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BT10 Workshop 18 - The Generative Self in Psychotherapy: How Higher States of Consciousness Can Transform Problems into Solutions - Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2010
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
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Dec 10, 2010
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The Generative Self approach emphasizes how the state of consciousness in which an experiential challenge is held determines whether a problem or solution develops. The model identifies three types of mind—Somatic, Cognitive, and Field—and how each mind can be operating at a Primitive, Ego, or Generative Level. We will see how a problem degrades a person’s consciousness level so that change is impossible, and how that low-level state can be improved to a Generative level, so that the problematic experience either spontaneously changes or is more easily engaged. Numerous practical techniques and clinical examples will be offered.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List three techniques for developing higher states of consciousness in a psychotherapy session.
  2. Explain ways to transform a problem or symptom by lifting it into a higher state of consciousness.
  3. Describe how altered perception can minimize stress and help patients focus.  

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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.