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Future conference #1: 17.04.2021, ONLINE
organised by our colleguages from Germany

"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 40,- for western european and € 20,- for all other countries with online REGISTRATION and payment via PayPal (free for EANLPt exec & countryboard members and presenters). after registration you will a confirmation and payment details via email. 

CONFERENCE LANGUAGE: the conference will be held in English 


Conference Program, Saturday, 17.04.2021

09:30 - 09:55 Opening of the Conference by Cătălin Zaharia, PhD - EANLPt president and country host

10:00 - 10:45 NLP and Psychodrama - Birgit Bader (Germany)

I will show how good you can work with other tools from other psychotherapeutic schools inside the work with NLP and NLPt. My fascination belongs to the work with chairs - I prefer more doing this than working with anchors on the ground. So I will show you how this work will go with the issues and topics our clients and patients will bring us. It is real action, sometimes fun, very often a deep experience and a good way to mentalise others in social contexts.

about Birgit Bader: I work as a psychotherapist, supervisor and teacher in Hamburg, mostly with people that need psychotherapy and students who are in their training to become a psychotherapist. My supervision work runs with different groups and people, mostly in clinical and psychosocial contexts. 

10:50 - 11:35 Weight loss as a side effect. Lifestyle-improvement with NLP/NLPt - Roland Kasek (Hungary)

Maladaptive coping with exponential changes of evolutionary environment, and psychosocial discomfort caused by irrealistic desires trigger abuse of instant and artificial self-rewarding habits in humans that often result in pervasive psychological disorders and chronic medical consequences (Gluck et al., 2001; Collins & Bentz, 2009; Sominsky & Spencer, 2014). The systematic application of NLP/NLPt techniques (Dilts, 1990; Kasek 2019) interfere with the reward-seeking behavior, suppress perception of cravings, urges, unease and even pain, while the subjects tend to report increasing competence and happiness. Background, method, results (measured with TANITA scales) and selected cases are to be discussed.

about Roland Kasek: Roland Kasek psychologist, management consultant, focuses on developing diagnostic methods and improvement programs for individual and corporate clients. The success of the intervention – whether it aims at a personal or business goal – is always measured in objective result and in full ecological validity.

11:35 - 11:50 short break

11:55 - 12:40 Biology before psychology - The inner experience of headbanging heavy metal riffs - Dan Florin Stănescu (Romania)

A considerable amount of work has been devoted to analysing the effects of music on the body. The fact that music would have fairly robust effects on various body parameters is to be expected simply from the fact that music arouses emotions, and emotions are characterized by many autonomic changes (Hodges, 1995; Steinberg, 1995). In this context, it is important to emphasize that different individuals have distinct physiological responses to music (Nyklicek et al., 1997; Vander-Ark & Ely, 1992), suggesting that subjective inner experience may be an important component of how people respond to music. Previous research observed that, a subjective experience that people commonly report when listening to moving music is a shiver on the neck and back, which commonly spreads down the limbs and often envelops the whole body (Panksepp & Bernatzky, 2002). Although there are great individual differences in the incidence and specific musical selections that evoke this kind of response, the most frequent stimuli are new or unexpected harmony, crescendos and other dynamic shifts (Sloboda, 1991).
Rhythmic movements of the body characterize the instinctual life of animals, and the dynamics of these movements may contain ancestral emotional expressions that are captured in music (Clynes, 1978). The ancestral relationship between movement and sound is probably fundamental to our nature (Todd, 1985), and it may highlight a deep adaptation that is still instantiated in the urgent power and immediacy of dance. While a number of conventional types of movement are common among metal fans, including moshing, fist-shaking, crowd-surfing, and air guitar, headbanging alone has this special iconic status. Defined as “vigorous nodding to the beat of the music” (Walser 1993, p. 180), headbanging is an improvised dance: the movements are not choreographed ahead of time. Each musician and audience member decide spontaneously when and how to move during performance or listening, based on what they feel as the beat and what they think of as the most exciting moments of the song's form.
One of the main purposes of headbanging is to transform rhythmic energy in the music into felt bodily experience. Headbanging also communicates a level of excitement and commitment to the music (Purcell, 2003). But headbanging does not just indicate a listener's preference – it also communicates physical energy to the performers and to other audience members, encouraging and rewarding mutual physical investment. According to DeChaine (2002, p. 81) “musical experiences force an encounter between mind and body, clearing a liminal space that is simultaneously charged with affect and fraught with tension”. Starting from the rhythm styles of metal music and embodied feelings of meter and groove, the current study aims to capture and analyze the meanings associated with the motion of headbanging in heavy metal riffs. This study will explore what these movements mean to listeners and how these generic meanings have come to exist.
Participants were exposed to 6.08 min headbanging riffs selected from 10 top headbanging songs (listed by various metal websites); participants were invited to listen (using headsets) to the selected riffs and to speak out their mind as they listen (externalization of the internal dialog). At the end of the exposure, they were invited to narrate their experience using a narrative written input, and to fill in a semantic differential scale (Snider & Osgood, 1969). All interviews were videotaped for in-depth analysis. For the current study, a convenience sample of 6 participants was used (3 males, 3 females), aged between 20 and 40 years.
The present study employed interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), a qualitative approach that combines the dedication to understanding the lived experience of the participant. Verbatim transcripts of the interviews served as raw data for the study. The envisaged results highlight the embodied experience of metal music listening, linking the spontaneous internal dialog with the post-exposure meaning-making process. 

