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John Simon July 1st, 2006 10:22 PM

Family Therapy Training
Mr. Lankton,

It appears that some modalities of therapy dove tail with Ericksonian therapy more easily than others. I know that at least some Ericksonian practioners have combined Gestalt techniques and Ericksonian therapy. I am not sure if this is due to the previous training of those individuals that eventually trained with Erickson or some other factor. I know that Ericksonian therapy is an interpersonal and family therapy model in and of itself. However, I am wondering which type of family therapy training you might recommend that would fit within the Ericksonian envelope from an epistemological and also a technique oriented basis? Also, are you going to start offering training again soon?


Stephen Lankton July 3rd, 2006 03:53 PM

Re: Family Therapy Training
I have become so busy in Phoenix (clients, teaching at ASU, the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, teaching at the Foundation Intensives, and traveling to do training) that I don't see offering any training soon. I'm glad someone cares!!

Minuchin's training is a good fit, I think, for family therapy.


Joseph C. O'Rourke, LCSW September 15th, 2006 09:13 AM

Re: Family Therapy Training
Hi John,

I have had an interest in brief therapy modalities coming out of Erickson's work for some time. You ask:"which type of family therapy training you (Mr. Lankton) might recommend that would fit within the Ericksonian envelope from an epistemological and also a technique oriented basis?" As this is a forum, I thought I might submit some ideas. Many of the brief therapy gurus credit Erickson as a significant, or seminal influence; among these are Strategic Therapy and Solution Focused approaches.

Michele K. Ritterman, Ph.D. offers family focused training at workshops. her contact information can be found at:
The Mental Research Institute is offering training;
The Brief Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI (Insoo Kim Berg, (The late) Steve deShazer)
Erickson inspired brief family therapy training is available at major conferences (Evolution of Psychotherapy) The local MHE Institute probably has a list of available family therapy training programs.

Best wishes,

Joe O'Rourke

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