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IC11 Workshop 58 - Trance and Stance: The Art of Shifting Mental States to Create Sustainable Environments - Michele Ritterman, PhD

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2011
Michele Ritterman
59 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 07, 2011
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This workshop invites a therapy that helps people learn to shift their mental states in order to adopt the stance needed for the moment as an alternative to use of meds to adapt to a disturbed environment. This therapy encourages people to use their natural full range of consciousness in order to transform their environments. Many environments are not human friendly and endanger the well-being of our-selves as workers and our children. Adapting to those environments can produce mental illness, appar-ent psychophysiological damage, and can destroy our relational bonds. When we learn to utilize our existing mental capacities and to tap our inner strengths and resources we can become agents of trans-formation within our homes, neighborhoods and work places. We can offer dignified and creative solu-tions and realize that social institutions need to be sustainable for people. Globally we need to figure out how to create sustainable societies for the masses. To do this each of us needs all our capacities and senses intact.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List and describe several states of consciousness.
  2. Teach and utilize these states in a sequence.

*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.