If you have experienced the life changing potential of understanding the principles and realized the possibilities it has for others and for the world and you are drawn to help others or contribute to the social impact it will have, our Foundations for Practitioners Programme is designed for you.


Programme description

The One Thought Foundations Programme

The Foundations Programme is designed to provide aspiring practitioners with an understanding and exploration of everything you need to:

  • Effectively share an understanding of The Principles
  • Continue to deepen and develop how you share an understanding of The Principles
  • Continue to deepen the impact that your work has for you and for your clients.

The most fundamental piece in working with clients is really knowing what matters and what does not. What are the key foundations for what we are doing and what is not. This programme is all about identifying, exploring and understanding the core fundamentals. It is focused on gaining an appreciation of what drives and determines the impact and quality of the work we do.

The Foundations Programme isolates and highlights the essential foundations of Principle based Practice.

In person training sessions

The course has been designed by Aaron Turner based on seventeen years of professional practice in multiple field’s including individual and couples counseling, business consulting and training and over 10 years mentoring, training and designing programmes for practitioners. Aaron will lead all the three-multi day trainings. These three 2.5 day events will focus on:

Session 1

The core fundamentals. What are the core fundamentals of working with others and what does the practitioner need to know to use these fundamentals effectively.

Session 2

How do the core fundamentals play out in all aspects of working with clients.

Session 3

How do the core fundamentals provide the basis for what you want to do and your continued learning and the development of the quality of your client work.

Learning from the best: Core webinar courses

Because we want you to gain a rich appreciation and keen focus on the fundamentals, we want you to learn in a meaningful way from the best. We are thrilled and honored to offer three webinar courses as part of the programme.

Each course is from a first generation, leading practitioner personally mentored and developed by Sydney Banks. Practitioners who have pioneered Three Principles work and overseen its development for the past 40 years and have constantly distilled and deepened their own appreciation of the fundamentals. Elsie Spittle, Linda Pransky and George Pransky will each distill the essence of the foundations in their course to pass that on to you.

Webinar faculty

Elsie Spittle has been an internationally recognized trainer and consultant for over four decades. She is in the unique position of having known Sydney Banks, originator of the Three Principles, before he had his epiphany. She witnessed the extraordinary change that occurred in him and the unprecedented impact his work had on thousands of people, and how this has brought about a new paradigm in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Elsie had the privilege of receiving “on the job” training directly from Mr. Banks, travelling with him to address mental health prac titioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life. She is considered the first formal teacher of the Principles, after Sydney Banks. Elsie is co-founder of the Three Principles School, based on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Dr. George Pransky is one of the two professional founders of the understanding of The Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness. He has taught the Principles for over thirty years to individuals, couples, businesses and colleagues. Dr. Pransky is the author of The Relationship Handbook and over fifty audio recordings. During his career he has served on the faculty of three graduate universities and continues to pioneer this understanding in new industries. Currently he is a partner at Pransky and Associates and on the executive committee of the Three Principles Global Community.

In 1976, George Pransky and his wife Linda stumbled on a new way of helping people that was radically different from the traditional counseling methods they’d been using in their work. The new principles they were learning had a huge impact on their personal lives, their relationship and the way they worked with their clients. They began to teach these principles and became pioneers in a new field of psychology that profoundly changed their clients in a short amount of time. During her career Linda has had a passion for training other practitioners in. Away that improves their impact and capability. Linda was a core faculty member on The One Thought Institute and is currently on the executive committee of the Three Principles organization (3PGC) and Senior Partner at Pransky and Associates.

The Foundations Faculty

Your exploration and feel for the foundations will be supported by a hand-picked team of practitioners who, although relatively new to the field, already have growing and impactful practices. They are demonstrating the ability to have a thriving practice and a social impact by understanding and using The Principles as the sole basis of effective practice and practice development. They have all been using this foundation and it has allowed them to develop their work easily and effectively. They represent what is possible: to be an impactful practitioner through a grasp of the basic fundamentals.

Without a lot of noise and fuss, they do great work, have impact, get referrals and opportunities using just what this programme is providing: a workable grasp of the fundamentals and these thriving practitioners are here to support and oversee your learning.

Since 2013, Lila’s sole focus has been sharing a principle-based understanding of the mind to resolve the many challenges, problems and issues people and organizations face. Lila is particularly interested in helping those working to make sure our children inherit a better world.

Lila left a 20-year career as a women’s wear designer to join the One Thought team where she designs, develops and provides programs to individuals and organizations. Her clients vary widely from leaders, engineers, filmmakers, teachers, teenagers, and entrepreneurs.

Lila has also worked in schools to give students an understanding of their mind to help reduce stress, anxiety, exam pressures and improve academic achievement.

Lila is the curator of One Thought Community Night, a weekly talk series located in central London for the public. Each week Community Night highlights the role of the mind in popular topics and common struggles.

Form 2014 to 2017 Lila served on the faculty of the One Thought institute developing new practitioners and is a regular conference speaker and presenter both in the UK and abroad.

With over 20 years of delivering services and senior management experience in industry Jacqueline Hollows changed direction in 2012 after learning about a new understanding of how the mind works and its relationship to addiction, compulsion and mental health. Jacqueline became passionate about eliminating stigma, building communities and revolutionising the way mental health and addiction is viewed and treated, particularly within the Criminal Justice System.  Jacqueline founded Beyond Recovery C.I.C in 2013 and has been working within the prison system and the community since then delivering workshops and services to those suffering with addiction and mental health issues and the professionals who support them.  As part of this work Jacqueline has mentored a growing team of practitioners and volunteers.

