Through the Erickson Foundation's live events, we've been able to build an incredible catalog of high quality lectures, keynotes, workshops and presentations. Available in audio or video streaming formats, we provide decades worth of pioneering psychotherapy content.

Art of Psychotherapy

If you didn't get a chance to attend these classes live, now is your opportunity to immerse yourself in experiential psychotherapy. The Art of Psychotherapy classes feature live demonstrations of psychotherapy sessions in which Dr. Jeffrey Zeig implements various approaches to common patient issues. Understand how to prompt your client to realize hidden potentials and learn techniques that will guide you into perfecting your own style of therapy.

Milton H. Erickson Videos

New Release

A client asks Erickson to help him stop smoking tobacco. Rather than using a formula, Erickson tailors a treatment approach to both address underlying problems and elicit resources.

A Teaching Seminar with Milton Erickson Part 1 - Seeding a Theme

In part one of Seeding a Theme - A Teaching Seminar with Milton Erickson, you will witness Erickson seamlessly planting a seed, connecting the dots, developing a theme, and closing the loop in one class period. You will learn how Erickson conducted dissociation through the tempo, content and tone of his words.

Symbolic Hypnotherapy

This training tool contains segments of hypnotherapy conducted by Erickson, with the same subject, on two consecutive days in 1978. Erickson demonstrates how symbols may be used as metaphoric forms of communication to foster new ideas and understandings. Zeig discusses Erickson’s technique.

Artistry of Milton Erickson

This video involves a therapy session with two clients: Monde and Nick. Monde is a 32-year-old women who is married with three children. Monde has had three therapy sessions with Dr. Erickson and has been exposed to hypnosis in prior sessions. Monde is seeing Dr. Erickson because she is feeling insecure about herself as a person, mother, and wife. The other client, Nick, is a 20-year-old sophomore in college who has had no previous experience with hypnosis or psychotherapy. In addition, Nick is an acquaintance of Monde and her husband. The therapy session is conducted in two parts: part one involves Monde as the primary patient while Nick is the secondary patient and part two involves Nick as the primary patient and Monde as the secondary patient.

The Process of Hypnotic Induction

The Process of Hypnotic Induction features Erickson in 1964, working with several different subjects. He demonstrates how to individualize the method of induction to fit the unique characteristics of the individual. Jeffrey Zeig discusses the microdynamics of teachnique that Erickson used in his 1964 inductions. Comments are aimed at clinicians experienced in hypnosis looking to refine their skills.

Milton Erickson and Three Cases of Trauma

For this one-hour video, we reached backed into the Erickson archives, circa 1973 to 1978, to Milton Erickson’s teaching seminars. Erickson conducted these teaching seminars in the comfort and intimacy of his own home. In this video, we encounter three cases – each dealing primarily with trauma. And in each of these cases, there is hidden meaning. Erickson demonstrates how to take “extraneous” information provided by the client, understand the context relevant to the client’s problem, and insightfully extrapolate the true meaning for therapeutic effect.

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Best of Evolution 2020

Didn't get a chance to attend the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020 Conference? We got you. Here are the 7 most highly rated presentations for your enjoyment, featuring Jeff Zeig, Rob Kapilow, Michael Yapko, Erving Polster, Derald Wing Sue, Martin Seligman, Harriet Lerner, Daniel Siegel and David Burns.

Keynote 05 - Listening and Impact: What Therapists Can Learn from Music - Jeff Zeig, PhD; Rob Kapilow

At the heart of psychotherapy is the idea that listening to someone is an inherently healing act. Can an understanding of the grammar of music help us better understand the grammar of how patients communicate? Join NPR and PBS commentator Rob Kapilow for a unique exploration inside the language of music to see if it can help us learn to listen.

Great Conversations 06 - We've Had Antidepressants for Over 30 Years Now: So, How's That Working Out for Us? - Michael Yapko, PhD; Erving Polster, PhD

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common mood disorder on earth and earlier this year was ranked as the number one cause of suffering and disability worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and many different theories have been formulated to describe its etiology and course. In this joint presentation, Drs. Polster and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, the liberal use antidepressant medications, and why good psychotherapy is more important than ever.

