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This report was first published in Rapport, Issue 24, Spring 1994.


The ANLP is hoping there are plenty of budding Alice Cooper’s out there in NLP land. Immediately following the close of the ANLP summer conference on the evening of 12 June, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Section (PCS) will be holding its Annual General Meeting. This means it’s election time.

The Section has been in existence for two years and all of the officer posts filled at the inaugural meeting are up for re-election. The future of the PCS depends upon members of the Section standing for positions on the Committee.

Over the last two years the Committee has taken great strides towards achieving its goal of becoming a professional body respected throughout the psychotherapeutic and counselling world. A few of its glittering achievements include:
  • Establishing a validation process and Validation Panel which provides the ONLY route for NLP Psychotherapists to ‘register with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Publishing a Code of Ethics, Complaints Procedure, Appeals Procedure, Guidelines for Supervision and Section By-Laws
  • Recognition by the UKCP as an Accrediting Member Organisation for a further 5 years
  • Establishing a referrals system for enquiries from the general public for NLP psychotherapy and counselling
  • Hosting the first ever conference dedicated to NLP psychotherapy and counselling
The incoming Committee will be setting standards for the training and supervision of NLP psychotherapists and counsellors; influencing the design of the National Vocational Qualifications currently being formulated by Governmental bodies; overseeing the developme]nt and quality of NLP practised throughout the UK; and much much more.

The only requirement to stand is that you are a FULL member of the PCS and are nominated by two other Section members. By now all members of the Section should have received a nomination form. If you have not, and you require a form either for yourself or for someone else who would be “just right” for this type of role, please contact the ANLP Office. The completed forms have to be returned by 8 June.

The officer posts available for election, and their associated roles and responsibilities, are:

- Chairs the meetings of the PCS Committee
- Represents the PCS at the ANLP Executive meetings. As ANLP is both a Limited company and a Charity this includes becoming a Director and a Trustee
- Liaises with the ANLP chairperson over the development Úof the Association, the Section and how these fit together.

- Assumes the role of PCS Chair when the Chairperson is unavailable
- Provides support for the Chairperson
- Acts as liaison with the other members of the Committee.

- Provides the administrative function for the Committee
- Produces the minutes of the Committee meetings
- Distributes papers and information to members of the Committee
- Liaises with ANLP Secretary.

- Produces an annual budget for approval by the ANLP Executive
- Monitors income and expenditure against the budget
- Produces regular financial status reports for the Committee
- Approves expenses incurred on behalf of the Section
- Liaises with ANLP administrative office and ANLP Treasurer^
- Produces annual accounts for inclusion in the ANLP annual accounts.

- Maintains a directory of all members of the Section
- Provides information to prospective members
- Provides regular membership status reports to the Committee
- Liaises with ANLP administrative office and ANLP Membership Secretary.

COMMITTEE MEMBER (4 Posts available)
- Takes an active part in Committee meetings
- Plays a role in one of the Project Teams; the Validation Panel; the Appeals Panel; the Complaints Panel
- And/or acts a delegate to either UKCP; Experiential Constructivists; BAC; Advice, Guidance and Counselling Lead Body.
All that is required to continue to build on the foundations laid by the outgoing PCS Committee is for YOU to take this opportunity to participate in the future development of NLP in this country.

James Lawley, 10 March 1994
Chair PCS Committee


For the first time, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Section (PCS) of ANLP will be hosting its own Conference as part of the ANLP Conference on June 11th and 12th.

The PCS programme will contain eight sessions and focus on the application of NLP to specific therapeutic issues and the combining of NLP with other forms of therapy and counselling as follows:

Therapeutic Applications of NLP to:

Sexual Abuse
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Outcome Orientation and Therapeutic Tasking

Topics to be covered during these sessions will include: Dealing with anxiety states, hallucinations, paranoia, compulsive disorders and dementia; Anchoring outcomes to empower clients; Approaches to working with traumatised clients and more.

Combining NLP with:

Timeline Therapy
Transactional Analysis
Inner Child Techniques

These sessions will include: Identifying and changing limiting beliefs; How to combine therapeutic approaches to increase the efficacy of both; Expanding NLP models of therapy and more.

This programme will have particular appeal to those people already practising, or working towards practising as counsellors or psychotherapists and to others currently working in the caring professions.

In order that we can include some advanced therapeutic methods, some sessions will require participants to have experience of using NLP or to be practising as psychotherapists or counsellors.

For more details of the event and how to book your place please contact Jo Hogg at the ANLP Conference Office.

Gail Mariner, 7 March 1994
PCS Committee


The ANLP Psychotherapy and Counselling Section Validation Panel was convened during January and February. It reviewed 56 applications for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) of which :

    38 were from existing Validated PCS members;
     4 were Re-applications; and
    14 were New applications.

