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Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certificate Course

The Mother of Family Therapy, Virginia Satir; The Father of Gestalt Therapy, Fritz Perls; and the prominent psychiatrist, Milton Erikson, were studied to determine why they were the best in their respective field.

Commonalities in both language and thought patterns were found, and this was the start of an organized body of knowledge that has been used by millions of clinicians throughout the world as an adjunctive treatment. In terms of its adjunctive psychotherapeutic use, NLP has been validated and recognized by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Join us for a 12-Session Neurolinguistic Programming Certificate Course

You will learn adjunctive tools to help you get unstuck when the more known evidence-based and traditional treatment modalities fail to work.

There are NO CEUs attached to this Course.

This Course is intended only for clinicians who are motivated enough to learn these new skills that may become readily handy when least expected.

“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”

- Carl Rogers

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Join the SWEET Institute for this life-changing Certificate Course.

At the end of this Certificate Course, you will be able to:

  1. Better use metaphors to communicate more effectively with your patients and clients.
  2. Better help your patients and clients uncover their limiting beliefs.
  3. Help your patients and clients use the power of associations and anchoring as adjunct treatment for their trauma and anxiety.
  4. Help your patients and clients finally understand why they are not broken and how they can empower themselves.
  5. Apply adjunctive treatment to help your patients and clients learn how to better regulate their emotions, achieve their goals more efficiently, and become more resilient in life.

Here’s What Attendees Have to Say about SWEET Seminars:

"I am delighted to participate in the SWEET educational practice. It has been easy and pleasant throughout. There is always a bounty of information. Thank you! I am excited to implement my new skills into practice."

- Kim, LMSW

"Love breadth of material as well as usefulness in actual practice. The presenter’s expertise in linking theoretical frameworks to symptom-based assessment and formulation. Can’t wait to attend a treatment technique training with him. Has motivated me to use CBT more frequently in practice from prior seminars."

- Julie, LCSW-R

"Have only attended one other webinar and it was most helpful in broadening my thinking and considerations. Showed me how much there is for me to learn. I appreciate your presence and goal of creating a professional learning and support community for professionals."

- Sharon, LSCSW

"I believe I can and certainly will use the techniques and working with my patients who have significant issues with anxiety. I also find it very helpful to remember the instructor's reminders to provide clients with manageable tasks that can lead to successful behavior change and such, that improve the quality of life for them."

- Louis, LCSW

"I enjoyed the webinar and could not believe how quickly the time flew. The fact that we were all kept engaged, and every comment and question is acknowledged or answered."

- Neela, LMSW

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Session Topics:

Session 1: NLP: Its Purpose and The Basic Ideas

  1. NLP and Its Purpose
  2. Cognitive Biases
  3. Presuppositions
  4. The Dawn and Enlightenment

Session 2: Our Process of Interpretation and Reality

  1. Our Process of Interpretation
  2. The Art of Non-Conformity
  3. Assessing Reality: Abstract Questions
  4. Creative New Norms

Session 3: The Human Experiential Model

  1. The Human Experiential Model
  2. The Meanings in Mind
  3. 3 Ways in which We Relate
  4. The Unhealthy Comparison Model

Session 4: Frameshifting and The Triangulation Effect

  1. Cause and Effect: The Triangulation Effect
  2. Frameshifting
  3. The Human Experience Model (Part II)
  4. Process of Personal Development

Session 5: The 5th Season of Life

  1. Plato’s Analogy of The Cave
  2. Goals and Outcomes
  3. Present State vs. Desired State
  4. The 5th Season of Life
  5. Outcome vs. Direction

Session 6: The Lazarus Technique and The Wise Mind Model

  1. Well-Formed Outcomes
  2. Future Pacing
  3. The Lazarus Technique
  4. State of Mind
  5. The Wise Mind Model

Session 7: The 3 Dimensions of State

  1. Empowerment vs. Disempowerment
  2. The 3 Dimensions of State
  3. The Internal State Loop
  4. Interpretations

Session 8: The Gestalt’s Principle

  1. The Gestalt’s Principle
  2. Immediacy
  3. The Determinants of State
  4. Self-Regulation
  5. Motivation for Effective Self-Regulation

Session 9: The Alphabet Game

  1. The Alphabet Game
  2. The Dissociation Technique
  3. Representational Systems
  4. Pacing and Leading
  5. Pacing, Leading, and Rapport
  6. Eye Accessing Cues

