Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Erickson, Milton

  • Chris J. GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_908


Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (1901 –1980).


The influence of Milton Erickson spreads wide and deep across mental health professions including: psychiatry, psychology, family therapy, and clinical hypnosis. In the field of couple and family therapy, Erickson’s direct influence is manifest in the work of the MRI group in Palo Alto, the Milan group in Italy, the strategic work of Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes, and the Brief-Solution Focused team in Milwaukee as well other prominent solution-oriented clinicians such as Bill O’Hanlon and Michele Weiner-Davis. His indirect influence spans almost everywhere in the field including the Collaborative Language Systems approach of Harlene Anderson and Harry Goolishian in Houston-Galveston and Minuchin’s structural therapy. Echoes of his influence extend even to what is now called the common factors movement and the idea of the empirically validated therapist.


Erickson earned a masters degree in psychology and a medical degree from...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Science, Lipscomb UniversityNashvilleUSA

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  • David Kearns
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  1. 1.Iowa CityUSA