What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person’s own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience.

Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound.

"With a tool like this you can change the world."

Want to practice Clean Language skills?

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You can join in our FREE peer practice sessions every Tuesday and Saturday (except in the school holidays) by joining our community site: Clean Campus, which is also a place to share ideas about all things clean. We also have a more formal practice group led by Marian Way and for which there is a small fee. You can learn about this here.

Or gain a coaching qualification?

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Join us in 2024 for our Clean Coach Certification Programme (Level 1 accredited programme with the ICF) to learn clean coaching methodologies to inspire capability in others and help transform their lives. Based on Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, this is an ideal opportunity to learn these skills within the context of an ICF accredited coaching programme. The programme will be delivered in-person in the summer and online in the autumn and includes access to a private space on our Clean Campus where you can connect with the other participants between sessions for discussion, practice and extra learning.

Upcoming events

Use Clean with Individuals

ICF Coach Training: Your Questions Answered

  • Places available
  • Thursday 29 May, 10am to 11am BST
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Marian Way

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Use Clean with Individuals

ICF Coach Training: Your Questions Answered

  • Places available
  • Thursday 29 May, 4pm to 5pm BST
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Marian Way

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Use Clean with Individuals

Advanced Fine Tuning

  • Places available
  • Fridays May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5 2024 9am to 12.30pm BST each day
  • Online via Zoom
  • With James Lawley, Marian Way

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Use clean with groups

Systemic Modelling Bootcamp - Foundation Level

  • Places available
  • Monday 03 June 2024, 1.30pm to 5.30pm BST
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Caitlin Walker PhD

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When I think of Clean Interviewing, I think of "high fidelity." I'm convinced that if you need to relay the thoughts / knowledge / feelings / beliefs of individuals with minimal distortion, then Clean Interviewing is the best way to obtain the information. Since learning the techniques, I've started using them to facilitate communication between non-designers and designers. I've seen some evidence that "high fidelity" information from non-designers obtained early in a project can help designers to create a product that "feels right" more efficiently. I can imagine many other potential applications, and I believe that the world will be a better place if more people learn how to gather information in this respectful, non-leading way.

Lisa Hosokawa

Featured products

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Clean Approaches for Coaches

Marian Way's book about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.

£20.00

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From Contempt to Curiosity

Caitlin Walker's book about using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling to encourage the conditions for collaboration.

£16.00

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Clean Language and Systemic Modelling DVD

A set of two DVDs with simple exercises for practising Clean Language and Systemic Modelling by yourself or in a group - by Caitlin Walker.

£10.00
(£10.00 including VAT)

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