Are you interested in becoming a truly effective facilitator of lasting change?

5 days changework training with James Tripp!

Saturday 3rd to Sunday the 4th September 2011
Saturday 17th to Monday the 19th September 2011

Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, U.K.

“This is a 5 day training teaching a subtler form of applied hypnosis that I call Transformative Facilitation” JT

Hi James Tripp here…

Hypnosis is a great tool for changework – no question! But as a hypnotist and practitioner of changework, when I tell people what I do, there are a couple of stories that I hear over and over again. Here is how they go:

  • “I went to see a hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner about (problem), and it was really good for a couple of weeks, and then…”
  • “I went to see a hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner about (problem), but it didn’t really do anything.

And OCCASIONALLY I hear the story:

  • “I went to see a hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner and it was brilliant – it changed my life!”

So what is it that is happening here? What is the difference that makes the difference when it comes to success with changework?

Over the years I have been studying and experimenting with changework modalities as well as teaching and mentoring hypnotherapists and changeworkers, I have come to a couple of basic conclusions (and forgive me if these seem a little harsh):

1. Most Hypnotherapists and NLPers have not been taught and have not developed decent process facilitation skills!

2. Most Hypnotherapists and NLPers try to artificially force change through rather than harmonising with natural processes of stasis and change!

Now those are clearly bold, sweeping statements, so I should probably go into a little more detail here…

1. Most Hypnotherapists and NLPers have not been taught and have not developed decent process facilitation skills.

Many non-NLP trained hypnotherapists have been taught (and even do!) hypnosis and changework via scripts. The trouble with this is that true hypnosis and effective changework is based in dynamic interraction. Every word that the practitioner says is responded to by the client – there is always feedback! But scripts don’t respond to feedback. They cannot be dynamic.

Working like this leaves change down to luck – maybe the client will usefully change and maybe not! And the practitioner lacks the expertise to trouble shoot if things do not pan out. (Personally, I don’t want to be taking money from clients based on little more than a roll of a dice. I would prefer to KNOW that I can help them change.)

Now NLP (and some other) approaches go part way to fix this. NLP for example, teaches a little about sensory acuity and also teaches formats that are based on processes. So the idea is that you take the client through the process, checking in along the way that they are doing the process usefully, and checking at the end that some useful change has taken place.

Yet in spite of this, time after time I have watched NLP practitioners rattling off ‘micro-scripts’ without actually being connected to the feedback coming from the client. Let me give you an example…

I recall an occasion when I was in the audience at an event where an NLPer was giving a talk about hypnosis and it’s application to changework.  This guy was personal ‘apprentice’ to a high level NLPer (a former close associate and co trainer of one of the NLP founders), and on the surface of things really  seemed to have the goods – very slick with his language and great at telling stories and quite excellent in front of an audience.

When it came to the point where he wanted a volunteer to help him with a demo, I jumped at the chance!

I sat down in the ubiquitous ‘trance chair’, and he began:

“Close your eyes and remember a time when you felt good, that’s right – see what you saw, hear what you heard and feel those feelings, that’s right. Oooh that feels good…”

The point at which he said “oooh that feels good” was in response to me chuckling… BUT I was chuckling because he was running on ahead of my processing and he had totally lost me and was mismatching my experience. He had, in fact, lost me at the first scripted “that’s right”, because I was simply not given the opportunity to settle on a memory. So as soon as he moved on to the cliched “see what you saw, hear what you heard…” etc. he was totally mismatching my experience.

No checking in (either overtly or covertly), no genuine pacing, because…

…he was NOT facilitating my process, he was running through his own.

Now I would like to say that this is an exception, but alas, it seems from my experience to be the rule.

Time and time again I have watched NLPers run swishes, squashes, fast phobia cures and the rest of the gamut as patterns to run rather than processes to facilitate.

This is a massive catastrophic error!

