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Dr. Erickson's Orientation to Sexual Development Part 2 (CE Available)

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Milton Erickson |  Sex and Sexuality |  Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapy Techniques |  Experiential Therapy |  Storytelling |  Strategic Therapy |  Hypnosis
Erickson Materials |  Erickson Streaming Video Collection |  Milton H. Erickson Collections |  Online Continuing Education
Jeffrey Zeig, PhD |  Milton H. Erickson MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 Hour 08 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Sep 24, 2020
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In Part 2 of Dr. Erickson’s Orientation to Sexual Development, Milton Erickson continues his interesting lecture about the natural developmental processes involved with sexual/relational maturity. This video begins with Erickson telling charming stories of his sons sexually and relationally developing, which illustrate the principles outlined in the video. The lecture then expands to a range of topics, from sexual development, and relational and marital choices, to ingenious employment-seeking strategies, and familial patterns. This video differs from other videos in that it’s replete with life lessons. Erickson often taught on multiple levels, as he reached out to each individual who was present. So it was not uncommon for students who attended one of his seminars, to say, “I felt like he was teaching directly to me!” Life lessons in this video are shared through:

In this video:

  • A scenario which illustrates how to find people you connect with.
  • A story which illustrates strategic planning to attract the right type of romantic partner.
  • A story which illustrates the lesson - Never assume what people are or are not capable of.
  • Three stories about how to get a job, even when you have been repeatedly turned down.
  • Two stories about breaking a limiting behavioral pattern.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe Erickson's anecdotal approach to teaching.
  2. Describe Erickson's approach to mate selection.
  3. Given a case of depression create an experiential task.



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Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in twelve foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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Milton H. Erickson, MD, was an American psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.
Dr. Erickson was plagued with enormous physical handicaps for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die. While recovering in bed, almost entirely lame and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms again. His doctor recommended exercising his upper body only so Milton Erickson planned a 1,000 miles canoe trip to build up the strength to attend college. His adventure was challenging, and although he still did not have full use of his legs at the end, he was able to walk with a cane.

The Ericksonian approach departs from traditional hypnosis in a variety of ways. While the process of hypnosis has customarily been conceptualized as a matter of the therapist issuing standardized instructions to a passive patient, Ericksonian hypnosis stresses the importance of the interactive therapeutic relationship and purposeful engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of the subject. Dr. Erickson revolutionized the practice of hypnotherapy by coalescing numerous original concepts and patterns of communication into the field.
The novel psychotherapeutic strategies which Dr. Erickson employed in his treatment of individuals, couples, and families derived from his hypnotic orientation. Although he was known as the world’s leading hypnotherapist, Dr. Erickson used formal hypnosis in only one-fifth of his cases in clinical practice.
Dr. Erickson effected a fundamental shift in modern psychotherapy. Many elements of the Ericksonian perspective which were once considered extreme are now incorporated into the mainstream of contemporary practice.