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Brief Therapy Conference - Sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - Monday, December 10, 2012

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Paul Ekman's
Microexpressions Workshop
Wednesday, 12/5/12
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Ekman is world famous for his work on facial expressions, development of the Facial Action Coding Systems (FACS), and other research in non-verbal behavior. The Erickson Foundation is honored to present a special workshop at Brief Therapy, featuring One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

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Seminar Sponsors
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc.
3606 N 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6500

The Hilton is ADA compliant. Please inform the hotel about any special needs. Any concerns must be brought to the attention of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation prior to September 1, 2012 by calling 602-956-6196 or e-mailing
Eligibility: The Brief Therapy Conference is open to professionals in health-related fields, including physicians, doctoral-level psychologists and dentists who are qualified for membership in, or are members of, their respective professional organizations (e.g., AMA, APA, ADA), and to professionals with mental health-related graduate degrees (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, MSN) from accredited institutions. Applications also will be accepted from full-time graduate students in accredited programs in the above fields who supply a letter from their department certifying their full-time student or intern status as of December 2012.

On the next registration panel, you will be asked to verify that you meet these eligibility requirements to attend this seminar.


Jill Ehrenreich May, Ph.D. is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program at the University of Miami. She is also an Associate Professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami with research and clinical expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression in youth. Dr. Ehrenreich May is a Miami native that received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her Ph.D at the University of Mississippi in 2002. She completed a clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and until August, 2008 was a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Child Program in the Center for Anxiety and Disorders at Boston University. In addition to the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety and depressive disorders in youth, Dr. Ehrenreich May is particularly interested in the transportability and implementation of effective treatments in environments that maximize their impact and benefit for children, including educational, pediatric and recreational settings. Dr. Ehrenreich May is the author or co-author of multiple journal articles, book chapters and other publication relating to this work.

Susan M. Orsillo, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her current research focuses on the role of emotional response styles, most notably experiential avoidance, in maintaining psychological difficulties. In collaboration with her doctoral students in clinical psychology, she has developed a number of prevention and treatment programs that integrate acceptance and mindfulness with evidence-based behavioral approaches. Dr. Orsillo has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books.

Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she is actively involved in research and clinical training of doctoral students in clinical psychology. In collaboration with her students, her research examines basic processes that may underlie clinical problems, such as the role of emotional acceptance, emotional suppression, emotion regulatory strategies, and mindfulness in a range of clinical presentations. Dr. Roemer has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, now in its third edition (Collins Living) and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADDAA), is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam) and is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier.

Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for 12 years. He served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. His free self-help website - serves 385,000 visitors (16 million hits) per year. Reid is a member of the 2003 Vanguard (first) Class of Certified Graduates of Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness Coaching Program. He's been teaching about positive psychology principles since then. Television appearances include Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial Network and various local news shows across the nation. He recently served as psychologist in an episode of A & E' s Hoarders.

Zindel Segal, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and advocates for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.

Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Director of Research Training for the General Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also Senior Research Scientist, Director of Research for Adult Psychiatry, and Director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital.

Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of Center for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders ( She is also the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Simpson’s research program focuses on how to improve treatments for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders so that these people can live productive lives. Her research is interdisciplinary. It ranges from treatment development studies to clinical trials examining the effects of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy to brain imaging studies exploring the brain mechanisms of OCD to animal studies in collaboration with basic scientists. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and private foundations like the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and NARSAD. She was a member of the workgroup that developed the first Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with OCD for the American Psychiatric Association. She is an advisor to the World Health Organization for OCD and related disorder. Dr. Simpson graduated from Yale College with a BS in biology. She then completed the MD-PhD program at The Rockefeller University/Cornell University Medical College. Her PhD focused on the brain pathways underlying learned versus unlearned vocalizations in songbirds. She then completed the internship and residency in psychiatry at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Simpson has been associated with the Anxiety Disorders Clinic since 1996, first as a National Institutes of Mental Health Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Liebowitz, then as an independent researcher, and now as its director.

Eric Hollander, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Previously he served as the Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was Director of the Seaver and NY Autism Center of Excellence in New York City. Before then he served as Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

Jon Grant, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, a master's degree at the University of Chicago, a law degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Brown University, and a masters degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Grant is a board-certified psychiatrist.

Sanjaya Saxena, M.D. received his Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and his medical degree (Alpha Omega Alpha) from University of Minnesota Medical School. He did his psychiatry residency at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, then completed a research fellowship in neuroimaging in neuropsychiatric disorders, receiving a Charles A. Dana Foundation Scholarship. He was on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences for nine years before coming to UCSD and the VA San Diego Healthcare System in November, 2005. In 2006, he became the Director of the UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) Program. He also created San Diego VA Anxiety Disorders Clinic and directed it for four years. He continues to direct the UCSD OCD Clinic and now also serves as Director of UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services.

David Carbonell, Ph.D.: Effective treatment methods for anxiety disorders were just starting to enter the mainstream when David Carbonell, Ph.D., began his career as a psychologist over 25 years ago. He's been helping people overcome fears and phobias, and developing new treatment strategies, ever since. Blending humor, compassion, and acceptance with cognitive behavioral methods, Dr. Carbonell, a sought after presenter, has taught his unique treatment methods to more than 3,000 mental health professionals at workshops across the country.

Dena Rabinowitz, Ph.D., ABPP is a specialist in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has experience treating both children and adults as well as working with families. While she spends most of her time treating patients directly, she also supervises other psychologists in CBT. She has published numerous articles, is a nationally featured speaker, and has been featured on TV, radio and print.

