A SUMMARY OF TONY LENART'S PERSONAL (& SPIRITUAL) DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND
* Tony Lenart's Personal Development & Counselling Qualifications
* The difference between the "Psychological" framework and the "Personal Development" framework
* The three major elements of successful counselling
* Links to Testimonials, Courses attended, Tony's book, "Pearls of Wisdom", and Tony's Corporate Training Background
Often people think that knowledge is all we need to change. Yet just because someone knows that smoking is harmful doesn't mean that they'll choose to give it up. And even if they decide to quit smoking it doesn't mean they'll necessarily succeed. We're all aware that change requires more than just knowedge and commitment. Fortunately, however, we can change virtually anything in our lives, and can help others to change their lives (if they so wish) if we know enough about our emotions and the inner workings of our conscious, subconscious and super-conscious minds.
For the last 30 years, Tony has been committed to developing himself, and helping others to develop. Even as a child, he would attend seminars, partly as a student seeking to improve himself, but also as a future teacher - learning training skills from his teachers, and observing which approaches created the most improvements amongst other students.
His capacity to help people to transform their lives has made an enormous difference to those who have utilised his services. Whether he is helping someone to improve his/her marriage, to be happier or more confident, to deal with the loss of a partner or child, to become a multi-millionaire, or to end a war and become Vice-President, Tony utilises his deep wisdom and understanding to step into the shoes of the person he is working with - and to act as a personal guide through the inner terrain of his client's mind, attitudes, approaches, assumptions, beliefs, etc. - in order to help his client to achieve all s/he wishes.
Shown below are some of the modalities/therapies/personal development approaches which Tony has studied and uses where appropriate. He believes that if you know 100's of alternative approaches then you can choose whatever is most appropriate and effective for the person (or people) you're working with. This gives you the ability to be as effective and as respectful of your clients/students no matter what their religious or other beliefs are - and allows you to design a program which they feel comfortable with and which will achieve the greatest results possible.
And although he may not use any of these therapies while doing group training, his understanding of how we can change enables him to design programs in a way that will create noticable results.
Cognitive, Behavioural, Psychoanalytic, and Humanistic
Psychologies; NLP, Time Line Therapy, Ericsonian Hypnosis,
Clinical Hypnotherapy, Guided Visualisations, Gestalt &
Cathartic therapies; Rational Emotive Therapy, Inner Child
work, Bioenergetics and other body work, Connected
Breathing/Rebirthing, Various forms of Regression including
ISIS, Hypnotic, Genealogical, Past Life etc., Reiki, Various
forms of Yoga, Rogerian Counselling, Luscher colour testing,
Core Transformation, Primal Therapy, Spiritual Healing,
Transactional Analysis, Eye Gazing and other vision/love
processes, Jungian approaches (including MBTI), dozens of
Meditative therapies, (a small amount of Kinesiology, Eye
Movement Desensitisation, Aromatherapy, Astrology, Bach
Flower Remedies, and Psychodrama); and numerous
methodologies and processes Tony has developed himself.
Tony isn't religious. But he is a very spiritual person. His extensive study of religion has led him to see love as the core of all religions - and this is what he teaches. He's been invited to teach about Buddhism alongside H.H. the Dalai Lama, presented on Hinduism alongside H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and helped tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims in a variety of countries to become better, more loving, Christians and Muslims.
He never imposes any religious or spiritual view on clients. But if they are strongly religious, then he will use their beliefs to help them to become more successful, happier, more loving, and to contribute more through the work they do.
* Has 30 years experience testing, applying, researching and
teaching how to overcome personal problems and develop ourselves
* Spent up to 1000 hours/yr researching the field of Personal Development.
(300 hours p.a. is the workload of a part time university course, including all homework, assignment, exam preparation and other time. 600 hrs p.a. is a full time load.)
* Has completed an extremely intensive 5 month course (300hrs of coursework) specifically on counselling.
* Has written an number of books on Spiritual and Personal Development.