The 1994 Validation Panel consisted of:

PCS members:
James Lawley (chair)
Suzanne Looms
Eileen Walsh
Dr. Dale Beckett

External to ANLP:
Dr. Lillian Beattie
Dr. Perry Calwell
Dr. Julius Kessling
Prof. David Winter
Dr. Alan Harrison (External Moderator)


Applicants were awarded a Validated Status upon evidence of:
  • A minimum of 400 hours formal training in NLP and related subjects including Practitioner and Master Practitioner certification;
  • Knowledge of other psychotherapeutic approaches which come under the auspices of UKCP and BAC;
  • Graduate level of education or equivalent work experience which satisfies MA course entry requirements;
  • A minimum of two years experience of supervised work with clients (totalling at least 400 client contact hours);
  • The therapist’s ability to identify and manage appropriately their involvement in the psychotherapeutic process;
  • Post-training ongoing supervision; (good professional practice is considered to be 1 hour of supervision to every 20 client contact hours);
  • Continued professional development after training; and
  • Adequate malpractice and public liability insurance.
If applicants did not meet the above criteria, other factors were able to be taken into account such as: research, publications and other contributions to the field of psychotherapy, together with accreditations from related professions (eg. medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.).


The Panel concluded that 45 applications met the above criteria and therefore were awarded a Validated status immediately. In addition, 6 applications were awarded a Provisional status pending further evidence of the applicant fulfilling the requirements within six months. Those applicants were:


Melloney Atuahene               
Alexandra Asseily
Ronald Banks
Dale Beckett       
Marie Brankin
Laurena Chamlee Cole
Susan Conway
Jo Cooper
Sheila Cromwell               
Frank Daniels
John Dinwoodie
Richard Errington               
Pat Ferry
Anne Furneaux
Fiorella Gatti-Doyle   
Alvin Goodwin
Suzanne Harper   
Mahvash Kilgour
James Lawley
Graham Lennox
Suzanne Looms   
Judith Lowe   
Laurie Macdonald
Terry Mohan   
John Murray   
Jean Murton   
Ursula Pethick
Sian Pope (Davey)
Glyn Powell
Francois Reynolds
Julian Russell               
Penny Tompkins
Maggie La Tourelle
Eileen Walsh
Mary Wanless
Eileen Watkins Seymour


Margaret Hueting
Juliette Grayson
Gail Mariner
Judith Mills
Penny Parks
Nick Poole
Pamela Sharpe
Francis Vine


Marion Brion
Reg Connolly
John King
Philip Lewis
Michael Mallows
Philip Nolan

Those of you who are interested in applying to the next Validation Panel will want to note the UKCP’s amended Training Standards which will be incorporated into the PCS validation criteria for 1995. The requirements over and above the existing criteria are:

“Training shall be over a period of three-years and shall include a critical understanding of the relevance of studies in human development, psychopathology, sexuality, ethics, research, and social science.”

The PCS Committee would like to thank members of the Validation Panel and Laurena Chamlee Cole (Administration Secretary) who devoted time and energy to ensuring the validation process was completed on schedule and in an exemplary manner.

James Lawley
Chair ANLP PCS 1994 Validation Panel


The Psychotherapy and Counselling Section has recently issued A Code of Practice for the Supervision of NLP Psychotherapists and Counsellors.

The purpose of the Code is to establish criteria for supervisors, to inform members of the Section of good practice and to establish guidelines for the supervisory relationship. It needs to be adopted in relation to the PCS Code of Ethics for NLP Psychotherapists and Counsellors.I

The Code of Practice covers such issues as:
  • The Nature of Supervision;
  • Responsibilities of Supervisors and Supervisees;
  • Standards of Supervisor Competence;
  • Management of the Supervision;
  • Confidentially; and
  • Models of Supervision.
At this stage, the Code of Practice has been issued as a set of guidelines. Comments from PCS members and other interested parties are welcome. In due course the Code will form part of the mandatory requirements for validation and hence registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Now is your chance to contribute to the process of reviewing the Code and thus influence its final form.

All members of PCS should have received a copy of the Code of Practice. If you have not, please contact the ANLP administrative office.

Ursula Pethick, 2 March 1994
PCS Committee


James LawleyJames Lawley offers psychotherapiy to individuals and couples, and coaching, research and consultancy to organisations. He is a co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author (with Penny Tompkins) of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling, (with Marian Way) Insights in Space: How to use Clean Space to solve problems, generate ideas and spark creativity and an Online training in Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. For a more detailed biography see about us and his blog.


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