NLP Practitioner Competencies
Below is a minimum set of competencies expected of an NLP Practitioner who has attended an ITA certified NLP Practitioner course. This list is not exhaustive and some trainers may include additional patterning. We suggest you check with the Training Institutes for their syllabuses. Some Institutes teach patterning that is specific to type of field or business, i.e. health applications, coaching, business, education etc. Again, we suggest you check with each institute for any specific applications.
Minimum Classic Code NLP Practitioner Competencies
Calibration (input channels)
- Being able to calibrate in each of the sensory input channels (please notice that we distinguish between ‘sensory input channel’ and ‘representational system’), visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
- The ability to distinguish between conscious and unconscious signals in non-verbal communication.
- Mirroring - Visual, auditory
- Cross-over mirroring - Visual, auditory Alignments (including rep. systems manipulation)
The ability to detect the preferred representational system by:
- Eye movements
- Voice quality
- The ability to rapidly and smoothly adjust your communication (both verbal and non-verbal) to the preferred system of the client.
- Overlap of representational systems as a method of inducing in the client whichever system they do not have access to, and use in pacing and leading the client from one representational system to the other (all 3 – V, A, K)
- Identification and utilisation of ordered sequences of representational systems, (sometimes referred to as strategies)
- Synesthesia patterns
- Submodalities and their use both as interventions (e.g. SWISH) and as barometers of the effectiveness of change techniques (for example, reports from clients immediately after doing a New Code game are full of descriptions of the submodality changes induced by the change of state)
- Verbal package
- The two specification questions:
- Nouns: Which/What ________, specifically?
- Verbs: ______________, how specifically?
Methods of verifying map alignment (paraphrase, for example)
- The Intention question
- Modal operators and universal quantifiers
- Frank Farrelley’s provocation method (deliberate selection of ‘wrong’ and outrageous interpretation in order to provoke the client to ‘correct’ the agent of change and thereby offer a more grounded verbal representation)
Minimum metaphor competency
- Isomorphic/homomorphic mappings
- Naturalistic metaphors
- Metaphors using anchoring to specify to the client’s unconscious mind the elements in the metaphor that correspond to specific elements in the presenting problem or challenge.
- Living metaphors
- Logical levels and logical types (defined in Whispering)
- The ability to establish and successfully re-activate anchors in each of the three major input channels (V A K, and also spatially)
- Use of anchoring in change formats
- Change personal history/re-imprinting
- Collapse of anchors
- Time line interventions
- Circle of excellence (spatial anchoring)
Multiple perceptual positions
With special emphasis on triple description (the use of 1st, 2nd and 3rd position), with full competency to move quickly and cleanly between these perceptual positions.
Chain of Excellence
Epistemology (from Whispering) with f1, FA and f2
- F1 Transforms
- First Access
- F2 Transforms
- Linguistic Representations
Being able to recognise the above distinctions and how they impact mental processing at different points of representation.
Being able to design interventions and understand the leverage point of that intervention in the epistemological distinction.
Simple hypnotic patterning
Using inductions and language patterns (portions of the Milton Model) to utilise both deliberate and spontaneously occurring altered states.
Involuntary signal systems
- Arbitrary involuntary systems (like those found in step two of Six Step Reframing)
- Use of natural involuntary systems (pain and sensations associated with health, disease and dreams)
- Methods for assisting people who are disassociated kinesthetically to develop signals – the orienting response
N-Step Reframing (old Six Step Reframing)
- Calibrating and working with clients involuntary unconscious signals
- Working with ‘unconscious intention’, again through calibrating and working with involuntary unconscious signals
Tasking (especially for changing belief systems)
- Listening off the top for semantically packed words.
- Being able to set parallel tasks, that are isomorphic to the client’s ‘present issue’ to create change in the clients circumstances with the direct involvement of the client’s conscious mind.
- Recognise parts as a metaphor
- Negotiation between parts
- Parts integration
- Building a team
Minimum New Code NLP Competencies
New Code games and activities:
- Alphabet game
- Breath of Life
- Walk with Grace and Power (X and Y)
- Rhythms of Life
- Peripheral vision drills
- Auto application of New Code activities (balance on railroad track)