MANSCH September 17th Kickoff Meeting

Our MANSCH kickoff meeting for our new season was on September 17, 2013. Prior to the videotape of "In The Room With Milton H. Erickson, MD" we held a discussion which included setting up a committee to produce a workshop this year, hopefully inviting Dabney Ewin, a world-famous New Orleans surgeon who is an expert in ideomotor signaling and working with burn patients. The committee heads will be Betty Jean Rosenhagen, LCSW, DAHB and Karliese Greiner-Laurie, LCSW, CASAC. We also discussed the possibility of having themes for some of our presentations involving the sharing of favorite inductions, work with difficult patients, and other themes that the membership might suggest. These would be in addition to the presentations that will also take place.

Because of mechanical difficulties with the new menu on her Milton Erickson training DVDs, Jane Parsons-Fein presented a different presentation than the "Bashful Bladder" case history that she was going to present.

Instead, she presented Erickson’s working with children including his story telling and teaching of his own kids (he had eight). He felt that it was important to teach them early: a sense of humor, his White Tummy (frog) Stories, tailored to each child's unique interest, how to handle insults, the importance of comfort and the unimportance of pain and the case history of a little six-year old girl who "lied like a trooper and could look you in the eye and lie and lie and lie": the case of Heidi-Ho. He cured her lying without ever seeing her. These were a series of shorter stories and because of his vivid involvement in them were quite delightful.

Because Milton Erickson was so comfortable with his own unconscious it was easy to see how everyone in the room shifted into a learning trance which he called the unconscious. Because Erickson is often in trance when he works with people it is easy for observers to join him in moving into trance and learning on new levels.

The goals for the workshop participants were:

1. Discover a new sense of comfort with moving into trance while working.

2. Learn new uses of suspense in their work with patients as you listen to the metaphors of Erickson's case histories.

3. Integrate Erickson's meticulous use of language of surprise.

4. Formulate more effective ways of using silence and listening for rhythms in the dialogue between themselves and their patient/client.

5. Erickson said, "Always give your patients something to DO." Participants can integrate and apply this effective action suggestion into their therapeutic practice.

6. Apply Erickson's advice: "Develop your own technique: be your own natural self."

Members of MANSCH look forward to a lively year ahead.