2020 Rosenthal with Stephen Lankton

Join Minnesota Society for Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH) for the 2020 Rosenthal Retreat, Saturday October 24th, from 9-4, where we are delighted to welcome Stephen Lankton to join us via Zoom and present on “Depotentiating Conscious Sets.” Register by noon (CST) on October 23rd. This presentation will be recorded, and available for two weeks after the event to registered people.

Stephen Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH
Date:October 24th, 2020
Time:9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
Member cost:$85
Non-Member cost:$120

MSCH 2020 Rosenthal Retreat

Depotentiating Conscious Sets

Stephen Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH


Depotentiating Conscious Sets is a major aspect of Erickson’s approach to both induction and psychotherapy.  It was fundamental to his approach to therapy in hypnosis He wrote, “Depotentiating the limitation of the individual’s usual patterns of awareness thus open up the possibility that new combinations of associations and mental skill may be evolved for creative problem solving within the individual.” And, Rossi added, at a later date, that Erickson actions for, “depotentiating consciousness are so subtle and pervasive in the manner with which they are interwoven with the actual process of induction and suggestion that they are usually unrecognized even when studying a written transcript of his words.”  This workshop, presented by one of Erickson’s personally trained students, will explore and explain why this is necessary and how it is accomplished.


1)  Participants will be able to define “cure” in Ericksonian terms.

2)  Participants will be able to conduct 3 type of destabilization of consciousness in treatment.

3)  Participants will be able to to construct and use conscious-unconscious dissociation language.

4)  Participants will be able to use at least 3 indirection techniques to retrieve experiential resources.


Stephen R. Lankton, MSW, DAHB, FASCH

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Phoenix, Arizona.  

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (since 2005) and a Fellow, and Approved Consultant, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. 

Stephen studied regularly with Milton Erickson for 4.5 years in Phoenix. 

He is the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the field of psychotherapy” (Milton H. Erickson Foundation), 

And a second “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to The Field of Hypnosis” (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis).   

The “Irving Secter Award for the Advancement of Clinical Hypnosis” 

He has practiced psychotherapy since 1974 and trained therapists worldwide since 1979.  

He is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis, and President Emeritus of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work. 

He is the author, of-author, or editor of 19 clinical books (including the 10-volume Ericksonian Monograph Series), with translations in 6 languages and more than 45 chapters and peer reviewed articles in professional publications.

He is faculty at the Milton Erickson Foundation, Intensive Training Programs

Agenda (All times CST)

9:00-10:30 CSTRationale, Expectancy, Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation
10:30-10:45 CSTBreak
10:45-12:15 CSTAmbiguity, Indirect Suggestions and Binds (pt. 1)
12:15-12:45 CSTLunch
12:45-2:15 CSTIndirect Suggestions and Binds (pt. 2), Confusion
2:15- 2:30 CSTBreak
2:30-4:00 CSTAmbiguous Function Assignments, Metaphors, Paradox

Registration (closes at 5:00 pm CST on Oct 23rd)

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