Stephen Gilligan is a psychologist who received his doctorate from Stanford University. He was a central figure in the original NLP group, and then became a major student of and Milton Erickson, the great psychiatrist and hypnotherapist. Dr. Gilligan has been extending this work for the past 35 years in significant ways, while developing the 3rd generation Trance-Formational Work. Recently he founded the International Association for Generative Change together with Robert Dilts. In 2004, he received the rarely given Lifetime Achievement Award from the Erickson Foundation in honor of his many contributions.