Advanced Course

For students who have completed the Intermediate Course and who wish to augment their professional Pre and Perinatal skills for their own private practices, and for trainees who are in the Teacher Training program.

Class 3
Modality Scanning

Years ago I had a wonderful NLP therapist who then became a friend. During the course of our discussions I became interested in various processing modalities and studied auditory, kinesthetic, and visual processes. The more time I spent meditating with each format, the more consciousness I seemed to have when I was working with my own clients. As I learned more about how my own brain could work I experimented with my facilitation technique, sometimes emphasizing only one modality for a whole session. I experienced that this opened up "room" for my clients to work more purposefully and increased my ability to really know at a deeper level what was going on with them.

One day I was working with a client while focused on hearing (my own auditory process was getting exercised) when I suddenly spotted a dramatic skin color change at the throat. In that moment I deliberately shifted to a visual process and, as if the client could feel some shift in her environment, an enormous vocal release emanated from deep within her body. Later on in the session she asked me if I had "done something" and I explained how I had shifted my awareness of her. She thanked me and shared that somehow she had felt this, and it allowed her for the first time to contact a substantial cord trauma that had restricted and restrained her self-expression. I realized I was on to something when I deliberately shifted from one sensory modality to another throughout the course of the next session. This client said he had never before felt so well tracked and held by any session. So I reviewed all my NLP notes and my personal process diary and put it together that different modalities are more effective at different times depending upon what is happening for the client. Sometimes observing them visually is more important and sometimes listening is. Then I began practicing moving from one modality to another during each session. I realized my conscious awareness of what was going on for my client expanded considerably. I either intuitively followed whic h modality seemed to give the client the most support, or, timed myself, switching methodically from one modality to another. For me this resulted in a quantum leap as a practitioner. My clients were happier and I started getting more referrals. I finally taught this technique to a small group of advanced students, and there was enough positive response for me to officially include this course in my advanced training.
The class consists of a day focused on each of the three main modalities. For each of the first three days we discuss theory and do a group meditation in the morning, then in the afternoon we practice by doing a session using only that one modality. For example, the kinesthetic session is undertaken by the practitioner while wearing a blindfold and earplugs. On the last two days we practice scanning from one modality to the other, first by shifting every five minutes from one to the next, and finally by shifting from one to the next based upon intuition.

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