Daniel S. Pine, M.D. is Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program. After graduating from medical school at the University of Chicago, Dr. Pine spent 10 years in training and research on child psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Since medical school, he has been engaged continuously in research focusing on the epidemiology, biology, and treatment of pediatric mental illnesses. His areas of expertise include biological and pharmacological aspects of mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders in children, as well as classification of psychopathology across the lifespan. This expertise is reflected in more than 300 peer-reviewed papers. Currently, his research group is examining the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with underlying abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and associated brain regions. Dr. Pine has served as the Chair of the Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration and Chair of the Child and Adolescent Diagnosis Group for the DSM-5 Task Force. He has received many awards, including the Joel Elkes Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Blanche Ittelson Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ruane Prize from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Jan Fawcett, M.D., a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, after thirty years of service as the Stanley Harris, Sr. Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Dr. Fawcett has pursued a career of research in the treatment of affective disorders and the prevention of suicide since completing his fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Center in 1964. Dr Fawcett has been awarded the Dr. Jan Fawcett Humanitarian Award by the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (now the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), and lifetime research awards by the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was also presented the Menninger award by the American College of Physicians for his research in mental health in 2000.

In 2005, Dr Fawcett shared the Falcone Prize for affective disorders research from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). He is currently a principal investigator of the "Recurrent Depression Prevention with Medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" project, a five year study funded by NIMH at Rush Medical Center in collaboration with investigators at Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-author of the APA Practice Guidelines on the assessment and management of suicidal patients and is the chairperson of the DSM-5 Mood Disorders Task Force from 2007-2012.

Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published extensively in the area of fear and anxiety disorders. In addition to many research articles, she has written academic books on the topics of the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, gender differences in anxiety, translation from the basic science of fear learning to the understanding and treating of phobias, and principles and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as several self-help books and therapist guides. In addition, she has been the recipient of National Institute of Mental Health funding since 1993 for research projects pertaining to risk factors for anxiety disorders and depression among children and adolescents, the cognitive and physiological aspects of anxiety and panic attacks, neural mediators of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, implementation of treatments for anxiety and related disorders, and constructs of positive valence and negative valence underlying anxiety and depression. She was associate editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and is presently associate editor for Behaviour Research and Therapy and Psychological Bulletin, as well as a scientific board member for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She was a member of the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Work Group and the DSM-5 Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group (Chair, Anxiety Disorders Subworkgroup). She is also a member of the APA Clinical Treatment Guidelines Advisory Steering Committee. Dr. Craske has given invited keynote addresses at many international conferences and frequently is invited to present training workshops on the most recent advances in the cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, and director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Research Center. Dr. Craske received her BA Hons from the University of Tasmania and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Terence M. Keane, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice Chairman in Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Boston University. He is also the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at VA Boston Healthcare System and Director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’s Behavioral Science Division.The Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Dr. Keane has published eleven edited volumes and over 225 articles on the assessment and treatment of PTSD. For the past 29 years the VA, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have continuously supported his program of research on psychological trauma. His contributions to the field have been recognized by many honors including the Lifetime Achievement Award (2004) and the Robert Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement (1996) from ISTSS, a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholarship (1993-4), the Outstanding Researcher in Behavior Therapy Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (2004), the Outstanding Research Contributions Award (2000) and the Distinguished Service Award (2002) from the American Psychological Association and the Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998) from Binghamton University (SUNY) where he received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1978. Dr. Keane is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He has consulted, lectured, and conducted workshops internationally on topics related to psychological trauma. His current work and interests are in the development of a nationally representative registry of PTSD Patients and the construction of an internet based treatment program for returning war veterans with risky alcohol use and war trauma symptoms.

Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., ABPP, is one of the nation’s leading clinicians in the treatment of children’s behavioral problems and disorders, particularly attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the social anxiety disorder selective mutism (SM). He is a widely respected clinical researcher and child psychologist, one of fifteen master trainers in parent-child interaction therapy endorsed by PCIT International, and a dedicated advocate for children with special needs.

Carmen Lynas, Ph.D. received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Palo Alto University in California in 2006. She was one of three interns to gain acceptance into Northwestern University Medical School's competitive clinical internship program where she worked under the direct supervision of esteemed psychologists at the Stone Institute of Psychiatry. She furthered her training as a post-doctoral fellow at Shared Vision Psychological Services, in both the pediatric and adult psychology departments. In 2009, Dr. Lynas began her private practice, focusing on treatment of selective mutism. In 2012, her private practice merged into Advanced Therapeutic Solutions, dedicated to innovative treatment for children and families.

Brian Schmaus, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and completed his doctoral internship at Vancouver Coastal Health, where he worked in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of British Columbia. He has trained with leading international experts in the field of anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Schmaus specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Previously he worked in the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and the Laureate Day School at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Schmaus gives presentations on the treatment of anxiety and has also authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Maha Zayed, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She completed her doctoral internship at Dartmouth College and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; both nationally recognized centers for trauma. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. She has training and experience in providing empirically validated interventions for individuals suffering from a wide range of anxiety disorders and related disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Liza Bonin, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital

Sherrie M. Vavrichek, LCSW-C, is the author of The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart (New Harbinger Publications, 2013). Ms. Vavrichek has spoken at national conferences and written about a variety of topics including assertiveness, relationships, mindfulness, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, parenting and family issues, and body focused repetitive behaviors. She is a senior staff clinician at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her website is
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