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BT12 Short Course 45 – Ericksonian Principles for Helping Stepfamilies Blend – Dale Bertram, PhD and Michael Rankin, MA, LMFT

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Dale Bertram, PhD |  Mike Rankin, MA
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Dec 09, 2012
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By using Ericksonian Methods of utilizing resistance, working with dissociation, and altering its consciousness, we can help a step-family to change its trance and the family can become a true blended family. Step-families can learn to play together, work together, and support one another.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List three ways in which Ericksonian Methods can help step-families become blended families, truly attached to one another supporting, cooperating, and secure with one another.
  2. Describe how using resistance can be helpful in creating attachments with step-family members in becoming a blended family.

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Dale Bertram, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Dale E. Bertram is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Department of Marriage and Family Studies. Dale’s approach to teaching and clinical supervision is to invite students to expand their abilities to transform theory into practice. He also enjoys helping students expand their comfort in working with difficult and challenging cases. Dale’s primary research interest is in the rhetorical aspects of family therapy dialogue, an area in which he has published several journal articles. He also enjoys working with a team of students each year in the “rhetoric of family therapy” research project. Dale also conducts research related to distance education, online therapy, and online supervision. He has published in Family Process, Contemporary Family Therapy, Family Therapy Magazine, and other journals. Additionally, he is in the final stages of completing a book related to Ericksonian clinical supervision. Dale frequently presents at state, national, and international conferences, as well as providing online workshops and seminars.

Mike Rankin, MA's Profile

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Mike Rankin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Mike received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He received a Masters of Divinity Degree from St. Meinrad Seminary. Mike also attended the Post Masters Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisville. Mike has been in practice for over twenty years. He also is the former Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.