What is it about?

Milton Erickson created a non-standardized therapeutic modality that focuses on the specific needs and subtle, subliminal behaviors of its patients, resulting in innovative therapeutic interventions. We provide a comment on a paper by Short (see record 2021-67326-001) who described a structure to assist Eriksonian Therapy (ET) to become mainstream by being more scientifically rigorous. Our paper highlights the extensive work that needs to be done to develop empirical support for Ericksonian Therapy becoming more professionally accepted.

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Why is it important?

Elements of Ericksonian interventions have become foundational to many theories of psychotherapy. It is critical to develop an empirically-based framework to help Ericksonian Therapy examine its core elements to provide clarity in its model of assessment and intervention.


We believe that without a model to examine the critical components of ET, there is a possibility, as Short noted, that it may recede into obscurity. We believe this would be a loss to the profession of psychology and hope that the practitioners of ETare able to respond to this challenge, as there is much work to be done. Emil Rodolfa There are certain core concepts, including the unconscious as a specific entity, falsifiability of theory, and the basic competencies required for practice in ET, that need to be clarified and supported empirically in order for ET to be widely accepted within the professional psychological community. Jack Schaffer

Jack Schaffer

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This page is a summary of: Can Ericksonian therapy become mainstream?, Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, September 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cps0000001.
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