PEN Henry David Thoreau Prize Winner
Pulitzer Prize & NBCC Award Finalist
Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Human Age, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and A Natural History of the Senses, books beloved by millions of readers all over the world. In prose so rich and evocative that one can feel the earth turning beneath one’s feet as one reads, Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.
Internationally-renowned neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. As the Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com and named one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.”
A TED All-Star, Dr. Fisher has delivered five TED Talks which have been viewed by more than 12 million people worldwide and addressed audiences at Fortune, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the World Economic Forum, SXSW, The Economist’s Ideas Economy, and the G-20. With her groundbreaking research, Dr. Fisher shows how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams and corporate boards, advertise, innovate, improve relationships, and succeed at work.
Dr. Fisher’s personality questionnaire, The Fisher Temperament Inventory, has been taken by over 14 million people in 40 countries and is the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning data). Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving — Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator — represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years.
Dr. Fisher is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of NeuroColor, a revolutionary business consulting and training firm. Her work reveals how to recognize and influence each personality style, increasing the effectiveness of teams and improving our understanding of how individuals collaborate, resolve conflict, sell, innovate, and lead.
Along with her concept of the four thinking styles, Fisher’s research from NeuroColor has been profiled in Harvard Business Review’s 2017 March-April issue, The New Science of Teamwork, The Wall Street Journal, and in the 2017 book, The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance.
A consultant for Procter & Gamble and American Express, Dr. Fisher helped VISA understand card usage data and Deloitte University create stronger customer services.
A Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and an Anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. A documentary film based on her work, Sleepless in New York, premiered in April 2014. She has written five bestsellers on the neuroscience behind human social behavior, including Why Him? Why Her? and the 1994 classic Anatomy of Love, which was released in a second edition in February 2016.
Appearing on almost every major U.S. News outlet, including 20/20, The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Today, and the NBC Nightly News, her articles have appeared in HuffPost, The Economist, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek—where she examined the leadership styles of presidential nominees.
The Gottman Institute
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States
John Gottman, PhD, was voted one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter century by the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Gottman is a Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Washington. He is known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, self-report and physiology, many of which were published in peer-reviewed literature. He is the author or co-author of over 200 published academic articles and more than 45 books, including the bestselling The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; What Makes Love Last; The Relationship Cure; Why Marriages Succeed or Fail; The Science of Trust; Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child; The Mathematics of Marriage; The Science of Couples and Family Therapy; Principia Amoris, among many others. He is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute and Affective Software, Inc. Affective Software has created a tele-therapy Gottman Love Lab Relationship Assessment combined with a Gottman Relationship Builder technology that will live on cell phones, computers, and tablets to assist therapists in couples therapy and offer direct relationship building services directly to couples.
Julie Gottman, PhD, is the Co-Founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Co-Founder of Affective Software, Inc. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she has authored or co-authored 6 books and over two dozen peer-reviewed papers. She has appeared on international TV, radio shows, and podcasts, and in the print media as an expert adviser on issues involving marriage, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, parenting, and cancer treatment. She is the co-creator of Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT), the immensely popular Art and Science of Love weekend workshop for couples, and the GMCT international clinical training program.
Kaufman Music Center
Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music – and unraveled some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naiveté, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. As the Boston Globe said, “It’s a cheering thought that this kind of missionary enterprise did not pass from this earth with Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does. We need him.” Kapilow’s range of activities is astonishingly broad, including his What Makes It Great?® presentations (now for over fifteen seasons in New York and Boston), his family compositions and Family Musik® events, his “Citypieces”, and residencies with institutions as diverse as the National Gallery of Canada and Stanford University. The reach of his interactive events and activities is wide, both geographically and culturally: from Native American tribal communities in Montana and inner-city high school students in Louisiana to audiences in Kyoto and Kuala Lumpur, and from tots barely out of diapers to musicologists in Ivy League programs, his audiences are diverse and unexpected, but invariably rapt and keen to come back for more. Rob Kapilow is constantly finding connections and intersections between music and the outside world, making art essential to everyday life.