Now to be sure, there are some excellent NLPers out there who really know how to facilitate, but they are truly few and far between. And the kind of facilitation skills that I am talking about are not taught on standard NLP trainings at any level (people are taught models and patterns rather than the skills to implement them effectively).

Please be clear…

…there is a massive difference between being able to spiel off Milton/Hypnotic Language and being able to use it to genuinely facilitate process.


…there is a massive difference between a client going through the motions and a client really doing useful processing.

To be clear:

In changework, the ability to genuinely facilitate useful transformative processes is pure gold!

Now I had to learn my facilitation skills the hard way – through trial and error (although I must tip the work of David Grove, Norman Vaughton, James Lawley and Penny Tompkin with being of massive value here). Personally I developed my facilitation skills as much (more?) through ‘Street/Impromptu Hypnosis’ and performing as a Magician and Mentalist as through doing changework. In these fields it is not enough to leave people slightly disorientated but with a promise of change, becasue…

…you absolutely need to shift experience right there on the spot…

…or the whole thing doesn’t work.

This is the first piece of what Transformative Facilitation is all about:

Precision facilitation of process and experience in ways that are applicable to changework and personal transformation.

And this brings us neatly on to the next bit!


2. Most Hypnotherapists and NLPers try to artificially force change through rather than harmonising with natural processes of stasis and change.

I mentioned above that I have often heard the story:

“I went to see a hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner about (problem), and it was really good for a couple of weeks, and then…”

Now I have heard this story about other Hypnotherapists and NLPers, and I have also heard this story from my own clients when I have gone for a force change through kind of approach, rather than one that honours the client and their natural stasis/change processes (including the rules of their personal ‘operating system’).

One of the big problems with much NLP and Hypnotherapy is that it is about MAKING stuff happen. The problem with this is that as human beings we are complex systems, and when we try and make stuff happen, we are changing an element of the system out of synch with the rest of that system. When we do this, the result goes either 1 of 2 ways.

1. The changes ‘ripple out’ and transform the whole system to harmonise with it.

2. The system changes the changed element back in order to restore equilibrium.

And the truth is, when you ignore the system and how it works, the latter is more commonly true.

(NOTE: with very simple problems that are not really tied in to the broader system, this is not really so much of an issue… but those kind of problems are actually quite rare.)

Again, NLP goes part way to addressing this through introducing the concept of ‘ecology’ (watching out for the system) and ‘ecology checks’, but there is a problem in that NLP doesn’t really teach how to do genuinely effective ‘ecology checks’.

Now the NLP ecology check seems to be not a lot more than just ‘asking the unconscious’ to smooth things over.  The problem with this is that, as nice as it would be to think so, the ‘unconscious mind’ is not actually all seeing, all wise and all powerful (and, I would argue, doesn’t really exist as such, but that is not a discussion for today).

So how do we get around this?

Well, the trick is to stop forcing change through (regardless of whether you believe you have permission from ‘the unconscious’) and start understanding the natural processes of stasis/change, so you…

…set the conditions whereby ecological change can just happen all by itself.

And it’s just that simple! People can always learn and change effectively and rapidly given the right conditions, and as an effective Transformative Facilitator, your job is to know how to set those conditions and to gently and respectfully facilitate change (facilitate, not force).

Now let me once again be clear about this:

Transformative Facilitation is a precision process – not some wishy washy recruiting of ‘the unconscious’.

In learning this approach you will learn how to facilitate your client in setting up high quality internal feedback and learning systems, this is truly gold – through doing this, you are…

…setting the clients system to utilise feedback and make adjustments so as transformative change can develop and grow.

To put it another way, as you facilitate change, you are…

…simultaneously building a neurological/psychological ‘engine of change’ that will take care of ‘ecology’ over time!

Now DO NOT underestimate the difference that this makes!

So What Will I Be Learning?

On this training you will be learning and focusing on 2 key elements to effective changework:

1. How to facilitate transformative process with precision and clarity

2. How to set a clients system up to continue to adjust and grow the change (building the ‘change engine’)

And you will be learning them in vivid detail – no stone unturned – because the focus of this training is squarely on quality rather than quantity (you will not be learning hundreds of ‘techniques’ you will be developing clear skill-set and a coherent approach).

