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Ericksonian Monographs 02 - Central Themes and Principles of Ericksonian Therapy (Hardcover)

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This is the second volume in the widely hailed series of Ericksonian Monographs sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation as a part of its expanding educational forum for mental health professionals.

The Ericksonian Monographs make available original work - theory, clinical technique, case material, and research - on the cutting edge of Ericksonian thought and practice.

Ericksonian Monographs No. 2 includes a richly stimulating collection of papers on both clinical and theoretical themes. The authors come from many perspectives and approaches to treatment - medicine, psychology, social work, family therapy, hypnotherapy, psychiatry.

The focus of this volume is on "Central Themes and Principles of Ericksonian Therapy." The articles presented are an indication of the far-ranging influence of Erickson's work in many areas. Ronald A. Havens begins with a discussion of the fundamental perspective for brief Ericksonian therapy. A comparison of Erickson's utilization approach is provided by Hugh Gunnison. Then, Ernest Rossi offers Part 2 of his article on memory and hallucination.(Part 1 appeared in Ericksonian Monographs No.1)

The centrality of the self and its survival in Erickson's work is emphasized by James R. Allen. The Monographs Editor, Stephen Technique in answer to the many requests to put it into print. The following article by William J. Matthews and Ralph M. Daniel presents an ecosystemic approach to hypnotherapy for treating chronic pain.

Carol J. Kershaw describes a case study of the brief treatment of childhood asthma using a systemic approach, and Eric R. Aronson provides an Ericksonian approach to treating shyness in adolescents. Finally, the application of Ambiguous Function Assignments is presented by William R. Boyd, Jr. In addition, a useful book review section is included.

While the aim of the Ericksonian Monographs is to reflect the growing influence and applications of the work of Milton H. Erickson, it must be remembered that Erickson himself disapproved of schools of therapy, believing that any school focuses on its own delimiting approaches as the "right" way and excludes others as the "wrong" way to do therapy. He felt that the individuality of the patient and of the therapist is foremost and emphasized that psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual's needs.

It is this spirit of intellectual freedom that inspires the Ericksonian Monographs as a vehicle that will contribute to the comprehensive and practice of effective therapy by therapists of many different theoretical schools.



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Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB, trained under Milton H. Erickson, M.D. from 1975 to 1979, and his efforts at promoting and interpreting Erickson’s approach to hypnosis and therapy at the highest academic levels resulted in the inclusion of chapters in several scholarly publications edited by other luminaries in the field. He is a LCSW psychotherapist in a private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Lankton conducts workshops internationally (24 countries). 


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