Future conference #1: 07.11.2020, ONLINE
organised by our colleguages from Poland
"Practice and Research"
We invite you to participate!
Call for papers (word document) - Call for papers (fillable pdf)
VENUE: for health reasons due to the pandemic it was decided to hold theconference and meetings via Zoom. We look forward to meet you in this digitalised frame.
Yes, it creates a few challenges, and gives a lot more opportunities for many dear colleguages in Europe and maybe around the globe.
SERVICE FEE: conference service charge for Saturday: EUR 20,- with online REGISTRATION and payment via PayPal (Free for EANLPt exec & countryboard members and presenters)
CONFERENCE LANGUAGE: the conference will be held in English
Conference Program, Saturday, 07.11.2020
09:30 - 09:55 Opening of the Conference by Cătălin Zaharia, PhD - EANLPt president and country host Benedykt Peczko
10:00 - 10:45 Dan Florin Stănescu: Symbol work – a different kind of externalization of inner reality (Romania)
The idea of the current paper is rooted in the definition of Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy as being a systemic imaginative method of psychotherapy with an integrative-cognitive approach and the fact that NLPt offers special consideration to the representation systems, metaphors and relations of a person. Moreover, NLPt put emphasis on an analogue presentation and externalization of inner realities, either by representing the perceptual positions or by objects (eanlpt.org).
In this respect, symbol work help expose, very quickly, patterns or themes of behaviour or reaction and hence activate or excite interest in self-discovery. By creating the symbolic structures in the sand adds the dimension of depth to the process of self-discovery and healing. Problems can be seen in a larger context as clients are presented with another map of the world, similarly with perceptual positions changing. By adopting different perspectives clients can gain more information and even possibilities to reframe things.By creating a world inside a sandtray, clients create a visual representation of the psyche’s contents, externalize their inner realities and reveals unconscious concerns that are inaccessible any other way. As materials contained in the unconscious emerges visually and symbolically, it is integrated into a person’s sense of self and can be activated to elicit behavioral change. Symbol work provides a way for material from the unconscious to become visible, healed, and integrated into the consciousness, thus allowing life to be lived in a more conscious and authentic way (Kalff, 2012).
Transformation can happen at the level of metaphor, as the figures are related to and arranged in relation to each other. Intrapsychic changes are facilitated which might remain unexplored in a more cognitively focused session. As we work with the symbols our issues, feelings, longings, fears and hopes can emerge, take tangible form and become clear to us. The symbols, laden with our meanings, can then be moved about, forming new relationships, new connections. While allowing issues to emerge for clarity and release, the connection between our inner and outer worlds helps us recognise direction in our lives and become more complete (Pearson & Wilson, 2001).
Symbol work also aids metacognition – thinking about thinking (Bateman & Fonagy, 2004). It acts as an aid for reflection, helping clients to think about their own cognitive processes (Allen, 2006). The aim is to encourage a client to explore and then discuss a specific situation or their feelings about it. It also gives the client an opportunity to draw upon a universal vocabulary, access to a language that can express their truth without the need for immediate conscious understanding.
About Dan Florin Stănescu: Associate professor at the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations and coordinator of the Social Cognition & Communication of Emotions Laboratory of the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. PhD in Clinical Psychology, Hamburg University. Experienced counselor/therapist with more than 16 years of clinical and private practice.
10:45 - 11:30 Alexandra Kušić: How to implement NLP in preschool educational system? (Croatia)
This presentation will explore the possibilities of implementing NLP in preschool institutions in Croatia. NLP offers valuable techniques and approaches to deal with everyday challenges that people who work, or are some other way involved in preschool education, face. The presentation will show the benefits of having NLP workshops in preschool institutions, as well as an overview of possible NLP workshops for all parties in preschool educational system (children, teachers, parents). In the end, the challenges of implementing NLP workshops and techniques in the preschool educational system in Croatia will be discussed. The aim is to present an idea of improving a formal system of preschool education with an informal education based on NLP, to discuss the possibilities of that in Croatia and possibly compare it to other countries.
