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Oct 08


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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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Mar 16


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Internationally-recognized as elder healers, psychotherapists and authors, Brad and Hillary Keeney, also known as “The Mojo Doctors,” invite therapists to open their hearts and journey back in time to discover ancient and spiritual forms of healing.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 16, 2012 – In their most recent book, Circular Therapeutics, Brad and Hillary Keeney encourage therapists to let go and free themselves from the “imprisonment of any and all models of therapy” and instead become wisdom-based practitioners with healing hearts. Through circular therapeutics, utilization, and improvisation, the Keeneys demonstrate how diverse wisdom traditions can positively impact clinical practice and offer help in restoring one’s “mojo” (a metaphor for the heart of healing –inner resources, gifts and wisdom) to revitalize the therapeutic process. Although written to influence behavioral health professionals, Circular Therapeutics is entertaining, refreshing light and readable and appeals to a wide audience including those who have an interest in traditional healing and cybernetics.

Brad Keeney is the author of several books on psychotherapy and the transformative arts including: Profiles of Healing, Bushman Shaman: Awakening the Spirit Through Ecstatic Dance, Shaking Medicine: The Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement, and The Creative Therapist: The Art of Awakening a Session. While on sabbatical in Africa, Keeney learned from traditional healers including the Bushmen who practice the oldest form of wisdom-based healing. His biography, American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions, written by Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, won a 2004 Best Spiritual Book Award from Spirituality and Health magazine. Mentored by Gregory Bateson and Heinz von Foerster, the founders of cybernetics, Keeney’s therapeutic practice and books reflect their strong influence.

Hillary Keeney studied Zen Buddhism before taking up residency at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. She later served as a Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellow for the study of American Buddhism at Naropa University. She is a salsa dance and poet and has taught gender studies, multiculturalism, and creative transformation. Together, the Keeneys created “The Mojo Doctors,” located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which offers training in traditional healing practices. (

Reflecting its ideology, Circular Therapeutics goes full circle, beginning with the history of traditional healing, into an introduction into circular therapy and circular poetics. Then takes the reader into the core principles of cybernetic epistemology, to the healing crossroads of change, and through the door to the other side where one can begin their own journey toward embracing a healer’s heart.

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“This fantastic book is a much needed contribution capable of transforming the entire thinking and practice of therapy! Our profession is headed toward “scientific delirium madness” if we do not embrace what the Keeney’s tell us about finding the healing heart of therapy. They teach us how to bring transformational creative magic – authentic mojo – into every therapy session. Bravo!”

Stephen R. Lankton, LCSW, DAHB Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and author of clinical books including The Answer Within, Practical Magic, and Tools of Intention.

 “Circular Therapeutics is a magical book written by authentic traditional healers who have impeccable scholarship. Like an extraordinary painting, this book helps you invent a life that escapes the bondage of theory, narrative, and meaning. It is much needed medicine for therapists, healers, and anyone interested in the art of helping others change. I celebrate its circular poetics and therapeutics of the heart!”

Paul Trachtman Former Science Editor of Smithsonian Magazine

“Hillary and Brad Keeney have written one of the best psychotherapy books of recent years.  The writing passionately, yet clearly, calls us to find the disciplined flow of being true healers in this soul-deadening time. It carries the wisdom of the ages with cutting-edge developments.  I most highly recommend it!”

Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. Psychologist and Author, Hero’s Journey and The Courage to Love

“Circular Therapeutics sets all schools of therapy on their collective heads in order to get to the goal of clinical work – healing. Lavishly illustrated with case examples and charming little ‘interludes’ between chapters, we find a clear meeting of heart and mind. Here is found the cybernetics, poetics, Zen, and healing of therapeutic transformation. Clearly a book to read, set aside, and then read again as it teaches, intrigues, and satisfies.”

Betty Alice Erickson, M.A., Former Editor in Chief of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter and author, Hope and Resiliency and Milton H. Erickson: M.D.: An American Healer.

“Offering a unique perspective to the practice of change, the one-of-a-kind duo of Hillary and Brad Keeney lead us inside the path of transformative circularity where we find ourselves heir to the oldest healing traditions. Circular Therapeutics holds the wisdom that can change the profession of psychotherapy. It is destined to be a classic that every therapist must read!”

Pedro Vargas Avalos Director of Clinical Psychology Graduate Programs University of Mexico

Mar 15


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Dr. Ernest Rossi’s latest book for creating consciousness documents how behavioral science professionals can better facilitate health and mind-body healing by creating a new consciousness through wonder, wisdom, truth, and beauty.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 15, 2012 — Over the last half century, the work of Ernest Lawrence Rossi Ph.D. has had tremendous impact on the field of behavioral science. In his 2007 book, The Breakout Heuristic, a compilation of four decades of his most important articles and papers, Rossi presented his four-stage model of change. It encompasses in-depth brain research, the study of the function of dreams as a precursor to psychic growth, the epiphanies of therapeutic hypnosis and the use of art, beauty, and truth in human relationships to create a new consciousness. Throughout Rossi’s work it is evident that humans are constantly changing with their environment and through the process of self-reflection. As a student, colleague and friend of the late Dr. Milton H. Erickson, who was his mentor for a decade and with whom he co-authored several books, Rossi continues to explore body-mind research and hypnosis and gain news insights on how psychotherapists can make an impact.

In his latest book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists Can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Truth & Beauty, Rossi expands on his ideology in four parts with myriad illustrations, graphs and charts. Part One presents core research detailing how novelty, enrichment and the “wonder” of meta-cognition turns on activity-dependent gene expression and brain plasticity, which can create a better brain in everyday life, as well as the arts, culture, humanities, and sciences. Part Two takes the reader beyond philosophical disputes about the “Hard Question” of the nature of consciousness to present actual case histories and scripts detailing how we create new consciousness with a four-stage creative process in our daily work. Part Three extends and illustrates Darwin’s profound words about how micro-evolution operates in daily life. A minute-by-minute transcript documents how “Buddha Consciousness” can facilitate Darwin’s Daily and hourly Dharma with the Novelty-Numinosum-Neurogenesis Effect in a top-down manner. Part Four presents a new protocol for creating consciousness and pilot research that documents how we may be able provide mind-body healing by optimizing stem cell activity while decreasing chronic inflammation and cellular oxidative stress.

Rossi begins with Culturomics—“a new scientific approach to understanding meaning, consciousness and culture by searching for deep insights via large databases of text and media.” He also examines the psychosocial genomics of the creative ideo-plastic healing experience; the function of sleep and dreams; introduces four principles for his New Neuroscience School of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation; presents a neuroscience approach to integrative medical insights (similar to The Human Genome Project); considers Darwin’s reasoning that evolution is a daily and hourly process; reveals how art, beauty, and truth can heighten neural activation which impact the brain and have important implications in philosophy, the humanities and sciences; and discusses the new neuroscience of the internal mirror neuron system.

This informative must-read book is for all those to aspire to light and brighten the lamps of human consciousness.

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