The keys to truly being able to help another human being include:
Hope that they can get better, belief that they can change
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 -œyou should read a good book backwards-: start with the last chapter and read back to the first, -œthen 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.