People have holistic, mind-body-brain interactions, an inherent predisposition to grow, individuate and actualize their potential. But sometimes people get stuck due to their concurrent need for human affiliations. A sense of unresolved loss between the two effects their ability to develop a healthy balance of affiliated-individuation which is needed to negotiate the multiple epigenetic developmental tasks from birth to death. As a result, morbid grief affects the epigenetic-processes, creating a fertile ground for the development of psychophysiological problems. Unfortunately, the associated biomedical symptoms are usually the focus of treatment with little understanding that the root of the problem lies in difficulties negotiating psychosocial epigenetic processes.This happens because the root of the problem, unresolved loss, often gets overlooked because it is obfuscated by morbid grief, a normal sequalae to unresolved loss, and other secondary outcomes due to morbid grief. To address these issues, it is necessary to untangle the themes embedded in their worldview. This presentation discusses the use of Ericksonian naturalistic approaches to model the worldview, interpret the embedded themes, analyze the patterns and intervene accordingly. Case examples will be used to illustrate the value of Ericksonian approaches when working with persons with psychophysiological conditions.
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Helen Erickson, PhD, MSN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas. Practice and research focused on persons with epigenetic psychophysiological disorders using naturalistic communication skills in conjunction with traditional nursing and medicine. She holds multiple awards including The University of Michigan Distinguished Alumni and University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center Living Legend.