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BT10 Clinical Demonstration 05 – Generative Trance and Transformation - Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Clinical Demonstrations |  Trance |  Utilization |  Generative Psychotherapy |  Somatic Experiences |  Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapy Techniques |  Brief Therapy
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2010
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2010
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This session will illustrate the Ericksonian utilization principle, which states that under proper conditions, a problem may easily transform into a solution. The demonstration will show how to develop such conditions via the experience of “generative trance,” such that positive shifts in a person’s somatic, cognitive and field experience lead to positive changes.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how symptoms can be come solutions under conditions of generative trance.
  2. Demonstrate how a generative trance unfolds from the client’s unique processes and idiosyncratic values.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Stephen Gilligan Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Encinitas, CA. He was one of the original NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his psychology doctorate from Stanford University, he became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This work unfolded into his original approaches of Self-Relations and Generative Self, and then further (in collaboration with Robert Dilts) into Generative Coaching. These different traditions have all been updated and integrated into the present Generative Change Work, which includes the applications of Generative Coaching, Generative Psychotherapy, Generative Trance, Hero’s Journey, and Systemic Change work.