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Milton H. Erickson MD


Milton H. Erickson, MD, was an American psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.

Dr. Erickson was plagued with enormous physical handicaps for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die. While recovering in bed, almost entirely lame and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms again. His doctor recommended exercising his upper body only so Milton Erickson planned a 1,000 miles canoe trip to build up the strength to attend college. His adventure was challenging, and although he still did not have full use of his legs at the end, he was able to walk with a cane.


The Ericksonian approach departs from traditional hypnosis in a variety of ways. While the process of hypnosis has customarily been conceptualized as a matter of the therapist issuing standardized instructions to a passive patient, Ericksonian hypnosis stresses the importance of the interactive therapeutic relationship and purposeful engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of the subject. Dr. Erickson revolutionized the practice of hypnotherapy by coalescing numerous original concepts and patterns of communication into the field.

The novel psychotherapeutic strategies which Dr. Erickson employed in his treatment of individuals, couples, and families derived from his hypnotic orientation. Although he was known as the world’s leading hypnotherapist, Dr. Erickson used formal hypnosis in only one-fifth of his cases in clinical practice.

Dr. Erickson effected a fundamental shift in modern psychotherapy. Many elements of the Ericksonian perspective which were once considered extreme are now incorporated into the mainstream of contemporary practice.



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The Artistry of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.


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Herbert S. Lustig, MD |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
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01:40:00
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Original Program Date:
Apr 28, 1974
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This video involves a therapy session with two clients: Monde and Nick. Monde is a 32-year-old women who is married with three children. Monde has had three therapy sessions with Dr. Erickson and has ...
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Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis & Therapy: Symbolic Hypnotherapy (Stream)


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Jeffrey Zeig |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
Duration:
02:38:00
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Original Program Date:
Dec 31, 1977
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2.5 APA Continuing Education Credits available for an addtional $10. This training tool contains segments of hypnotherapy conducted by Erickson, with the same subject, on two consecutive days in 1978....
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Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis & Therapy: The Process of Hypnotic Induction (Stream)


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Jeffrey Zeig |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
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01:54:00
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Original Program Date:
Dec 31, 1963
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2 APA Continuing Education Credits available for an addtional $10. Dr. Zeig introduces original 1964 footage and reveals Dr. Erickson's patterns with understandings gleaned from discussion with Dr. Er...
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Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis & Therapy: Working with Resistance (Stream)


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Jeffrey Zeig |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
Duration:
1 Hour 55 Min
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Original Program Date:
Dec 31, 1978
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2 APA Continuing Education Credits available for an addtional $10. Dr. Zeig introduces original 1979 footage and reveals Dr. Erickson's patterns with understandings cleaned from discussion with Dr. Er...
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Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis & Therapy: Therapy within a Marital System (Stream)


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Jeffrey Zeig |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
Duration:
02:27:00
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Original Program Date:
Dec 31, 1977
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2.5 APA Continuing Education Credits available for an addtional $10. Dr. Zeig introduces original 1978 footage and reveals Dr. Erickson's patterns with understandings gleaned from discussion with Dr. ...
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