Certification in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), DHE, and Ericksonian Hypnosis
| There is unfortunately no
commonly agreed upon certifying agent in the NLP community. Many NLP centers
give out their own certifications, which may mean that a recipient has demonstrated
certain skill levels, or which may mean that the recipient's check cleared.
Certification is tricky, because the field is quite young. Many NLP certification programs teach material in the order it was developed, rather than considering how to package it, now that twenty years' worth of pieces are known. The Dynamic Learning Center, The First Institute, and NLP of New Jersey revise their program substantially as new models are developed.
A rule of thumb: if your training program is a lot like the book Frogs into Princes, it's almost two decades out of date.
The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the oldest certifying body, and has set the standard categories for which certification is usually awarded.
The most common certification categories within NLP are:
The skills are divided among the levels with higher levels doing more pervasive changework. A Practitioner has skills to change a specific incident, fix a trauma, etc. A Master Practitioner understands and changes underlying beliefs and cognitive structures, which affect more of a person's life.
The Practitioner level training also covers the basics: developing sensory acuity, anchoring, and stuff like that. Most training organizations I know consider practitioners to be the "dabblers," while the MPs and above are considered to be more serious students. Thus, the MP programs are often more demanking up their own designations and certifications, these days. Some institutes have seminars in specific NLP applications, and they certify you for those applications.
My biased recommendation:
These are some of the organizations which certify people in NLP skills. Click on the name of an organization for more information about that organization.
Advanced Neuro-Dynamics offers certification as an NLP Trainer.
The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the original certifying body created in the field of NLP.
The First Institute is Richard Bandler's training organization. They certify all levels of NLP, as well as Design Human Engineering(tm).
Advanced Communication Training offers certification for NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer and Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis.
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