World’s largest independent educational event for mental health professionals features a slate of faculty recognized as masters of the field and an agenda focused on strengthening clinical practice

MALVERN, PA (December 10, 2019) — The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, the official meeting of the  Milton H. Erickson Foundation, today announced that an unparalleled lineup of faculty will headline its 35th anniversary meeting taking place December 9-13, 2020 in Anaheim, California.

Dubbed “the Woodstock of Psychotherapy” by TIME, the Evolution of Psychotherapy meeting is expected to attract 8,000 professionals including clinical and counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family counselors, and others - with an agenda focused on strengthening clinical practice and highlighting the unifying principles that guide effective clinical work.

Along with the nearly 40 prominent faculty spearheading the 2020 agenda, confirmed keynote speakers  include:

Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director, Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center;

John Gottman, PhD, Author, Professor Emeritus in Psychology, University of Washington, and Co-founder, The Gottman Institute;

Julie Gottman, PhD, Co-founder and President, The Gottman Institute, Clinical Supervisor, Couples Together Against Violence study, and Co-creator, The Art and Science of Love workshops;

Rob Kapilow, Composer, Conductor, Music Commentator, and Author

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD in Psychology, Author, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, and Director, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania;

Derald Wing Sue, PhD in Counseling Psychology, Author, Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College and School of Social Work, Columbia University, Co-founder, National Multicultural Conference and Summit, and Co-founder and first President, Asian American Psychological Association;

Irvin Yalom, MD, Author and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine; and

Philip Zimbardo, PhD in Psychology, Author, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Creator, The Stanford Prison Experiment, and Founder and President, The Heroic Imagination Project.

“I am both honored and excited to announce our 2020 lineup ,” said Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Founder and Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation. “These individuals are brilliant clinicians, educators, and innovators and their participation solidifies this 35th anniversary gathering as a momentous opportunity through which to celebrate and examine 135 years of history of psychotherapy, and advance the field into the future.  We expect that Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020 will be the most engaging educational experience yet.”

In addition to earning up to 50 CE/CME credits, participants of the multi-day educational event can expect to: engage in practice-oriented workshops and interactive sessions on depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, relationship problems, and more, while networking with thousands of their peers from across the globe.

Attendees can further maximize their learning experience through pre-conference sessions on December 8 and a post-conference on December 14.

Registration for the 35th anniversary meeting is now open. To register or learn more, visit

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About HMP

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About The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

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