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IC04 Workshop 35 - Hypno-Systemic, Competence-Activating Approaches to Addictions - Gunther Schmidt, M.D.

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2004
Gunther Schmidt, MD, MA
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Dec 04, 2004
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Addiction problems usually are treated and understood as signs of personal deficits, ego-weakness and other incompetences. In this workshop, it will be demonstrated how, from a hypno-systemic view, addictions can be understood as the result of dissociated trance states which are unconscious attempts at solution, most often in loyalty-double binds. The addiction ritual has the function of a search which expresses an unconscious knowledge about the dissociated longing for an experience of meaning and fulfillment in relationships and life. This workshop will show many hypno-systemic strategies which translate the knowledge hidden in the addiction and utilize it for healthier solutions for both personal individuation and enriching relationships.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe two methods of reframing addictions as information about unconscious wise knowledge.
  2. To name two strategies for solving pathological double-binds in a healthy way.

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Gunther Schmidt, MD, MA, is the director of the Milton H. Erickson Institut Heidelberg and director of the SysTelios Clinic for Psychosomatic Competence, Siedelsbrunn. Dr. Schmidt holds a master’s degree in Economics and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the German Business Training Association. He is a founder, honorary member, and former vice-president (1984-2003) of Milton Erickson Society of Germany, founding member and teaching expert of Systemic Society of Germany, German Society of Systemic Family Therapy, and German Federal Association of Coaching.