38th EANLPt Conference - Athens (Greece), 07. - 09. November 2014
"Narratives - Meanings - Change"

a non profit scientific NLPt conference

Narratives and metaphors are first the "theories" in human life that give meanings and directions for development.
In psychotherapy we work with our clients on either adapting the narrative or the meaning - or both for lasting development called change.
This NLPt conference will focus around that topic with an emphasis both on its philosophy and methodology.

We invite you to participate!



John S. Bailey Library - Upper Level
DEREE - The American College of Greece
6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi, Athens

Hotel Museum
16 Bouboulinas str. Mouseio,10682( Behind the National Archeological Museum)
info@museum-hotel.gr, www.museum-hotel.gr
We have a special rate for EANLPt conference participants!


conference service charge for saturday, 08.11.2014: EUR 40,- (exception for EANLPt officers/representatives with membership fees paid and for presenters)
service charge for fulltime students with valid student ID card: EUR 25,-
Please pay directly at the conference.



thursday, 06.11.2014

19.00 Welcome drink
Location will be mailed to registered conference participants


friday, 07.11.2014

10.00 - 13.00
city tour in Athens
If you want to join, please send us an email to info@eanlpt.org till latest 03.11.2014. It's free for all foreign participants, all others pay EUR 12,-.

13.00 - 15.00 working lunch of TSC and executive

15.30 - 16.30 country board

17.00 - 19.00
mindfulness dialogue intervision. moderation: Catharine Tamisier (France)
location: The Museum Hotel, 16 Bouboulinas str. Mouseio,10682( Behind the National Archeological Museum)
info@museum-hotel.gr, www.museum-hotel.gr

saturday, 08.11.2014 - conference day

09.00 - 09.30 Registration

09.30 - 09.45 Welcome
by Catalin Zaharia (EANLPt president), Peter Schuetz (EANLPt secretary general) and Alexandra Efthymiadou (director of NLP Greece)

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09.45 - 10.30
Alexandra Efthimiadou, PhD (Greece):
The Risk of ambiguity in metaphors

Although the use of metaphors is a valuable technique in therapy, there is a risk that a client’s perception may differ from that of the therapist. Interestingly, in other settings metaphors have been used precisely because they do entail an element of ambiguity.

A metaphor defined as a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar, enables to associate an issue with a real-life situation. Therapists understanding the transformative power of metaphor may help clients break a deadlock and lead to a solution of the problem, a lasting development called “change.”

Is there a risk in using metaphors? Communication, or rather miscommunication, is widely acknowledged as the cause of many problems both in organizational and personal settings. And often the cause of miscommunication is the specter of perception. People, whether they are customers or individuals in personal or family settings, are prisoners of Perzeption. Needless to say that therapy clients are no exception.

While therapists try to minimize ambiguity in using metaphors, there is another whole group of entities that have used metaphors precisely because they offer the convenience of ambiguity.

The Delphic Oracle was respected throughout the Greek world and even in neighboring countries. Both rich individuals and states consulted the oracle when facing dilemmas or before major undertakings. Modern marketers would be interested in the procedure: Sometimes petitioners sought advice and at other times submitted a plan of action for approval and/or comments. So how did the oracle at Delphi manage to acquire a sterling reputation for accuracy of the solution proposed?

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10.30 - 11.15
Melita Reiner, M.Sc. (Croatia): The Hero’s Journey –a Story of Personal Growth and Development

The Heroe’s Journey is a monomyth introduced by psychologist and mythologist Joseph Campbell as an attempt to capture common patterns running through hero myths and stories from around the world, which many view as expressions of archetypal plots portraying the processes of psycho-spiritual development of human beings. In the presentation, the basic steps of the Hero’s Journey will be described, as well as their connection with some other theoretical approaches and real-life examples.

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11.15 - 11.45 coffee break

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11.45 - 12.30
Dan Stanescu, PhD (Romania): The Hero’s Journey of students “walking” the Narrative Mediation Path – an innovative methodology to foster individual change using reflexivity.

