Evolution of Psychotherapy
Press Release

Professor Noam Chomsky, “Father of Modern Linguistics,” and Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette Among Lineup for 35th Evolution of Psychotherapy

December 7, 2020
Online gathering of more than 5,000 behavioral health professionals from 50 countries begins this week, with a program focused on strengthening and elevating the contemporary practice of psychotherapy

MALVERN PA, DECEMBER 7, 2020 - HMP Global, a leading healthcare event and education company, announced today that “the father of modern linguistics,” Noam Chomsky, PhD, will participate in a keynote interview to open the 35th Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, the official meeting of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, taking place online December 9-13, 2020.

Widely renowned as a trailblazer in cognitive psychology, Dr. Chomsky’s revolutionary work in the fields of linguistics and the philosophies of mind and language have catalyzed and continued the ongoing “cognitive revolution.” Dr. Chomsky’s presentation will delve into communication and subconscious processes and focus on mastering linguistic strategies in order to become a better communicator and enhance patient relationships, understanding, and care. Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, director and founder of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, will conduct the interview with Dr. Chomsky. 

“The Evolution of Psychotherapy brings together the leading figures whose work has shaped the contemporary practice of psychotherapy,” said Dr. Zeig. “It is an unheralded opportunity to learn about the latest advances in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, habits and addictions, and relationship problems.”

The multifaceted meeting’s comprehensive agenda, comprising an array of discussions, state-of-the art addresses, and clinical demonstrations led by 50 expert faculty and 10 keynote speakers, is focused on strengthening clinical practice and highlighting the unifying principles that guide effective clinical work. Garnering worldwide attention and a global audience during its 35-year tenure, this leading event highlights theory-based practice to enhance patient care via practical application strategies. Notably, participants of the Evolution of Psychotherapy meeting have the ability to earn up to 165 CE/CME credits.

Joining Dr. Chomsky in the expert speaker lineup are: 

- Aaron Beck, MD on cognitive therapy; 
- Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, delivering the address, “My Journey from Evil to Heroism.” 
- Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Michael D. Yapko, PhD. and Dr. Zeig discussing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on patient care
- Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette will be interviewed by Dr. Zeig, in a session titled, “The HeART of Communication” on Saturday, December 12 at 12:30 pm.

To register for Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020 or to learn more, visit evolutionofpsychotherapy.com. For press access and media inquiries, contact Kelly McCurdy at pr@hmpglobal.com.


HMP Global is the force behind Healthcare Made Practical—and is a multichannel leader in healthcare events and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global healthcare community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant360, the year-round, award-winning platform relied upon by primary care providers and other specialists; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; EMS World Expo, North America's largest EMT and paramedic event; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit hmpglobal.com.


Established in 1979, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation is a federal nonprofit corporation formed to promote and advance the contributions to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, MD. It has grown to become one of the most globally recognized and influential organizations in the field of psychotherapy and fulfills its mission through the organization of congresses, workshops, programs, and the development of clinically relevant content for mental health professionals. For more information, visit erickson-foundation.org.