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The Essence of Brief Therapy - Milton Erickson’s Model

23/11/2008

"Nefesh Israel" and the Neuropsychology Unit of Shaare Zedek Medical Center

are pleased to invite you to attend a seminar by



Sanford Landa, LCSW, CASAC, CPP



"The Essence of Brief Therapy - Milton Erickson’s Model of Working Effectively and Efficiently"



Sunday November 23rd 16:00 – 19:00

Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Brit Hall, 4th Floor, JERUSALEM

Cost: 60 NIS -- Members 40 NIS -- Students 30 NIS



People who come into therapy struggle with emotional problems and are overcome with a problem-saturated view of their life, which restrict their lives and limits the possibility for change. Most treatment approaches to emotional problems mirror this reality of a ‘disease model’, which presents a picture of continued hopelessness and failure.

I have found three core Ericksonian concepts helpful in working effectively with clients whose lives are limited by their emotional problems. The first is to respect and value the clients beliefs; second to trust in their capacity to change; and lastly to protect their integrity as a person. These concepts are all influenced and supported by using an Ericksonian model and techniques of working effectively and efficiently (briefly) with clients mired in their problems. Several principles that are related to Erickson’s unique approach to therapy and integrated into my practice are:

1. Change is inevitable, change is constant

2. People are guided by positive logic and make the best choice at any given moment

3. The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem

4. Allow choice, never take away choice

5. Everyone is born with enough in them, the resources lies within the client

6. Respect all messages from the client

7. A future orientation – orientation to solutions

8. Cooperation is inevitable and social reality is co-created

9. Experiential participation between client and therapist

10. Multiple truths about the world and “Who has the good truth?”



I have found these principles helpful and to be the essence of brief therapy when working with clients overwhelmed by their problems. The influence of these principles has allowed clients to experience the stories of their problem-saturated life in a different way and perhaps loosen the grip of their influence.

Hopefully by using these techniques the client experiences the story in a different way exploring greater choices, increased options and more possibilities. This can create opportunities for growth and generating different stories of hope, to respect and value their visions. In this short course I hope to demonstrate how these principles and techniques can be integrated into effective and efficient treatment.



Sanford Landa, LCSW, CASAC has been in the mental health and substance abuse field for 30 years. He is a Social Work Supervisor at Student Assistance Services of Westchester County, NY, and Director of Clinical Training at The Solution Center in Nanuet, NY. In 1996 he co-authored the OASAS Curriculum for the Addiction Training Center, Brief Therapy with Alcohol and Other Drug Abusing Clients and in 1998 he co-authored Motivational Interviewing with the Substance Abusing Client. Mr. Landa has presented internationally on a variety of topics focused on working effectively, efficiently and respectively with clients’ therapies and methods influenced by Ericksonian Psychotherapy.



Registration: nefeshil@barak.net.il or by fax: 03-5422506

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