Richard Bandler and John Grinder
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).
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.
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.