The first Evolution Conference in 1985 was a celebration of the 100th birthday of psychotherapy; historians indicated 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.
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 Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc, is a federal nonprofit corporation formed to promote and advance the contributions to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, MD. In addition to organizing congresses, workshops, the Brief Therapy and Couples Conferences, the Erickson Foundation also organized seven landmark Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, physical challenge, gender or sexual orientation.
The Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013 and 2017 conference co-sponsor with California Southern University’s School of Behavioral Sciences