This talk will outline the view that chronic suffering is maintained by the twin maladies of human disconnection and neuromuscular lock. We will see how Erickson’s great insight was that what comes into human experience can equally be a symptom or a solution, depending on the contextual connection, and how the skillful use of trance can transform long-standing problems into resources. This method cannot be reduced to a technique, it requires a deeply connected, humanizing relationship. The talk will overview what we need to understand and practice to master this Ericksonian legacy.
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Stephen Gilligan Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Encinitas, CA. He was one of the original NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his psychology doctorate from Stanford University, he became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This work unfolded into his original approaches of Self-Relations and Generative Self, and then further (in collaboration with Robert Dilts) into Generative Coaching. These different traditions have all been updated and integrated into the present Generative Change Work, which includes the applications of Generative Coaching, Generative Psychotherapy, Generative Trance, Hero’s Journey, and Systemic Change work.