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Stephen Lankton


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Stephen practices in Phoenix, Arizona and teaches and trains clinicians worldwide . He is a LCSW in Arizona.  His clinical training has been sponsored by university psychology and social work departments, state associations in clinical disciplines, and private training institutes in over twenty countries for over twenty five years.  He has been Editor-in-Chief of the the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis since 2005.

Stephen is a recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards - one for outstanding contribution to the field of psychotherapy by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and a second for the advancement of clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He also received the Irving Secter Award  for the advancement of clinical hypnosis. He is a Fellow and an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis, a Diplomate and a past president of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work.  Over the years he has also been awarded Fellow from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Fellow, Diplomate, and Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work as well as being a Clinical Member in the International Transactional Analysis Association.  He graduated from the University of Michigan, Graduate School of Social Work in 1974.

Known for his teaching of hypnosis and psychotherapy, he authored and coauthored 9 books  including: Tools of Intention, Assembling Ericksonian Therapy, Tales of Enchantment, The Answer Within, Enchantment and Intervention, and Practical Magic, and edited and co-edited 12 additional books including being the founding editor of The Ericksonian Monographs.  In addition, he has published dozens of chapters in professional works addressing family therapy, clinical hypnosis, brief therapy, clinical social work, constructive therapy, innovative therapy, bioenergetics, transactional analysis, and strategic therapy. 

He has an extensive training background including directly studying with the late Milton H. Erickson, MD, for five years. Before studying with Dr. Erickson he had been recognized for his work in gestalt therapy and transactional analysis. However, his intensive study with Dr. Erickson resulted in his synthesis of a highly accountable, goal-directed, holistic, and positive approach to therapy. Notably, he often teaches about the work of Milton Erickson and has been the author of scholarly chapters in handbooks of hypnosis, psychology, and social work promoting Dr. Erickson's work for 40 years.   

As an author, trainer, clinician, editor, teacher, and corporate consultant, Stephen has produced a number of diverse activities all related to information exchange. These include elaborating the emerging epistemology and behavioral science expertise as it applies to psychotherapy, training for mental health professionals, clinical supervision, corporate consultation, and the human factors in interface design. 


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