Welcome to The NLP Connection, Christina M. Hall, Ph.D.

The Society of NLP. The NLP Connection.

Criteria for Certification as a Practitioner
in the Art of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The set of basic skills of communication competency can be organized as Input Skills (detection), Internal Representation Skills (processing, recognition) and Behavioral Output Skills (utilization). Each of the major content areas listed below consists of this set of basic skills.

At the Practitioner level, participants should be able to demonstrate a fundamental ability to utilize the basic concepts, skills, processes/techniques and patterns of NLP. It is important that Practitioners come to understand and appreciate NLP as more than only a set of techniques.

The NLP Co-Developers have always emphasized that NLP represents an approach, an attitude and a methodology supported by a major set of operational presuppositions, values and modeling skills that have produced very effective techniques.

Practitioners should begin the process of internalizing and integrating the NLP Operational Presuppositions into their thinking and behavior. Additionally, the experiences of Practitioner training should emphasis the development of greater flexibility in thinking in ways that open up new avenues of discovery, learning, creativity and change for themselves and others.

  1. Representational Systems:
    • detect representational systems and sequences of representation systems through the accessing cues of the primary sensory modalities (VAKGO).
    • make sub-modality distinctions in all primary representational systems.
    • resequence habitual representational system sequences.
    • demonstrate the ability to access information in each of the primary sensory systems.
    • demonstrate the ability to communicate in all primary sensory modalities.
    • overlap and translate representational systems.
    • detect and make distinctions between simultaneous and sequential incongruities.
  2. Rapport-building: Establish rapport (pace and lead) in all representational systems, non- verbally and verbally, through mirroring, direct matching and indirect matching, using the following:
    • whole and part body postures, gestures and facial expressions, eye accessing movements.
    • intonation pattern (e.g., tone, tempo, volume)
    • breathing pattern
    • predicates
    • sub-modality accessing cues
    • the language patterns of the Meta Model and the Milton Model
  3. Anchoring:
    • elicit and install anchors in primary representational systems (in particular; visual, auditory and kinesthetic).
    • utilize basic anchoring principles and formats/techniques; directionalize and contextualize “resources” via basic anchoring formats. including, stacking anchors, amplifying anchors, collapsing (synchronizing) anchors, chaining anchors (i.e., sequencing responses), change personal history, the Phobia Cure), and future-pacing.
  4. Language Patterns: Detect and utilize the linguistic distinctions of the Meta Model and the Milton Model as information-gathering and information-organizing tools.
  5. Outcome Framing: Elicit well-formed and ecological outcomes/goals, including the set of distinctions called the well-formedness-conditions; utilize Backtrack, “As-If,” Relevancy and Ecology Frames. 6. Reframing: utilize basic reframing techniques, including, Content and Context Reframing; Reversing the Behavioral Presupposition; 6-Step Reframing Procedures; Negotiation models (including the Visual Squash).
  6. Sub-Modalities: utilize basic sub-modality technology, including the principles of “critical sub-modalities and contrastive analysis, belief changes, Swish Pattern, and the collection of techniques referred to as “timeline.”
  7. Strategies: Demonstrate basic strategy elicitation and utilization skills.
  8. Trance: demonstrate basic trance induction and utilization procedures, the language patterns of the Meta Model and the Milton Model (e.g., analog marking, embedded suggestions, etc.)