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The Master Practitioner

Welcome to the world of Modern Applied Psychology  - a client centered approach to deep inner healing, therapeutic intervention and success coaching

Two levels of training: Practitioner and Master Practitioner.

Practitioner level:

Full Practitioner of NLP + Hypnotherapy + Language & Dynamics of the Unconscious + Coaching Strategies & Resolving the Originating Issue

Master Practitioner level:

Full Master Practitioner of NLP + Advanced Hypnotherapy + Psychobiology (Mind-Body Healing) + Past Life Regression + Affective Neuroscience + Modeling & Accelerated Learning + Creating Workshops & Presentation Skills Training



Next course: Practitioner MAP  -  training 6 weekends over 12 months.  Chippenham, Wiltshire.
10am to 5pm


Proposed training dates:

25th February - introduction Saturday
29th & 30th April - training days 2 & 3
23rd & 24th of June - training days 4 & 5
18th & 19th August - training days 6 & 7
13th & 14th October  - training days 8 & 9
25th & 26th November   - training days 10 & 11 

27th January 2018  - the Practitioner exam

For course fees and syllabus, please read the information below ...

The Master Practitioner Training will give you ...


A wide breadth of knowledge from the latest and traditional schools of thought in Modern Applied Psychology
Your chance to open new pathways of personal development and success ...


  • The space to fully develop practical skills over a period of time in a supportive and encouraging environment.
  •  On going personal coaching and support through your training journey and beyond.
  • Insurance cover for you to work with your skills in client practice. 
  • Your certificate of excellence is only achieved after your successful completion of the externally invigilated examination (written and practical) concluding each level of your training ...


Models of Reality: the Underlying Themes of Modern Applied Psychology

Common Ground:

Six principal schools of Modern Applied Psychology share a common ground.

These schools and their creators, or key figures are:

  • Hypnotherapy Milton H. Erickson (1902 1980).
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
  • Psychobiology Ernest Lawrence Rossi.
  • Logical levels - Robert Dilts
  • Family Therapy Virginia Satir (1916 1988).

NLP itself is comprised of Milton Erickson's hypnotic language patterns, Virginia Satire's family therapy and a little of the gestalt therapy of Fritz Perls; the work of Dilts, Wayatt and Woodsmall were later absorbed into the canon of NLP.

In general, NLP practitioners, while heavily utilizing the work of Milton Erickson hold the view that Hypnosis is somehow different from NLP, and Hypnotherapies sometimes speak of 'doing' a bit of NLP in their training; again, talking as if these two disciplines are distinctly different and only tacitly related. The brilliant, in my opinion, Psychobiology work of Rossi is largely ignored by the NLP community and the role of Dilts goes largely unacknowledged by the ordinary NLP practitioner. In essence, all of the above are different ways of approaching one single objective; to be able to apply language in a relationship with a human being in order to initiate and bring into being a desired change; whether it is a matter of resolving an issue, learning something new, creating new behaviours or elevating a great skill into excellence.

Even an Olympian has a coach and these skills may be used to powerfully coach the mind.


Since the early 1970's a new approach to helping people change has been evolving. It is now widely used in the fields of education, therapy, training, business, health, and advanced personal development. It covers a broad range of psychological approaches and philosophies. It is powerful and very fast in comparison with older more traditional styles of coaching, counseling and psychology. It is sometimes radical, adventurous, complex and seemingly simple. It is highly effective in guiding people to becoming Master communicators able to take control over their own lives and create brighter, more rewarding futures. It is the most advanced system of knowledge regarding the way you work. It is called NLP: this course provides anyone from any field of career or lifestyle with new pathways to excellence.

NLP was created in the early 1970's when Richard Bandler and John Grinder noted homogeneous patterns in the therapeutic styles; the underlying approach, language and manners of verbal and non-verbal expression between Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson.


Essentially, Satir and Erickson both used their individual expression of language in such a way that when a client was present with them in a room, the client's problems and issues would become enduringly resolved. Both Erickson and Satir's methodology was to engage the client on a deep level of consciousness that would enable the client's representation of the world to change. Neuroplasticity allows new pathways of thought to bring into being a change in the client's model of the world, which induces a change in their relationship with the world itself. Consequently, new behaviours are bought into being; past issues resolved and old paradigms may now placed to one side in favour of new pathways. Hypnosis enables you to communicate directly with your unconscious - the part of your mind where the origins and roots of a problem are stored. Your unconscious also holds the key to life's solutions. Your unconscious can now help you learn these skills faster than you have yet been able to imagine.

