October 16 with Lilian Borges November 6 with Brent Geary

The platform we will use is You will have a live, on-line presence. We may have a bulletin board for attendees to share information and ask questions.

Please register ASAP by downloading the easy form here:

If you have any questions, please call me at 602-956-6196 (877-212-6678).


Philip F. Barretta, born July 29, 1928 in Camden, New Jersey, went to his final post surrounded by members of his loving family on the afternoon of May 7th, 2015.

Philip, or “Filippo,” as he was known, joined the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Pentagon and served as the Legal Chief at Camp Le Jeune in North Carolina. He graduated from Rutgers University, received a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, and completed the credits for a Ph.D. (all but dissertation).

Barretta taught at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., where he is still legendary for the unique connection he had with students. For more than 20 years he served as teacher, counselor, and administrator for the Torrance Unified School District (TUSD). Upon retirement, he entered into a partnership with his wife, Norma Barretta, Ph.D., and together they taught their own model of therapeutic intervention: competency-based brief hypnotic therapy. Recently, the couple received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Barretta taught medical hypnosis to colleagues from Sydney to Siberia, and he was on the faculty of several Institutes in Europe, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

Philip Barretta will be remembered for his remarkable communication skills, his beautiful smile, and his kind, gentle, playful, compassionate, optimistic, joyful, hilarious, and irrepressibly humorous outlook on life.

His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will remember him as their favorite playmate, as he always made them a priority. He lit up every room with his presence and was “the bubbles in the champagne” to his family and friends. He always had a funny story to bring laughter to every occasion. Philip Barretta was “un vero uomo del Rinascimento Italiano” — a real Italian Renaissance man.

Philip Barretta is survived by his wife, Norma, his children, Bruce, Peggi Barretta-Bongiovanni, and Jolie Barretta Keyser, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be held in the garden of his home on June 14th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Philip F. Barretta Fund at The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, 2632 East Thomas Rd. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

More than 1,000 attended the 12th Brief Therapy Conference held at the Hyatt Regency, Orange County. With a workshop focus on treating anxiety, depression and trauma, several of this year’s keynote speakers, experts in these arenas, offered effective treatment options. Also notable was Philip Zimbardo’s engaging and entertaining two-hour keynote –a successful, fitting end to the Conference.

Faculty feedback on venue/hotel rooms, fellow presenters, conference administration, subject matter presented, and opportunities to network has been overwhelmingly positive. Volunteer feedback has also been positive. The 2014 Brief Therapy Conference was the first year the Foundation solely handled meeting planning, registration, and volunteer coordination. The Foundation’s small but dedicated staff rose to the occasion and Kayleigh Vaccaro did an impressive job serving for her first time as the Foundation’s Meeting and Faculty Coordinator.

In close proximity to Disneyland, the Hyatt Regency turned out to be a great venue with ample meeting space, comfortable hotel rooms and a helpful staff and the Foundation hopes to return.

You can purchase products from Brief Therapy 2014 on our store here.