Carlsbad, California, United States
Cloé Madanes, HDL, LIC, in Psychology, is a world-renowned innovator and teacher of family and strategic therapy and one of the originators of the strategic approach to family therapy. She has authored seven books that are classics in the field: Strategic Family Therapy; Behind the One-Way Mirror; Sex, Love, and Violence; The Secret Meaning of Money; The Violence of Men; The Therapist as Humanist, Social Activist and Systemic Thinker; and Relationship Breakthrough. She has presented her work at professional conferences all over the world and has given keynote addresses for The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; the National Association of Social Workers, The Erickson Foundation, the California Psychological Association and many other national and international conferences. Madanes has won several awards for distinguished contribution to psychology and has counseled outstanding individuals from all walks of life.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD (in Psychology), is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, and optimism. He is a best-selling author of several books, including Flourish. He received the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Award for basic science and Cattell Award for the application of science, and two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association. In 1996, Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His current mission is the attempt to transform social science to work on the best things in life—strengths, positive emotion, good relationships, meaning, and human flourishing.
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, New York, United States
Derald Wing Sue, PhD in Counseling Psychology, is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He was the co-founder of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society of Counseling Psychology. Derald serves on the Council of Elders for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Derald is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, racial dialogues, multicul- tural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/ antiracism. He is author of four best-selling texts: Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice; Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation; Micgroaggressions in Every- day Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation; Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Irvin Yalom, MD is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His major areas of interest are Group Psychotherapy and an existentially—interpersonally based individual therapy. In recent years, he has taught via narrative using short stories and novels to teach the art of psychotherapy. Dr. Yalom was the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award presented by The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) at the 75th meeting on March 6, 2017 in New York City.
Heroic Imagination Project
San Francisco, California
Philip Zimbardo, PhD (Psychology) is professor emeritus at Stanford University and creator of The Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Zimbardo has spent over 50 years teaching and studying psychology. Dr. Zimbardo currently lectures worldwide and is actively working to promote his non-profit The Heroic Imagination Project www.heroicimagination.org.
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months.
Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.
The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, "My Story." In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.
Elizabeth has released a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. "Where There’s Hope" is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continue to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "everyday" people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child.
Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and they now have two beautiful children. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy.
Six-time Olympic gold medal champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken made history as the most successful athlete at the ’96 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming the first American female athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympic games. But after a devastating ATV accident in 2014, Van Dyken was paralyzed from the waist down. Just months later, she defied doctors’ expectations and achieved her goal when she walked again, with braces and a walker.
A frequent speaker to nonprofit organizations and businesses across the country, Van Dyken is an encouraging symbol of strength and tenacity, and a role model for individuals with debilitating injuries and ailments. Her talk at ESPN’s Women + Sports Summit reflects on her experiences as a world-class athlete and paraplegic and inspires others to develop their own “will to win" to accomplish their goals.
Following a doctor's advice, Van Dyken began swimming at the age of six in an effort to relieve her asthma and developed a strong “will to win” that made her a star in the ‘96 Games, despite competing with about 65% of normal lung capacity. After the games in Atlanta, Van Dyken went on to win two more medals in Sydney, Australia in 2000, earning the distinction of being one of the few Olympians whose medals are all gold. She was the only American swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 and was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008.
In addition to her Olympic accomplishments, Van Dyken won several world titles and set numerous American and world records. Her success in swimming made her an instant celebrity and earned her many awards and accolades, including her feature on a Wheaties cereal box and in the popular “Got Milk” ad campaign. She was named an Associated Press “Female Athlete of the Year,” an ESPN “ESPY Female Athlete of the Year,” and one of the “25 Most Influential Females in Sport” by Women's Sports and Fitness magazine.
