About Brief Therapy


The Brief Therapy Conference – Anxiety, Depression and Trauma: Advances in Treatment is an opportunity for leaders in the field to present and interact, by discussing their individual approaches, and the progress of psychotherapy in general. Presenting at this conference are experts—each of whom has made seminal contributions to the field of psychotherapy. The Brief Therapy Conference 2018 is the 12th comprehensive gathering of master practitioners from major contemporary disciplines.

Attendees will increase their clinical effectiveness by:

  1. Applying methods of brief therapy techniques in specific situations encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work and counseling.
  2. Comparing basic principles and techniques of contemporary schools of brief therapy.
  3. Utilizing multi-level therapeutic communication, and demonstrating brief therapy principles of diagnosis, thereby improving observational skills.

*If you have questions regarding learning objectives for individual CE activities at the Brief Therapy Conference, please call 602-956-6196 or email support@erickson-foundation.org. The syllabus containing this information will be posted on the website in November, and hard copies will be available on site for registered attendees.


The Brief Therapy Conference is open to professionals in health or mental health-related fields, including physicians, doctoral-level psychologists and dentists who are qualified for membership in, or are members of, their respective professional organizations (eg. AMA, APA, ADA), and to professionals with health-related graduate degrees (eg. MSW, MSN, MA or MS) from accredited institutions. Full-time graduate students in accredited programs leading to such degrees will be accepted if they supply a letter from their department on letterhead stationery, certifying their full-time status as of December 2018.


If the Milton H. Erickson Foundation (hereby referred to as MHEF) cannot hold the 2018 Brief Therapy Conference due to acts of nature, war, government regulations, disaster, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilitating other emergencies making it inadvisable, illegal, or impossible to provide the facilities or to hold the meeting, each prepaid attendee will receive a copy of the annual conference handouts and any other materials that would have been distributed. Fixed conference expenses will be paid from the pre-registration funds. Remaining funds will be refunded to pre-registrants. MHEF is not responsible for any other costs incurred by pre-registrants in connection with the annual conference.

The views and opinions expressed by presenters are their own and do not necessarily represent those of MHEF.

MHEF disclaims any responsibility for the use and application of information presented at this conference.

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The Brief Therapy Conference is organized by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., 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, Brief Therapy and Couples Conferences, the Erickson Foundation also organized landmark Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences in 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017, attracting more than 8,000 professionals from around the world at each conference. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, physical challenge, gender or sexual orientation.


The Milton H. Erickson Foundation is proud of the conferences and other educational opportunities it sponsors, taking care that the conduct of these activities conforms to the standards and principles of behavioral and medical sciences, thus ensuring balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all individually sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities.

All faculty members participating in a sponsored activity, and those who review and therefore are in control of content, are requested to disclose any relevant financial relationship prior to the CME activity, including but not limited to specific commercial interests, financial remuneration received by faculty member or spouse, and what role or activity was performed for this remuneration. If a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship it will be resolved prior to the activity. A faculty member will not be allowed to present if the conflict is not or cannot be resolved.

Legal Definitions
Commercial Interest: Defined as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services, used on, or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical service directly to patients are not considered to be commercial interests.

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances that create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received or expected. An accreditation agency considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Defined as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. They are considered relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. There is not a set minimal dollar amount for relationships to be relevant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.

Role or Activity: Employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities.

Compensation: Salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, research grant, consulting fee, speaker fee, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.