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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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In a practical how-to guide, the dynamic duo of Hillary and Brad Keeney gives therapists tools to get unstuck in dead-end sessions by using fresh techniques. 

PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 15, 2013 – Comparing psychotherapy sessions to theater or film, where there are plot lines, storyboards, and an actual beginning, middle and end, Hillary and Brad Keeney encourage therapists to think of themselves more as actors who are required to perform first and gain understanding later. The Keeneys believe that doing so allows therapists to focus more on movement and change rather being trapped in the typical problem/solution world. Exercises are offered as well as case examples so that therapists can creatively reframe impoverished sessions and transport clients from a problem-focused life to a life of infinite possibilities. One exercise has therapists starting at the end with a client, requiring them to “act in order to know how to act next” and put aside any habitual overreliance on the client’s background information.

Another idea the Keeneys promote to create movement and change is the very-Ericksonian method of utilizing all resources. In fact, they ask therapists to learn how to “smell a resource” and utilize whatever the client brings to a session as fodder for creative change. Physical props such a flea market finds — the wild, wonderful, and even weird – are also recommended to use as more than just as conversation starters but as game changers — ways to breaks the cycle of stalled sessions. And, there is much praise for the beauty and usefulness of the absurd in “Absurdity Lubricates the Wheels of Change.” Therapists are advised to steer clear of expected questions which are abundant in the problem/solution world, such as “Tell me how that makes you feel?” (Although discussing emotions at the right time is not discounted.) Instead, the Keeneys suggest throwing out unexpected, even slightly shocking question, such as “Has anyone in your family ever told a joke to a grasshopper.” Called an “out-of-frame attractor,” this type of question and can be useful in Feeding a Virtuous Circle and Starving a Vicious Circle — part of what the Keeneys call Circular Therapeutics –which happens to be the title of their last book.

In the final chapters of Creative Therapeutic Technique, the authors demonstrate ways in which they’ve helped other practitioners utilize their own unique resources and discuss the philosophical nature of the therapist as a traditional healer, who through their own wisdom-based learning and experience can guide others.

Witty, wise, and refreshingly irreverent, the Keeneys are true innovators in the field of psychotherapy. More interested in real change rather than theory or plaques on a wall, they give new meaning to thinking outside the box. Like Dr. Seuss they turn the world of psychology upside down by introducing the whacky and wonderful and what truly works.

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