Zak Williams is a passionate global mental health advocate who focuses his time, expertise, and resources on sharing his personal story in order to support initiatives and campaigns seeking to remove the stigma and address the challenges and discrimination associated with mental health issues. Zak is CEO and founder of anxiety relief company PYM and is an investor in technology and consumer packaged goods companies. Formerly, he was COO of the recommendation platform Crossing Minds, the Director of Business Development for media company Condé Nast, and the marketing lead for gaming and media platform N3TWORK. Zak is a U.S. trustee of United for Global Mental Health and board member of mental health awareness and advocacy non-profit, Bring Change 2 Mind, founded by Glenn Close. He is an advisor for Inseparable, a national organization focused on creating pragmatic mental health policy and a board member for Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, where he focuses on guiding the organizations' strategy and business development initiatives. Zak received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Linguistics from New York University.
Invited Address Faculty
New York University
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Carol Gilligan PhD, first achieved large-scale recognition from the psychological and educational communities with the publication of her groundbreaking book, In A Different Voice (1982). Harvard University Press describes it as "the little book that started a revolution." Following In A Different Voice, she initiated the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girls' Development and co-authored or edited five books with her students: Mapping the Moral Domain (1988); Making Connections (1990); Women, Girls, and Psychotherapy: Reframing Resistance (1991); Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development (1992) -- a New York Times notable book of the year -- and Between Voice and Silence: Women and Girls, Race and Relationships (1995).
Her 2002 book The Birth of Pleasure, was described by The Times Literary Supplement as “a thrilling new paradigm.” She has received a Senior Research Scholar Award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition, and was named by Time Magazine in 1996 as one of the 25 most influential Americans. Carol is a Professor at NYU School of Law.
Dr. Eleanor C. Mariano is the President and Founder of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is known to her patients and the media as Dr. Connie Mariano. To two former Presidents of the United States and their families, Dr. Mariano is simply “Dr. Connie.” Dr. Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, cum laude, June 1977 from Revelle College at the University of California in San Diego. She attended the nation’s military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in May 1981. Dr. Mariano completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital San Diego, CA in 1982 and 1986 respectively. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1987. She has been a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 1982. Dr. Mariano is licensed to practice medicine in Arizona and California.
Dr. Mariano’s highest position in medicine was held as Physician to the President for President William J. Clinton, from 1994-2001. She has also held the title of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences and the Mayo School of Medicine.
An expert on the care of VIPs, celebrities, and world leaders, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences as well as on media specials such as CNN’s “The Health of the President.”
With over thirty years in the medical profession, Dr. Mariano has taken care of patients both in the military and private sector. She brings to the CEM her unique experience and passion in providing the highest standard of care to all her patients.
During those rare moments she can define as “free time,” Dr. Mariano enjoys writing (author of The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents” published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press), hosting her monthly internet radio show, “Dr. Connie’s House Calls” on the Empowerment Channel of Voice America network; traveling with family and friends; and visiting her three grandchildren.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Helen A. Neville, Ph.D. is a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Illinois in 2001, she was on the faculty in Psychology, Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation. She is the past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, which is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Psychologists. She has co-edited 8 books and (co)- authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of race, racism, healing, and diversity issues related to well-being. Dr. Neville has been recognized for her research and mentoring efforts including receiving the Association of Black Psychologists’ Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, Dalmas Taylor Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, APA Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award, the APA Division 45 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring/contributions to African American students/community, and the Winter Roundtable Janet E. Helms Mentoring Award.
Main Conference Faculty
Newport Coast, California, United States
Daniel Amen, MD, is a double board-certified psychiatrist, multiple NY Times bestselling author, founder of Amen Clinics and brain imaging pioneer. He has written and hosted 11 public television specials about the brain. Discover Magazine named his brain imaging research as one of the top 100 stories in all of Science for 2015.
Arredondo Advisory Group
Fielding Graduate University
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Patricia Arredondo, EDD, is widely recognized as a scholar-practitioner in the areas of cultural competency models and guidelines, Latinx mental health, and organizational diversity strategy. She has co-authored six books and over 100 publications. In 2017, she delivered programs with major U.S. universities as well as in Qatar, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Currently, she is President of the Arredondo Advisory Group and tenured faculty with Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University.
