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1-Day Introduction to Clean Language

Our 1-day Introduction to Clean Language is designed to give you a ‘taster’ of what it’s possible to achieve with this powerful methodology, along with the basic skills you need to get started. The day will be based around powerful Clean Language tools that are easy to learn and which you can put into practice immediately:

  • Clean Set Up: getting off to a good start and avoiding hidden agendas
  • Developing a resource metaphor: gain awareness of your own resources and learn how to help others do the same
  • The Target Model: how to stay on track during a clean coaching session
  • Clean Feedback: how to give feedback that people can do something about
  • One Minute Motivation: stop procrastinating and start taking action - and how to get others to do the same without giving them any advice

These simple, practical tools can be used in a multitude of contexts. Along the way, you will also learn the basic Clean Language questions, what assumptions you are making a split second after someone speaks and how to clean can help you keep those assumptions to yourself and so move from contempt to curiosity. There will also be a demonstration of clean coaching.

Who is it for?

  • Coaches, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists
  • Therapists and health workers
  • Managers and directors from all sectors
  • Teachers, parents, social workers
  • Interviewers and researchers
  • Anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate well

What will I gain?

  • The basic Clean Language questions and how to ask them for maximum effect
  • Listening and questioning skills that will enhance your communications
  • Ways to apply the principles of Clean Language in different contexts
  • Simple tools for clarifying people’s desired outcomes and motivating them to take action
  • Discover the structure beneath the metaphors we use to describe our everyday experiences
  • Personal development as you practise with others in the group

Frequently asked questions

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. Clean questions invite people to consider their experience from different perspectives and they are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas about their own experience.

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What is Symbolic Modelling?

Symbolic Modelling was created by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley when they worked with and observed David Grove over several years, to discover what he was doing to achieve his phenomenal results. They combined David’s ideas with ideas from the fields of cognitive linguistics, systems thinking and NLP to produce a model which could be taught to others to enable them to achieve the same kinds of results as David.

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I loved the relaxed atmosphere and clear guidance. I was pleasantly surprised how much learning I gained from a few hours!

Course Participant

The workshop was a great introduction to Clean Language and how effective it can be. The training style and approach was warm and ensured that all of us were able to engage with the material – whatever our background and experience. The trainers skilfully demonstrated the use of Clean Language before we had the chance to practice and get feedback.

Carol Wilkinson

Highly valuable process in communicating with groups, partners, in coaching and many other fields. I enjoyed the ratio of 'presenting' and experiential practice.

Laura Schlatly, Spiritual Guidance Practitioner

Upcoming events

1-Day Introduction to Clean Language

  • 23 November 2021, 09:30-17:30 UK time (GMT)
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Doris Leibold , Alison Flanagan

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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.


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