about Dan Florian 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 from Hamburg University since 2006. Experienced counselor/therapist with more than 16 years of clinical and private practice.

12:45 - 13:15 Psychotherapists and psychiatrists in Croatia – rivalry or cooperation? - Alexandra Kušić (Croatia)

The aim of this presentation is to show a glimpse into psychotherapeutic and psychiatric structure in Croatia. The presentation will show the development of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic institutions, as well as laws and chambers that represent and protect psychotherapist and psychiatrist in Croatia. The possibilities of cooperation and partnership between these two areas of expertise will be discusses in the presentation. A practical example of cooperation will be presented as well.
The aim is to present the present way of communication and cooperation between psychotherapists and psychiatrists, and to give an idea of how to improve the formal system of communication that could lead to partnership between these two experts.

about Alexandra Kušić: My name is Aleksandra Kušić. I’m from Zagreb, Croatia, where I currently live and work. Besides being an NLP psychotherapist, I have a master's degree in social pedagogy and preschool education. At the moment, I work in a preschool city institution, and practice psychotherapy privately. I've chosen to be an NLP psychotherapist because of its postulates, practical techniques and its rich implementation possibilities. In my practice NLPt has shown to be very suitable for me as well as for my clients.

13:15 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 15:15 Interferences of content-, relationship- and process-level in psychotherapy - Martin Haberzettl (Germany)

“Nobody understands me!” – “Really nobody?” On a content-level maybe this answer acts quite well. But, on the other hand, this answer could amplify the client´s belief-system. To provide a “solution space” to the client which means to act congruent and coherent on all the relevant levels of therapeutical communication (content, relationship and process) is challenging task for
a therapist. A high grade of self-reflection is needed and also a simultaneous awareness of this levels during a session. How to reach this approach and how to avoid traps which lead to a “problem space” are the main issues of the presentation. Finally first hints to a NLPt-concept of transfer and countertransfer will be discussed.

about Martin Haberzettl: I work as a psychotherapist, coach and trainer for nearly 40 years. My work is deeply influenced by cognitive sciences including embodiment appoaches and philosophy, especially practical ethics. My main tenet in all my work is « As little problem physiology as absolutely necessary, as much ressource physiology as possible.

15:20 - 16:05 Evidence and competence in professional NLP training - Peter Schutz (Austria)

Evidence of good NLP training and certification of competence are highly political issues in the NLP world, ruled by emotion, status and financial interest. Framed by the strong Austrian legal regulation for coaching and psychotherapy, a valid interest in customer protection and a team of 4 seasoned psychotherapists since 1996 we developed a good evidence model to check competence using NLP principles. Built on video feedback, peer group structures, clear criteria and assessment by external auditors our approach has been adopted by 2 other NLP centers in Europe. Quality than can easily be modelled. The dynamics and relevant details of this approach will be discussed.

