NLP is an approach to people-helping based on a Cognitive Behavioral Approach to how and why we do what we do. As training in NLP evolved, three levels of NLP certification became ‘the norm’. Practitioner Level, Master Practitioner and Trainer (Master Trainer).
These seem to imply that NLP was learned to set up a professional practice (i.e., become a therapist); the Master Practitioner was awarded to those who developed an ‘expert status’ in the professional practice of NLP and, finally, the Teacher certification was given to those who could teach others. Since NLP is the study of subjective, personal experience, it makes sense that the practitioner needs to start with themselves. Hence the aim, in my way of thinking, of a Practitioner Level, is to develop and explore the techniques through self-practice and self-reflection.
Once this level of self-learning has been undertaken, the next level is to become a Practitioner in terms of helping others. In the training run by Inspire NLP, the distinction is thus between a Practitioner (in terms of understanding the Theory and Practice of NLP) and a Registered Practitioner who starts to work therapeutically with others. The Master Practitioner is thus an individual who has undergone further hands-on and extended training, so they can become more fully engaged in the development of NLP as an attitude and approach. The Teacher then is a Master Practitioner who is drawn to teach those seeking instruction in NLP.
I have an issue with some NLP Training Courses. The notion that all of this can be accomplished within an ‘accelerated time frame’. Of course, the theory can be taught and terms can be defined – the knowledge (superficial learning), but not as for understanding and application (deep learning).
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