Topic and subtopics are:
A. How to implement NLP in preschool educational system?
1. Areas of implementing NLP in preschool educational system
2. Benefits of implementing NLP in preschool educational system
3. Challenges of implementing NLP in preschool educational system
About Alexandra Kušić: I live and work in Zagreb, Croatia. I have a master's degree in social pedagogy and preschool education. After finishing my university, I decided to study to become a psychotherapist. I've chosen NLPt because of its postulates and its rich implementation possibilities. Last year, I finished my education and gained a certificate as an NLPt therapist. At the moment, I work in a preschool institution and am looking for ways to enrich its curriculum with NLP knowledge.
11:30 - 11:45 short break
11:45 - 12:30 Alexandra Efthimiadou: “Disobedience” - A fundamental component in the origins of scientific study (Greece)
The Cambridge Dictionary’s definition of “disobedience” is “refusing to do what someone in authority tells you to do” and it generally carries a negative connotation.
In the Ionian Enlightenment era, that took place in archaic Greece beginning in the 6th century BCE, is set the ground for advances in scientific thought and study, explanations on nature, and discovery of natural and rational causes behind observable phenomena.
This movement began by small numbers of forward-thinking Greeks like Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Pythagoras, from cities such as Miletus, Samos, and Halicarnassus. Thales of Miletus, c. 600 BCE, first developed the idea that the world can be explained without resorting to supernatural explanations.
These ancient critical thinkers, like hackers employed to discover flaws and challenge vulnerabilities in the systems of contemporary technology organizations, set the pace and blazed the trail that led to technological advancements and mankind’s achievements.
The presentation aims at a brief historic review of the works and days of the Ionian Enlighment Era revolutionary contributors in the various fields and the key elements that would attribute them “disobedience”.
About Alexandra Efthiumiadou: She is founder of nlpgreece® since 1998. With initial studies in Psychology, a Master's degree in Social Science, Birmingham University,UK and a PhD in Human Resource Management, University of Georgia, USA, she approaches the human potential in a systemic way and provides people with leading-edge methodologies aiming to release their resourcefulness & generativity in paradigm shifts. She served as a key contributor to the Synolic® Human Resource Development model (by Alan Barratt and D. Patrick Georges), enrichment, by combining it with the Neuro-linguistics system of applications for depicting how people code the information inside their minds and how to repattern their path to new potentials. A Global NLP Master Trainer, she cooperates with NLP University, Santa Cruz, California, Dilts Strategy Group, Delozier & Associates, allies with a global network of strategic experts to explore the full potential of the latest discoveries in modeling human excellence, and design human thinking processes and new generation methodologies to contextualize the NLP and to impact in different fields of application: Medical, Education, Business, Professional coaching / counseling.
Her academic projects, applying the NLP system include, HEC – Paris, Executive Coaching program – The Socratic methodology in Coaching questions, Post graduate program CSAP – The Synolic® Approach to HRD & the system of NLP in the technology of change, University of Athens, Greece, Kapodistriako ( EKΠA) - Dental School – the NLP system in the Effective Communication for Dentists & Dental Assistants.
Her author credits include the books: NLP – Neuro-linguistic Programming Demythologised, and Parto Allios (a very Greek expression, one of its meanings being “think how you think and think it over”) and the article: The Risk of Ambiguity in Metaphors, Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, Vol 21, No 4, Dec 2018.
12:30 - 13:15 Brian Cullen: Exploring Magic Moments (Japan)
This presentation shares some of the results of a research study into magic moments, considered in this study to be those moments when people really feel alive. The study also demonstrates how the tools of NLP can be utilized within research in the field of positive psychology and other areas.
