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How Can I Decide Which is the Best Clean Language Course for Me?


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Clean questions are neutral - as free from assumption, advice, suggestion, opinion, interpretation or judgment as possible. This means that they can be used in all kinds of contexts – from deep therapeutic change work, to market research interviewing and from helping groups to resolve conflict to creating new visions.

Over the years we’ve developed a number of courses that have Clean Language at their core, and now when you click on our Events page, there’s rather a long list… So here are some questions to help you to decide which is the right course of action for you:

Do you want a taste of clean before you decide whether to get serious about training in Clean Language?

One quick and easy way to start finding out what you want from Clean Language is to join a Clean Learning Teleseminar. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, listen in to a demo, or experience being on the receiving end of Clean Language facilitation. You can use this opportunity to find out more about what Clean Language is, how others apply it in your particular field and to ask any questions you may have about the trainings we offer. The question we are asked most often is, “What is Clean Language?” so if you know nothing at all, you’ll be in good company. We don’t charge for this service, but you will incur the cost of the telephone call (approx. £4).

Beyond the teleseminar, you can get started with learning this holistic coaching methodology, and have a powerful learning experience by joining us for:

  • A 1-day Introduction to Clean Language – designed as a ‘taster’, you’ll learn some clean tools and skills that you’ll be able to put into practice immediately.
  • Northern Taste of Clean – an annual 2-day event which has been described as part house-party and part conference. It is a Smorgasbord of all things Clean, with a chance to meet leaders in the field, find out what is happening in the world of Clean and experience different clean processes and discussions.
  • Clean for Teams - a 2-day experience where you’ll learn about Clean Language in a group context. You’ll learn the clean questions and will be applying them to learn about yourself and others and how you interact in a group.

See also: 10 Ways To Get Started With Clean Language

Do you want the benefits for yourself and/or others?

Whichever event you attend, you’re going to be asked Clean Language questions and you’ll be discovering more about yourself and how you tick. That’s because learning Clean Language will involve you being in the role of ‘client’ or ‘explorer’ as well as facilitator.

However, if you simply want the benefits that can come from being on the receiving end of these simple but powerful questions, you can:

Do you work with individuals or groups?

Clean Language was devised by David Grove for working face-to-face with individuals in a therapeutic context. Nowadays it is used an all kinds of contexts, across different media and with groups as well as individuals.

If you’re interested in working with groups, you’ll need to start by attending Clean for Teams in order to experience the group process before you start learning how to facilitate it. That happens during our 6-day Systemic Modelling training. For a list of all our Clean for Teams and Systemic Modelling events, click here.

We also recommend you read Caitlin Walker’s book, From Contempt to Curiosity, Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate Using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling.

All our other events centre around one-to-one work, so read on to help you to choose between them…

Deep change for your clients or information gathering for yourself?

David Grove started each therapeutic session with the question, “What would you like to have happen?” His client’s response to this question set the direction for the session. David would then ask further clean questions to facilitate them to achieve their desired outcome. He did this by developing the metaphors they were using, quite naturally, to describe their experience. This is what we mean by ‘change work’; the outcome for the work belongs to the client. This body of work was further developed by others, most notably Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, who named this change process ‘Symbolic Modelling’.

David also created additional clean processes called Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge.

All the events relating directly to this body of work are listed here.

You may also want to read my book: Clean Approaches for Coaches: How To Create The Conditions For Change Using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.

It’s also possible to use Clean Language to gather information for yourself, within a research or modelling project for example. If you are interested in learning how to design clean interviews, clean up your interview questions, and apply a clean approach to analysing and validating your data, then the course for you is Clean Interviewing (2 days).

Interested in qualifications?

If having a qualification is important to you there are a number of options. We provide assessment and certification in:

You can also earn CCEUs (Continuing Coach Education Units) from the International Coaching Federation when you take our Clean Language: Core Skills training.

Face-to-face or online?

If, for any reason, you prefer to do your training without leaving home, we now have an online course available. Like Clean Language: Core Skills, it will give you the tools and skills of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. It is called Clean Approaches for Coaches, and follows the structure of my book of the same name. There are eight 3-hour modules that include demonstrations and practice sessions as well as instruction and group interactions. The events are listed alongside the introductory teleseminars, here.

Take Part in Our Survey

We’d love to know what you are interested in, so we can keep you informed of upcoming events. Please click here to take part in our survey.

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About Marian Way

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A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be… #DramaFree.

Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She’s trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.

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