The Couples Institute
Menlo Park, California, United States
Ellyn Bader, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is the Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. Over the past 30 years she has conducted professional training programs in couples therapy live and online training therapists throughout the United States as well as Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She is a past-president of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for an outstanding literary contribution to the field of marital therapy from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Dr. Bader is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and along with her husband, Dr. Peter Pearson, she co-authored the books, In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy (Brunner/Mazel) and Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage (St. Martin’s Press).
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
University of Pennsylvania
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is President of Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The Beck Institute offers national and international training in CBT, CBT certification of clinicians, and outpatient therapy services. Dr. Beck is also clinical professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time among administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research, and writing. She has presented hundreds of workshops nationally and internationally on various applications of cognitive therapy. Dr. Beck has written over 100 articles and chapters. She is the author of the primary text in the field, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, which has been translated into 20 languages. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems, Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders, the Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, and the Beck Diet Solution. The online CBT courses she has developed have been taken by people in 112 countries.
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
Claudia Black, PhD is a renowned author, speaker and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Claudia is the Clinical Architect of The Claudia Black Young Adult Center and Senior Fellow at The Meadows in Arizona. She is the author of over fifteen books, her latest title being Unspoken Legacy.
Stanford Medical School
Stanford University School of Medicine
Los Altos, CA, California, United States
David Burns, MD is a clinical psychiatrist and author of the best-selling, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide. His When Helping Doesn’t Help was recently featured in Psychotherapy Networker (March, 2017). His free Feeling Good and www.feelinggood.com podcasts are available on iTunes.
University of Minnesota
Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School
Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
Eli Coleman, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Program in Human Sexuality. He holds the first and only endowed academic chair in sexual health.
Dr. Coleman is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency and family intimacy and on the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. He is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health.
He is one of the past-presidents of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the World Association for Sexual Health, the International Academy for Sex Research and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He is currently the Chair of the WPATH Standards of Care Revision Committee. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Scotts Valley, California, United States
Robert Dilts has a degree in Behavioral Technology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Robert has a global reputation as a leading developer, author, coach, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Robert worked closely with NLP co-founders John Grinder and Richard Bandler at the time of its creation and also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, MD, and Gregory Bateson. Robert pioneered the applications of NLP to education, creativity, health, leadership, belief systems and the development of what has become known as “Third Generation NLP”.
Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, LLC
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S, ATR is Partner at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Recovery. The Gil institute is dedicated and committed to trauma recovery training and education through the blending of clinical research, and training interests. Over the years of being a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, Gil finds it rewarding to stimulate interest in a range of relevant topics such as working with traumatized children, play therapy and post-traumatic play, family play therapy, relational treatments, among others. In addition, over the course of a long career, several assessment and treatment models have emerged in the context of varied clinical settings and with the assistance of talented colleagues.
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Encinitas, California, United States
Stephen Gilligan, PhD, is a psychologist who received his doctorate from Stanford University. He was a major student of Milton Erickson and has been elaborating this work for the past 35 years, while also developing Self-Relations Psychotherapy, and Generative Psychotherapy. In 2004, he received the rarely given Lifetime Achievement Award from the Erickson Foundation in honor of his many contributions. He is well-known throughout the world for his inspirational teaching He has published extensively, including Therapeutic Trances: The cooperation principle in Ericksonian hypnotherapy, The courage to love: Principles and practices of Self-relations psychotherapy, The Legacy of Erickson, Walking in two worlds, and The Hero’s Journey (w/ R. Dilts). His most recent book, Generative Trance: The experience of creative flow, proposes and explores a third generation approach to hypnotic work.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada, United States
Steven C. Hayes, PhD Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, he is known for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a widely used and researched method of psychological and behavioral intervention, and Relational Frame Theory, a comprehensive empirical research program on human language and cognition. Dr. Hayes has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and is among the most cited psychologists in the world.
