Clean Facilitator Programme

Our Clean Facilitator Programme is designed to enable you to gain the skills you need to use Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling to work confidently with clients and to be able to demonstrate the skills required for Clean Facilitator, Level 1

Who's it for?

This programme is for you if you are:

  • A coach, therapist or someone who helps other people think
  • The kind of leader who prefers to empower people rather than telling them what to do
  • Future oriented, outcome focused and fascinated by what makes people tick
  • Someone who enjoys learning new tools and different ways of thinking
  • Serious about achieving a good standard as a Clean Facilitator

What will I gain?

  • Expert tuition in a small group environment
  • How to help your clients to recognise the patterns that are running their lives, to identify their own inner resources, and to achieve their desired outcomes
  • New insights and changes for yourself that will surpass what you thought possible
  • Become a Certified Clean Facilitator

What's involved?

Our Certified Clean Facilitator Programme (for working with individuals) allows you to learn at your own pace and according to your needs.

Learning Clean Language to Clean Facilitator Level 1 is like going on a journey with 6 stages:

  1. Learn about Clean Language: what it is, how it works, and how it could help you and your clients. 
  2. Gain the core skills of Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge
  3. Get plenty of practice
  4. Get high-quality feedback
  5. Build your skills with additional activities / training courses.
  6. Have your skills assessed by two recognised assessors and, when you are able to demonstrate competency in the above processes, get your certificate.

It is your journey and what follows are lots of ideas for different routes you can take - or you can skip to the end of this section and find out about some recommended routes.

1.  Learn about Clean Language. 

The first step is to discover what you can about Clean Language, find out how it works and what excites you about it and decide whether you want to go further on the journey. There are several ways you can go about this, many of which are free or inexpensive. Choose the ideas that match the way you like to learn:

If you decide to join us for Core Skills (below), we recommend that you read Marian Way’s book, Clean Approaches for Coaches, and that you treat yourself to a Clean Coaching session, so you can have an experience of this process from the ‘inside’ before you start learning how to facilitate others.

If your explorations lead you to consider training in using Clean Language with groups, check out this section of the site. 

2.  Gain the Core Skills. 

Two courses make up this stage of the journey:

  • ENROL on Clean Language: Core Skills to learn all the basics and how to facilitate a Clean Language / Symbolic Modelling session from start to finish. This course is available in-person and online. During the training we encourage participants to set up peer coaching groups amongst themselves so you can begin to get the practice and experience you need.
  • JOIN US for our Clean Space training and learn how to facilitate another of David Grove’s innovative clean approaches. 

You can start with either course. 

3. Get plenty of practice.

Practice is an essential part of your Clean Learning Journey. Every person you’ll work with is different and will respond differently to clean questions, so you’ll learn from every one of them. Practice opportunities include:

4. Get high-quality feedback.

As you practice, make sure you get some high-quality feedback so you can make adjustments to your facilitation style along the way. Here are some ways you can get feedback from a trainer or experienced clean facilitator:

  • WORK with people more experienced than you at your Practice Group and ask them for feedback
  • RECORD your work (video or audio) and make a transcript of the session. Submit it to us for review and feedback. 
  • ATTEND further courses and events that include opportunities to practice and get expert feedback.

5. Build your skills.

The practice you do and the feedback you receive will let you know how you are doing and what needs to happen for you to build your skills. For example, you might:

  • RE-READ Clean Approaches for Coaches. Reading this book once you’ve completed Core Skills should mean it will make a lot more sense and things will slot into place more easily.
  • JOIN Core Skills again, for the same reason. We offer a massive reduction for those revisiting this skill set.
  • READ more books on the subject - see starred items on our Recommended Reading list
  • EXPLORE the articles and blog posts on this site and on
  • WRITE a blog post of your own. If you don't have a web platform of your own, send it to us and we’ll consider it for publication. If you do have your own blog, send us the link.
  • TEACH Clean Language or Clean Space to a group of friends. This will force you to structure your knowledge and get the answers to questions you probably didn’t know you had.
  • ATTEND an advanced course, such as Fine Tuning Your Skills.

6. Have Your Skills Assessed.

Here’s how:

  • ATTEND Fine Tuning modules to hone your skills and go through the assessment process.
  • CREATE videos of your work, along with transcripts, and ask us to assess your skills.

Check out the "Criteria for Competence in Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling" which you can download below. This sets out the list of skills you need to be able to demonstrate in order to gain your Clean Facilitator certificate.

You can see that once you have completed the Core Skills training, you can determine how much more work you do to complete the certification process, and you can tailor your programme to suit your learning style, your finances, your skill level and your interest. The last four steps (practice, feedback, skill-building and assessment can be done at any order).

If you are interested in becoming a certified Clean Facilitator and would like to purchase a number of the above courses or products in one go, please contact us for pricing.


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 Clean Space?

Clean Space is a facilitation process that emerged out of David Grove's continued search for a way to facilitate clients effectively and efficiently to do the personal work they need to do with the least possible interference from a facilitator. 

In a Clean Space session, the facilitator invites the client to find different physical spaces (usually in a room, although it can be anywhere) to represent different aspects of their thinking. The client moves from space to space, pausing in each one to consider what they know there. In this way, they build up a network of connections between the many thoughts, feelings and ideas in their mind and body.

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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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What participants say

"I've never before done a training where I've been more engaged. This was probably the best training experience I've ever had, from start to finish."
Debi Carpenter

"The Clean Facilitator Programme was an amazing experience. We had theory backed by much practice and supervision. I watched my skills grow. Marian's teaching style is thorough, supportive, challenging and at all times encouraging. Her tools are artful, fun, colourful and miles away from Powerpoint! "
Heather Katz Executive Coach

"I trained to be a Certified Clean Facilitator over 2 or 3 years. This gave me time to practise and take in each module before moving to the next one. The training was clear, with plenty of examples and opportunities to practise. Each module had a clear structure, but with flexibility to meet all delegates’ needs. Feedback was given in a way that I could take it on board and retain my confidence; The trainers were 'human' (open about their own imperfections) and had a sense of fun. They not only listened but also remembered how I like to learn, even though there were considerable gaps between each module. I highly recommend Clean Learning's training."
Helen Harrison Coach

"These skills will literally change my life and those of everyone around me. I can't wait to tell you of every success that will now follow."
Sheryl Andrews Coach

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