Session 10: The Meta Mirror

  1. Submodalities
  2. Perceptual Positions
  3. The Meta Mirror
  4. The Connectivity/Connection Principle

Session 11: Anchoring: Forming New and Breaking Old

  1. Anchoring
  2. Mechanism of Negative Anchors
  3. Formation of Belief Anchors
  4. Breaking Belief and Negative Anchors
  5. Keys to Successful Anchoring

Session 12: The 4 Levels of Communication and The Mehrabian Model

  1. Communication Skills
  2. The Hearts and Minds Principle
  3. Congruence
  4. The Mehrabian Model
  5. The 4 Levels of Communication
  6. The Communication Self Awareness Checklist
  7. Intonation and Totality Patterns
  8. The Blocks to Active Listening

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD and Karen A. Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD and Karen A. Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, School of Physicians and Surgeons, trained in and taught all major psychotherapeutic modalities, including and not limiting to CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is also the author of 3 books including Journey to Empowerment; Discovering Your Worth; and The Power of Faith. Dr. Sidor has worked both as a primary care physician and Medical director in three different settings, including a Chief Medical Officer of Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans over 20 years. Her added passion is in advocacy and coaching. She has previously held Executive-Level positions and is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice, working with individuals who have experienced loss and trauma, and also provides clinical supervision and management training. She is also a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

"The entire experience was helpful, and gave me tips on how to self care that I can share with my colleagues and clients. I am so grateful to be a part of SWEET. It is educational, well presented, and I learn something new or forgotten with every webinar that I attend. Dr. Sidor has a way of teaching that makes it enjoyable. That is a gift rarely seen in someone so brilliant."

Vilma, LCSW-R

"SWEET offers a special way of presenting the information. We are so engaged in the process. It is such an enjoyable way to learn. Karen sharing her experiences with clients. Very memorable and educational. The entire process was wonderful. Loved this presentation. Very informative. Love being a SWEET member. Best decision I have ever made!"

Michelle, LCSW-R

"I thought the presentation was well thought out and organized, and I thought the presenter was excellent in conveying the course material. The course was valuable to me in my work with clients who experience anxiety because it gave me a structured framework to work from and some tangible techniques to use."

– Caren, LCSW

"There was a lot of practical material I can implement with my clients. The facilitator was excellent, covering a lot, and interactive with the participants actively. The clarity and usefulness of how to get unstuck, both clients and therapists, the role play. I felt welcomed, and my personal questions regarding technical aspects of the webinar were answered quickly. Great way to spend 2 hours productively, without feeling rushed."

Rachel, LCSW-R

"Very informative and personable. I felt like I was in an actual classroom. I loved it. The tools that were offered to use with my patients. It is so helpful. I felt at my wits' end when working with clients suffering with anxiety; now I have new tools."

Denise, LCSW

"I found it to be captivating and engaging. I also found that it provided techniques to actually use. Whereas other trainings do brief overviews and do not offer much to take away, this was great. I also loved how people's questions were answered, and how even though it was virtual, people were engaged."

Megan, LMSW

97% of SWEET course attendees feel that the courses give them practical information they can use in their everyday life

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scientific validity for NLP?
As an adjunct to therapy, NLP falls into the same category as psychoanalysis, Intermittent Fasting, or EMDR. This means it is not considered an evidence-based practice like CBT, where at least a thousand of well-designed studies have been done and replicated throughout the world. Having said that, most of the best CBT practitioners also make use of many of the NLP techniques.
Do I need to attend all 12 sessions in order to get my certificate?
Yes. Otherwise, you risk accumulating gaps, which may, in turn, lead to an inability to use this adjunct model adequately to help your clients. You will therefore not be able to receive a certificate.
Are there any other requirements to getting a certificate besides completing each and every one of the 12 classes?
No, but we ask that you fill out an evaluation for the sessions completed as self-studies, so that we may verify and track your completion of those sessions.
What are your reimbursement policies?
Anyone who registered for this Course through any of the three payment plans, and who wishes to withdraw, for whatever reason, is entitled to a reimbursement, with no questions asked other than for improvement purposes. The reimbursement will be minus the price of each single webinar attended by the date of wish to withdraw.
Is this NLP Certificate Course at No additional cost for all SWEET Members?
Yes, the SWEET Institute pledges to make all courses available for free to all members who have continued to maintain their membership. We ask members to please not pay for the Course to avoid the use of resources required in the reimbursement process. If you are a member and are having difficulties to register for free, please contact us.
Does this Course offer CEUs?
No. Our other Certificate Courses do.