Peter Thorneycroft, PhD

Legacy of Milton H. Erickson - Observe, Accept and Utilize

This presentation offers an exploration into Milton H. Erickson's statement that "the three most important things in therapy are to observe, observe, and observe." What does it mean to observe? What kinds of things do we look for when we are observing? How can we enhance our skills or sensitivities in observing? There will also be consideration of two other cornerstones of Erickson's approach that are implicitly linked with observing: "accept" and "utilize". Some of Peter's clinical experiences from a psychiatric prison, and his private practice, as well as case examples from Erickson, will be discussed. Further, one or more blues songs may be performed in order to accentuate the positive, or to alleviate possible boredom!

Peter Thorneycroft B.Sc., M.Ed., M.Ed.Psych., Adv.Dip.SOH, M.A.P.S. is located in Melbourne, Australia. With more than 40 years' experience in educational and therapeutic domains, he has been a psychologist since 1976, hypnotherapist since 1986, and Ontological coach since 1994. Peter lectured in Educational Psychology for 15 years. In the 1990s he was a consultant to government and private Workcover rehabilitation providers, assisting mainly with psychological approaches to stress and pain management. From 1999 to 2007 he was the psychological consultant to the psychiatric and psychosocial rehabilitation unit run by St Vincent's Hospital in Port Phillip Prison, a maximum security prison in Melbourne.

Since the late 1980's Peter has been assisting Rob McNeilly with training programs in Solution Oriented Counselling and Hypnotherapy. For the last 15 years he has also been involved in presenting courses in Ontological Coaching and coach supervision, and is now highly regarded as a "coach's coach". Peter has presented papers and workshops for health professionals nationally and in the USA. He has been a semi-professional musician since he was 14 years young. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame is that many long years ago he was the Under 16 Yo-Yo champion of Victoria. Audio resources for different therapeutic, coaching, and meditation purposes are available for download at his website