SCSEPH is a professional society for mental health professionals. It was designed to promote the clinical perspectives and philosophies of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., to continue his work in developing clinical interventions, and to act as an educational catalyst from which professionals could expand their knowledge in the local, national and international areas of systemic and individual psychotherapy.
SCSEPH was initially conceived as The Orange County Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis (OCSEPH) in 1986 by Drs. Gary Ruelas, Richard Landis and Terry Argast to act as an educational catalyst to promote the philosophies and hypnotic approaches of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. The founders designed OCSEPH as a society from which professionals could expand their knowledge in the local, national and international areas of systemic and individual psychotherapy. Under the direction of Dr. Ruelas, OCSEPH assembled noted national and international presenters, such as Kay Thompson, Gianfranco Cecchin, Heinz Von Foerster, Humberto Maturana Andrč Weitzenhoffer, David Cheek and Jeffrey Zeig. By this time, the interest in OCSEPH's programs extended well beyond the boundaries of Orange County.
Therefore, on January 1, 1993, The Southern California Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis (SCSEPH) was created, reflecting the enlarged area of influence, membership and expanded services.
Clinical Director: Terry Argast, Ph.D.
Training Director: Richard E. Landis, Ph.D.
Co-Founder Emeritus: Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.
Biography of Terry Argast, Ph.D.
Dr. Argast was a clinical psychologist for 30 years, now retired. He authored Rapid Age Regression, has taught many hypnosis training workshops and has been a frequent presenter at the Milton Erickson Congresses.
Biography of Richard E. Landis, Ph.D.
Richard Landis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, international trainer and author. He has been awarded diplomate status in recognition of his expertise in the area of integrated medicine by the American Association of Integrative Medicine, behavioral medicine by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, psychopharmacology by the International College of Prescribing Psychologists, and overall clinical expertise by the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists. He is board certified and recognized as expert in traumatology by the International Certification Board of Trauma Counselors. He has been the Continuing Education Committee Chairperson for Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists as well as the Senior Program Reviewer and the Audit Chairman for Committee Education for the California Psychological Association Accrediting Agency. He is a member of both clinical and medical subdivisions of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Hypnosis, and the American Academy of Pain Management. Currently, he is the Clinical Director for the Ericksonian Integrative Medical Institute of Orange County
Dr. Landis has been an invited presenter at the prestigious International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy since 1986. He is also the Executive Editor for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter.
Excerpt regarding Dr. Landis from The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter Vol. 20, No. 2 summer 2000
Review of audio of Dr. Landis's presentation, "Short Questions/Lasting Impact," from The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter Vol. 23, No. 2 spring 2003
Biography of Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.
Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees in medicine and psychology. First trained in Child Neuropsychology and in Family Medicine, he went on to complete post doctoral training in integrative, aesthetic, anti-aging and addiction medicine. He is one of a limited number of individuals in the country licensed as both a clinical psychologist and a physician.
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