* Creating Success and Happiness
* Pearls of Wisdom
* Spiritual Realisations
* Uncommon Leadership
* More Pearls of Wisdom
* How to Change the World
* Financial Decision Making (Co-written with Assoc. Professor Mike Wallace)
* Accounting for the Sales and Marketing Function (Co-written with Bill Gwynne)
ACCREDITED TO TEACH:
* The Myers Briggs Type Indicator
* The D.I.S.C. Behavioural Profile
* The Innovate with CARE Profile
* The Dimensions of Leadership Profile
* The Listening Profile
* The Coping with Stress Profile
* The Adventures in Attitude Program
* Dip. Clin. Hyp. - Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy
* Certified Master Practitioner - Neuro Linguistic Programming
* Certified Master Practitioner - Ericsonian Hypnosis
* Certified Master Practitioner - Time Line Therapy
* Mastery and Service Graduate
* Creative Training Techniques
* Reiki - Levels 1 & 2
* Public Relations
* Basic First Aid (St John Ambulance)
* Wilderness First Aid
* National Speakers Association of Australia (non financial)
* American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming - Certified Master Practitioner
* Time Line Therapy Association - Certified Master Practitioner
HE ALSO HAS THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS QUALIFICATIONS:
B.Bus - Bachelor of Business Degree
(University of Technology, Sydney -Accounting Major, Marketing Specialisation.
Awarded the Center for Management Studies Scholarship in 1987 and 1988.)
Co. Dir. Dip. - Company Director's Diploma. (University of New England)
Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems (BSZ50198)
Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training (BSZ40198)
F.A.I.C.D. - Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A.F.A.I.M. - Associate Fellow, Australian Institute of Management .
A.F.A.M.I. - Associate Fellow, Australian Marketing Institute.
A.S.A. - Associate, Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.
A.A.I.E. - Associate, Australian Institute of Export (non financial)
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STANDARD "PSYCHOLOGICAL" FRAMEWORK AND THE "PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT" FRAMEWORK
Psychology as taught at University is normally a mixture of "rats
and stats" and is based around a framework of analysing other
people's problems - which often leads to the client feeling like they
are being judged and intellectually dissected by the psychologist. As
amazing as it may seem, it is possible to earn a Bachelors, Masters
and Doctorate in Psychology without learning any skills in Therapy or
The Personal Development framework is based on the counsellor developing himself (or herself) first, and only when (s)he has developed a reasonable degree of wisdom, and has been successful in living and applying this knowledge, can he be considered ready to help others in a professional capacity. For by having first worked on himself, he is able to empathise with, and have a deep understanding of what the client is going through - and thereby able to help the client through it.
As one client commented "I learnt more practical psychology (how to make my life work) in one weekend with Tony than in my entire Psychology degree".
1/ The counsellor has the ability to provide a totally accepting space which allows the clients to be themselves and to share themselves fully. (Stephen Covey uses the term "psychological air". Carl Rogers uses the term "Unconditional Acceptance".)
(Look at how open the counsellor is when you confront them -
with criticisms or with views that oppose their own)
2/ The counsellor is able to (subtly) direct clients in a
way which supports them understanding themselves, and changing their
outlook, attitudes, habits, beliefs and behaviours.
(This is dependent on the depth of the counsellor's understanding of the dynamics of personal development, the ability to understand the underlying causes of people's behaviour, and to simplify these into common sense distinctions that the client is supported in finding themselves.)
This can be observed by asking the counsellor questions about personal development and listening to the depth and clarity of their replies.
3/ The counsellor has walked the path (or one similar) him/herself.
(The counsellor needs to have spent a lot of time, energy, and focus developing themselves - so they have empathy for what the client is going through - and the experience to walk the path with the client.
This can be observed by the counsellor's level of openness (love, happiness, lack of defensiveness, openness to new ideas, congruence, ability to share themselves fully) and his level of power (ability to create the results he wants in life).)