This glossary defines over 275 terms central to the work of Milton H. Erickson. This glossary includes English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French translations.
An International Glossary, Version 1
Compiled by Hayley Klein
“The Glossary of Ericksonian Terminology is envisioned as a project that will foster communication among professionals and facilitate accurate translation of the works of my grandfather, Milton H. Erickson M.D.”
From “Abreaction” to “Yes-Set,” this Glossary brings a needed consistency to the way in which specific terminology is used in Ericksonian literature. The entries clarify the meaning of what is written by and about Dr. Erickson, and enhance accessibility to this vital literature, as well as serve current and future authors in their preparation of works dealing with Ericksonian concepts.
The Glossary is also an integral part of a worldwide project to include multiple translations. Portuguese and Russian versions are nearly completed. This project is an evolving body of work which is anticipated to grow as it serves those who find the Ericksonian approach useful in their own work.
The English Team
Kathryn Lane Rossi
2010 / 90 pages / 8.5 x 11 / PDF Download / ISBN 978-1-932248-55-5 /
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Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, PhD, is a registered nurse for more than 40 years, Roxanna has a passion for the interface for psychological and physical medicine. She has special training in the treatment of recovery from chemical dependency and is currently working on a license in counseling.
Dan Short, Ph.D, is internationally recognized for his work in Ericksonian hypnosis and short-term therapy. He devotes most of his time to a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, while also writing and teaching to professional audiences around the globe. His training is diverse, having graduated with a Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 1993, a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; followed by an internship at an APA accredited program in Houston Texas.
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.
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