Dr Jeff Zeig  
Jeff Zeig

Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered to be the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Zeig is an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, was a Clinical Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association (1974-1985), and was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University (1988-1992).

A psychologist and marriage and family therapist, Dr. Zeig has a private practice, and conducts workshops internationally (40 countries). He has been an invited speaker at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. Dr. Zeig is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen behavioral sciences publishers. He has editor or authored more than 20 books that appear in eleven languages.


Dr Zeig's Keynote Address

Emotional Impact: What can we learn from filmmakers...and social psychologists?
Effectiveness in communication can be advanced by cross fertilization, cherry-picking methods from other disciplines. Concepts from the arts, especially filmmaking, but also from social psychology, can empower communication with patients, clients, employees and peers.

The arts amplify emotions through the use of hidden codes. Influencing mood and perspective is the point of art – whether drama, painting, literature, dance, or music. Movies use implicit multi-layered methods. The viewer is often unaware of the intricate dramatic, experiential methods that filmmakers use for impact.
Social psychology studies the way in which people are influenced outside of awareness. People respond to contextual markers and demand characteristics without realizing their response or what precipitated it.

We will explore how powerful, covert codes from various arts can be folded into our daily repertoire. We will "unpack" various arts and extract principles that can be applied in the office or at home. Regardless of professional orientation and level of experience, attendees will find ways to use the concepts we uncover by using previously untapped possibilities in communication.

Dr Zeig's Workshop

Emotional Impact

The unremitting anxiety and frustration that often bring clients to seek therapy are deeply experiential states that include rigid sub-states, physical sensations, patterns of social relationship, and sequences of behavior. Clients are trapped by their lack of motivation, procrastination, passivity, etc.

Traditionally, clinicians have tried to help clients emerge from these "states" by exploring with them their pasts and life patterns, and encouraging them to change their thoughts and behaviors. But there’s a vast array of powerful human change agents that have a proven record of altering inner and organizational emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual "states": the arts--poetry, drama, music, theatre, film, painting, sculpture, and movie making. In this workshop, we will explore how to use structural methods from the arts to help clients experience different states of being, envision themselves and their lives in a new way, and begin inhabiting a more energetic, hopeful, creative, and expansive inner/relational self that will empower individuals, families and institutions.


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