The Milton H. Erickson Foundation hosts two major conferences a year – the Brief Therapy Conference in December and the Couples Conference in April. The Foundation also hosts International Congresses and the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, both alternately held every four years. Our conferences can draw anywhere from 1,000 to 8,000 attendees. Throughout the year, we also offer the Intensives Training. The Intensives is a dynamic learning experience that is focused, tailored and goal-directed for professionals to learn the principles, applications and techniques of Ericksonian hypnosis and therapy. The Foundation’s Master Classes are designed for professional to greatly enhance their skills and to learn in an experiential four-day workshop. The Intensives and Master Classes are typically held in Phoenix, Arizona and approximately 30% of attendees live outside the U.S. There are more than 140 Erickson Institutes worldwide and Foundation’s educational opportunities often attract foreign students. The Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, which governs over the international Institutes, is considered the official educational foundation and a paradigm.
In addition to live-venue education our online store features audio and video streaming, CDs, and DVDs. Many of these video streams also have an Online Continuing Education component with them, meaning customers can continue learning from the comfort of their homes. The Foundation Press publishes hard and soft cover books on Dr. Erickson’s methods and Ericksonian-related topics and the Foundation has a newsletter, published three times a year, with approximately 40,000 online subscribers.
The Foundation Archives are a repository, attracting professionals around the world in the fields of psychology and anthropology. Our headquarters include an archive and viewing room where historic materials can be perused. The archives encompass three distinct, but overlapping collections:
- The Milton H. Erickson Archives;
- the work of Erickson’s contemporaries and successors;
- and the Foundation’s Archives.
The dimensions of the archives have changed over the years: There are more articles and stories relating to Dr. Erickson’s influence and conferences of an Ericksonian nature that have been recorded and donated. The Foundation is moving forward in digitizing the archives into several file formats, including mp3s and mp4s. In addition, Dr. Erickson’s Phoenix home on Hayward Avenue where he lived and worked for the last decade of his life is being transformed into a museum, open to professionals and the general public by appointment only. The Foundation’s Master Classes are traditionally held at the Hayward home.
In keeping with our mission, we strive to promote and advance the contributions made to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D. and are dedicated to training health and mental health professionals through all avenues of education.
The Continuing Education goals, of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., are to provide educational programs designed to teach professionals in the health sciences what and how to apply current knowledge and skills in their practices. As a result, these professionals will improve their overall knowledge, performance and patient outcomes. Our CME programs are designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and master level counselors who practice psychotherapy. Some programs are also applicable for physicians, nurse practitioners and dentists.
The scope of the CE effort is directed primarily to education in psychotherapy. The activities and services we provide are conferences, seminars and workshops.
The CE program also is designed to further the worldwide understanding and practice of medical and clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy by promoting, in every ethical way, the contributions made in the field by the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D. We work to integrate Ericksonian technique into all reputable fields of psychotherapy and medicine.