The NLP Trauma Response Team Australia

A project to bring research-based methods for Resilience and Recovery to Bush Fire Affected Communities

Get involved in the project: attend the two day Resilience Training and become an NLP Recovery Volunteer

Connect with us and let us know how you would like to be involved

Project Purpose

The NLP Trauma Response Team Project is intended to deliver effective, research-based methods for helping people recover from trauma to  people in fire-affected communities.  

It involves mobilising people who have learnt Neuro Linguistic Programming to a required skill-level, providing additional training and a protocol for using methods to support trauma recovery, and supervision to support them.

In the short-term, activities are taking place through a private company structure that is able to offer:

  • A 2 Day Training in research-based methods available to anyone to utilise
  • A Protocol, assessment and supervision of volunteers with the right base qualification, who wish to offer their time
  • Insurance to manage the risk for volunteers who do not already have  insurance

In the longer-term, the project is working to  access grant funding that will pay people to offer these services over an extended period (years).  Currently this is in its very early stages.  Help to also make this happen is also extremely welcome (if you are not able to volunteer for working with people in communities, back office help could make a big difference to the project success).

The Project design is drawing on training and protocols developed and used in multiple crisis zones overseas.   At its most basic level the vision is to replicate an approach developed in New Zealand that trained local people in crisis zones to use research-based methods to help others. 

At its most ambitious, the project could create state-led teams that are connected nationally by shared training, protocols, a supervision structure, support to follow-up clients of the service and aggregate reporting on outcomes.

The methods that the training will help make accessible:

  • Cause no discomfort
  • Do not involve drugs or costly equipment
  • Do not involve ‘talking over what happened’ and reliving the traumatic experience
  • Have been shown in multiple clinical trials to have a 90% + full recovery rate from PTSD in 3 – 5 hours of contact with an NLP qualified support worker

The 2 Day Training that is at the centre of the project plan will train people in the following:

  • A research-based framework for understanding Resilience, Recovery and Chronicity (we do not use the diagnostic term ‘PTSD’ with people we work with).
  • Verbal First Aid, a form of psychological first aid that can support someone to physically and mentally heal faster, and is currently in use by paramedics in the US.
  • An eye-movement based therapy that is available for people who are not Psychologists or Therapists to learn, and that is safe to use with children.  This method can be used to support recovery within the first 30 days of the crisis event.
  • The ‘NLP Trauma Cure’ method shows better outcomes in a shorter timeframe than CBT, EMDR, or medication.  This method can be used 30 days after the crisis, and any number of years later.

This training is being used to prepare NLP Qualified volunteers to offer NLP Recovery Support to others.  It is also open for people to attend with no NLP background to utilise the methods in their own coaching or therapeutic practice.   Attendance is open to

  • anybody who works to help others be resilient
  • anybody that wishes to experience these techniques for themself
  • anybody that just wants to understand more about resilience with research-based, practical methods

Because the training has been scheduled at short notice, if you register and go on to refer 3 people who register, we are offering you a refund of your own place.  So, please do help spread the word, it will help this project become a reality.

Download Summary of the Research on NLP Techniques

The method discussed in this document is presented in the Resilience Training and contained in the Participant Training Manual.   The method has shown a 90% + full recovery rate for PTSD across 4 clinical trials to date.You Do NOT  need to be a clinical practitioner to use this method.  You do need to be Psychiatrist to diagnose PTSD, however the NLP approach to helping people does not involve or require a diagnosis.

Get Involved

Connect with us and indicate how you would like to be involved.This could include inviting a Team of Volunteers to your Community,  or supporting the Project to create a Team of people in your State.

The Resilience Online Learning

Have you wondered why one person will bounce back from a crisis, and another person will suffer and never recover?

Are you interested in truly finding out the difference that makes the difference in the ability to respond to crisis, and recover from trauma?

This is a training that is used to support people under serious pressure. Developed by Richard Bolstad, who has taught psychiatrists and aid workers in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of the war there, Psychologists in Chechnya at the time of the terrorist attacks, civil defence workers going into the tsunami zone in Japan, and a broad range of people in Samoa and Christchurch, after the earthquakes.

In such situations, some people are resilient – they bounce back, or carry on re-energized; and others never recover – they have chronic problems. This is a training about HOW people develop chronic problems, how to undo that, and how to prevent it.

Who is this Training for?

The training events are prioritising seats for people willing to volunteer their NLP skills to work as an NLP Recovery Support Worker, however others are welcome.   Attendance is open to:

  • anybody who works to help others be resilient, or wants to be able to do this
  • anybody that wishes to experience these techniques for themself
  • anybody that just wants to understand more about resilience with research-based, practical methods

If you are qualified to work with people who are suffering from PTSD as a Counsellor, Therapist or NLP Practitioner, this training will provide you with the  method that has been shown in multiple clinically controlled trials to lead to over 90% of participants no longer showing the symptoms of PTSD.   There is no other method, or medication delivering results at this level with PTSD.

