What will I learn in Level III and the Masterclass?
In the first two days of this training you will learn Metaphors of Movement level III material, which has been updated and refined over the last 3 years (when Andy last taught level 3 in Boulder). The second 2 days of training will be an Advanced Metaphors of Movement Masterclass. This will feature client demonstrations both with people from outside, and within, the group. In these sessions Andy will demonstrate how he works start to finish with a client, how he elicits multiple metaphors in a single session, and how he weaves in isomorphic metaphorical stories that match the metaphoric elements represented in the client’s metaphors. The Masterclass will also include new updates from the last year of evolution of this method.
Who can attend level III and the Masterclass?
Anyone who has attended Metaphors of Movement level I & II with Andy Austin or Mark Andreas (Andy’s online program “Metaphors in my Attic” is level I, but if you haven’t taken a live level I training, we encourage you to do so, as this will give you valuable experience guiding participants through the basic MoM process, and additional practice with idioms). If you still need level I and II background, you can sign up for level I and II with Mark Andreas (January 30 – February 3, 2020).
$595 early bird rate (ends December 31st)
Schedule & Dates: April 24-27, 2020, in Boulder, Colorado (Friday – Monday)
Friday-Sunday: 9:30am–6:00 pm
Monday: 9:30am–5:00 pm
Lunch break of 1.5 hours each day
Please arrive between 9:10 and 9:20 am the first day to sign in.
This training is DEFINITE and has limited space, so sign up when you’re able, and you can go ahead with travel arrangements.
What You’ll Learn in Level III:
Now that you have Level I & II training, level III (The Ground Work) will teach additional metaphorical categories such as the Supports, Stage and Performance metaphors, immersion metaphors, and attachments, as well as how to treat these differently in a metaphor session. This intermediate level training is an exploration of how we support ourselves and the interaction within the metaphoric environment, and elucidates the principles taught in Level II.
- Learn how, where and why we stand:
- The Supports (anatomy and embodiment): supporting one’s self, receiving support, supporting others.
- The Supports (environmental): the ground on which we walk.
- The Cause: why we stand and what we stand for.
- The Leg Work: the relationship between the body and the ground.
- Symbolism, meaning and interaction.
- The Immersions: immersion metaphor.
- The body and physical health metaphors.
- The Attachments and partial containers: what we’re tied up in, and what holds us back.
- Stage and Performance metaphors (All the world is a stage):
- Stage, acting and performance metaphor.
- Peak performance.
- Multiple identities, masks and illusions.
- Gaia – The personification of the Earth:
- Chunking up the immediate metaphoric environment to global proportions as a projection from our psyche.
- Anthropomorphisation in metaphoric symbolism.
What You’ll Learn in the Masterclass:
With level I-III training, you now have the foundational material to adeptly handle any metaphorical category or experience that may arise in a session. Now that you have this understanding, the Masterclass gives you opportunity to see Andy Austin demonstrate complete client sessions, from start to finish, and how he elicits not just one, but many metaphors in a single session. Andy will show us how he uses the initial intake form to decide what metaphors to elicit in the first session, how eliciting multiple metaphors in a single session increases the impact and allows important themes to emerge, and how he determines how much time to leave before scheduling the follow-up session.
- Witness a client demonstration with someone from outside the group, who Andy has never met with or interacted with before.
- Learn how to get the most impact in a client session by eliciting multiple metaphors at the same time in a single session, and how to notice and feed back idiomatic themes through connections across these multiple metaphors.
- Within a metaphor, how to identify important themes from unimportant ones, and with the important themes ask, “what is this like” to elicit further metaphors to explore.
- Working with coherent and incoherent metaphors.
- Learn the relationship between specific metaphoric taxonomies. One easy example of this is how “container” metaphor experience primarily protects from “hurts” metaphor experience.
- Get the new updates based on the last year of Metaphors of Movement evolution.
- Witness additional client demonstrations.
- The meanings and differences between internal metaphor (i.e. the burdens) and external metaphors (i.e. the landscape).
- The living death metaphor.
- Rule structure and how NLP’s ‘Modal Operators’ appear and function in metaphor.
- The mysterious and yet pervasive 0=2 mystical formula.
- Zero Sum and Non-Zero Sum Game Theory and the TD E/I Minimization.
- Systems Theory and The Prisoners Dilemma within the experiential metaphor.
- Working with trauma.
“Andy Austin is an intelligent and entertaining trainer. He demonstrates high standards regarding working with clients and more important, he trains you to become aware of yourself as the clinician/coach in all types of situations. His material is very useful for those who want to increase their therapeutic skills. He cleverly leads students to find the answers within, and then offers new ideas to challenge their learning even more. I have enjoyed my experiences learning from Andy and I recommend him as a trainer.”
— Rachel Hott, Ph.D. Co-director The NLP Center of NY
“After attending a workshop with Andy I put into practice within a week my new found skills — WOW! — amazing and rapid results. I believed I listened to my clients, I now know that I didn’t hear their movement, or lack of it!! Within 2 hours a client who had spent thousands of pounds seeking a cure from others found the right way forward… A 3 day check-in for feedback and the feedback was good — the best session ever, and the best technique I had used… I would recommend that all practitioners who want to support their clients achieve movement learn this great skill.”
— Lesley Hoyle, NLP Practitioner, registered nurse in previous career
About Andrew T. Austin
Andrew T. Austin is a neurolinguist and clinical hypnotherapist, and a registered nurse with experience in neurology. He has been teaching therapeutic methodologies since 1996 and has acquired a sizeable reputation with his developments of Metaphors of Movement and Integral Eye Movement Therapy. He also specializes in the treatment of Phantom Limb Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Described by Bill O’Hanlon as “the British Milton Erickson,” he is regularly consulted by television production and media companies regarding alternative psychology, hypnosis and neurological syndromes. He has consulted with and appeared on the BBC program, “Inside Out” (the episode where the cat is registered as a hypnotherapist) as well as on local radio and network television.
Andy has written numerous articles, including publications in The Fortean Times and Best magazine. He is a recognized speaker and international trainer, with regular appearances at the NLP Conference in London, The James Braid Society, The International Bariatric Surgery Conference in Turkey, Advanced Mastery Training (AMT) in the USA and university psychology departments and faculties.
Andy is the author of The Rainbow Machine – Tales from a Neurolinguistic’s Journal, and a contributor to several books including, Sweet Fruit from a Bitter Tree by Mark Andreas, Transforming Negative Self Talk by Steve Andreas, and Restoring Hope: Appreciative Strategies to Resolve Grief and Resentment by Rob Voyle. Andy is known for his never-ending creativity and sense of humor, along with the precision and range of his work. He is based in the seaside village of Rustington, West Sussex, England. You can learn more about his work on his website: www.andrewtaustin.com.