Title:  Principles and Core Competencies of Ericksonian Therapy
Presenters: Dan Short, Elise Lelarge 
Venue: Audytorium Maximum  - Exhibition Room A / Sala Wystawowa A
Time: 13.06.2024 16:00-17:30
Language: EN/PL

Dan Short’s Principles and Core Competencies of Ericksonian Therapy (Short, 2019), has been heralded as one of the most important contributions to Ericksonian Therapy (ET) in the last 40 years (Feldman, 2021). In this workshop, Dan Short and Elise Lelarge will tackle a crucial issue – the ambiguity surrounding Ericksonian methodology, making it challenging to define, measure, and teach. Rejecting the notion of universal procedures, Ericksonian scholars embrace a post-modern philosophy that prioritizes emergent relationships and creativity over rigid rules.

This approach, centered on tailoring therapy to individual emotional needs, is amenable to procedural principles when specific skills are accurately observed and coded. Short has pinpointed six such core competencies for ET: Tailing, Utilization, Strategic, Destabilization, Experiential, and Naturalistic. Although each competency lacks predictive value in isolation, their unique combination appears to be a hallmark of practitioners formally trained in Ericksonian psychotherapy or hypnosis.

Join this workshop to delve into the intricacies of these Core Competencies. Gain a deeper understanding of the distinctive skill set and access the 2019 treatment manual and training tools that quantify skill proficiency. Uncover the secrets that set Ericksonian therapy apart and enhance your therapeutic toolkit.


Dan Short is a practicing clinical psychologist and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix, adjunct faculty for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Intensive training program, while also teaching medical hypnosis for Sonoran University of Health Sciences. Dr. Short has published four books, served as guest editor for AJCH, and authored dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Short’s research interests have focused on Ericksonian hypnosis resulting in a research-based treatment manual for Ericksonian therapy (ET), which is used by training institutes around the world.

Elise Lelarge has more than 10 years of practicing hypnosis and psychotherapy in private practice. She has authored books on self-hypnosis for adults and children, as well as numerous articles about hypnosis and psychotherapy. Currently, Lelarge is a trainer in hypnosis and psychotherapy in France and Belgium for healthcare professionals.