about Peter Schutz: Health psychologist, teaching psychotherapist  NL; DG, mediator, law court sworn expert for coaching, NLP senior trainer, manager and business consultant CMC. private investigator. EAP Auditor,

16:05 - 16:20 short break

16:25 - 17:10 Proper Nature and Policy Applications of Psychotherapy Research - Cătălin Zaharia (Romania)

In March 2021 the Board of EAP has approved  the „Position Paper on the Proper Nature and Policy Applications of Psychotherapy Research” . We will discuss about the main message and its implications for the NLPt research. 

about Cătălin Zaharia: MD, Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapist and teaching psychotherapist, Psychiatrist & Bionegineer – Health Care Management and Medical Informatics. President of EANLPt, chair of ethics comitee of Romanian Federation of Psychotherapy, vice chair of Science and Research Committeen of EAP, expertise in Talent Management training and coaching, Innovation & Creativity, Complexity Science

17:15 - 18:00  Systemic thinking in training, coaching and consulting. A meta-model for orientation in the systemic question spaceOlaf Walter (Germany)

In consulting contexts - i.e. in their everyday practice - coaches, trainers and consultants encounter complex systems, communications and structures that need to be tapped. They experience different behaviors and situations - and often try to grasp the emergence of emergent phenomena at an early stage and possibly derive appropriate steps for a change opportunity from it. However, since the coach, trainer or consultant finds himself in an initially unclear situation, orientation in the complex fields - factual levels as well as relationship levels - is more difficult and his ability to work may be limited. The experience of simultaneous manifestations in inner worlds and outer worlds of his own as well as of the observed system confronts the consultant with the challenge to open up resources for himself which enable him to orientate himself and to become helpful and competent as a process companion.
But how exactly can this be guaranteed? Consulting etc. makes it its task to support autopoietic systems, which are difficult to control from the outside, during changes. So how can a concept be developed that supports the choice of effective interventions and enables sustainable changes?
The meta-model for orientation in the systemic question space the opportunity for (self-) reflection, which can support you in your daily practice to keep the overview, to observe clearly, to choose tools, to plan interventions and to accompany your clients in a solution-oriented way. You will work in a practical and experiential way and achieve very good results using the metamodel in a beneficial way.
This will make you a competent partner for your client systems.

about Olaf Walter: Olaf Walter is intensively involved with the linking of systemic concepts and their practical implementation in the respective fields of activity. He is interested in the concrete application in the contexts of social systems and in sustainable solutions. He is an author, managing director of a consulting company and works as an interim manager, leadership and organizational consultant, trainer and coach.

18:05 - 18:50 NLP - short-term interventions - Eric Effenberger (Germany)

I lived in Central America for over 15 years teaching and practicing NLP. Psychologists and psychiatrists formed the majority of the participants in the NLP courses and after the training I was often called in as a consultant for their patients. This enabled me to apply NLP to a wide variety of issues under their supervision and support. The success of NLP as a short-term therapy led several universities to integrate NLP into their curriculum or to offer it as a supplementary course. I would like to share my experiences at the congress on the basis of three cases.
- Reframing in psychosomatic earaches
- Reframing of auditory hallucination in diagnosed schizophrenia 
- Utilization of Submodalities in survivors of a plane crash  

about Eric Effenberger: Eric Effenberger works as a trainer, coach and mediator. His goal is to help people and companies improve their individual, social and methodological competencies. 

18:55 - 19:30 debfriefing and feedback from the audience

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Special Program around the conference

Thursday, 15.04.2021

19:30 - 21:00: meeting for all presenters, EANLPt officers and organizers from Germany

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Friday, 16.04.2021

10:00 - 12:00 city tour presented by our germand friends

13:30 - 14:30 executive meeting, moderation by Catalin Zaharia (for EANLPt executive and observers)

15:00 - 16:00 country board, moderation by Peter Schutz (for EANLPt executive, country board members and observers)

16:30 - 19:00 reserach intervision - reports and discourse on current and future research projects in NLPt, moderation by Catalin Zaharia

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Saturday, 17.04.2021  - conference day

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Sunday, 18.04.2021

10:00 - 12:00 Breakfast feedback, ideas for next conference (for EANLPt executive, local organizers and guests)


Future conference #2: TBD







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