The use of Milton Erickson's therapeutic style to correlate pastoral therapy and spiritual direction
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This project is intended as a demonstration of how the therapeutic style and techniques of Milton H. Erickson can be utilized in a process of spiritual direction. The issue of the subject/object split, often a problem in spiritual direction, is utilized as an issue to be addressed with the Ericksonian style and thus to demonstrate how this style helps to correlate the processes of pastoral therapy and spiritual direction. The work is composed of an introduction, six chapters, and a bibliography.
The introduction states the thesis of the project and introduces the issue of the subject/object split.
Chapter One is devoted to a discussion of the subject/object split as an issue for belief and theology. Both theological and psychological sources are presented to explicate the problem.
Chapter Two presents the work of Milton H. Erickson and sets forth the procedural foundations of his techniques. Some biographical information about Erickson is included.
Chapter Three sets the phenomenon of hypnosis within the context of the Christian religion and demonstrates some affinities between the two as well as noting some antagonisms.
Chapter Four discusses the subject/object split as one of the mind's defenses against the presence of God and introduces the concept of "facades" as functional perimeters of the conscious mind.
Chapter Five offers a model which demonstrates Ericksonian techniques applied to the process of spiritual direction and shows how this helps people to move beyond the facades explained in Chapter Four.
Chapter Six relates Ericksonian approaches to pastoral therapy through a process of spiritual direction to form the basis for a spiritually directive style of pastoral therapy.