Four Fundamental Interventions:
The Ericksonian Approach to Hypnosis and Therapy
Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB, FASCH
Milton Erickson wrote extensively about the major aspects of his approach to both hypnotic induction and psychotherapy. He wrote, “Depotentiating the limitation of the individual’s usual patterns of awareness thus open up the possibility that new combinations of associations and mental skill may be evolved for creative problem solving within the individual
This workshop explores, explains, and demonstrates four intervention strategies or techniques that Erickson outlined as hallmarks of his approach. These include speaking the client’s language, utilization, conscious/unconscious inductions, and indirect suggestions and binds. Speaking the client’s language and utilization help build rapport, while conscious / unconscious inductions, and indirect suggestions and binds facilitate depotentiating the conscious mind and retrieving and re-associating experiential resources. Several methods for creating these interventions will be explained and practiced by participants including 5 forms of suggestions and 3 forms of binds.
Stephen Lankton is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, Arizona who studied with Milton H. Erickson in Phoenix from 1976-1979. Since 2005, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a Fellow and Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
He has received a number of awards: “Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the field of psychotherapy” (Milton H. Erickson Foundation), “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to The Field of Hypnosis” (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis) and “Irving Secter Award for the Advancement of Clinical Hypnosis.”
He began practicing psychotherapy in 1974 and has trained therapists since 1979. He currently holds a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis and is President Emeritus of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work.
He is the author or editor of 19 clinical books (including the 10-volume Ericksonian Monograph Series) with translations in 6 languages and more than 45 chapters and peer-reviewed articles in professional publications.
Stephen is currently faculty at the Milton Erickson Foundation, Intensive Training Programs.