Imago International Training Institute
University of Chicago
Dallas, Texas, United States
Harville Hendrix, PhD in Psychology and Theology and Helen Lakelly Hunt, Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in church history, co-creators of Imago Relationship Therapy and co-founder of Imago Relationships International that supports over 1100 Imago therapists in 37 countries. Author and co-author of three NYT best sellers and seven other books on relationship therapy. Co-creator of Safe Conversations and co-founder of Relationships First, a relationship education movement located in Dallas and dedicated to furthering the creation of a relational culture.
Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology ― University of Ottawa, ON, Canada
Distinguished Research Professor, Alliant University, San Diego, CA, USA
Founding Director, International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Dr. Sue Johnson is a leading innovator in the fields of couple therapy and adult attachment. She is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Sue has received numerous awards acknowledging her development of EFT, including the APA’s “Family Psychologist of the Year” in 2016 and the Order of Canada in 2017.
Her best-selling book Hold Me Tight (2008) has now sold over one million copies worldwide and taught countless couples how to enhance and repair their love relationships. The book was developed into the Hold Me Tight® relationship enhancement program and has been translated into numerous languages with workshops taking place around the world. Having been adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, an interactive Hold Me Tight Online version was also developed.
Sue’s recent book for clinicians, Attachment Theory in Practice — Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) delineates the promise of attachment science for understanding and repairing relationships and her newest book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) due to be published in 2021, highlights the unique benefits of EFT as a cross-modality approach for treating emotional disorders in individuals. Her seminal text, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy — Creating Connection (1996; 2004; 2019), is now in its third edition.
As the founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and provides guidance to over 85 affiliated centers. She consults for the U.S. and Canadian militaries and is a popular presenter and speaker for the general public. You can find out more about EFT, Sue and her work at www.iceeft.com and www.drsuejohnson.com.
Weill Cornell Medical College
White Plains, New York, United States
Otto F. Kernberg, MD, FAPA, is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Kernberg is a Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. His latest books are The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression, American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, DC, was published in 2011. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder A Clinical Guide, (with Frank E. Yeomans and John F. Clarkin). American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, DC, was published in 2015. Psychoanalytic Education at the CrossroadsRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Ergos Institute of Somatic Education
Encinitas, California, United States
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic, body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, which conducts SETM trainings throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures.
Some of Dr. Levine’s other achievements include being a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle project, as well as a consultant to the Sandia Labs during their report on preventing terrorism commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Dr. Levine was a member of the APA Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare.
He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. Dr. Levine has written several books about trauma. His international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into twenty six languages. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, United States
Elizabeth Loftus, PhD is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She holds positions in the Departments of Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law & Society, and is a Professor of Law. Loftus’s research has focused on human memory, eye-witness testimony and also on courtroom procedure. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. She was elected president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Western Psychological Association (twice), the American Psychology-Law Society, and the Experimental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association (APA). Loftus has received seven honorary doctorates for her research, from universities in the United States, but also The Netherlands, Great Britain, Israel and Norway.
Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s only such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism will be published in 2016.
Nancy McWilliams teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), and Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021), all with Guilford Press. She has edited, coauthored, or contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006; 2nd ed. 2017). A former president of APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis, now the Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, she is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliams is a graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey.
Awards include the Gradiva prize (1999), the Erikson Scholar award (2016), the Goethe Scholarship Award (2012), the Rosalee Weiss award for contributions to practice (2004), the Laughlin distinguished teacher award (2007), the Hans Strupp Award for teaching, practice and writing (2014), and the Division 39 awards for Leadership (2005), Scholarship (2012), and International Academic Excellence (2021). She has given commencement addresses for the Yale University School of Medicine and the Smith College of Social Work. She was chosen to represent psychoanalytic therapy in APA’s 2011 remake of the classic film, “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy,” and was a plenary speaker for the 2015 APA convention in Toronto.
