I am excited to be delivering a training event that is used to support people in disaster zones recover from some of life’s hardest experiences. The training delivers the latest neuroscience and research on Resilience together with tools that help people to process an experience in their brains in the same way that we naturally process memories when we know we are no longer in danger. The creator of this event, Richard Bolstad, has delivered it in post-war Bosnia, after the Tsunami in Japan, and the earthquakes in Samoa and New Zealand to create NLP Trauma Response Teams.
If you are interested in learning about this topic, but not sure about the application of NLP, this article is intended to give you a little bit of an insight into how this methodology can help with Resilience. As a result of the current conditions, the training is now available online for the first time.
NLP is the study of success. It’s a new field developed in the 1970s in the United States of America, based on a set of very precise ways to identify how someone who is successful is achieving results. It was originally informed by early findings of neuroplasticity, and more recent research has helped explain how one of its most powerful techniques, ‘The NLP Trauma Cure’ actually works in our brain.
Like the related field of Psychology, NLP has applications in so many places that you have almost certainly heard of it under other names already. For example, in personal development, NLP is the science behind most of what superstar Tony Robbins teaches. In education, the application of NLP is known as Accelerated Learning. NLP can also be used to study how excellent sportspeople win competitions, how high achieving managers create winning teams, how healthy people heal from illnesses quickly, or how people with photographic memory achieve total recall.
When it was first developed NLP was picked up as alternative psychotherapy and studied by people that wanted to help others create real shifts in ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, without having to ‘relive’ past traumas. This has always meant that NLP has stood apart from the majority of methods used in counselling and therapy. In recent decades the rise of Coaching as a framework that is non-diagnostic (does not seek to categorise someone’s experience in a medical model) has formed a frame for NLP to be studied again for this purpose.
In the intervening years, it has received much criticism for not being based in science. In fact, it is based in social science, as opposed to the hard sciences. And, more recently projects to research and consolidate findings re NLP in practice have begun to bear fruit.
An extensive catalogue of NLP research is kept on the internet by the University of Bielefeld in Germany, and can be reached at www.nlp.de/research/ It includes research studies showing that NLP processes can increase memory by 61%, or eliminate the problems of post-traumatic stress disorder in one session. In 1990 and 1992 Psychological Reports published research on the effects of NLP Practitioner training showing that those attending increase their sense of being in control of their lives, reduce the level of anxiety in their life, and demonstrate higher “self-actualisation”.
NLP provides precise tools for quickly accessing the state of mind you want to be in, for setting and achieving realistic goals, for finding more useful meanings and new self-definitions, and for letting go of past distress and creating learnings from the past.
The Resilience training collects together research-based NLP tools that can be used professionally by Coaches, Counsellors, or Therapists who wish to help others recover from difficult experiences. It can also be useful to people who just want to help themselves. This information and the tools provided help you be optimistic that it is possible to recover from some of the hardest things that life throws our way.
At the beginning of 2020, the Bushfires in Australia put me on a trajectory to deliver the Resilience training to people who at the time were keen to volunteer to help people recover from that crisis. Just as that project began to hit the ground, the Covid19 crisis took over and within a matter of weeks, all the in-person trainings were cancelled around Australia. Now, I am really glad to say that I have permission to deliver the program online as a live and interactive event over a 4 week period, so wherever you are in the world, whatever your background, you are able to discover this amazing information and experience some of the most powerful tools NLP has to offer for changing lives.