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EP17 Workshop 13 - Transforming Symptoms and Other Negative Experiences - Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 13, 2017
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A central currency in the therapeutic exchange is negative experiences--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. This process operates at two levels: (1) developing a generative state (in the therapist, client, and relationship field) and then (2) using specific methods of transforming negative experiences and behaviors. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate three methods for transforming a negative experience into a positive resource.
  2. Demonstrate three techniques for reducing negative attitudes towards typical problems.
  3. Identify 3 ways to translate a negative goal to a positive goal.

*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.