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BT12 Workshop 36 – Transforming Negative States: A Workshop in Generative Psychotherapy – Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2012
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This workshop presents the Ericksonian and Self-Relations Psychotherapy approach to human states of suffering: depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc. This practical and positive approach assumes that each core human experience has equivalent potential to be positive or negative, depending on the human relationship to it; and thus focuses on how problems may be transformed to resources by skillful human connection. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify a therapeutic approach that accepts and transforms symptoms and problems, rather than trying to get rid of them.
  2. Describe and demonstrate three techniques by which a person can change a negative state to a positive one.
  3. Identify three methods to to safely work with negative emotional states in psychotherapy.

*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.