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. 

Who's it for?

  • Coaches, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists
  • Therapists and health workers
  • Managers and directors from all sectors - private, public and third
  • Teachers, parents, social workers and others who work with children
  • Researchers and anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate well

If your presence and attention make a helpful difference to people, come and join us to find out how this remarkable process can enhance eveything you do.

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 people 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

What's involved?

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. We will cover:

  • What is Clean Language? Why learn it?
  • The basic Clean Language questions
  • Demonstration of clean coaching
  • How to move from Active Listening to Accurate Listening
  • What assumptions you are making a split second after someone speaks
  • How to keep your assumptions to yourself so you can work with clients’ actual experiences
  • Simple, practical exercises you can use in a multitude of contexts
  • What is a metaphor?
  • Why focus on metaphors?
  • How to spot the metaphors people use in every day language
  • How to uncover the structure of someone’s thinking by developing the metaphors they naturally use to express themselves

Frequently asked questions

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 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 participants say

"The workshop was a great introduction to Clean Language and how effective it can be. Marian’s warm, engaging style and approach ensured that all of us were able to engage with the material – whatever our background and experience. It was really helpful to have Marian and Martina so skilfully demonstrate the use of Clean Language before having the chance to practice and get feedback."
Carol Wilkinson

"Good, practical and clear introduction to Clean Language."
Annelie Green

"Great to work in the short space of time with you; amazing what you helped us uncover, discover and practice."
Robert Henderson

"A thoroughly enjoyable training in relaxed and friendly surroundings. After only a day's training I feel ready to use the skills I have learnt and I would certainly recommend Clean Learning."
Gill Peckham

"Fab course, very interesting and gives you a very clear view of Clean Language."
Susie Myhill

Upcoming events

1-Day Introduction to Clean Language ONLINE

Monday 21st September 2020 9.30am - 5.30pm BST
With Marian Way, Karrie Shield

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