Hillary Keeney and Bradford Keeney

Giving Therapy A Healing Heart: A Musical

In this presentation, the Keeneys perform an evocative invitation for therapists to awaken their healing heart. Using metaphor, transformative case stories, rhythm, music, poetics, and rhapsodic expression, this presentation enacts its own teaching. Emphasizing utilization that inspires improvisation, therapists are asked to move past the constraints of models, freeing themselves to be more inside the dynamics of circular interactivity. Here the flow experience hosts a mind far more vast and empty, ready for the un-readiness of spontaneity and creative invention. Welcome to a theatre of creative transformation. Hold on to your trance and let us dance the poetics of circularity, doing so in order to help trip you to fall outside the limitations of whatever models have boxed you in. All music performed by Bradford Keeney on a Roland Digital Piano.

Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., has been working in the fields of coaching, social justice, diversity education, and community-based leadership development for over ten years. She is presently Distinguished Visiting Professor, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico and hosts a practice with Bradford Keeney in New Orleans called The Mojo Doctors www.mojodoctors.com. A seasoned trainer and facilitator, she has co-written and facilitated over two hundred workshops and trainings ranging from postgraduate therapy education, creative coaching, diversity and racial justice issues, to collective organizational leadership. Hillary served as a diversity trainer with Allies for Change and spent three years with Public Allies training young leaders to do community change work in Los Angeles and Phoenix. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her doctorate in Transformative Studies is from the California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco. She has taught undergraduate courses in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at California State University Long Beach. Hillary spent five years studying Zen Buddhism as a resident of the Zen Center of Los Angeles, and was awarded the Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellowship for the Study of American Buddhism at Naropa University in Fall 2009. The co-founder of the Creative Coaching Training Institute of Brasil, she is a pioneer of innovative ways of facilitating personal and social change. She has provided keynote addresses and postgraduate training to therapists and other mental health workers at conferences and workshops throughout the world including Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Europe. A salsa dancer and poet, she currently writes on cybernetics and creative transformation. Her most recent written work includes A Arte de Beber Uma Taca de Amor (Campinas, Brazil: IDPH Press, 2011) and Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart, (in press with Keeney for Zeig, Tucker, and Thiesen, 2012).

Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned traditional healer, creative therapist, cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, and improvisational performer. He is presently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair, University of Louisiana, and has served as a professor, founder, and director of clinical doctoral programs in numerous universities. He is the originator of several orientations to psychotherapy including improvisational therapy, resource focused therapy, and creative therapy. A Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, he received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a scholar, his classic text, Aesthetics of Change, was cited by Heinz von Foerster as one of the key texts of cybernetics, the original science of complexity. He is the inventor of recursive frame analysis, a research method that discerns patterns of transformation in conversation. As a fieldworker, Keeney has been called "the Marco Polo of psychology and an anthropologist of the spirit" by the editors of Utne Reader. He spent over a decade traveling the globe, living with spiritual teachers and healers who trusted him to share their words with others - modern cultures in need of elder wisdom. The result of Keeney's work is one of the broadest and most intense field studies of healing, chronicled in the critically acclaimed book series, Profiles of Healing, an eleven-volume encyclopedia of the world's healing practices. Recognized as an ecstatic spiritual teacher and healer by numerous cultures, Keeney became a n/om-kxao (healer) with the Kalahari Bushmen. Megan Biesele, Ph.D., former member of the Harvard Kalahari Research Group, writes: "There is no question in the minds of the Bushman healers that Keeney's strength and purposes are coterminous with theirs. They affirmed his power as a healer." He is the subject of the book, American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions written by psychologists Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, which won a Best Spiritual Book of 2005 award from Spirituality & Health magazine. A display honoring his breakthrough fieldwork and contributions to understanding the origin of human culture is permanently installed as an exhibition in the Origins Centre Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa. Keeney has presented keynote addresses to professional audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Japan, Central and South America, and Australia. He is the author of over 36 books including THE FLYING DRUM: The Mojo Doctor's Guide for Creating Magic in Your Life and THE BUSHMAN WAY OF TRACKING GOD, which won the prestigious Silver Nautilus national book award. Bradford Keeney hosts a healing practice in New Orleans with his partner, Hillary Keeney, called The Mojo Doctors www.mojodoctors.com.