Dr. Bradford Keeney is the holder of the Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair in Education.
Kenney is an internationally renowned therapist, cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, and improvisational performer. Keeney has served as a professor, founder, and director of clinical doctoral programs in numerous universities.
Keeney is co-director of CIRCULUS: Innovations for Creative Transformation, academic director of the online doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in creative systemic studies at ULM; and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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. Keeney 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.
Keeney 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.
Keeney is also 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 originator of several orientations to psychotherapy and has written several classics in the field including Creative Therapy: The Art of Awakening a Session, Improvisational Therapy, Resource Focused Therapy (with Wendel Ray), Mind in Therapy, and isco-editor of the biographical study, Milton H. Erickson, M.D.: An American Healer, which was awarded Best Book in Psychology for 2006 from Spirituality & Health magaizne.
Keeney is the author of over 34 books including The Bushman Way of Tracking God, which won the prestigious Silver Nautilus national book award.
Keeney is the subject of a full-length documentary film about his life and work produced by Werner Kubny Films of Germany, a European company that has been producing major films for over 30 years. The film is directed by Italian filmmaker Stefano Levi and is presented in English and distributed worldwide.
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