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How competencies become problems and how problems become solutions, Heidelberg, Germany


How competencies become problems and how problems become solutions.

Heidelberg, Germany

May 23rd-26th, 2019

With Gunther Schmidt

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One of the most influential figures in the development of Stephen Gilligan and Gunther Schmidt was the psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, MD

What can be considered as the most important idea in Milton Erickson's work is the utilitarian principle . It encourages all parts of a client's experience, both positive and negative, to be accepted and used creatively.

Implicit in this principle is the idea that the meaning and effect of an experience pattern results from the (human) relationship (!) To it. This means that by creatively adopting "negative" patterns, they can be perceived and used as positive resources.
(The impact on the experience are that by such a reframing instead of feeling of helplessness again the experience of autonomy and self-efficacy occurs). Milton Erickson was a master, there are impressive and inspiring case studies for its creative approach, as he made Erlebtes available as problematic and turned into strengths.

Both, S. Gilligan and G. Schmidt, have explored this basic principle in their clinical work over the past 40 years and developed it in their approaches. In the workshop, the two different but also complementary approaches of the two interact with each other.

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Theoretical parts with many clinical practice examples, demonstrations and group exercises will alternate. As a result, participants gain a deeper understanding of this principle and learn to develop their own creative ways of working with many different types of problems.

For more than 30 years, Stephen Gilligan and Gunther Schmidt have maintained a close friendship and have been in constant dialogue about their work, their concepts and their continuous development.
In the field of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and systemic concepts, they are considered to be those who have most combined Ericksonian hypnotherapy with systemic concepts and have made significant advancements. The two have already noticed more often surprised how similar ideas have changed in parallel to each other and yet again experience very different forms. At each of these joint seminars, the participants, after unanimous feedback, experienced these exciting similarities and differences for their own development as extremely enriching and useful.