“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Arthur C. Clarke)

Friday 27 September, 9am - 3pm

This workshop was previously advertised for 24 May

Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) is made up of three parts: 

  1. neuro -brain/mind how we think and feel 

  2. linguistic -how we use language to influence others and ourselves 

  3. programming – how we achieve the goals we set. 

NLP started with the book by Bandler and Grinder 1979 – frogs into princes. It set off a wave of training and intervention. An NLP practitioner will talk about patients running the wrong programme e.g. you are wanting to write a novel but you are using powerpoint not Word - you would be more effective with Word open. It is all about subjective experience which has a structure. So if you change the structure you can change the experience. 

For example if you ask a patient with chronic pain what is the colour of their pain they will confidently and quickly tell you it is red or black (not many other colours). You can then ask them to change it to a safer colour and move it away. This will seem strange to practitioners who not used to this model of looking at symptoms.

NLP has a mixed reputation as there are very few quality randomised trials in the clinical literature. Professor Arroll, together with others, has undertaken two randomised trials on NLP processes. These include the rapid phobia cure for fear of heights (the largest study done to date) and the methodology was used for another phobia study by the Psychology Department at Oxford University. The other intervention is the “symptom shift” where you can reduce moderate stress (and pain) in a patient in a few minutes – it does come back but it shows the patient it is not part of them but something they can control. 

Learning Outcomes

What you will learn:

  • the rapid phobia cure for phobias
  • the symptom shift for worry and pain
  • the anchor process for dealing with upcoming stressful situations
  • the flyover future process for dealing with upcoming stressful situations

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in changing behaviour and dysfunctional thinking and this would include counsellors, social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses or anyone who deals with people in distress. 

This workshop is worth 15 points/6 hours CPD

About the presenter:

Bruce Arroll

Bruce is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland New Zealand and a practising GP at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa in South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients and those referred from his clinic colleagues as well as for people outside of the clinic.

Date :

Friday 27 September, 9am - 3pm
This workshop will be delivered using ZOOM. You will be sent the login details plus any pre-workshop material 1 week prior to the workshop.

Price & Registration Information

Standard Price: $250 per person including GST

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

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If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort: nathalie@grow.co.nz or ph: 021 066 9811

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Please email nathalie@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811