Social Panoramas, Identity and Therapy. This online training program represents a meeting of minds between Andrew T. Austin and Lucas Derks. In their clinical practices Austin and Derks have both explored psychotherapy focusing on the aspects of identity. Working for many years independently of each other and largely ignorant of each other's existence they began to arrive at some surprisingly similar conclusions when it came to creating expertise in psychotherapeutic change.
They met for the first time in 2011 in Boulder, Colorado when they were both invited by Steve and Connirae Andreas to present at their annual Advanced Mastery Training. From that time, Derks and Austin have exchanged and developed ideas to further their work.
"It seems strange to me that so much of modern psychotherapy has become fixated on exploring how people feel rather than who they are. Changing feelings is easy enough to do, just give your client a nice cup of tea and oodles of kind attention but this is usually only temporary and is what I like to call 'cheap and cheerful change.' Working therapeutically with identity produces a much more stable and longer lasting therapeutic change. For practitioners, understanding identity change requires a deep understanding and quite a lot of hard work..." Andrew T. Austin
Lucas Derks, famous for his work in Social Panoramas and identity, says in answer to the question of what Social Panoramas work can achieve:
"Expel evil spirits! Rebuild the foundations of people's model of the social world. Change the place people believe is theirs in society. Break nasty identification patterns. Help people see themselves as equal to others: help them to create positive self-images. And doing this very directly, from understanding how people create social problems and how people may change them for better social constructions." Lucas Derks
Working with identity may well seem strange to many NLP practitioners and hypnotherapists who are usually more familiar with working with "state" (i.e. feelings). Identity is something that is so often overlooked, along with status games and Social Panoramas. This is something that Derks and Austin seek to change with projects such as Identity Panorama.
Psychotherapist, social psychologist, artist, musician, author and described by Andrew T. Austin as, "The cleverest man I have ever met", Most widely known for his work in social panoramas, Lucas Derks was born on November 19, 1950 and lives in Holland. From 1973 up to 1976 he was teaching drawing and painting at the `De Werkschuit' Zeist/Bilthoven. He followed a didactical training. From the age of ten onward his talent in the visual arts had been the guiding line. He was mainly painting in oil and tempera: solo exposition in 1980 and 1983. It's brilliant stuff, you can see some of his work here: Lucas's art on Facebook.
From approximately 1970 onward he developed a stong interest in psychology and started a full time study social psychology in 1976; completing his masters degree 1982. Spending six months in Africa during his university years he completed his thesis on pragmatism. He became acquainted with the work of Bandler and Grinder (NLP) in March 1977.
He followed this in 1983 a NLP practitioner's training with the New York Training Institute for NLP; 1985 NLP masters training at the Institute for Eclectic Psychology in Nijmegen Holland.
From 1980 to 1986 also working as a researcher for several important Dutch art museums (Het Rijksmuseum; Het Centraal museum, Van Gogh museum; Maritiem museum Prins Hendrik) subject: Visitor behaviour at large expositions.
In 1986 he choose to devote himself exclusively to NLP and related things. Then he co-founded The William James Foundation, that was dissoved in 2006. He published a novel that was won an award in 1992 and followed with another novel in 2009.
Lucas wrote seven psychology books. He teamed up with the Dutch NLP trainers Jaap Hollander and Anneke Durlinger.
Ever since he has been doing free-lance jobs as a trainer at the Stichting voor Educatieve en Therapeutische Hypnose; SON Opleidingen BV te Eindhoven; Instituut voor Eclectische Psychologie and many other places in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungaria, Finland, Suriname, Serbia, Brazil, England, New Zealand, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Malta and Austria.
From 1993 on, he became involved in the develeopement of new methods in the field of social systems: The Social Panorama. The connection between the pragmatic field of NLP with social psychology has become his mayor activity over the last decade.
Lucas Derks has two main websites, The International Laboratory For Mental Space Research and Social Panoramas.
Born in 1971, Andrew T. Austin is one of the UK's most sought after therapist. He runs trainings courses internationally and still sees clients for one to one sessions in the South of England. With his work heavily influenced by British psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and Chicago based innovator and writer, Charles Faulkner, Andrew T. Austin has innovated a number of therapeutic processes and models including Metaphors of Movement and Integral Eye Movement Therapy.
Austin used to work as a nurse having worked in Accident and Emergency, cardiac surgery and neurosurgery, having worked primarily at Southampton General Hospital.
The author of the best selling book, "The Rainbow Machine - Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal" Andrew T. Austin is known for his quirky and often controversial style, good looks and no nonsense attitude.