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Neuro- Lingustic Programming

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Founder/s
Richard Bandler and  John Grinder
 

Definition/Description
 Used to assess, build rapport with, and help clients. Major components of the model are "neuro" (the processing of information perceived through the five senses by the nervous system), "linguistic" (the systems of verbal and nonverbal communication that organize the neural representations into meaningful  data), and " programming" (the ability to organize the neurolinguistic systems to achieve specific outcomes).
 

Therapeutic Goal
The NLP appear to be useful ideas that can be used as adjuncts to other theories in assessing and treating emotional difficulties and dysfunctional behavior.  The theory tries to explain or interpret why things relate as they do.
 

Treatment Techniques
The treatment techniques are the following: sensory representational systems; the map is not the territory; joining with the client's  representational sysyem builds rapport; influencing someone involves the influencer joining and then leading the influencee; predicates identify representational systems; eye-accessing cues; four-tuples; using metaphors in counseling; reframing; and therapeutic change often occurs without knowing the cause of the problem.
 
  
What is its "utility to social work practice"?
Neuro-Linguistic is utilitized to social work practice because it helps with studying the verbal and nonverbal communication betweent therapists and their clients to identify what causes positive changes.
 
 
 
 
 
Sources- The Social Work Dictionary by Robert L. Barker and The Practice of Social Work by Charles H. Zastrow.

SOWK 355 " Courtney Perryman" Fall 2005

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