Jacqueline is delighted to be part of the faculty for the new OneThought Foundational Programme “I joined the OneThought Professional Institute as a student when I first started working in the prison system.  I thought I pretty much knew what I needed to know as I had created a business and was already teaching the principles.  The reason I joined was because I realized that one of the biggest ways I could impact my clients (the prisoners) would be to become really grounded in my own understanding.  The OneThought Institute delivered above and beyond my expectations.  Immensely pragmatic and simple, the team pointed me to a deeper and simpler level of understanding, which has turned into incredible results with my client group.  Working with OneThought and my peers on the programme has enabled me to grow my business exponentially, increase my impact and create sustainable change in my own life and the lives of the people I work with.”  

Jacqueline is enthusiastic about the new Foundational Programme because it is focused on social solutions and ensuring a depth of grounding in anyone wishing to teach this understanding.

Susan came across The Three Principles four years ago. She trained at the One Though Institute graduating in January 2015. 

In 2016, she was delighted to be taken on as an associate at One Thought. She works on the team on their programs in business, works with individual clients and is a co facilitator on the new Relationship Ready program. Susan runs One Thought’s weekly community night in Central London. 

Susan is also proud to be part of the Beyond Recovery team taking an understanding of The Principles in to prisons.  She is found “inside” on a weekly basis. 

Pre the 3 principal understanding Susan was a homeopath by trade and still does some clinics at Neal’s Yard Covent Garden.

Susan is the mother of two grown up sons. She has a partner and loves sharing how this understanding has enhanced her personal relationships.

Claire Shutes is a Three Principles Practitioner and Master Transformative Coach. Her training includes being a Senior Graduate of the Three Principles Professional Institute, a Certified Master Transformative Coach, Apprentice to Michael Neill, a Protégé of the Coaching Academy and Personal Performance Coach (Dip. Distinction). Claire speaks and trains internationally, serving as faculty on Supercoach Academy and The Innate Health Centre’s Personal Development Programme.

In 2006 Claire founded Potent Coaching working with individuals solely via referrals. She have an international client base that includes businesses, individuals, children and the charitable sector. “Through our work together my clients transform their understanding of themselves and the world around them. As Marcel Proust said ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.’”

Prior to becoming a coach and three principles practitioner Claire produced and directed observational documentaries for the BBC and CH4.

“I was a student on One Thought’s first Three Principles Professional Institute and then a senior student the following year. What I learned has deeply affected me personally and professionally. I am grateful for the extremely high quality training provided to me in a foundational understanding of The Three Principles which has enabled me to impact clients across the board.”

On the job experience

In addition to an uncompromising focus on the essential foundations for Principle based practice we want you to get a feel for what work being done looks like and feels like in practice. So the learning you do is not just personal or theoretical, you see how it looks and feels when working with others. To help you with this we aim to provide a range of opportunities to sit in on ongoing projects and work being done and to observe client work and client sessions. If you have particular interests, we will do our best to give you the opportunity to see work being done in the area you are most interested in.

One Thought Practitioner Foundations Programme Summary

The One Thought Foundations Programme has 5 key learning elements:


Three 2.5 day in person learning events led by Aaron Turner and the Foundations faculty

These events focus on

A: The essence of the foundation. What is part of the foundation and what is decoy, red herring and distraction

B: The foundation in action: How the foundation plays out in Principle based work

C: Its all foundation: Using the power of the foundation by not getting distracted by non-foundational issues and factors.


Three multi session webinar courses from world’s leading, pioneering first-generation practitioners

These courses focus on the importance and nature of the foundation as each practitioner has come to appreciate and work from it.

Webinar courses given by Elsie Spittle, George Pransky and Linda Pransky. The three-multi session webinar courses total 11 webinars.


Six Individual learning and engagement calls with the foundations faculty

These events focus on A: The essence of the foundation. What is part of the foundation and what is decoy, red herring and distraction B: The foundation in action: How the foundation plays out in Principle based work C: Its all foundation: Using the power of the foundation by not getting distracted by non-foundational issues and factors.


Three core focus webinars from Aaron Turner PhD

These calls are also a chance for you to ask any questions you do not want to raise in the group and to apply your learning to any personally relevant issues.


Supervised Client Conversation Experience

This element of the programme takes place over 4 weeks in the final third of the programme. Included within this will be three de-briefing webinars with Aaron after each week.

Become a member of our One Thought Alumni Family

In addition to the 5 programme elements, we offer, at no extra cost, five additional post-graduation webinars from our expert faculty members to support the transition into client work.


As a member of the OT Alumni, you will also have access to a private alumni Facebook group, an open invitation to our alumni events and access to the 5 alumni webinars, each year, as our alumni grow.

Register today

At One Thought we want to make quality training as affordable as possible. So we are thrilled to be able to offer this six-month course for less than half the price of The One Thought Institute.

The cost of The Practitioner Foundations Programme is £6,000 plus VAT.

The next programme will start on Sunday 6 October 2019. The three live session dates are:


Live Session 1 – Sunday 6 – Tuesday 8 October 2019

Live Session 2 – Sunday 23 – Tuesday 25 February 2020

Live Session 3 – Sunday 26 – Tuesday 29 April 2020

We will be taking 25 students. Places will be given on a first come first serve basis. To register your interest, please complete the online registration form. If you have any questions, please email programmes@onethought.com.

Hear from our current students on their experience so far. (They were just over half way through the programme at the time of the video.)

One Thought Foundations Program - Student Feedback from onethought on Vimeo.

Interview with Elsie Spittle from the Webinar Faculty on her experience, views and what’s involved in the programme.

Elsie's Interview from onethought on Vimeo.

Interview with Linda Pransky from the Webinar Faculty on her experience, views and what’s involved in the programme.

One Thought Foundations Program - Linda Pransky's view of the program from onethought on Vimeo.