Jon Christensen  MS, MSed, LPC, CRC


I.               Introductions and Expectations of the Group:  What do you hope to gain from the presentation?  What have you learned from communicating with your clients?  What frustrates you?

II.             The path to NLP:  1975-1980:

a.     Fritz Pearls, Carl Rogers,  - Client centered stuff

b.     Max Multxby , Albert Ellis (RET)  Bill Glasser (Reality) , Parent Adult Child  (TA)

c.      PET, Under Achievers, Hazelden,

They all did something, none did everything.  Some very lacking. The core was missing – just help your client communicate their needs and all would be wonderful. 

III.           Birth of the Wheel Barrow:  Not right or wrong, but effective.  Respect that your client is competent to solve problems, but lacks the tools.  Bandler, Grinder, Satir, Milton Erickson, Baetson

IV.            Main components:

a.     We are communicating beings who have never been taught to effectively communicate – to give and receive messages accurately.  To understand the intent of our message and put it into a form that is accepted and understood by our audience.  To understand that all communication is a manipulation.  That it is impossible to not communicate.  That the meaning of our communication is the result we get (Jon’s Meta Laws)

b.     That we can be grouped into four primary representational systems: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory/gustatory.  That when stressed, we revert back to our primary system, although when relaxed we can communicate in all of them.  HO comparison of rep systems)

c.      That what goes on inside our head is at least as important as what comes out of our mouth.  And, our mouth often lies or distorts, but our body always tells the truth.  (Eye movement chart and demo)

d.     That our choice of words defines both our internal and external world.  We often don’t accurately understand the words we use; often don’t accurately understand the words others use; limit our world to invalid belief systems,   (nominalizations, generalizations distortions, mind reading, assuming, personalizing)  We don’t listen.  50% of shared information is never received, or distorted upon reception, or upon translation into our view of the world)_

V.              How to intervene:  Pattern interruption, understanding the language of the client, changing beliefs, anchoring.

VI.            Brave new worlds:  Tony Robbins, Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Solution focused interventions. 

VII.          Science and Spirituality,:  The Four Agreements, The Secret, The Celestine Prophesy, Chakras, Quantum Mechanics, Archetypes:  What does that have to do with rehab counselors?

a.     What do clients have to say about why their impairments happened to them?  How did that change their view of the world, their view of themselves, trust, vulnerability.?

b.     How open or closed is their world?  How many paths (choices) do they feel they have open to them?  What motivates them, who inspires them?  Where do they find the strength to do what they have to do?

c.      How do they overcome barriers – do they know what their barriers are?  How accurately can they describe them – to you, to themselves?

d.     How in touch with themselves are they?  Can they identify their thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, internal allies?

e.     What do they understand about their fear?  Do they know how to use fear as a resource, and as doorway to opportunity?

VIII: Out of the Swamp:  Putting it all together.