Bandler and Grinder enthusiastically set about analysing and modeling both the specific internal processes, and the external, observable language of Satir and Erickson and others, such as Fritz Perls. The amalgamation of these disciplines formed a new two-fold linguistic model, along with a working methodology, which came to be known as NLP. NLP is one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology. It explores patterns of excellence and gives you the practical skills used by outstanding communicators. Neuro linguistics is more than just a therapy: It is the art and technology of learning and communications that is already changing and shaping education, business and our understanding of the human condition.

Rossi worked alongside Milton Erickson in his later years, researching and writing with him. During the 1980's, Rossi further refined his theories on Psychobiology and presented his findings in 1986. As language, both verbal and non-verbal  impact the brain via the nervous system, and the brain controls the systems neuro and biochemical within the body - so words can directly influence the body. The emerging science of psychobiology addresses this directly with communication and language patterns. This enables you to accelerate the body's natural healing process and provides you with further, in depth understanding of the mind and the nature of people.


Robert Dilts has made a great contribution to the body of NLP, with pioneering work on identifying different levels of logic in which dynamics of thought may be processed. These logical levels reveal themselves through expressions in communication, which enable the practitioner distinguish and identify the most appropriate methods and techniques with which to enable the client to achieve their goal.

Modern Applied Psychology is a synthesis of each of these models and schools of thought. When their names are placed to one side and their techniques, orientation and methodology are considered, the practitioner is presented with a framework of how to apply language in order to bring a desired change into being. This integrated approach, comprising the models and works outlined above, is unique to the New Pathways training of David Charles Rowan. Developed from the work of Michael Harrison in 1994, MAP continues to adapt and evolve as new insights are discovered, including those from the emerging field of Affective Neuroscience.

To use language to explore the landscape of another's world; to both inform and influence is nothing new. However, applying language to the task in a particular and focused way opens a whole new world of possibilities for both practitioner and client alike. Experiencing modern applied psychology  will provide you with the essential skills with which you may open doors in your life and enjoy new pathways.


Sample Videos:

Making Something Easier - part 1
Making something easier  - part 2
Tales of changing conditioned responses
An example of how misplaced language can create more problems


Innovation ... because You Have Vision


Although NLP was created as a technology some time ago now many people still consider NLP to be a new and innovative approach. Much of what NLP has to offer has already filtered though into mainstream psychology, so you might well be familiar with some NLP concepts without yet realising it. Many modern business courses in management, sales, and others use the guiding principles of NLP without providing the background or even attributing the source of the information to the wealth of knowledge that is NLP:- 'a little knowledge ...'

 Psychology Today describes NLP as 'The most powerful tool for change today'.

Creating new pathways in Modern Applied Psychology, NLP greatly enhances your ability to create changes and achieve specific results without having to analyze the past or 're-live' traumas as old pains. Working with your unconscious, NLP allows you to achieve results that were once inconceivable.

 NLP takes the view that all behaviour; problems, skills, talents, weaknesses and strengths, have a structure ... and that structure can be modeled, learned, taught, and changed (re-programmed).



Learning @ Mastery Level


This unique training in MAP will take you beyond your concepts of excellence - this is only for you if you want Advanced Self Development


What happens ?

In each module; Practitioner and Master Practitioner, there are 11 Training Days, 3 in-class practice days, 18 hours outside-class practice; 102 hours in total, more than double the training hours required by the ANLP: the Association of NLP (2013) and there is also your examination day (examination is both written and practical and externally invigilated). During a training day you will receive new information and learn a variety of techniques of how to assist others to bring about change by experiencing the techniques for yourself. You will then review and practice what you learn from training days, keeping a log of your experiences. This dual process of acquisition and consolidation enables you to integrate what you learn far more readily; and since we are learning a topic of how to train our own minds, it makes sense to use what we learn to accelerate your learning speed using methods that tap into the power of both the conscious and your unconscious:- and we integrate all of these approaches into one programme. You attend the training days and the practice sessions and learn at a speed which feels comfortable and yet, 'Somehow develops quickly'.


What will it do for me ?

Learn MAP to Master Practitioner level and you will be able to create the life you really want. You will be at the leading edge of MAP that will open up doors of opportunity in the Talking Therapies of  'people helping', Healing, Business, Education and all forms of communication. You will progress along a path of Advanced Self-development that gives you the tools to create great opportunities.


How do I achieve Mastery ?

