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Consultant - Applied Cognitive Psychology
Life Coach - Process Oriented Coaching (21614VIC)
in Emotional Intelligence
John Grinder's "S Pattern"
Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP can be helpful in resolving;
anxiety, panic and fears
Weight loss and eating disorders
Dealing with grief, loss and change
Unwanted habits and limiting beliefs
and drug dependence
... and can assist with;
NLP speak there is your conscious mind and then there is your unconscious
mind. When you have a really good relationship between these two aspects
of your mind you can create and achieve just about anything your heart
desires. When the relationship between conscious and unconscious is not
so healthy then you can experience problems like; bad habits, weight problems,
health problems, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, self esteem
issues... and the list can go on.
So in terms of personal development NLP is a set of tools
for developing that relationship with your unconscious. Why? Because your
unconscious is far more capable, in terms of making the changes that you
want to make, than your conscious mind. We’ve all been there. We have
all tried very hard to consciously change things in our lives and it’s
hard going, it’s hard work. But creating the life that you want doesn’t
have to be hard work. Challenging, certainly! But hard? Where’s the fun
Some issues can take more than one consultation to resolve. This
can also apply to a goal or goals that you want to achieve. Contact
Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out about the rewards scheme for reducing costs of individual consulations.
Disclaimer: It is important to
remember that NLP is not a cure for any condition. NLP is a means for
you to learn how to develop a relationship with your unconscious. It is
a means for you to learn how to make requests of your unconscious for
change and new learnings. At every step in the process you are responsible
for the changes that you make because only you can change you. As an NLP
Consultant my task is to assist you in learning how to develop that relationship
so that you can make the changes that you want to make. NLP is a set of
mental tools. When you learn how to use these tools the choices you make
subsequent to any NLP experience are your own responsibility. How you
change, when you change, and the types of changes you make will be unique
you are interested in learning Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) we invite
you to consider the following
this point in time NLP in Australia is not a government regulated body.
This means, quite literally, that anyone can claim to be a practitioner
of NLP, or even trainer of NLP, regardless of what training they have
received, if any. What does this mean to you the person interested in
learning NLP? It means that you are in a rather vulnerable position with
regard to choosing your NLP trainer whether you are looking to learn certain
applications of NLP or want the Graduate Certificate in NLP.
Our purpose is to provide you with some guidelines which will help you
choose an NLP teacher or NLP training organisation that meets your own
We are campaigning for NLP to become government regulated with the Graduate
Certificate in NLP as the Australian standard.
Although John Grinder and Richard Bandler proposed an international standard
for training in NLP in the late seventies and early eighties an international
standard does not exist today. The Graduate Certificate of NLP in Australia
is forty (40) days face-to-face training with two days of examination.
Further training is required to be able to teach NLP (NLP trainer) to
the level of NLP Consultant.
Digital, audio and visual media (CD’s, DVD’s, internet web sites…) do
NOT constitute NLP Training.
Training in applications of NLP – parenting, sport, sales, management,
communication skills, project management, teaching, therapy, life coaching,
presentation skills… - will satisfy the following criteria;
• Use of unconscious signals and calibration in all interventions
• Course content is free of beliefs, ideals, and values. Each of these
- beliefs, ideals, and values - constitute an imposition and are NOT NLP.
Until NLP is a government regulated body here are some pointers to help
you choose the best training for you.
Around the world and in Australia there are so called NLP training organisations
that purport to offer comprehensive NLP training that satisfies international
standards. Many of these organisations offer twelve (12), seven (7) and
even three (3) day full practitioner certification without examination.
This means that these organisations hand out practitioner level certification
just because participants have paid the course fee.
The creators of NLP, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, set the standard
for training in NLP. The standard they set is twenty days face-to-face
training to reach the level of Practitioner of NLP and another twenty
days face-to-face training to get to the level of Master Practitioner.
The Graduate Certificate in NLP in Australia, the nationally recognised
formal qualification, now supersedes Practitioner and Master Practitioner
of NLP in Australia whilst maintaining the standard set by its creators.