Despite the magic-like advances in modern technology, people do not seem to be experiencing a corresponding increase in magic moments in their lives. They may even be experiencing a deteriorating quality of subjective experience and lower happiness. Much of this has been ironically tied to the loss of social connections through modern technology, particularly with the increased prevalence in social media and continuous newsfeeds (Bartolini et al, 2013). By losing much of the richness of life which derives from our interactions with other humans, many people do not have enough magic in their lives. Apathy, disengagement, burnout are increasing in the workplace, schools and everyday life (Maslach et al, 2006). These have shown to lead to mental illnesses (Pines et al, 1978), signs of neurological dysfunction (Blankert, 2014), as well as physical issues (Schelling et al, 2003). A lack of magic and engagement with life also leads to loneliness (Seppela & King, 2017) and boredom (Sommers & Vodanovich, 2000), both of which have been strongly linked to reduced lifespan.
To counter this, I believe that we need to invite more magic into our lives. When I say ‘magic’, I don’t mean the Harry Potter variety. We don’t need to enter Hogsworth to find magic because we all know that magic moments exist in our lives, just those moments when we were truly alive. We can identify several types of magic moment and to help the reader to quickly understand the purpose of this research study, please go ahead now and think of ….
about Dr. Brian Cullen: He is a professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology. He is a certified coach and trainer of positive psychology, NLP, and hypnotherapy. He has a PhD in applied linguistics and his doctoral research focused on creativity. He is currently finishing a second PhD in psychology with a focus on peak experiences and the magic moments of life. He runs workshops for teachers and companies for life-work balance, goal-setting, and other areas.
13:15 - 14:45 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00 (during Lunch Break) Dr. Phil Parker: The Lightning Process for long-covid/ post-covid fatigue syndrome (Great Britain)
Reports are increasing of more chronic symptoms from covid infections, particularly fatigue and myalgia, as seen before in other viral infections, including previous corona virus outbreaks such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Poor outcomes have been reported for those with post-viral fatigue resulting from previous viral epidemics and from other chronic fatigue syndromes. The Lightning Process (LP), an approach derived partly from NLP, has a developing evidence base for its efficacy with chronic fatigue and pain. This session presents 2 cases with diagnoses of long-covid/ post covid fatigue syndrome and discusses their outcomes from attending the LP.
about Phil Parker: PhD, DO, Dip E Hyp P NLP, Certified Master Trainer of NLP. Dr. Phil Parker is a lecturer, therapist and innovator in the field of personal development. He has been lecturing on the mind-body connection since the late 1980s. He designed the Lightning Process® seminars, which are now available in 16 different countries. He is principal of the Phil Parker Training Institute and lectures at London Metropolitan University in Coaching and Addictions. His has authored a number of papers and four books on coaching and health, which have been translated into a range of languages.
14:45 - 15:30 Claudine Marchand: Two cases of transgender evolution (Switzerland
Two stories of ladies confronted with a similar inner urge to change gender. The first one chose to undergo a complete physical redesign, while the second one tried to find a softer approach with the least physical remodelling possible. In this presentation the motivations and the personal experience of each person will be described with the psychotherapeutic support required on their journey of more than 20 years with me.
about Claudine Marchand: after a PhD in Nature sciences, spent 16 years in fundamental neuroscience research before switching to alternative functional medicine, psychotherapy and coaching.
15:30 - 16:15 Dana Dumitru: The usefulness of NLPt techniques in Couples Therapy (Romania)
Relevant autobiographical data :
• Michael and Allie were in a 10 months relationship when they started therapy.
• Allie was presenting him a different “identity”, using lies and manipulation, because of your own fear of not being rejected by Michael, until during therapy she admitted towards me, her real life story.
• Michael works as a singer, he is 29 years of age and Allie never worked and she is 39 years of age
• Michael has been exposed to a traumatic experiences from his father side, alcoholism and physical violence; his mother had anxiety and she was very critical with him.
• Allie has been all the way exposed to traumatic experiences, her father was also violent and he worked in secret services and he had paranoid personality disorder. Her mother suffered from depression and also Allie had 3 major depressive episodes.
• Allie suffered from Recurrent Depressive Disorder F33.2/ ICD 10 with 2 severe previous episodes: 3 and respective 2 months, characterized by low focus capacity, Low self-esteem, sleep and eat issues, loss of memory, suicidal thoughts.