Professionals who are not qualified in NLP can utilise these techniques in their existing therapeutic practices.

And if you would like to learn these methods for yourself, you are also welcome.  If you think these skills are only applicable to people in crisis zones, think again!   Businesses and government agencies all over the world are using this learning to develop skills in employees to become more resilient on the job.

Not only will you learn these techniques, you will learn MORE. You will also learn ‘Verbal First Aid’, a method that can help make the difference when you are first on the scene with a person experiencing crisis. This method is used by Paramedics in the United States, and is also based on research.

No matter what your professional role, it is also possible to use these skills for yourself. When you do, you will wake-up glad to be alive. 

What Will You Learn?

After this two day event you’ll be able to:

  • Recognise if someone is responding to challenges with chronicity, recovery or resilience.
  • Recognise the 8 thinking patterns that keep people trapped in chronic problems.
  • Utilise research-based methods for making a difference to how someone feels (the same methods used in the research discussed). 
  • Utilise Verbal First Aid when first on the scene and make a difference to how someone’s brain ‘codes’ the experience from the beginning.

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Help Others to be Resilient

If you work in the helping professions you will know that some clients are already resilient, whilst others are bogged down in chronic problems. This training will help you understand how to install resilience in your clients: all your clients.

Learn More:

Watch the Webinar with Richard Bolstad

This webinar  was recorded to support Richard’s visit as a guest Trainer for the event in Perth in 2018.  It is an excellent introduction to the key concepts of the Resilience Training.The webinar is hosted by Grace Minton, who is now presenting the training and co-ordinating the national NLP Trauma Response Team Project

This event has been moved to an online learning.

The program will be a combination of pre-recorded and live events, and will deliver the same learning outcomes.Staying resilient through a crisis is now more relevant than ever with the recent events.

About the Designer of this Training – Richard Bolstad

  • A board member of the NLP Research and Recognition project and one of the authors of the first comprehensive book on NLP Research “The Clinical Effectiveness of Neurolinguistic Programming” (Routledge, 2013). Richard’s more than 12 published NLP texts combine precise research results with practical applications. 
  • A world leader in the use of NLP in response to major social and environmental crises. Richard pioneered work in these environments and trains government funded civil emergency missions. 

About the Facilitator of the Resilience Training & Project Lead

Grace Minton is a qualified NLP Trainer and ICF PCC level Coach, with a Post Graduate qualification in Coaching that includes a high quality education in Neurolinguistics. 

Grace is a Registered NLP Trainer with the Australian Board of NLP and an ICF qualified Coach and NLP Supervisor. This training is presented locally with permission and a deep passion for making a difference.

Grace is the only Coaching and NLP Trainer in Australia who is authorised to deliver the units of a Masters of Arts in Neuro Coaching, under alliance with a UK University.   This is due to having been mentored by Dr Sally Vanson, herself a pioneer in supporting recognition of NLP and Coaching via post-graduate level research.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Grace is hoping that she and her team of volunteers in Perth can support others interstate to connect, apply for grant funding and make a difference to Australians who have been adversely affected by the Bush Fire disaster nationally.

Grace Minton

My reasons for attending the Program was to refine my existing training and assist others move past trauma events. 

During the Program, I loved learning the processes as well as hearing the stories and examples used.    As a result I was engaged the whole time. And benefited from the interaction as it built my confidence to replicate these techniques. It’s for anyone that’s interested in the brain, thought processes and the ability to ‘rewire’ these.

Shae Cooper Wynd, NLP Practitioner, Kinesiologist

My reasons for attending the Program was my desire to help young people become more resilient. During the training, I loved the unique blend of cutting edge scientific theory with ancient wisdom.

As a result, I feel much more confident both as an NLP practitioner, and as someone who can support others on their journey to resilience. These really are life-changing skills.

Carl Grice, NLP Practitioner, Coach

Grace is the most wonderful presenter! Her fun, yet informative approach puts everyone at ease and in the right mental space for learning.

The Resilience NLP training was a fantastic weekend where I learnt many amazing new skills, and gained a new understanding to the way the brain works and stores memories and situations. It was a revelation to me how easily these can be changed to a much more positive feeling and outlook! I’m so glad I took the training, I wish I’d found it years ago.

Thanks to Grace and Richard for the new tools in my kit for life!

Philippa Gillet

Shae Nicole

Ph. 1300 161 175, or complete the Contact Form with your phone number and we will call you

Indicate your interest on our Contact Us form here:Note that you can attend the Resilience Training without becoming an NLP Recovery Volunteer and you can also support the project by volunteering time in other roles