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It is twenty-five years since Penny Tompkins and James Lawley first saw remarkable therapist David Grove demonstrate Clean Language and his unique way of working with metaphor. Penny and James’s intensive study of David led to Symbolic Modelling, a method now used throughout the world in therapy, coaching, education, health, research and many other applications.

Facilitating cleanly is a craft and like all crafts there are ‘hidden’ skills that turn a technique into an art form. These series of online workshops explore what happens below the surface, behind the scenes, and inside the mind-body of some of the most experienced clean facilitators on the planet. Join us to find out how Penny and James:

  • Model symbolically
  • Decide what to pay attention to and what to ignore
  • Relate to the client, their inner world and themselves cleanly
  • Get exceptional results even though they are using the same questions as a beginner

There are now two InsideClean series available:

Series 1 and 2

Series 1 (How do I know what question to ask?) and Series 2 (The Structure of Desire) were recorded during 2019-2020 and are now available for you to watch and learn from at your own pace. Buy both together to save money. 

Series 3: How People Change

This invaluable material for mastering the craft of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling includes four 90-minute workshops, all at 7pm UK time:

  1. The shape of things to come: What kind of change? - Feb 22nd, 2021
  2. On the cusp: What happens just before? - May 10th, 2021
  3. New territory: What’s happening now? - July 12th, 2021
  4. After effects: Then what happens? - Oct 11th, 2021

Each module includes a workshop and a pre-workshop activity to get you in the frame of mind – and lots of post-workshop resources.

Sign up and you will also get access to special bonus material not available elsewhere.

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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Upcoming events

InsideClean: How People Change

  • Immediate access for all four workshops in this year's series.
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Penny Tompkins , James Lawley , Marian Way

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Featured products


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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