Conference Highlights

Reflections on the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

I am writing this month's newsletter as I fly home from The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim. 8,000 therapists from 58 countries attended the meeting. It was rich with opportunities for learning, networking and especially for hearing many revered gurus present their work. Albert Ellis at 92 was still going strong and as crusty as ever. The conference speakers demonstrated more consciousness of the world at large. Patch Adams, Mary Catherine Bateson and Jean Houston each in their own ways begged us as therapists to become more involved in the global community as social activists, in the areas of world hunger, global warming, the environment, and with projects in our local communities.… Read more...

Challenging Couples, Challenging Therapists

  For this month's newsletter, I thought I'd do something different, and share highlights from a few of the sessions of a recent couples' conference in Los Angeles. Each year The Couples Institute co-sponsors a couples' conference with the Milton Erickson Foundation. This meeting is designed to bring together specialists who focus on different aspects of couples therapy. Since I presented several sessions myself, I was unable to attend all of the other sessions, so I'm giving you just a few sprinklings from a very rich program. One of our new presenters was Esther Perel, a therapist from New York.… Read more...

Interview with Ellyn Bader

by Richard Landis, Ph.D. This article was originally published in the Spring 2004 issue of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter. Dr. Ellyn Bader is Co-Founder & Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA. They are often considered to be among the leading experts in couples' therapy training the world today. Dr. Bader spent eight years on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She and her husband are the authors of the classic “In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy,” and most recently, “Tell Me No Lies.” While she was preparing for this spring's conference, “Challenging Couples, Challenging Therapists,” I spoke with Dr.… Read more...
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