• Michael was experiencing fear of abandonment by Allie, interpreting her depression as lack of interest in the relationship.
Therapy work and results
• Their couple therapy objective was to find a way to overcome their frequent and strong conflicts and to become able to communicate in a constructive way.
• They were in therapy for 12 months
• In the therapeutic process we combined couple sessions with individual sessions,for the first 6 months and then only couple therapy weekly.
• We started to work with strategies, change history, Meta Model, conscious dialogue, active listening, identifying the needs behind their behaviors.
• The results were: 1. They started to assume their own emotions and also their contribution to a conflict. 2. They learned to express their needs in a healthy way for their couple. 3. Allie overcame her depression. 4. Today they live together and they plan to have a baby.
about Dana Dumitru: Before finding my path as psychotherapist, I have graduated Medical School (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy) Bucharest, Romania. I have started my education in NLPt in 2010, at Mind Master School, organized by Peter Schuetz & Calalin Zaharia. I am passionate with working in psychotherapy, I feel this is my way of contributing to the health of human beings.
16:15 - 16:30 short break
16:30 - 17:15 Catalin Zaharia: Efficient-causes and ”teleo-causes” of the induced psychotherapeutic changing processes (Romania)
Science of Complexity, mainly through Dynamic Systems Theory, is considered more and more as a useful independent school for empirical psychotherapy research. A relevant example in this sense is “Dynamic Systems approach to psychotherapy” (Gelo & Salvatore, 2016) which provide a metatheoretical framework able to inform the specific (or unique) versus common factors debate”. In our view, this framework could be enlarged. In this paper, we claim that the meta-theoretical vision outlined by the discovery of the constructal law (Bejan, 1996) regarding the distinct class of the flow systems with configuration is a possible additional valuable resource for empirical psychotherapy research. Also, we ground our argumentation on other notable results of fundamental and frontier research regarding the implications of quantum physics with an impact on psychology and neurosciences (Stapp, 1996 and Conway&Kohen, 2006) which we previously investigated. We explain here that the interplay between efficient-causes and ”teleo-causes” during the psychotherapeutic redistribution of the attentional focus induced through conscious intent (a quantum-psychological phenomenon which implies a significant effort of will) can lead to neuromorphic changes of the nervous system and persistent changes of quality of experience.
about Catalin Zaharia: MD, Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapist and teaching psychotherapist, Psychiatrist & Bionegineer – Health Care Management and Medical Informatics. President of EANLPt, member of ethics comitee of Romanian Federation of Psychotherapy, vice chair of Science and Research Committee, expertise in Talent Management training and coaching, Innovation & Creativity, Alexandru Caragea, Physicist, founder of the Center for Complexity Studies Romania
17:15 - 18:00 Tamara Andreas: Core Transformation Research: 3 Studies Including Randomized Controlled Trial Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal (USA)
Core Transformation (CT) is a gentle, yet powerful method developed by Connirae Andreas, with applications for resolving a wide range of issues. A series of studies by Dinesh Braganza and colleagues will be discussed, as well as hypotheses for why CT reliably gets both symptom change and improvement in wellbeing.
1. Braganza et al (Journal of Religion and Health, March 30, 2015). 189 participants in a 10-hour training were all guided as a group through the CT process one time. Results include a reduction of symptom experience, and improvements in spiritual wellbeing.
2. Braganza et al (The Journal of Counseling and Development, July, 2019). This randomized, controlled study shows significant positive results in overall wellbeing and symptom reduction, measured 4 and 8 weeks after a single one-on-one session.
According to the GHQ-12 Questionnaire, 44 of 129 participants could have qualified for a clinical diagnosis before the CT session. Of these, 27 (61%) were no longer in that category 4 weeks after the session.
3. Braganza et al (as-yet unpublished, 2020). 120 participants in a 30-day CT practice group experienced improvements in areas including: emotional stability, negative affect, global well-being, connection with others, comfort with self, total spirituality, and respect for others. All of these measures changed significantly over the course of the study.