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As a community of professional therapists and coaches using NLPt, we want to maintain a rich shared resource of CPD resources (books, courses, articles, video etc) that we can all benefit from.  Heres what other NLPtCA members have offered to share with you. 

This page is updated at the beginning of each calendar month.  Check back for new CPD resources and opportunities each month.  Remember to reference NLPtCAs CPD policy on what counts as eligible CPD for Accreditation/Re-accreditation purposes.

For training and workshops offered by NLPtCA members, see our Training and Events listings.

I Was Shocked! by Harry Norman

In 1994 I attended the course ‘Common Sense Therapy: Rediscovering “What Works” in Clinical Practice’ with Scott Miller. I remember him saying “Meta-analytic studies show that the majority of change happens in the first eight sessions - whatever the model of the therapist!” I was shocked! Then he grinned and said “Or you could say that research show that the majority of change happens in the first eight sessions of therapy - and it’s only the brief therapists that notice and are pleased!”

He's still a practitioner, a research wonk, and he still has a sense of humour.

Welcome to “Supershrinks - Learning from the Field's Most Effective Practitioners” - a recent interview with him.

Sue Tupling recommends: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241976588/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_KzU3Cb6XFNNED

By Susan David

Sue's comments - 

I found the book easy and enjoyable to read. As an advanced master Practitioner of NLP and an NLPt Psychotherapist, I knew and recognised much of the content. However, the book is very NLP friendly. I'm wondering if the author has some background in the subject.

The learnings from the book are easy to digest and quick to apply, whether that's to your work or with your clients. I particularly liked the chapters on 'hooked' and how to unhook. This gets to the crux of what we work as in our therapy practice.The chapter on 'showing up', to me, is another reminder of practice what you preach. Work on showing up for yourself before you can work with others.

The next one 'stepping up' was my favourite, I think. Developing the insight and awareness to create the space where you can make the right emotional choices in your life. Like Viktor Frankl said in my favourite quote: 'Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom'.

She brings in Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow', in an easy-to-understand way. One again, reiterating Mr Kahneman's respect for the 'system 2' thought processes. These are slower, more deliberate and not quite so 'fashionable' in our current

model of the world. In short, this book met me where I am. I recognised its wisdom and value for ourselves, our families, children and, of course, our clients.

Patty Everitt recommends:

How Emotions Are Made - The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett 2018 Pan Books 

Lisa Feldman Barrett (LBF) presents her research and reviews the neurological research literature which, she argues, points toward the constructionist and away from the classical view of human emotions.

Neuroscience has shown that the brain predicts what it expects to happen next: what it expects to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense. It uses concepts, useful packages of sensation, to install those sensations as part of that predictive process and checks whether the prediction is valid or needs to be tweaked. Societies put a label on the package – often an emotion word.

I like the book and LBF’s style. Her crusade (my word) is to follow the evidence produced by neuroscience research and step back from seeing what you want to see. Her arguments and the way she argues fit nicely into my map of the world. Or am I seeing what I want to see?

For Patty's book review click here: Book Reviews

Bruce Grimley brings this journal to our attention;

 NLP does not often make it into good quality peer reviewed journals so it’s excellent news that “The International Coaching Psychology Review” has dedicated a complete edition to NLP: https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/international-coaching-psychology-review/international-coaching-psychology-review-vol-14-no-1-spring-2019.html

 While the subject matter is aimed primarily at the coaching community, specifically around the psychology of coaching, NLPt psychotherapists are also likely to find this perspective of interest.

 You might like to know …

The EANLP (European Association of NLP) is holding its conference in Zagreb from 21st-24th March 2019.  

On 23rd March the main topic will be “The new psychotherapy law in Croatia - practical implications for education and psychotherapy from the NLPt perspective”.

The conference organisers are calling for 30-45 minute presentations. Click here for Call for Papers Form

Fe Robinson reviews:  Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope

This beautiful book was written by Stephen Cope, a psychotherapist and experienced yogi.  I read it with a mind to deepen my yoga practice, but found it has a wealth of useful insights for my psychotherapeutic work.  I appreciate the way the author explains psychodynamic theory in a practical, applicable way, and explores the themes of conscious-unconscious integration, embodiment, and finding congruence with our deeper self.  His emphasis on wholeness and oneness put me in mind of Stephen Gilligan’s self-relations approach, truly it seems different models cover the same territory providing alternative maps.  I am pleased to have added Cope’s insights about bodily memory and strategies for releasing trauma to my toolkit.  His book is a good read for anyone interested in spirituality, trauma and mind-body connection in a therapeutic context.

