Clean for Teams Online

Clean for Teams is an entry-level course for those wishing to understand practical ways Clean Language can be used for personal development, one-to-one coaching and managing group interactions.

Clean Language was devised by clinical psychologist David Grove to enable people to explore their own and others’ perceptions. Rather than assume we know what someone means when they use a particular word, gesture or intonation, we can use clean questions to enquire into their experience. In a therapeutic context, David used clean questions to help people to get in touch with their unconscious metaphors and ingrained patterns underpinning their everyday experiences - and to be able to change these at a deep level.

Building on David’s work, Caitlin Walker devised a way to use Clean Language in groups, a process she has named "Systemic Modelling". She recognised that the information that emerges when people are asked clean questions will often be new – not just to the listener, but to the person who’s experience it is. In a group situation, everyone gets to know that information. This in turn can help people to: 

  • Be more curious, deeply listen to one another, and work together in a respectful way
  • Learn about one another’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Sort out disagreements or conflicts by increasing their understanding of different perspectives
  • Clarify their thinking
  • Reveal assumptions so that conversations are held at a level everyone can understand
  • Discover hidden values
  • Build shared models of understanding

This online (Zoom) Clean for Teams experience is an opportunity to experience Systemic Modelling for yourself, facilitated by Caitlin's business partner, Marian Way, who has been responsible for developing the training of Systemic Modelling in the UK and beyond. You will learn the basics of Clean Language questioning and how to use it to develop metaphors /models for learning at your best, decision-making and how you conceptualise time – and we will encourage you to spot patterns across your models. Once you are familiar with your own patterns, you will learn about the Karpman Drama Triangle and how to utilise the tools within Caitlin Walker’s Clean Change Cycle to step off the triangle into a more collaborative way of being. Throughout the course you will be using the tools in pairs and small groups.

Who's it for?

Leaders, Coaches, Teachers, Managers, HR Professionals, Consultants, Newcomers to Clean Language, Anyone seeking their own personal development

What will I gain?

Learning Outcomes

Modules 1 and 2: Clean Enquiry - What are you like?

  • Ask the ten basic Clean Language questions to enquire into your own and someone else’s experience
  • Ask the Clean Set Up questions and use clean questions to develop responses
  • Unpack your own models for 'time', 'decision-making' and 'learning at your best' 
  • Identify when you are / are not in a good state for learning / creativity
  • Become more aware of what needs to happen for you to stay in your learning brain
  • Notice patterns across different metaphor maps – yours and other people’s

Modules 3 and 4: Clean Enquiry - What are we like?               

  • Detect the judgements you're making about other people and separate these from actual behaviours - and then use this information to master the art of Clean Feedback
  • Design your own developmental tasks to enable you to be the way you want to be in a group
  • Ask for your own needs to be met
  • Identify ‘persecutor’, ‘victim’ and ‘rescuer’ statements in yourself and other people
  • Ask the Clean Set Up questions and use clean questions to develop responses
  • Use the Clean Change Cycle (outcome, action, feedback) to coach someone else off the Drama Triangle
  • Gain multiple ideas for facilitating others whether you work with individuals or teams 

What's involved?

This is a 10-hour course starting on September 24 at 9:30AM NYC (USA Eastern) time for 4 days and runs for 2.5 hours, ending at 12NOON each day. The course runs on these 4 days: September 24, 25, 26, 27

Additional information

Take-away materials:

  • Pdf workbook for the course
  • Access to video footage of some of the activities
  • Slide deck for each module
  • Recordings of all sessions
  • Attendees will be eligible to join our Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme (currently face-to-face training) 

Frequently asked questions

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.

More detail

Upcoming events

Clean for Teams Online

24-27 September 2019 14.30-17.00 BST
With Marian Way

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