May 3, 2022
ASCH Webinar: Creatively Transforming A Potentially Challenging Clinical Situations Into Therapeutic Moments
Presenter: Stephen Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH | Duration: 90 Minutes
In his teaching and writings, Milton Erickson illustrated and shared several uncommon exchanges that transformed potentially difficult encounters into valuable therapeutic opportunities. Some of these, such as confusion technique, speaking the client’s experiential language, and utilization, he managed to carefully explain in his teachings and writings, and others he did not. Over the course of forty-two years since his death, I’ve clarified, coined names, and outlined some of his unpublished interventions. These include ambiguous function assignment, multiple embedded metaphors, emanated imagery, Ericksonian paradoxical symptom prescription, and others.
Many of these techniques may be overlooked or under-used in treatment. This is especially true for difficult situations which could be turned into therapeutic opportunities using utilization techniques, speaking the client’s language, ambiguous function assignments, paradoxical prescription communications, age progression, etc. Some of these methods may precede and make hypnosis possible and others are facilitated by the use of hypnosis. This workshop will present several real-life scenarios of potentially frustrating clients whose challenging behavior was turned into creative therapeutic moments using these techniques.
- Participants will be able to work with unusual verbal client behavior into therapeutic movement by speaking the client’s language.
- Participants will be able to work with non-verbal clients by using ideomotor responses to multiple embedded metaphoric language.
- Participants will be able to work with clients who refuse to only provide expected and rehearsed answers by formulating and using ambiguous function assignments.
- Participants will be able to engage clients exhibiting unconventional behavior in the office into useful therapeutic experiences using utilization techniques.
- Participants will be able to engage clients who do not seem to really want to change into useful therapeutic experiences by formulating and using Erickson’s paradoxical prescription method.
- Participants will be able to help clients who need help preparing for future goals or termination by formulating and using Erickson’s age-progression technique (Lankton’s Emanated Imagery Technique).
Level of Complexity
This webinar is intended for advanced levels of experience in their respective fields.
Attendees may earn 1.5 ASCH CE/CMEs for attending this webinar but must be present at the scheduled virtual event for credit.
Note: Registration fees are not refundable or transferable.
About the Presenter: Stephen Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH
Stephen Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, studied with Milton Erickson for 4.5 years. He is the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards for “Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy,” and “Contributions to the Field of Hypnosis. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis and an Emeritus Clinical Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 books and over 60 chapters in professional publications and has taught psychotherapy in 21 countries worldwide.
Use of Program Materials
ASCH records all webinars with the intent to post them on the website as an educational resource for members. A PDF of the final presentation may, in some instances, be shared after the program with those who attended the live event.
Participants will be asked to complete a short online program evaluation. A summary of the results and any feedback will be shared with the presenter.
No ASCH-ERF staff or committee members involved in the development, planning, or execution of educational content have any financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.
Stephen Lankton has no significant financial relationships to disclose.