Joanna Taylor has found this an excellent resource for effective ways of communicating and recommends:

Nonviolent Communication -- A Language of Life (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg

If "violent" means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate - judging others, blaming, speaking without listening, criticising others or ourselves - could indeed be labelled "violent communication".  Non-Violent Communication introduces a way of being very honest, without any criticism, insults or put-downs, and without any intellectual diagnosis implying wrongness.  Watch the short clip from psychologist Marshall Rosenberg below:


Patty Everitt recommends the creative writing workshops of Julia McGuiness:

Further Pathways Through the Page – a one day workshop by Julia McGuiness

I attended one of Julia McGuiness’s CPD workshops in 2016: “Writing as Therapy - with our clients, for ourselves”. It was held in the charming Gladstone Library (as is this one), Hawarden, Flintshire.

Julia is an excellent presenter and facilitator and this creative workshop gave me different perspectives about how I can help clients notice their motivations and limiting beliefs.

I have used some of the workshop exercises with my own clients – particularly those who enjoy writing, reading or just using words. It has been an excellent way of helping clients notice what they are thinking and feeling by reducing the interference from, and filtering by the conscious mind.

It’s been helpful to me too.

 Further Pathways Through the Page - CPD - Jan-19.pdf

Patty Everitt reviews:

Retelling The Stories of Our lives Everyday Narrative Therapy To Draw Inspiration and Transform Experience, by David Denborough

David Denborough has written a very accessible book for both those looking to help themselves and for therapists to help their clients. He presents some gentle and affirming activities specifically for survivors of abuse or trauma. The activities are designed to re-resource the reader by helping them identify their own strengths and survival strategies.

Deidre Tidy recommends:

Recently I have become involved in working with individuals who are addicted to porn/ sex and two useful books, I can recommend are:

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction by Gary Wilson - Practical ideas as well as case studies, where former addicts talk about the actions they took to help themselves.

Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction by Paula Hall - Good overview of treatment history and main methodologies used today.

Richard Evans-Lacey shares Hedy Schleifer's work

"I found aspects of Hedy Schleifer's work useful for giving me a root for my couples' therapy.  I've changed a few things to make it my own, including by integrating some 'clean language' influences. Richard Evans-Lacey" 


Bruce Grimley on goal setting (well-formed outcomes)

"This blog, by Bruce Grimley, was first  published on LinkedIn. In it he re-visits key aspects for goal setting (creating well-formed outcomes) in the specific context of coaching and offers some useful additions to standard NLP and SMART approaches. This is just as relevant in the psychotherapeutic context for Future Pacing clients as well as helping to establish their desired Outcomes." 


Re-Use, Re-Cycle CPD!

Do you already

·      Blog or Vlog? 

·      Video your training or supervision demos and publish them online? 

·      Write therapy or case-study related articles? 

·      Attend real-world or online training and/or workshop sessions that youd recommend to other therapists/coaches? 

·      Read therapy-related articles online?

·      Write client case studies for any professional purpose that youd be happy to disseminate amongst your NLPt peers? 

Share it when you do it to admin@nlptca.com

What to Share

One share a month from each of us creates a rich source of CPD opportunities for all

Whether youre a therapist or a coach using NLPt, share relevant CPD activities and/or resources (books, courses, articles, video etc) youve experienced and well share it here for all members to access.  Each month well highlight the latest CPD posts back to you. 

Eligible CPD (Accredited members) is explained in NLPtCAs CPD policy.  While the policy says that CPD in any recognised modality counts as eligible CPD, we also heard voiced at the 2018 Member Event that support to re-connect with the fundamentals of NLPt and modelling, as a key differentiator of NLPt from other modalities, would be particularly useful to members.  

If youre a trainer and offer training courses or workshops, share these on the NLPtCA Calendar using this document.

How to Share

Heres how to share your activities and/or the resources youve experienced:

1. For posts on online platforms (eg Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) that have a share button, simply share by email to admin@nlptca.com and well pick up the content

2. For anything else, email admin@nlptca.com either with a link to the material youd like to share or attach material for sharing.

However you share, please include the following minimum information:

·   Subject of the CPD [make it meaningful for others]

·  A sentence on what you found good/useful about it [ie why youd like to share it with other NLPt professionals]

When to Share

Anytime - You can share your CPD ideas with other members at any time.  Any time youre posting, commenting on or using useful resources online remember to hit the share by email button and send to us.

Or Monthly contact - Well email a reminder to share your CPD ideas around the 14th of each month and will aim to refresh the CPD sharing space on the web site by the 1st of the following month.  


NLPtCA does not warrant or endorse any CPD resource or reference provided by members for promotion to other members or the public.  NLPtCA does not validate or endorse a CPD resource or reference provided by members as being eligible CPD under its CPD Policy.

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