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Ericksonian Monographs 01 - Elements and Dimensions of an Ericksonian Approach (Hardcover)

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This is the inaugural issue of a continuing new series of Ericksonian Monographs sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation as part of its ever-expanding educational forum for mental health professionals.

The Ericksonian Monographs will provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and clinical experience relating to Ericksonian Hypnosis and to individual and family therapy, with or without hypnosis, utilizing the principles and techniques developed by Milton H. Erickson.

Ericksonian Monograph No. 1 makes available a richly stimulating collection of papers on both clinical and theoretical themes, including previously unpublished work by Erickson. All of the articles here are original and the noted authors come from many perspectives and approaches to treatment - medicine, psychology, social work, family therapy, hypnotherapy, psychiatry. All are in the forefront of what may be the most rapidly growing influence in the field of therapy.

The articles in this inaugural issue are themselves an indication of the far-ranging influence of Erickson's work in many areas. There is documentation for medical applications by William Bank who has provided prints of X-rays showing the control of bleeding using Ericksonian suggestions. Carol Lankton has presented a thoughtful examination of the principles of Erickson's approach. One of Erickson's previously unpublished educational and training examples on Memory and Hallucination is elucidated by Ernest Rossi. A theoretical model of states of consciousness in individual and family therapy is contributed by Monograph editor, Stephen Lankton, and will help link hypnotherapy and family therapy. Jeffery Zeig presents several anecdotes relating personal views of the impact that Erickson made on students, trainees, and clients. William Matthews examines Erickson's work from a cybernetic model that illustrates many tactics that distinguish Erickson's work and explain the role therapists play in affecting the reality they perceive with their clients. Michael Yapko presents an overview of hypnotic and nonhypnotic interventions aimed at helping depressed individuals. An application of Erickson's perspective, adapted to a unique diagnostic aid, is presented by Corydon Harnmond. Also, Milton Erickson himself is represented by a previously unpublished article on certain principles of medical hypnosis, contributed by Mrs. Elizabeth Erickson.

When the aim of the Ericksonian Monographs is to expand and promote the work and influence created by Milton H. Erickson, it must be remembered that Erickson himself disapproved of schools of therapy, believing that any school focuses on its own delimiting approaches as the "right" way and excludes others as the "wrong" way to do therapy. He felt that the individuality of the patient and of the therapist is foremost and emphasized that psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual's needs.

It is this spirit of intellectual freedom that inspires the Ericksonian Monographs as a vehicle that will contribute to the comprehension and practice of effective therapy by therapists of many different theoretical schools, Ultimately, it's the patient who will benefit.



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Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB, trained under Milton H. Erickson, M.D. from 1975 to 1979, and his efforts at promoting and interpreting Erickson’s approach to hypnosis and therapy at the highest academic levels resulted in the inclusion of chapters in several scholarly publications edited by other luminaries in the field. He is a LCSW psychotherapist in a private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Lankton conducts workshops internationally (24 countries). 


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