Monday, 7 April 2008

How NLP training is organised

How NLP training is organised

The first NLP training was by means of workshops or seminars and this has remained one of the principal forms by which the model has been transmitted. The emphasis is always on “the activation of people’s existing unconscious competence” as Robert Dilts puts it and this implies that the training should have a strong practical component with the participants discovering, integrating and applying skills and techniques. This approach is congruent with the core purpose of NLP which is to model the excellence of others. A theoretical basis is given and part of this consists of reading to be done at home which can complement the activities in class.

A sequence of intensive training exists for those who wish to acquire a more complete range of NLP skills.
The first level of training is the Practitioner Training. It involves between 130 and 150 hours of direct training in the form of practical activities and guided practice. This level gives students acquaintance with the methodology and many of the techniques comprising NLP.

At the following level, the Master Practitioner Training, participants blend the intellectual and the experiential. They learn to embody the spirit of NLP, discover yet more techniques and acquire the ability to model an excellence as completely as possible. This training also lasts about 150 hours.

A third level is that of Trainer Training focusing on the capacities and role of the NLP Trainer and there is a fourth level which is the Master Trainer Training.

No one single body certifies NLP Training although there are some principal certifying organisations to which most of the major schools belong. These are: International NLP, the Society of NLP and ANLP (UK). These societies establish guidelines as to course length and content and their certificates give international recognition to those who satisfactorily complete the assessment procedures. Certificates issued by these societies are statements of skill, attesting to the ability of the student to apply NLP techniques appropriately and with due care and attention. In addition, a school or trainer will usually supply a certificate of attendance for completing the required hours of attendance and participation on the course. As yet, the appearance of “official” NLP degrees and diplomas backed by Ministries of Education has been sporadic. NLP Training is increasing at a tertiary level and a number of tertiary training bodies in the world have been given official recognition for their courses. This development is still relatively new and the acceptance of NLP as a course at this level is in its infancy. More common is the inclusion of NLP training as an element in courses run by professional bodies such as those organised by therapists, coaches, sports trainers and business administrators.

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