There will be plenty of demonstration and plenty of skill-building practise along with just enough conceptual information to underpin the learning. You will also be learning a couple of highly effective ‘stand-alone’ processes, but from the perspective of developing an understanding of the relevant principles and skills, rather than learning ‘black-box’ change techniques.

Essentially the training is all about knowing what to do, how to do it an why – all from the perspective of getting lasting change.

I’m Interested! How do I book?

Now let me be clear!

I know people who are running 5 day ‘hypnotherapy’ trainings in their ‘patent techniques’ for £2500 upwards, and I know student who have come off them with a set of ‘black-box’ techniques and no way of troubleshooting them when they go wrong.

I do not want to do that!

My interest here is sharing some expertise that I know will make a huge difference to you as a changeworker and/or coach, if you are not yet sure that you can guarantee your results – so I want to make this as affordable as I can.

So I am not going to charge in the thousands, but in the hundreds. I am going to make just 10 places available at…


Just £879 when Booked today!


But Wait!!!

You don’t even need to pay that today!

If you know you want to book on right now, you can reserve your place for…

Only £280

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(leaving a balance to pay of £599 to be paid by 2 week prior to commencement)

Who is this workshop for?

Anyone who is interested in working professionally with clients as an effective agent of change.


Is Transformative Facilitation a form of hypnosis?

I would say that it is the very essence of hypnosis, but what you won’t find are cheesy old trance inductions or a lot of overt hypnotic phenomena (much as I love the overt stuff). This make Transformative Facilitation as useful to Corporate Coaches as Private Changework Practitioners.

What this workshop is NOT!

This is not a qualification in psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, it is about equipping you with the skills and knowledge to help people affect powerful cognitive, emotive and behavioural change.

It is also NOT an NLP training. If you have learned NLP you are going to learn a lot of new principles and approaches here that will make your NLP work more effective and help you avoid the hidden pitfalls of NLP.


This workshop assumes prior knowledge of either Hypnosis or NLP. I will not be teaching either Hypnosis Without Trance or NLP on this workshop, although any skills that you bring can be integrated

If you are particularly keen to attend this workshop, and haven’t studied Hypnosis, NLP or HWT before, please contact me personally before booking:

OK, I think that is all you need to know, but if you have any questions, please do contact me!

£897 When Booked today!

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All the very best

James Tripp

Booking Terms and Conditions

NOTE – This workshop will be filmed, and by attending you are consenting to being filmed!

Cancellations, Refunds and Transfers

A 50% refund of the agreed price is payable as refund for all cancellation requests received in writing 28 days prior to commencement of the course. We offer no refund for cancellations made after 28 days prior to commencement of the course.

Alternatively you may wish to transfer your booking to a later equivalent course. A £75 additional transfer fee is payable on all transfers.

Cancellation by Hypnosis Without Trance (HWT)

In the unlikely event of cancellation by HWT you will receive a refund in full for all monies paid.

Alternatively you may choose a 10% refund and transfer to the next scheduled equivalent course.


HWT reserve the right to make changes as required to course formats (excluding course duration). We also reserve the right to make minor venue changes if necessary. Aside from these points all courses will be delivered as stipulated in the course description.

HWT, or representatives therof, are not responsible for additional costs such as travel and accommodation.

Additional Notes

Prior to the commencement of the course you will be required to sign a statement that you are physically and mentally fit to partake in the training, as well as consent forms pertaining to audio and video recording (workshops are often recorded for the purpose of evaluation. Occasionally we use recordings in marketing and educational materials).

Delegates are also expected to treat each other and all trainers, assistants and guests with respect and to receive evaluation and feedback with good grace and an open mind. In order to ensure an enjoyable and effective learning experience for all, we reserve the right (as a last resort) to expel without refund any delegate who behaves disruptively or is disrespectful to others.