NLP was developed in the 1970's by the mathematician, Richard Bandler, and the linguist, John Grinder. Fascinated by the work of three 'star' therapists (Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls and Milton Erickson), they were allowed to observe them at work with clients. From these observations, Bandler and Grinder distilled a set of models and skills which became the basis of NLP. Since then, many gifted people have added further models, and modern NLP provides a wide set of tools and skills for communication - be it in the boardroom, at home or in the therapist's office.
Some purport NLP to be a magic wand that is easily acquired and cures all ills! I emphatically disagree with this view. For me, NLP is fun, but participants in NLP-training have to practice hard and learn to be very sensitive both to themselves and others.
For many, the name "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" may seem alienating as a methodology developed in the tradition of humanisitic psychology. Where the name comes from is unknown, although Richard Bandler does have several anecdotes as to its development. It is, however, certain that: 'Neuro' refers to our human neurology; 'Linguistic' refers to the structures and patterns of language - both general and individual; 'Programming' refers to the structures and patterns of behaviour we have all developed throughout our lives.
Mind Development Seminars (MDS) offers an internationally recognised course of training to NLP-Practitioner, the first level of training and beyond. This course is certified with the seal of the "Deutscher Verband für nLP e.V.", the professional body in Germany. Some of the contents of this course are:
The course of training ends with both a written exam and a practical demonstration. Successful participants receive a certificate with the seal of the DVNLP; unsuccessful candidates receive full feedback as to what needs to be improved and advice on whether to stay with MDS or move on to another trainer.