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IC04 Workshop 22 - Ericksonian Cut-to-the-Chase Couples Therapy: What's Love Got to Do with It? - Michele Ritterman, Ph.D.

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2004
Michele Ritterman
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Original Program Date:
Dec 04, 2004
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In this workshop, attendees will learn how to recognize couple symptoms as shared or separate-track trances and it will be demonstrated that symptom inductions in couples are something we can observe. Dr. Ritterman will teach, through entrancing role plays, methods to counter destructive couples suggestions with beneficial hypnotherapeutic counter-inductions. She will focus on the use of synchronicity and reciprocity in couples development. Attendees will gain an understanding of trance and hypnotic happenings in couples and receive supervisory input for innovative ways to help couples heal each other and love again.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe shared reveries and separate track trance states into which couples enter.
  2. Given a distressed couple, show one innovative way they can be helped to heal each other.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Michele Ritterman, PhD, is recognized as the Mother of the integration of hypnosis and family therapy, in her classic text: Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy (1982). One of Erickson’s leading students, she originated the concept of the symptom as a trance state that is suggested by people and social structures. From this basic concept that Erickson himself admired, she framed therapy as the production of COUNTER-INDUCTIONS, hypnotic SEQUENCES that impact the symptom trance. Her latest book The Tao of a Woman (2009) is a tool for us to carry with us to move from the symptom trance to the healing stance. Her book in progress is From Trance to Stance.

In 1991, Dr. Ritterman wrote the groundbreaking "Hope Under Siege: Terror and Family Support in Chile", which brought understandings of contextual/systemic trance inductions and trauma to the arena, long before the diagnosis of PTSD existed.