Organisations in Australia have taken advantage of the fact that NLP is
not government regulated. Instead of teaching to the standard set by its
creators they offer Practitioner Level Certification in less than twenty
days. Their argument is that;
• NLP is an accelerated learning strategy so they can ‘accelerate’ their
courses and make them shorter.
• By making their courses shorter they can present them more often and
so make more money.
You can ask yourself,
“If their courses are shorter than the Graduate Certificate in NLP… what
are they leaving out?”
“Are they using audio and/or visual/video media like CD’s, books and DVD’s
as part of their training, instead of the required face-to-face format?”
“Who were they trained by, and do they fully understand what NLP is and
how it is to be taught?”
“Will a Practitioner Level Certificate from these organisations
be recognised once NLP becomes a government regulated body?”
The answer to this question is NO!
Some organisations have even argued that it is not commercially viable
to teach to the Graduate Certificate of NLP. The question you can ask
yourself is, “Are they really concerned about quality training in NLP
or are they more concerned with how much money they can make from you?”
How can you, someone interested in learning NLP, discern between quality
comprehensive NLP and training that is not? By way of analogy – Imagine
someone approaches you and asks you if you want to learn Thai cooking.
This same person purports to be the best Thai chef in the world and promises
you that you will receive the best, most comprehensive training in Thai
cooking. If you have never heard of Thai cooking then you have no reference
point, that is, you cannot tell if this person does in fact have any knowledge
or skill in the art of Thai cooking or has the ability to teach it. Of
course you can choose to trust that the person does have the qualification
that he/she purports to have and that he/she will indeed train you to
the highest standard. Or you can gather information on Thai cooking –
books, videos, actually sample the food at restaurants - so that you have
some reference point with which you can discern whether the claims made
by the person are indeed accurate.
If you choose to trust the person, without gathering information about
what Thai cooking is, and you pay $$$$ dollars and all you learn is how
to boil rice then you might accept that you have become a master chef
in Thai cooking but the reality is that you have not. Feedback from the
world when you start cooking for family or friends or attempt to open
your own Thai restaurant will let you know in no uncertain terms that
you have been conned.
in a more critical situation what would you do if you discovered that
someone close to you was to be operated on by a Brain Surgeon who did
"the short course"?
This, unfortunately, is where we find NLP today; many organizations purporting
to offer the best, most comprehensive NLP training and the reality is
that they are not. So how can you ensure that you are indeed getting what
you are paying for?
We propose that the general public has the right to ask any organisation
purporting to offer comprehensive training in NLP whether it covers all
the material in the Graduate Certificate in face-to-face training, and
can they produce the necessary material for public perusal? Can the organisation
produce their syllabus, outcomes and required competencies, that are necessary
for any person to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in NLP?
We are not suggesting that these organizations stop teaching NLP. Everyone
can benefit from learning NLP applications for use in: parenting, sport,
sales, management, communication skills, project management, teaching,
therapy, life coaching, presentation skills… and many other applications.
We are suggesting that unless they are teaching the Graduate Certificate
in NLP that they label their courses as applications of NLP or call then
something else. You as the consumer have the right to ask any organisation;
• To show how their course is as, or more, comprehensive than the graduate
Certificate in NLP by making available the course syllabus, outcomes and
• Offering training that is less than the Graduate Certificate of NLP
(forty (40) or 130 hours face-to-face and two (2) days examination) what
parts of the course they have left out of the face-to-face format.
do they test the competencies of their students?
• If they make the distinction between process and content in their training.
• If they present any beliefs, ideals, or values as part of their NLP
training. NLP contains no beliefs, ideals, or values.
If you are interested in learning NLP, its applications or the Graduate
Certificate of NLP, you have the right to gather all the information you
need to ensure that the training you pay for satisfies your criteria for
quality and indeed presents all the information, that the organisation
says is in its courses, in a face-to-face format. As stated above, if
any organisation purports to offer the most comprehensive NLP content
and certification for NLP Consultant then you have every right to ask
for evidence that the course matches or exceeds the course content as
presented in the Graduate Certificate of NLP.
For more information contact Keith Gilbert at,
or visit the Inspiritive website at,
the NLP Knowledge Centre
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by Keith Gilbert