The keys to truly being able to help another human being include: Hope that they can get better, belief that they can change A willingness to enter into and empathise with their client's reality, their models of the world A structure or framework for wholeness, within which to work Flexible strategies and techniques to help move a person towards wholeness A willingness to 'go first' or experience the techniques and tools of therapeutic change oneself. The authors of Hope and Resiliency cut through the vast amount of written material by and about Milton H Erickson MD's therapeutic work, to present the functional principles and framework for how change happens. The authors are amply qualified for this task: Dan Short spent two years reorganising and preserving the Erickson archive; Betty Alice Erickson and Roxanna Erickson Klein are two of Dr Erickson's daughters, both professionally accredited with years of experience. They identify and present 6 key clinical strategies in detail, well illustrated by Erickson's own words and case examples. Milton Erickson suggested that "you should read a good book backwards": start with the last chapter and read back to the first, "then re-read it front to back and you will have a marvellous experience." Do this with this book, and you will have a good overview and working knowledge of Erickson's work. Then make sure you do the exercises in Appendix A at least twice, and you will gain greatly in understanding and facility with these techniques. This book is recommended for: Therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, NLP practitioners and master practitioners, hypnotherapists, life coaches. Also for any helping professionals and anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding of their own psyche and how to create positive change. Summary: Hope and Resiliency is clear and accessible, while still providing satisfying depth. Susanna Bellini, Bronze Dragon Training --Susanna Bellini, Bronze Dragon Training
In this age of standardized and even manualized treatments, Hope and Resiliency provides a refreshing reminder about the importance of honoring each individual's uniqueness. The authors build on the creative and highly skilled work of Milton Erickson and do a wonderful job of making some aspects of his methods more accessible to the reader. The case examples and family stories bring a folksy charm and gentle wisdom to the authors' clinically astute considerations of what it takes to do therapy well. Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., author of Trancework (3rd ed.) and Treating Depression With Hypnosis --Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., author of Trancework (3rd ed.)
This is delightful introduction to the work of Milton Erickson. It is remarkably clear and chalk full of practical examples and applications. It is especially good at emphasizing Erickson's positive and remarkably creative way of accepting and utilizing all parts of a person's reality to allow significant change and growth. I look forward to recommending it to my students as essential reading. Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. Psychologist, Author, "Therapeutic trances", "The legacy of Milton Erickson," "The courage to love" --Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. Psychologist, Author, "Therapeutic trances", "The legacy of Milton Erickson," "The courage to love"
"The keys to the kingdom! A leading Erickson scholar plus two of the masters daughters describe the core strategies and techniques that underlie his legacy of healing and therapeutic utilization of clients resources. This brilliant book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and applying Ericksons work. Highly recommended!"
Michael F. Hoyt, PhD
Author of Some Stories are Better than Others, Interviews with Brief Therapy Experts, and The Present is a Gift
"In this engaging book renowned experts, Dan Short, Betty Alice Erickson, and Roxanna Erickson Klein, shed new light on fundamental patterns in the work of Milton H. Erickson, MD. Immerse yourself deeply in this entrancing and timeless wisdom, and realize the power within."
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD
Author of Teaching Seminar with Milton H. Erickson, MD and Experiencing Erickson
"As the era of well-meaning, but misguided victimology wanes, psychotherapists are rediscovering the hope and resiliency that permeate the timeless therapeutic strategies of Milton H. Erickson. The authors, family and insiders who know Dr. Erickson best, lucidly and impressively convey new insights into the philosophy of healing that is at the core of his psychotherapeutic genius. By understanding that healing is the activation of inner resources during the process of recovery, making life a continuous process of rehabilitation, psychotherapists can markedly improve their therapeutic effectiveness and bring new hope to their patients."
Nicholas A. Cummings, PhD, ScD
Author of Focused Psychotherapy and The Essence of Psychotherapy
"In this age of standardized and even manualized treatments, Hope & Resiliency provides a refreshing reminder about the importance of honoring each individuals uniqueness. The authors build on the creative and highly skilled work of Milton Erickson and do a wonderful job of making some aspects of his methods more accessible to the reader. The case examples and family stories bring a folksy charm and gentle wisdom to the authors clinically astute considerations of what it takes to do therapy well."
Michael D. Yapko, PhD
Author of Trancework and Treating Depression With Hypnosis
"This is a delightful introduction to the work of Milton Erickson. It is remarkably clear and chalk full of practical examples and applications. It is especially good at emphasizing Ericksons positive and remarkably creative way of accepting and utilizing all parts of a persons reality to allow significant change and growth. I look forward to recommending it to my students as essential reading."
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Author of Therapeutic Trances, The Legacy of Milton Erickson and The Courage to Love
"Hope & Resiliency is a delightful and deeply moving reading experience that facilitated peace and well-being within my own heart and mind. I will keep it by my bedside as a daily refresher in the healing legacy Milton H. Erickson has passed on to all of us."
Ernest L. Rossi, PhD
Author of The Psychobiology of Gene Expression
"A must read for every therapist. The book combines clear, simple instructions with wonderful case studies and an emphasis on Ericksons belief in the inner strength and the unlimited potential of each individual. The family anecdotes are precious."
Author of Behind The One-Way Mirror, Sex, Love & Violence and Strategic Family Therapy
"Another welcome addition describing the wisdom of Milton H. Erickson, MD by three authors who know his work well. This book makes a connection between his personal and professional life and presents detailed clinical examples for therapists in the field."
Jay Haley, MA
Author of Uncommon Therapy, Art of Strategic Therapy, Ordeal Therapy and Problem Solving Therapy
"Hope & Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson, MD is a wonderful book. I had the sense while reading it that I was in Ericksons office and just listening to him talk. This is a consequence of an informal narrative style wherein the book contains many case studies, comments by Erickson, and comments by his daughters and Short. I have not seen some of these studies and commentaries before, and they shed a new and continuingly interesting light on this remarkable man and his works. There are gems like, Let patients know that they are going to be cured and that it will take place within them and Often in psychotherapy a change of reference is all that is needed and Ericksons philosophy of healing was characterized by his attention to the goodness of the patients mind and body.
"The heart of the book centers around organizing Ericksons contributions under the categories of: distraction, partitioning, progression, suggestion, reorientation, and utilization. Although it is next to impossible to characterize or systematize Ericksons work in simple packets, this organization does lend itself to a useful set of guidelines to the man and his work.
"This book is highly recommended as it provides the reader with some unique perspectives on Ericksons work, his way of working, and many practical ideas."
Rubin Battino, MS
Author of Metaphoria, Guided Imagery and Other Approaches to Healing and Ericksonian Approaches