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Neuro-Linguistic Programming - NLP:
An Introduction

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Steve Andreas, M.A.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

The principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) originated in the 1970s with the work of Richard Bandler and John Grinder. These principles have been adapted by and integrated into more familiar therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral, possibility therapy, solution-focused, and EMDR. NLP is a combination of communications theory and psychotherapy. It posits that we have characteristic ways of responding to people and new experiences based upon unconsciously learned physical, cognitive, and linguistic responses. By helping clients reprogram these learned responses-often in a single session-rapid and profound change can occur.

This beginning, introductory course covers the theory behind NLP and includes specific techniques for treating, not just disorders, but broader conditions as well, such as helping clients accept and utilize criticism, enhance their learning, improve their effectiveness in businesses and organizations, and quickly reach a state of forgiveness. Therapists will learn how to bypass clients' consciousness and elicit unconscious motivation for change. Verbatim transcripts of sessions take you into the therapist's office to witness NLP in action. NLP is not without its critics, and this course also provides a critique of NLP.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Summarize the theoretical basis of NLP and the key concepts for creating rapid change

2.    List specific NLP techniques for treating specific disorders and conditions

3.    Practice how to embed messages in clients' unconscious

4.    Review the major criticisms of NLP

Course Syllabus

Definition of NLP

  • The study of the structure of subjective experience
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy on steroids
  • A pragmatic methodology for modeling human excellence

Applications of NLP

  • Educational: enhancing learning and transforming "learning disabilities" into effective thinking and learning
  • Psychotherapeutic: transforming/intervening with phobias, anxiety, grief, PTSD, addictions, and other internal conflicts
  • Communication: developing rapport, resolving conflicts, and enhancing intimacy
  • Sports: enhancing motivation and focus
  • Business and organizational management: increasing business and organizational effectiveness

Fundamentals of NLP

  • Working with the most basic "atoms" of experience-visual images, auditory sounds and words, kinesthetic feelings and subsequent responses to virtually everything
  • Working with the smaller aspects of these three main sensory channels

How to change clients' internal structures

  • Communicating unconscious messages
  • Difference between presuppositions and implications

Clients' perspective patterns, how they affect disorders and how to change them

  • Identifying clients' primary patterns and using appropriate exercises for working with each
  • Visual patterns
  • Auditory patterns
  • Kinesthetic patterns

The opposite ways of resolving phobias and grief

Limiting beliefs

Helping clients hear and utilize criticism

  • Dissociating from the immediate situation
  • Dissociating from the criticism itself
  • Watching and hearing the criticism from the dissociated state
  • Evaluating the criticism
  • Deciding on a response
  • Consider changing future behavior
  • Rehearsal Reassociation

Forgiveness

  • Discovering the specific mental transformation that each specific client needs to make in order to forgive
  • Elicit and satisfy the objections to forgiving

Helping clients resolve grief

  • The traps that freeze grieving and leave it unresolved
  • Reuniting with the lost experience rather than recalling the end
  • A step-by-step process for resolving grief

Critique of NLP

Additional Resources for training and information

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