Keynote Speakers


Irvin D. Yalom, MD

Renowned Existential Psychiatrist & Author, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine

Keynote Speaker, ACA 2020 Conference & Expo 

Friday, April 17, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom

Available for 1 CE Credit

Irvin David Yalom, MD, is an American existential psychiatrist and emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, as well as an author of both fiction and nonfiction.

Dr. Yalom was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931 to parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after the first world war. During his childhood in the inner city of Washington he lived in a small apartment atop his parents’ grocery store, where he found refuge in reading. This passion informed his approach to his clients – “with a sense of wonderment at the story that will unfold.” He says he believes that a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story.

After graduating high school, Dr. Yalom earned a BA from George Washington University and a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and his residency at the Phipps Clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, completing his training in 1960. After two years of Army service at Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu, Yalom began his academic career at Stanford University. He was appointed to the faculty in 1963 and promoted over many years, being granted tenure in 1968. During his tenure, he made lasting contributions in his teachings on group psychotherapy and development of his model of existential psychotherapy.

Dr. Yalom’s first writings were scientific contributions to professional journals. Now in its fourth edition, his first book, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, has been widely used as a text for training therapists and is translated into twelve languages. More than 20 additional books followed, many renowned best sellers with esteemed awards.

Dr. Yalom continues to treat clients in a part-time private practice and has also authored a number of video documentaries on therapeutic techniques.

To access this keynote, you must register for the conference or purchase a one-day pass for Friday, April 17. Pre-Conference Learning Institute(s) registration alone does not provide access to this event.