In analysing myths, Joseph Campbell proposed the monomyth or the Hero's Journey, a basic pattern, which comprises fundamental stages and structures identifiable in all narratives from different cultures and ages. Although the pattern was further refined and enriched according to the specifics of the narrative (myth, fairy tale, dream, movie etc.) the common structural elements of the Hero's Journey from the ordinary world to a challenging and unfamiliar world include: the departure, the initiation and the return. The hero who accepts to call to venture to the unknown, be it an outward journey (to an actual place) or an inward journey (one of the mind or the spirit) must face a series of tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance.

Using the monomyth or the Hero's Journey, we aim at presenting the experience of the Romanian non-traditional students who answered the call for the Narrative Mediation Path proposed within the INSTALL (Innovative Solutions To Acquire Learning to Learn) project. NMP, based on the psychological concept of mentalization, also known as reflexive competence, combines into one methodology four discursive modules: Metaphoric, Iconographic, Writing and Bodily.

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12.30 - 13.15
Riita Malkamäki (Finland):
The thin story and/or the rich story. Narrative therapy in NLPt.

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13.15 - 14.45 lunch break

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14.45 - 15.30
Despina-Maria Kefalidou (Greece): The use of metaphors in the counselling process

In this presentation, we propose aspects of the counselling process where the use of metaphors can be an effective tool in helping the client deal with his/her difficulties and assist the counsellor to reach his/her client’s unconscious part.

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15.30 - 16.15
Catharine Tamisier (France):
How does it work

All the psychotherapists use metaphors for therapeutic work. And all the psychotherapists know their therapeutic power. But, finally, what does it work ? How the metaphors operate and why ?
We are going to explore some possibilities inside this immense communication field.

Catherine Tamisier is a french psychologist and psychotherapist, ECP holder, NLP and hypnosis trainer (Society of NLP), NLPt trainer and supervisor, psychotherapy practitioner since more 25 years.
She is also Vice President of EANLPt.

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16.15 - 16.45 coffee break

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16.45 - 17.30
Myrto Raftopoulou, PhD (Greece):
The power of "living" metaphors

Metaphor is an integral part of the New Code of NLP as it provides a framework for facilitating change and developing new choices through stories, but also through activities and examples that on the surface seem unrelated to the matter in hand. According to John Grinder, “all which is not concrete is metaphoric”. This involves the vast majority of our experiences in our everyday lives.

Tasking asks the question: “What is missing here?” and creates the conditions for the person to develop the skill, competency, knowledge, awareness that if they had would make a difference in their life. The task is metaphorical, so that the ‘solution’ to the person’s problem is implicit. In this case the metaphor is mapped from the linguistic to the behavioural realm, making it a ‘living’ metaphor. The focus of attention is shifted to an everyday experience that may seem as counter-intuitive, but enables the creation of new associations in the person’s mind.

Myrto Raftopoulou is a Licenced/Certified NLP Trainer from the International Trainers Academy of NLP founded by the co-creator of NLP, John Grinder together with Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll and is the first and only Certified New Code Trainer of NLP in Greece. She has a long-standing collaboration as NLP trainer with nlpingreece as well as with NLP schools in Amsterdam, Portugal and the UK. She has also a private practice as NLP Trainer and Coach and Practitioner of Time Line Therapy. She holds a phD in Cell Biology and also works as a freelance editor for the science publishing house Nature Publishing Group in London (UK).

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17.30 - 18.00
Peter Schutz, M.Sc. MBA (Austria):
Narratives in youtube as intervention elements for psychotherapy and groups.

Youtube has changed the perception and presentaion of narratives. NLPt, coming from a Gestalt, systemic and hypnotherapeutic traditidion is very much used to utilize what is there, both from the client and the metaphors of the outside world. The visual and auditory quality of well made youtube videos not only are a challenge for the traditional storytelling psychotherapist, but create good opportunites for reflecive dialogue with their patient.

Peter Schütz is NLPt teaching psychotherapist & health psychologist. www.schuetz.at/ps

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18.00 - 18.30
Ms. Chris Stavridou & traditional organ player:
Traditional storytelling based on the school and the studies of Prof. Claude Levi Strauss
Up to 5 thematic nested stories in local language - motto “ no incurable change without stories”.

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18.30 - 19.00
panel review of the conference with all presenters and organisers

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20.00 - 23.00 Dinner party organised bei NLP Greece


sunday, 09.11.2014

09.30 - 10.30
executive & TSC breakfast