Conversation Hour 04 - Microaggressions and Implicit Bias - Derald Wing Sue, PhD

Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward People of Color. Mental health professionals are often unaware that they have engaged in such communications when they interact with racial/ethnic minority clients. Almost all interracial encounters are prone to microaggressions; I use the White counselor - client of color clinical dyad to illustrate how they impair development of a therapeutic alliance. Suggestions regarding education and training and research in the helping professions are discussed.

Workshop 29 - Feeling Great: A New, High-Speed Treatment for Depression - David Burns, MD

Research indicates that therapeutic failure nearly always results from patient resistance that hasn’t been addressed. In this workshop, you will learn how to bring subconscious resistance to conscious awareness and melt it away quickly for faster, better outcomes. Prepare to explore a revolutionary new approach based on the paradoxical premise that depression does not result from what’s wrong with you, but from what’s right with you.

Keynote 07 - Agency and Positive Psychology - Martin Seligman, PhD

Join the father of Positive Psychology in this session as we explore the world history of Agency and its relation to the past, present, and future of Positive Psychology, Positive Education, and Positive Psychotherapy. Highlighted concepts will include PERMA, Causal Intervention, Well-being, Future Mindedness, Learned Optimism, and Learned Helplessness, among others. How are the Age of Progress and Positive Psychology related? What possibilities could arise from effectively using Positive Psychology in overcoming personal and global challenges? Attendees will be able to define, understand, and potentially implement Positive Psychology in their professional setting.

Speech 16 - The Secret Life of Shame: Transforming Buried Pain into Clinical Treasure - Harriet Lerner, PhD

This speech will identify hidden sources of shame, with clinical and theoretical implications for helping our clients find self-regard, voice, and relational courage in the face of shame.

Workshop 25 - Working with a 3-P Framework of Consciousness in Psychotherapy - Daniel Siegel, MD

This workshop will explore the findings from a 10,000-person survey of a mind-training practice, the Wheel of Awareness, and how they can inform an understanding of the mind, mental health, and the transformative power of harnessing consciousness in psychotherapy. Workshop participants are encouraged to practice the Wheel of Awareness before the event so that their own direct experience can be compared and contrasted to the findings of the survey and then applied to their own practice of psychotherapy.

Using Hypnosis

Most everyone will have pain in their body at some point. Some of it will be due to anxiety (18% of mental disorders in the US, annually) and past trauma for the others (about 8 million cases reported every year.) But hypnosis can respond powerfully to these issues, offering relief from these ills and yet, also address more. By offering people a chance to access their inner strengths and resources-- individuals, couples, and therapists alike can be reenergized and heal.

Clinical Demonstration 04 - Developing Mutual Responsivity: Utilizing Hypnotic Rapport to Develop A Shared Deep Experience in Couple Therapy - Camillo Loriedo, MD, PhD

As suggested by Milton Erickson, naturalistic hypnosis seems to be one of the best way of utilizing couple’s resources. Frequently couples fail in reaching a deep mutual exchange and complain of being unable to satisfy their needs for intimacy. Hypnotic experience seems to produce by itself a deep contact that rarely develops in their habitual patterns. Specific couple’s responses to hypnotic induction that can be utilized to produce contact and intimacy will be demonstrated. In some other cases couples are caught by conflicts they are unable to solve. A couples hypnotherapist can extend to both couple members rapport, and succeed in obtaining a special relationship that produces more syntonic and attuned behaviors, in which conflict intensity decreases and a greater ability to listen to each other and negotiate conflicts develops.

Clinical Demonstration 11 – Focusing on What’s Right: Hypnosis and Amplifying Personal Resources - Michael Yapko, PhD

Hypnosis as a tool of treatment has become increasingly important as more and more schools of psychotherapy come to the obvious realization that your focus defines you. What a difference to focus on what’s right with someone than to focus on what’s wrong! In this demonstration, hypnosis will be used as a means of identifying and consolidating personal resources that can assist in promoting a higher level of well being.

Clinical Demonstration 22 - Integrating Energy Psychology and Ericksonian Hypnosis to Remove the Pain of a Traumatic Event - Robert Schwarz, PsyD

Multilevel communication was important to Erickson. In this demonstration we will use “energetic communication”. Energy Psychology (EP) approaches will be integrated within an Ericksonian framework to treat a traumatic event; first focusing on neutralizing the negative affect of the trauma with EP and then increasing positive resources and connections with Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Clinical Demonstration 05 - Examining the Resolution of Anxiety and Pain Problems Using Hypnosis - Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB

In this program, attendees will learn how to include developmental and interpersonal goals in treating the presenting problem of anxiety or pain or both. Also covered will learn how to resolve even large problems in a single session.

