Hope and Resiliency Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson, MD

ISBN-10: 1904424937
ISBN-13: 9781904424932
Edition: 2005
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Milton H. Erickson is recognized as one of the most innovative clinicians of our time. He is known as the father of modern hypnosis as well as the source for many modern forms of family therapy and brief therapy (including the increasingly popular solution-focused therapy) This seminal book examines the major core strategies that are woven throughout Milton H. Erickson's work. Each strategic principle is broken down into several techniques that share a common function. To help bring to life these clinical strategies and to provide the experience of witnessing masterful clinical work, this book contains numerous clinical examples from Erickson (many of these never before published) and others. To make clearer the core function of any given technique, the overarching concepts have been paired with simple analogies, folk wisdom, and illustrations from other schools of psychotherapy. It is not important to know which school of thought the book is describing but instead seek to recognize the timelessness and universal nature of these strategic principles. This scaffold framework not only helps the reader better understand the interventions and strategies employed by Erickson but more importantly points beyond the finite limits of Erickson's achievements to an ever expanding tradition of exploratory and innovative work by which he was characterized. Part I, Foundations of Healing and Health, presents the fundamental dynamics of healing and of the clinical relationship. Part II, Clinical Strategies, provides a description of each strategy. These are introduced in a broad and simplistic manner, followed by a more elaborate and complex examination of the clinical techniques derived from a givenstrategy. Milton H. Erickson will continue to be remembered for his determination, patient perseverance, humanity, and unending love of learning. From these he benefited personally while at the same time creating a broader spectrum for the field of psychotherapy and benefiting people around the world, decades after his death. This book will help others follow in his footsteps.

Former Associate Director and Chief Archivist for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation in the United States

A licesnsed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist.

Foreword
Preface
A Biographical Sketch of Milton H. Erickson
Overview
Family background
Childhood
Late adolescence
Professional beginnings
Post-polio syndrome
The later years
Foundations of Healing and Health
Introduction
The Human Condition
Mental Health and Healing
The Role of the Clinician
A Philosophical Framework
Summary
Clinical Strategies
Introduction to the Six Core Strategies
Distraction
Red herring
Questioning and presupposition
Emphasis on detail
Therapeutic amnesia
The general application of distraction
Partitioning
Symptom definition
Formal diagnosis
Prognostic splitting
Dividing conscious
Dissection
Partitioning of time and space
The general application of partitioning
Progression
Geometric progression
Progressive desensitization
Pattern interruption
Cognitive progression
Forward progression
The general application of progression
Suggestion
Cooperation versus control
Direct suggestion
Indirect suggestion
Permissive suggestion
Interspersal and repetition
The confusion technique
The general application of suggestion
Reorientation
Insight
Reframing
Externalization
Reorientation in time
The general application of reorientation
Utilization
Simple bind
Double bind
Utilization of a minor problem
Symptom prescription
General application of utilization
Conclusion
About the book
Contraindications
Putting the knowledge to use
Self-Development Exercises
Distraction
Partitioning
Progression
Suggestion
Reorientation
Utilization
References
Index

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