Dr. McWilliams is an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Moscow Psychoanalytic Society, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Turin, Italy, and the Warsaw Scientific Association for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Her writings have been translated into twenty languages, and she has taught in twenty-five countries.
University of Illinois
University of Waterloo Ontario Canada
Clarence Center, New York, United States
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD in Clinical Psychology is currently Research Director of Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami (www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. He was voted one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Latest books include Roadmap to Resilience (www. roadmaptoresilience.com) and Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey.
Dr. Miller has practiced and taught Gestalt therapy and couples therapy for more than forty years, for the last twenty in New York City. His own training was with Fritz Perls, Erving Polster, and Isadore From. After ten years of teaching at Stanford University and M.I.T., he co-founded the Boston Gestalt Institute, where he directed training. He has also taught and trained psychotherapists in Gestalt therapy in sixteen countries. Besides contributing numerous articles to many journals and magazines, he reviewed books on psychology and related areas for the New York Times Book Review from 1985 to 1994. He is the author of four books: Intimate Terrorism: The Crisis of love in an Age of Disillusion (Norton, 1996), which has been published in eight languages; La Poétique de la Gestalt-thérapie (Exprimerie, 2002); Teaching a Paranoid to Flirt (Gestalt Journal Press, 2011), a collection of his writings on Gestalt therapy; and A Gestalt Therapy Testament (Casaperlarte, Milan, 2014), published in English and Italian.
International Center for Clinical Excellence
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Scott D. Miller, PhD received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in APA-approved Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
William Miller, PhD (Clinical Psychology) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 400 professional articles and chapters and 50 books including Loving kindness (2017), Motivational Interviewing (2013), Controlling Your Drinking (2013), Treating Addiction(2011), and Quantum Change (2001). The Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.
Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides online training internationally in grief therapy. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, the latter with Barbara Thompson, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.
Padesky.com / Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach CA
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Christine A. Padesky, PhD, Co-Founder of Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California is a licensed clinical psychologist and a leading Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) innovator. Along with Kathleen Mooney, PhD she created Strengths-Based CBT which helps clients construct new beliefs and behavioral strategies in order to improve overall functioning and relationships. She provides workshops and consultation to therapists worldwide (www.padesky.com) and develops audio CD & DVD therapist training materials (www.store.padesky.com). She is co-author of five books, including Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition (www.mindovermood.com). With over a million copies sold in 23 languages, Mind Over Mood was named the most influential CBT book of all time by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP). Dr. Padesky’s honors include the Most Influential International CBT Therapist award (BABCP), Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award (California Psychological Association) and the Aaron T. Beck Award for her enduring contributions to the field (Academy of Cognitive Therapy).
C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco/UCSF-Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
Mill Valley, California, United States
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California Medical Center and a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the International Transpersonal Association, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
She is the author of thirteen books in over one hundred foreign editions. She is a NGO Permanent Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), also represents Pathways To Peace, The Millionth Circle, Earthchild Institute, Women’s Perspective, and the International Public Policy Institute. She is in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film “Women – For America, For the World,” the Canadian Film Board’s “Goddess Remembered,” and “Femme: Women Healing the World.”
Santa Monica, California, United States
Daniel Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.
The Divorce Busting Center
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW is the Founder of The Divorce Busting Center in Boulder, Colorado. She is a popular TEDx speaker and the author of eight books including, Healing From Infidelity, and the bestselling Divorce Bustingand The Sex-Starved Marriage. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award from AAMFT. More information about Michele can be found on divorcebusting.com.
United States International University
Fallbrook, California, United States
Michael D. Yapko, PhD (professional psychology, clinical specialization), is internationally recognized for his innovative work in applied clinical hypnosis, developing brief psycho- therapies, and the strategic treatment of depression. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries across six continents. He is the author of 16 books, including his most recent, Process-Oriented Hypnosis: Focusing on the Forest, Not the Trees. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his many contributions to the field, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. More information is available on Dr. Yapko’s website, www.yapko.com.
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Evolution Conference Organizer
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in fourteen foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (40 countries). He is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences.