PCW (Provocative Change Works) 3rd Generation 12 month Development Programme (2023-2024)

Join the 3rd Generation PCW 12 Month Programme. Places are strictly limited. £100 deposit secures your place.

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We are taking deposits for the forthcoming 3rd Generation PCW (Provocative Change Works) Development Programme. The programme will run from autumn 2023 for 12 months.This page contains details about content, format, training dates, cost and the process for joining.

Learn About The 3rd Generation PCW Programme

Join us for an amazing 12 months immersive, fun and challenging programme and be at the forefront of the next phase of development of the Provocative Change Works (PCW) model.

Are you interested in:

  • Taking your conversational change and influence skills to a whole new level?
  • Undertaking continual professional development in a supportive and dynamic environment?
  • Learning how to work in the here and now with presence and connections?
  • Exploring how to deal with challenging client issues that often don’t get resolved with standard approaches?
  • Learning advanced communication skills that can be used in a range of environments including coaching, therapy, training, business, education as well as for personal development?
  • Discovering a unique model that was influenced by the effective Provocative Therapy approach developed by Frank Farrelly?
  • Developing a fluidity and confidence to create your own bespoke techniques to assist with client change?
  • Being part of a growing international community of highly successful coaches, therapists and trainers?

Whether you are a coach, NLPer, hypnotherapist, therapist, work in business, education or interested in your own continuing personal development, PCW can provide you with skills and tools to enhance what you do and a great opportunity to explore a model with a range of practical applications in a wide range of areas.

Here's just a summary of what this fantastic programme is all about. The training:

  • provides a unique and excellent opportunity to learn the art of Provocative Change Works live with its creator Nick Kemp.
  • Learn a unique model of change that builds on the amazing Provocative Therapy of Frank Farrelly and moves much further beyond
  • takes place over 12 months online and provides you with the opportunity to really develop your skills and gain confidence in using this elegant form of influence, communication and change work.
  • Is immersive and multi-layered and offers support throughout and opportunities for you to practice this amazing skills set and really hone your skills and expand your knowledge.
  • provides an opportunity to become a Certified Practitioner of PCW or Certified PCW specialist depending on previous experience (certification is not compulsory - you can still attend without going for certification).
  • provides a route for anyone who wishes to become an official Certified PCW Trainer.

This is the only currently planned online PCW certification training for 2023/2024

Nick Kemp

Nick Kemp the creator of PCW (Provocative Change Works) explains the thinking behind the development of the 3rd Generation PCW Programme.

Nick Kemp writes:

Oct 2023 will be the start of the third generation of PCW. This is specifically to expand and refine the PCW model as well as bringing Provocative Change Works to a wider audience. Previous experience of PCW is not essential to be part of these monthly trainings, which will also include 1 - 1 work and assignments. The training allows people to participate at all levels from complete beginners to more experienced students. Those with more experience will be helping run the group exercises and themselves be evaluated on their performance.

The difference with the third generation of PCW is that I will be expecting attendees to provide examples of using the model in their chosen field and attendees will be given slots on the monthly meetings to show their work. This allows me to see the skill level of people and their presentation skills which I needed to evaluate in order to sign off the first trainers in PCW. Again, I'm keen that this is not just a rubber stamp process that I've seen in NLP, and instead we maintain a higher quality of skill integration. We are aiming for quality, not quantity here and all certifications will be evaluated over the years so people maintain the best skill development.

Generation 3 PCW is also for those wanting continual professional development that would of course be standard in any other field of professional learning. This is the way we best learn and develop the model. I'm also mindful that this development means collaboration and using the "PCW hive mind" to share experiences of how the model can be used in a huge diversity of environments. This also means that the emphasis is not solely on myself.

There's a huge amount of time spent constructing the monthly trainings. This is because I am keen to make the best of the allocated time and to constantly push forward in expanding the model. For every hour live, its usually two hours planning. This also means I have to be realistic about pricing, so I balance funding my own time in creating these training opportunities and also giving people the best value for money. This is a certified course and there is an opportunity for practitioner, specialist and trainer PCW evaluations.

We are particularly interested in developing the model for use in the following areas:

  • Wellness (therapy and coaching)
  • Education
  • Business
  • Sport
  • Creativity

What Can You Expect When You Book On?

When you book on, you get the following over the 12 month programme:

  • 11 live workshop sessions with Nick Kemp* - (see dates and topics below).
  • Up to 8, 45 minute one to one sessions with Nick to enhance your skills and understanding
  • At least five additional optional practice sessions led by Advanced PCW Practitioner Joe Kao
  • Resources and assignments including a dynamic manual, video footage and assignments to complete between sessions
  • Access to an online group of smart like-minded people where you can ask questions, discuss PCW, get support and arrange practice sessions with fellow attendees
  • Complementary attendance at selected related events
  • Certification (see below)
  • Over 60 hours of training

* Should you not be able to make a particular session you will be provided with access to the recording of the session so you don't miss out.

Interested In Certification?

The programme teaches advanced conversational change and influence skills usable in a wide range of personal and professional contexts.  While it is possible to attend the programme without going for certification, we are aware that many people will want to work towards certification.

The programme will provide the opportunity for you to getting certified in one of the following:

  • Provocative Change Works (PCW) Practitioner
  • Specialist Provocative Change Works (PCW) Practitioner
  • Provocative Change Works (PCW) Trainer

Certification is not guaranteed and is contingent on meeting requirements and demonstrating evidence of skills an

Nick Kemp writes:

"I’m keen that all certifications are not box ticking exercises or simply certifications of attendance, but rather represent genuine skill development. Frank Farrelly would always say “Show me the evidence” and therefore those wanting certification will be expected to submit case studies and demonstrate the skills in live settings throughout the programme".

Who Is The Programme For?

The programme is ideal for anyone who wants to develop high level advanced conversational change and influence skills. 

Attendees on our previous programmes have come from a range of backgrounds including: therapy, sports coaching, training, business, NHS, complementary therapy, hypnosis, NLP and academia.

The programme is open to people who:

  • want to explore PCW for the first time
  • want to combine PCW with other modalities
  • have experience of PCW and want to take their skills further
  • want to specialise in particular areas

Outline Of The Programme

The programme comprises 4 modules consisting of three workshops with Nick as well as homework, resources and practice sessions throughout.

Module 1.

The Art of Provocation

Module 1 Includes the following –

  • Lighting the fuse with Frank Farrelly’s Provocative Therapy
  • Deconstruction of Frank Farrelly unreleased video footage
  • The misconceptions about “provocation”
  • How to work as a therapist/coach
  • Exploration of the 40 stances used in the PCW model.
  • Exploring psychoeducation in client sessions
  • Why PCW works equally well in coaching, therapy, academia, business and sport.
  • Exercises in being a client and a coach using PCW
  • Examples of client cases
  • 1 – 1 live sessions with Nick

Module 2.

Trance and Time Framing

Includes the following –

  • How trancework expands and compliments the 40 PCW stances
  • The two techniques NLP developer Steve Andreas voted the best of all tools for working with clients.
  • The template for exploring how to deconstruct client problems.
  • The art of working conversationally in sessions
  • How simple is best when using hypnosis.
  • Dealing with specific client sessions including anxiety, phobias, anger and depression
  • Creating and utilising stories in client work
  • Creating a feedback loop using time for accelerated change
  • 1 – 1 live sessions with Nick

Module 3. Integration and Fractionation

Includes the following –

  • Using fractionation conversationally in sessions
  • Working with groups using PCW
  • How everything is essentially problem solving
  • Advanced use of stances used with hypnosis.
  • Applications of PCW in “wellness (therapy & coaching), business, sport and education
  • Advanced exploration of PCW stances and using stance combinations
  • Deconstructing client sessions

Module 4.

Show and Tell -The "Mystery Curveball Module"

This module will all be about “show and tell” and evaluation and demonstration of skills. Expect a highly unpredictable sessions which are all about working fluidity and in an improvised manner. This module will include evaluation for certifications and those seeking certifications will be asked to demonstrate work in sessions.

More About PCW

Provocative Change Works consists of three approaches to shift clients from “a stuck state” to a more fluid state, allowing for greater freedom and choice. This elegant conversational way of working requires the practitioner to pay close attention to client responses, whilst maintaining their own excellent state control.

These three approaches are:

  • Provoking or stimulating client responses by verbal and non verbal interactions
  • Using non-specific or indirect Hypnosis and metaphor explorations – to create “fluid states” for the client. Eliciting and challenging metaphors
  • Time Framing – Promoting new ways of moving through time and space

The PCW practitioner deliberately provokes (calls forth responses from) the client by adopting different discrete stances, which stimulate the client into new ways of thinking and feeling. The practitioner seeks out resistances in the client and then approaches most what the client seeks to avoid in the discussion, and identifies the client’s “blind spots”, using a great deal of humour and by working in an improvised manner. This means “running suggestions up the flagpole” and seeing if the client responds. The practitioner creates the movement in the session and can be talking for large sections of the interaction which is very different to many other talk therapy approaches.

Great use is made of “sensory rich language”, and the full expression of this, to engage the client, and thus take them on a journey outside their existing beliefs and experience, to a new sense of freedom. The practitioner works in a multi layered way without the limitations of some conventions found in many talk therapy approaches, such as removing the impression of “formal therapy as much as possible from the interaction. The key attitude of interacting as if chatting to an old friend means that the practitioner quickly creates real rapport with the client and the client often discusses the issue as it is rather than how they believe “they should respond” in this clinical situation.

Many witnessing this style of working can be initially quite surprised at the amount of energy, fun and honesty that results from this approach. This makes the client session very much like any interaction between old friends where each person may interrupt the other, tease the other, wander off the point and behave in other ways which typify such encounters. This apparent freedom is of course underpinned by all the ethical and professional principles of good clinical practice. The benefit of this is that one can have warm caring and human interactions, which enables the client to find their own solutions from a new and useful state.

A big influence on the development of Provocative Change Works was Frank Farrelly who Nick knew personally. PCW incorporates elements of Frank's traditional Provocative Therapy as well as including a range of additional approaches within the PCW model.

'Provocation' in the context of PCW and change work

The term provocation in PCW is often misunderstood. In this clip below Nick explains what provocation means in the context of PCW and how it is used.


Training Dates

The dates for the live online workshops with Nick Kemp are below.  These are delivered via Zoom and run from 10am- 2:30pm UK Time.

Oct 14

Nov 18th

Dec 16

Jan 13

Feb 10

March 9th

April 13th

May 11th

June 8th

July 13th

Sept 14th

Optional practice sessions

These are live online sessions led by certified Advanced PCW Practitioner Joe Kao.  These usually run from 10am-11:30am approximately UK time on a Saturday.  Dates TBC.

We also encourage participants who wish to, to meet up between sessions and arrange to practice during the programme

One to One Sessions with Nick

You will be entitled to up to 8 one to one sessions with Nick. These will last up to 45 minutes  and take place via Zoom or Skype. These will be arranged at mutually convenient times.

Your Investment

Delivered over 12 months the programme provides an excellent opportunity to develop advanced skills in change work in an immersive and supportive environment.

The total cost for the programme is £2,099. We can arrange a quarterly or monthly payment instalment plan - please contact us if this is of interest at info@aetherandalchemy.net

We are also offering a referral payment. If you refer someone who books on you will receive an affiliate payment – contact use for details.

Ready To Take The Next Step?

If you are as excited about this programme as we are, and want to join us, the process is below.  Places are strictly limited so that Nick can fulfil the requirement to ensure quality and provide sufficient time for each participant. 

If you want to join us, £100 deposit secures your place. Click on the 'book Now' button to pay the deposit. Once you have paid that we will be in touch to make arrangements for payment of the balance which can be paid in full before 10th October or we can arrange a quarterly or monthly payment plan to spread payments.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions contact us at info@aetherandalchemy.net and we would be happy to help.

What People Are Saying....

We have had great feedback on the PCW trainings we have run. People get a lot out of it and often come back to develop their skills further. Here are just a selection of the great things that have been said about PCW and Nick.

“Do you know Nick Kemp? – (he is) exceptionally bright, and I have immensely enjoyed communicating…The kind of exchanges that I have been having… are the kind of activities that I think can really advance the field. He has modeled two different simple processes which are part of his Provocative Change Works™ set of tools for working with anxiety and other strong emotions that I have found enormously useful in working with clients. He has also modeled the different patterns in Frank Farrelly’s Provocative Therapy so that they are easy to learn. In addition, he is everything you might wish for in a colleague – available, creative, and eager to discuss ideas and learn as well as teach.”

Steve Andreas, NLP Developer and Author

"You are totally disarming and beyond formalisation. There is an ease and naturalness about you and you make people relax really quickly. You got the power man!”

Frank Farrelly on Nick Kemp (June 16th 2006)

“Nick Kemp makes Provocative Therapy accessible to NLP trained coaches and therapists. My recommendation is to get his DVD set from the workshop in Boulder Colorado, watch DVD number 6 – an excellent example of what can be done – and then go back to the beginning and learn how he does it. You may be surprised how much of NLP already depends on provocation! “

Richard Bolstad, International NLP Trainer, Psychotherapist

“Unassuming and yet beneath that quite persona there is a depth of knowledge and integrity. Very likable and easily approachable, Nick has that magical knack of making people feel good and his methodology is so easily understood that his workshops are refreshingly effective. I will recommend Nick to anyone wanting to have the tools for a better life.”

Dr A Abraham, India

“I have known Nick Kemp for a number of years as both personal friend and mentor… no one has done more to promote Frank Farrelly and his highly effective treatment modality of “Provocative Therapy” than Nick Kemp. In 2004 when both myself and Nick met Frank Farrelly for the first time, the only readily available material was the classic 1973 book, “Provocative Therapy.” Since that meeting, Nick and Frank have become firm friends and there is no doubt the rest of us have benefitted enormously from this unique relationship. Now with numerous audio and DVD training products produced and promoted by Nick Kemp, Frank Farrelly’s work is more readily accessible than ever before.
With this is mind, I had the very great pleasure of attending Nick’s first “Provocative Change Works” course in Leeds. Having extensively studied Provocative Therapy and seen Frank work one-to-one sessions live with clients on several occasions, I was astonished at the level of expertise demonstrated on the stage. I have no doubt that with his modelling skills, Nick Kemp has managed to “get” the PT model in its entirety. Watching Nick interact with his clients left me in no doubt that he is the very embodiment of Frank’s humour, wit, skill and flexibility. I suspect that anyone familiar with Frank Farrelly’s style of working will get that spine tingling sense of familiarity when watching Nick work and that the mantle of Frank’s ground breaking work has truely found its lineage, and his experience and dedication to detail makes him one of the best trainers and change work therapists in the UK today.”

Andrew T Austin, Therapist and Author

“I’ve been studying the PCW model with Nick for a while now and the more I learn the more I understand the nuance and skill of this approach. Initially it can seem almost random and hard to judge what is going on. But having worked with clients utilising this approach I have found it highly effective and brings about significant shifts in how they think about their problem.Nick himself is a very generous man, who is genuinely interested in sharing what he has learnt, and sharing his experiences with others. If you’re curious about discovering a different approach to your skills then I highly recommend attending one of his courses.”

Brooke Hender Hypnotherapist

Where will the training be held?

Online via Zoom

What are the training times?

14th October, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
18th November, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
16th December, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
13th January, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
10th February, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
9th March, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
13th April, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
11th May, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
8th June, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
13th July, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK
14th September, 2024
10:00am - 2:30pm UK

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