Clinical Demonstration 05 - Using Hypnosis for Anxiety: Opportunities for Seeing Action Over Avoidance - Lynn Lyons, MSW

Using hypnosis to help anxious people relax and feel calm is a great start, but hypnosis offers other valuable opportunities to disrupt the patterns of anxiety, create a different relationship to thoughts and physical symptoms , and to shift the client from avoidance into action.

Turn Down the Trauma

Trauma sets the wounded person’s mind to full blast on the event that injured them. Things like the present moment or the proverbial ‘next’ moment isn’t perceivably relevant. No, not when all that seems to matter Is just surviving, mixed with hopelessness, and a sense of the person’s “self” as fragmented. But now there is hope with the leading theorists, interventions, and clinicians. They promote sound practice to turn down the trauma and piece back together the harmony of life.

Clinical Demonstration 11 - Treating Trauma Briefly and Respectfully - Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT

This live demonstration will illustrate how to briefly connect with a client who has been suffering from some aftereffect from trauma and to help the client resolve some of that post-traumatic suffering.

Keynote 02 - If Trauma Changes the Brain What is Necessary for Effective Treatment - Bessel van der Kolk, MD

This workshop will show how trauma affects the developing mind and brain, and teach how trauma affects self-awareness and self-regulation. We will focus on the fundamental difference between trauma desensitization vs. integration and growth, and look at the difference between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress. We will examine the role of interpersonal rhythms and attunement in establishing a sense of self and community. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate affect regulation techniques, examine ways to deal with fragmented self-experience, and teach the benefits of yoga, EMDR, meditation, neurofeedback, music and theater.

Workshop 10 - In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Released Trauma and Restores Goodness - Peter Levine, PhD

Traditionally, therapies have attempted to change perceptions of the world by means of reason and insight, with conditioning and behavior modification, or with drugs and medications. The trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves, both from threat, and then later, against feeling the crushing totality of their horror, helplessness and pain. However, as time goes on, this avoidance keeps them frozen and stuck in the past, unable to be fully present, in the here and now, and unable to go forward in life. Fixed in the defensive trauma response, the shame, defeat and humiliation, associated with the original event replays itself over and over again in the body. Dr. Levine explores the implications of Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with emotional information.

Short Course 31 - Energy Psychology: A Brief Therapy to Treat Trauma - Robert Schwarz, PsyD

Energy Psychology (EP) is a family of focused and brief approaches to releasing stuck energy in the mindbody system that usually is the result of unresolved small “t” or big “T” trauma. This workshop presents an elegant integration of Interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory and memory reconsolidation that underlies energy psychology approaches to trauma treatment. Participants will learn how to incorporate this “power therapy” with their current methods to regulate emotional over-arousal and escalating patterns of reactivity while creating greater personal empowerment. Discover how to actually remove the traumatic energy/emotions from traumatic events that facilitates insight, mindfulness and post traumatic growth. Both the current research and the basic clinical protocols will be presented.

Keynote 06 - When Intimacy Feels Unsafe: Healing the Trauma Legacy in Couples Therapy - Janina Fisher, PhD

Early childhood trauma has lasting and dramatic effects on attachment formation and on the later capacity for intimacy and mutuality. Instead of experiencing relationships as a haven of safety, traumatized couples are driven by powerful wishes for and fears of closeness. By using somatic and mindfulness-based interventions, conflictual patterns are disrupted, allowing couples to address the intense responses and impulsive reactions that undermine all sense of safety and hope and recreate the experience of threat in the body and in the relationship.

The Couples' Therapy Starter Kit

Relationships between couples contain unique problems that individuals could never know. Treating one person is complicated, but the relationship between romantic partners introduces complexity. Enabling couples to find simpler solutions will require the couple’s starter kit to understand their world. Working with their ecosystem includes understanding elements instrumental to their success; boundaries, sexuality, intimacy, power differentials, and general systems theory are a foundation for any clinician’s interest in treating relationships.

