BT12 Dialogue 07 - Utilization: The Foundation of Solutions - Stephen Gilligan, PhD, Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Given a topic, describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
All of Milton Erickson’s cases are based in utilization. It is an “alchemical formula” of turning lead into gold. Utilization is not a technique; it is an orientation that the therapist assumes. Utilization is an orientation of sufficiency that is the opposite of psychological problems, which can be viewed as believed in insufficiencies.
Among our models, our heroes, our genius and the stories that have been told to us, the ones we’ve built, the ones we’ve integrated, there are some that are deep metaphors within us. We will explore how we refer to them, how they structure and impact our lives and how we can utilize them in our therapeutic goals for inner change and help the patient build from the hero within himself/herself.
This presentation poses a substance abuse treatment which acknowledges and accommodates the personal needs being addressed by substance use, bypasses perceived resistance and employs idiosyncratic psycho-biological learning to achieve a body-mind gestalt complementary to the client’s sobriety. Client self empowerment and relapse prevention are built into the intervention This method develops a safe framework for addressing any subsequent mental health themes directly or indirectly related to substance misuse. Ideomotor questioning is employed as a practical conduit to body-mind communication and function.
Participants will learn powerful techniques to facilitate the integration of individual and couples therapy through meditation, guided imagery, and energy centers in the body. Beginning exploration will focus on the healing capacity found innately in the "Mind- Body Couples System" (Mind Body Systems Therapy( TM) through the use of intense affect to unify significant others through transforming fear, anger, and grief into understanding ,compassion, love, and forgiveness. The class will be both didactic and experiential.
Milton Erickson’s counsel to “Take what the patient brings” encapsulated the utilization approach that he introduced in hypnosis and psychotherapy. This workshop is designed to enhance participants’ awareness of and ability to use the many facets of utilization that are elicited during clinical interviews. Two demonstrations will be included.
This workshop will address how the principles and variables of quantum physics can be integrated in the transformation of resistance in individuals and couples. The Erickson Resistance Protocol will be utilized as a metaphor and template to support the expansion of trust and creativity within the professional in the transformation of resistance.
Working in collaboration with our clients to create solutions is one of the new directions that effectiveness based approaches advocate. The workshop leaders who live in Iran and United States respectively will be demonstrating these techniques. By utilizing culturally oriented assets, attendees will be offered a unique approach that can help empower people.
This session will cover defining and treating the complexity of Bipolar Affective Spectrum Disorder. Particular attention will be paid to common misconceptions about the psychiatric condition, how clinicians can become stuck in their treatment approaches, and how creative, brief therapy interventions, including the use of Ericksonian hypnosis, can be utilized to assist in obtaining treatment goals. Using the latest findings in neuroscience, this session will present effective and successful methods to manage and resolve treatment challenges in dealing with this highly misunderstood diagnosis/ psychiatric condition.
This short course will introduce two self-hypnotic techniques. The first builds upon the “heart lock in” technique of Hearthmath. The second transforms psychomotor agitation to a self-soothing rhythmic brain input that enables individuals to “get in touch with the wealth of life experience at their fingertips”.