By Victoria Bloom, CalSouthern Faculty Mentor
California Southern University was a proud sponsor of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation’s extraordinary Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013 conference. Held December 11-15 in Anaheim, California, the gathering drew 7,100 registrants from more than 50 countries and was heralded as the largest-ever conference devoted solely to psychotherapy.
The founder and director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation—and the architect of the conference—Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, enthusiastically stated, “The reality of the conference eclipsed my vision of what I hoped it could be.” Dr. Zeig (who was recently named a CalSouthern “Distinguished Professor”) emphasized that the keynote speakers included pioneers in psychotherapy, two of whom, Dr. Salvador Minuchin and Dr. Aaron Beck, are in their 90s and remain vibrant teachers, as well as valued and prolific contributors to the field. The impressive and eclectic group of keynote speakers also included luminaries from the worlds of neuroscience, poetry, literature and music. The conference faculty was comprised of practitioners and authors world-renowned for their contributions to psychotherapy; across the board, they were inspirational and wonderfully received.
A high point of the conference was the CalSouthern “meet-and-greet” at the adjacent Anaheim Hilton. It provided the rare opportunity for the staff and faculty of the university to visit with more than 50 learners who came from across the country and around the world, including Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. We at CalSouthern were thrilled to be able to meet face-to-face with so many learners and alumni.