Clean Language & Systemic Modelling™ for the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Facilitator

Join us in Asheville, North Carolina for a 3-day workshop designed to help you to incorporate Clean Language and Systemic Modelling™ into your Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development practice.

Who's it for?

This workshop is for all practitioners of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Learning, and Personal Development who would like to incorporate Clean Language and Systemic Modelling™ into their practice. Different theoretical and practical orientations are welcome, however EAGALA Model EAP will be the method employed.

What's involved?

In this workshop, you will learn and experience the key overriding principle of both Clean Language & Systemic Modelling™ which is that when you do less, your clients achieve more. 

The first part of the workshop will focus on introducing the basic set of Clean Language questions and how to ask them to encourage your clients to engage with, reflect on, and make sense of their own experience. You will unlock the power of metaphor and learn first-hand why it’s been described as a doorway to the unconscious mind. Through experiential sessions, you will guide each other to access your unconscious metaphors and your own inner wisdom. 

Next the process will move to the arena where you will apply the techniques learned to EAGALA Model EAP sessions using live horses. Though the Clean Language skills you'll have learned may be applied to individual EAP sessions, Systemic Modelling™ will focus on facilitating group sessions with multiple clients. You will have numerous opportunities to observe others and practice new skills while receiving in-the-moment coaching from ourselves.

In addition to direct instruction, indirect instruction will be used as we implement Clean Language and Systemic Modelling as part of the in-the-moment coaching process, serving to both model and teach at the same time. Distinguishing the difference between clean, cleanish and non-clean questions will be emphasized as well as how to keep the entire group engaged. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion linking the principles of Clean Language & Systemic Modelling™ with the principles of EAGALA Model EAP. A full colour workbook will be included to support your learning. 

On the first day you will:

  • Learn what Clean Language and Systemic Modelling™ are.
  • Learn the basic Clean Language questions and how to ask them.
  • Distinguish the difference between clean, cleanish, and non-clean questions.
  • Understand the process of incorporating a client’s own words or gestures into your questions.

On day two you will:

  1. Learn the basic tools of Systemic Modelling™ and how to use them.
  2. Learn about your own patterns of thinking, behaviour, attitude and identity, and how these relate to other people's patterns.
  3. Understand the process of eliciting and developing personal metaphor landscapes and developing desired outcomes.
  4. Learn how to incorporate Clean Language and Systemic Modelling™ in EAGALA Model EAP sessions.

On the third day you will:

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the role that language, especially metaphor, plays in group thinking, and how this can be utilized to create deep sustainable change in EAGALA Model EAP sessions.
  2. Gain a greater understanding of autogenic metaphors and how to elicit them and utilize them in EAGALA Model EAP sessions.
  3. Learn how to create a self-reflective environment when working with groups using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling™ in EAGALA Model EAP sessions.
  4. Be able to facilitate each individual’s personal experience of symptoms and desired outcomes within an EAP group context using the EAGALA Model, Clean Language, and Systemic Modelling™.


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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 Systemic Modelling™?

Systemic Modelling™ is an approach for supporting groups to use clean questions and metaphor models to better understand one another and to develop the skills and capability to collaborate meaningfully.

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Upcoming events

We're sorry - we don't have any events scheduled at the moment. If you have a small group (6 or more people) who are interested, we may be able to run the event in your area. Please contact us.

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