Behavior: A Therapist in Every Corner

Harmony was the goal, but participants seemed out of tune

"All the experts are here, and none of them agree," burbled a psychiatric nurse. She was one of 7,000 people who attended the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference last week in Phoenix, which was billed by its organizers as "probably the largest gathering ever devoted to the practice of psychotherapy." Part trade show, part ecumenical conference, the meeting drew participants from 29 countries and dozens of therapeutic splinter groups. Jeffrey Zeig, the director of Phoenix's Milton H. Erickson Foundation, which helped sponsor the event, counted 15 major schools of thought on the program, plus Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist who does not believe...

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