Topical Panel 02 - Couples vs. Individual Therapy: What Works/What Doesn’t - Ellyn Bader, PhD, Sue Diamond Potts, MA, RCC, and Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP

Couples treatment requires an understanding of interpersonal dynamics. Clinicians need to understand the benefits and liabilities of couples vs. individual therapy, and have a mechanism for decilding when to use each approach.

Workshop 18 - The Science of Couples and Family Therapy - John Gottman, PhD, Julie Gottman, PhD, and William Bumberry, PhD

It’s been 50 years since the revolutionary inception of General Systems Theory that started couples and family therapy. Yet the central concepts were never made precise, or measurable and the theory never became scientific. In this workshop we show how we can now complete this theory and produce effective and powerful couples and family therapy methods.

Topical Panel 03 - Couples Boundaries: Rigid, Permeable and Transparent - Janina Fisher, PhD, Martha Kauppi, LMFT, ACST, and Rick Miller, LICSW

Relational boundaries can be a source of problems if they are too inflexible or if they are too weak. Clinicians need a method to assess and treat boundary issues.

Workshop 11 - Untangling Passive Aggressive Dynamics in Marriage - Peter Pearson, PhD

Passive aggressive spouses challenge even seasoned couple’s therapists. One partner over functions and the other under functions. Both become entrenched in this pattern. And the passive aggressive partner stubbornly resists your best in- sights and agreements for change. As conventional therapy often falls flat with this couple, I will do a demonstration showing you to stay out of the middle and create an unconventional leverage for change. Leave with a comprehensive framework for changing these systems.

Clinical Demonstration 13 - Video Demonstration: Sexuality and Intimacy with Couples (Video) - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

Through podcasts and experiential exercises we will demonstrate clinical work around sexuality and intimacy with couples.


Mindfulness provides a map for clients. Where they once were lost, unable to locate the feelings in their body, there is now direction. Being able to locate emotions, sensations, and whatever feels good or bad is like giving clients a bridge of understanding. It allows them to traverse from the felt sense of where they don’t want to be, to where they want to go. But what can they do without direction to the nearest horizon, green pasture, or cool lake? Nothing.

Clinical Demonstration 05 - Mindsight and Integration in the Cultivation of Well-Being - Daniel Siegel, MD

Daniel Siegel (2009) Mindsight and Integration in the Cultivation of Well-Being demonstrates interpersonal neurobiology therapy with a volunteer studying to be a therapist. She has experienced fear in one clinical setting and has also been “the glue,” holding together her family since she was young. Siegel uses the triangle of relationship/ mind/brain to help the volunteer experience her fear of responsibility by allowing images and body sensations to flow to “soften the mind.”

Clinical Demonstration 06 - Adding Mindfulness to your Practice: Teaching Mindful Skills for Better Self-Regulation - Alexander Simpkins, PhD and Annellen Simpkins, PhD

Mindfulness has been well researched as an efficacious addition to psychotherapy. Adding a mindful perspective for your client teaches helpful tools which promotes the therapeutic process and enhances your interventions on many levels. This clinical demonstration shows how to work with client suffering to bring about a feeling of presence and wellbeing. The client's problem is viewed through a different lens of the present moment, without judgment, and through acceptance. Transformation is possible here and now as the audience and the client step together with us on the mindful path.

Clinical Demonstration 12 - Mindfulness Informed Psychotherapy: A Demonstration - Ronald Siegel, PsyD

Clinicians are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness practices can enlighten and enliven their lives, both inside and outside the therapy hour. These techniques hold great promise for personal development and as a powerful method to enhance virtually all forms of psychotherapy. But what does mindfulness-informed therapy actually look like? This demonstration, using volunteers from the audience, will illustrate how mindfulness practices and insights derived from them can inform treatment.

Clinical Demonstration 07 - The Clinical Application of Mindfulness and Compassion - Jack Kornfield, PhD

This demonstration will combine Buddhist psychology, and Eastern approaches of Mindfulness and compassion with Western clinical tools.

Short Course 40 - The Mindful Path to Habit Transformation: A Four Quadrant Model - Lawrence Peltz, MD

We all have habits, from seemingly harmless to life threatening. But how do they work? And what makes them so resistant to change? This workshop presents a simple model of four categories of experience—the benefits and costs of maintaining v. relinquishing a habit. This brief approach emphasizes mindfulness practice and works well with other psychotherapeutic methods.

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