Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) is made up of three parts:
- neuro -brain/mind how we think and feel
- linguistic -how we use language to influence others and ourselves
- 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 then 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 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.
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.
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.
Dates & Locations:
Friday 26 November, 9am - 1pm
This workshop will be delivered using ZOOM.