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.
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.
Its History and Transformation
Contributions by Roxanna Erickson-Klein, Marnie McGann, and Jeff Zeig
A Call for Donations:
Milton Erickson is known for his ability to promote change and to transform limitations in adaptive ways. The Erickson Foundation and Erickson family members are subscribing to his approach with the recent changes at The Milton and Elizabeth Erickson Museum.