The first Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in 1985 was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of psychotherapy; historians indicate that psychotherapy began in 1885 when Freud became interested in the psychological aspects of medicine. That Conference, covered by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine, was tabbed “the Woodstock of Psychotherapy” and drew 7,200 attendees. It sold out three months in advance. In 2020, the Conference is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Over the years the faculty members have used the Conference to share ideas, promote convergence, and highlight unifying principles that guide effective clinical work. The Conference itself has evolved, becoming more clinical—organized around practice-oriented workshops and offering interactive events. Earlier Conferences were more academic with printed proceedings. But the theme of consilience still predominates—let’s underscore the commonalities of successful clinical work.
The Conference's educational advisor is the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, a federal nonprofit corporation formed to promote and advance the contributions to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, MD. The Conference is produced by the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, the leading behavioral healthcare conference organizer.
THE HISTORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY CONFERENCE
Narrated by Dr. Jeffrey Zeig