Opening Keynote Speaker
Irvin D. Yalom, MD, one of the most influential mental health professionals of our time, returns to ACA to provide a very different message: a real-world, practical message packed with information you can put to use immediately. His insights will be largely based on notes he has collected from sessions and research throughout his career, as well as powerful comments and thoughts from colleagues and clients. He will share his views on the impact of counseling and lessons learned through his practice, writing, and research.
Well known for his personal model of interpersonal and existential psychotherapy, Yalom is highly celebrated in the counseling profession for his pioneering role in constructing group counseling principles. He is also a strong proponent, as evidenced by his writing in The Gift of Therapy, that each client should receive a unique therapy experience because every person has his or her own unique story. Dr. Yalom currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and maintains a part-time private practice for individual therapy in San Francisco and Palo Alto. His first book, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has been widely used as a text for training therapists. And his first book of teaching tales, Love's Executioner, was a NY Times bestseller. Dr. Yalom has since written 12 books—Creatures of a Day being the latest. His memoirs, Was That Life? Well, Then, Once Again, will be published in 2017. A book signing session will follow Dr. Yalom’s keynote address at the Moscone West Convention Center.