Neurolinguistic Programming: Its Purpose and The Basic Ideas (NLP Certificate Course - Session 1) (Pre-Recorded)

Pre-Recorded Seminar


This course is intended only for personal and professional development and is not eligible for CEUs.

This series provides an opportunity for everyone to be immersed in what it looks like and what it takes to achieve our goals. It helps redefine our goals, not from an outside-in paradigm, but rather from an inside-out paradigm.

Format: Pre-Recorded Online Seminar


This is the first session in the 12-Session Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certificate Course.

To register for the entire Certificate Course, please click here.

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 fields.

Common patterns in both language and thought 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 adjunctive treatment. In terms of its adjunctive psychotherapeutic use, NLP has been validated and recognized by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

You will then 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 it.

This Certificate 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

This week's session will cover:

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

What you'll learn

At the end of this Certificate Course, you will:

  1. Better use metaphors to better communicate 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. Learn 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.

Who is this for?

This course is for any clinician invested in learning new or honing existing skills to be able to use in dynamic ways to support their patients and clients and to end suffering.

Here's what attendees have been saying 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." - 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

Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, School of Physicians and Surgeons. He has trained in and taught all major psychotherapeutic modalities, including and not limited to CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is also the author of 6 books including Journey to Empowerment, Discovering Your Worth, and The Power of Faith, and Art of Living. Dr. Sidor has worked both as a primary care physician and Medical Director in three different settings, including a Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

Karen Dubin, 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 more than 20 years. Her added passion is in advocacy and coaching. She has previously held Executive level positions, and two other directorships in different organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice, provides supervision, and clinical and management training. She is also a personal and executive-level coach. She is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

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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 final certificate of completion for the whole Certificate Course?
Yes. Otherwise, you risk accumulating gaps, which may, in turn, lead to an inability to use the techniques adequately. You will therefore not be able to receive a final certificate of completion.
Are there any other requirements to getting a final certificate other than completing each and every one of the sessions?
Yes, if you are taking these sessions as pre-recorded classes, please fill out an evaluation for each session, which will count as your attendance. Email us at [email protected] to request your final certificate of completion. Once we verify that we have evaluation records for all the sessions, we will then send your final certificate of completion.
Does this Certificate Course offer CEUs?
No. Our CBT Certificate Courses, Behavior Modification Certificate Courses, and Psychotherapy Certificate Course offer CEUs.
What are your reimbursement policies?
Anyone who registered for this Certificate Course through any of the payment plans, and who wishes to withdraw, for whatever reason, is entitled for a full reimbursement, with no questions asked other than for improvement purposes. The full reimbursement will be minus the price of each single session attended by the date of wish to withdraw.
Is this Certificate Course at No additional cost for SWEET Members?
If you have an unlimited membership plan, then yes, everything is included in your plan with no exceptions, including all our Certificate Courses. The SWEET Institute pledges to make all courses available for free to members who have an unlimited membership plan and who have maintained their membership. If you have a membership plan that is not an unlimited plan, you can consider upgrading your membership, as this will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. If you are unsure whether your membership plan is unlimited, please email us at [email protected]