No real Master gets to the top of any activity in only a few weeks. Simply attend each training day and complete the required hours of practice every month. This means you can accommodate your diary and have little, or no disruption to your work and have plenty of opportunity to Master what you learn - We insist on it! This gives you the time to assimilate your training and apply this to all areas of your life and also help others as you are learning.


People learn best when they enjoy what they are doing. We think you will enjoy the informal, friendly atmosphere and our professional approach to training and NLP. Along with your personal experience of MAP with practical exercises, video clips of the best in the fields of NLP and also video clips from the world of entertainment help to provide you with a complete understanding of Modern Applied Psychology and the structures of excellence in human communications.



A wonderful learning environment


Because people learn best when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves we feel it is important that the training is both informal and friendly, as well as reverent and professional.

Learning is fun !  and in the Master Practitioner Training there is more for you to experience than just healing and resolving your own issues while you train. To illustrate the techniques and strategies of MAP we watch a variety of video clips, ranging from Richard Bandler's amazing work with a schizophrenic to comedians such as Eddie Izzard and David Allen demonstrating body language and the power of ambiguity.

The tranquility of the Wiltshire countryside provides a sharp contrast to the bustle of modern living and students find this enchanting environment adds a great deal of value to their learning experience. For larger classes, the nearby city of Bath provides the perfect environment for creating a new view of the world.

Throughout your training you are offered constant guidance and support on your journey to Mastery. This extends far beyond your training: whether you commence professional practice with your skills, or not, you are always welcome to ask questions and seek support from your trainer, David Charles Rowan.



"David's style of presentation is very relaxed and informal. He avoids the use of complicated jargon yet includes the NLP terms that are necessary knowledge for Practitioners. Items recorded by David from television programmes cleverly demonstrate NLP skills and techniques used in entertaining situations, which add fun to the learning process.

David works with very small groups which creates a safe and comfortable learning environment. The groups are large enough to enable trainees to work together in learning and demonstrating the therapeutic techniques, and small enough to receive individual attention when required.

David's knowledge of the subject is vast and his enthusiasm for the subject is inspirational. I came away from the one day experience with a level of confidence that I had not received from my previous experiences and training in NLP."

A.R. Nicholls



This unique opportunity to train in close contact with David Charles Rowan is being offered at a special investment rate for the full programme, along with a range of payment options tailored to meet specific needs:


The Full Programme:

Practitioner & Master Practitioner modules concurrently full qualification in: NLP, including Modern Hypnosis and Psychobiology

Both modules paid in-full in-advance:- Master Practitioner NLP 5500.00


Payment Plans



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To book your placement online, please call 07919 555 275 during office hours, or email: MAP@davidrowan.co.uk to secure your placement and obtain your booking reference. You can pay in the olde ways with a cheque or cash or with a credit card - a paypal invoice is emailed to you which you can pay with your credit card.



Please note: While New Pathways and David Charles Rowan operates an equal opportunities policy to learning each attendee will only be considered for acceptance on a training course after an informal interview. An Application form and Contract is completed by each prospective student and your acceptance for a place on the course is dependent upon this combined with your interview. The tools you learn on this course enable you to facilitate changes in people's lives which are profound in magnitude; this calls for an attitude of reverence and professional responsibility on both my part and yours. All students are eligible for professional indemnity insurance upon completion of the Practitioner module.



A Truly Personal Training

A new unique adventure in Master Practitioner Training is now available - Private Training ...     

You can experience your journey to mastery with David Charles Rowan in a one-to-one, or small group (fewer than four students), private training environment.                     

  • Learn directly from an experienced trainer at your pace                                                                                                                                                                             

  •    Focus on the areas you need to learn the most

  • Receive guidance tailored specifically to your needs

  • Have a unique forum for learning and modeling

  • An opportunity to work personally with David Charles Rowan and build special working relationship                                                                 


Please Note:  


Private training with David Charles Rowan is subject to availability.


Private training incurs a one-off single payment surcharge, per-module (percentage calculated in reference to the ful module price, and not to the more expensive payment plans); in addition to the normal rates (see investment information above):


Private training one-to-one for a single individual: surcharge of 20%.

Private training for two students: surcharge of 15% per person. 

Private training for three students: surcharge of 10% per person.



To book your placement online, please call 07919 555 275 during office hours, or email: MAP@davidrowan.co.uk to secure your placement and obtain your booking reference. You can pay in the olde ways with a cheque or cash or with a credit card - a paypal invoice is emailed to you which you can pay with your credit card.
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