This workshop presents young Erickson’s transformative voyage of discovery – ostensibly to improve his physical health and muscular strength after poliomyelitis. This experience significantly influenced his outlook on life, paving the way for his future therapeutic strategies. This seventy-four-day canoe journey contains, in my view, the fundamentals of “the hero’s journey” as described by Joseph Campbell. Three dimensions are presented for discussion: 1) Young Erickson’s pathways toward heightened self-knowledge through mastery over ordeals; 2) His indisputable triumph over physical limitations due to sequelae from polio; and, 3) the roots of adult Erickson’s clinical approaches, as evidenced by strategies such as observation, distraction, utilization, task assignments, and action metaphors. Participants are invited to reflect upon their own life transitions, and share with others.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Marilia Baker, MSW, is a multicultural, multilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a Board member of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy; member of the Advisory Board for Phoenix Friends of C.G.Jung; International Advisor and Consultant, Centro Ericksoniano de México, and Institutes Editor for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter. She conducts presentations and workshops locally and internationally. Ms. Baker is the author of A Tribute to Elizabeth Moore Erickson: Colleague Extraordinaire, Wife, Mother, and Companion, also published in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.