Entries tagged "Clean Language"

From the FAQ

What is the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring?

The Institute of Leadership and Management is the UK’s largest management body who set the standard for industry-recognised, accredited leadership and management qualifications. They offer a wide variety of qualifications at various levels, delivered by recognised providers all over the country.

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.

From Services

Clean Learning ILM Webinar

A free and friendly webinar designed to help you to find out more about the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

Webinar: A Clean Language Approach to Facilitation

Join Caitlin Walker to discover a Clean Language Approach to Facilitation.

Clean For Teams: An Introduction to Systemic Modelling

Systemic Modelling™ is a new way for people to learn about one another in groups, enabling them to move away from contempt and competition and towards curiosity and collaboration.

Clean Learning Webinar

Our free webinars are designed to give you a taste of Clean Language during a friendly online session.

1-Day Introduction to Clean Language

Our 1-day introduction to Clean Language provides you with the basic skills and ideas you need to get started.

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

Clean Language Online Practice Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

Yorkshire Clean Practice Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

Hampshire Clean Practice Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

London Clean Modelling Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

Northwest Clean Modelling Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

Clean Language: Core Skills

Take 6 days to learn a complete framework for motivating yourself and others to make deep and lasting changes. Learn how to uncover metaphors and patterns that are beneath the surface. This course is available all around the country and in the USA.

Adventures in Clean

Join us for a multi-level clean experience, with five of the world’s leading clean practitioners. Work on your own personal development, or focus on learning more about clean modelling - a fantastic Clean Learning opportunity.

Clean Facilitator Programme: Assessment and Certification

Practise and refine your skills, clarify your strengths as a facilitator and work towards certification as a Clean Facilitator.

Clean Facilitator Programme

Learn at your own pace to become a skilled and certified Clean Facilitator.

Train the Clean Trainer

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from four of the world's leading clean trainers.

Clean Coaching

Clean Coaching allows you to clarify your thinking on any issue, large or small.

Clean in Business

A tiered training for teams who want to be able to apply Clean Language and Systemic Modelling between themselves and across their organisation.

Clean Approaches for Coaches - Online Training

Clean Conference 2015

A yearly event in London for all Clean Language enthusiasts

Book a Speaker for Your Event

Book a clean motivational speaker for your workshop, conference or seminar.

From the blog

Take a Clean Approach to Valentine's Day

I usually feel quite cynical when it comes to Valentine's Day each year. The expectation and anticipation created can be huge. Will it be a day that should be ignored, a steamy encounter or a day where we can show how much we love one another?  Try a clean approach to Valentine's Day.

Three Simple, Powerful Questions to Help You Plan a Successful 2017

If you're reflecting on the year that's gone and looking at the year ahead, why not try a simple technique to set out your year and get your plan in place? The Clean Set Up process is based on three simple questions. Download our pdf and have a go for yourself.

How do you describe Clean Language to a new or prospective client?

This is a question that is often asked during trainings such as Clean Language: Core Skills or Systemic Modelling. Participants become very enthusiastic about the skills they are learning and begin to think about putting them into practice – and then they hit a problem: “I don’t know how to describe this in such a way that people will understand what I am talking about.”

People open up in a different kind of way with clean questions

Rachel Gilmore has so far attended eight days of training with us – Clean for Teams plus a couple of modules of our Systemic Modelling Programme – and she is already using clean with several of her clients. When she told us she was already getting better results than with her existing methods, we were intrigued, so Marian interviewed her to find out more…

Focusing on What a Client Does Know

Have you ever had a situation where you asked a client a question, and their answer was “I don’t know”? Find out how Jacqueline Surin coped with this in two different coaching sessions.

How to Find a Practice Buddy

Some ways you can meet and practice with others who are interested in Clean Language.

Systemic Modelling TripAdvisor Review

Nick Simmonds recently attended a Systemic Modelling Level 1 workshop. Read his TripAdvisor style review on the course.

“I no longer persecute them”

How can learning about the Triune Brain and the Drama Triangle make someone a better manager? Jacqueline Ann Surin had the opportunity to teach Clean Language and Systemic Modelling to several heads of department in a foreign trade company in Kuala Lumpur this year. Among others, she introduced them to these two models. Find out what happened...

Practice May Not Make Perfect But Can Definitely Improve Skills

In a recent Clean Language: Core skills training event, Marian Way told us we needed to do our 'due diligence' to improve in Clean Language. 'Due diligence' is a term often used by David Grove which meant: do lots of practice, get feedback and learn from it.

Adventures in Clean: An Unbeatable Experience

I travelled from Malaysia to the UK for Adventures in Clean for three reasons. First of all, I am constantly looking out for opportunities to deepen my skills and to become a better Clean Language coach. Secondly, when I came to Northern Taste of Clean last year, several friends who had been on the 2015 Adventures told me about the powerful insights and life-changing moments they had had. I wanted that kind of experience, too. And my third reason was that it was an opportunity to work with all five Clean Language experts in one place.

Learning Journeys

In 2008, I was sitting in a meeting of educators in the field of sports development. They had received some funding to create a learning resource for their students. They wanted to make a CD ROM about those who were exceptional in the field of sports and sports development, in order to inspire their students to make the most of their opportunities in university.

The Magical Mystery of Attaching Meaning to Metaphor

Read about Dolly's Personal Journey weekend with Sue Charman and Marian Way at Sue’s lovely home in Devon.

Four Questions for One-Minute Motivation

At the March 2016 South-West Online Practice Group, we decided to practise “One Minute Motivation”. We were aware of this as a simple and efficient Clean Language tool for helping someone to get motivated to take action...

Listening & Language Quiz

The second of a set of seven quizzes you can use to test your knowledge of Clean Approaches for Coaches. This second quiz covers Listening & Language.

Slow Learning

An example of ‘slow learning’ occurred during a recent clean coaching session when my client, Nick, had started with an outcome of wanting ‘a vision of my own’ but, despite exploring many avenues, was not coming up with anything he was happy with.

How to Promote Clarity, Understanding and Cooperation within a Team or Business

During her recent trip to Malaysia, Caitlin was interviewed by BFM radio about Clean Language and how it can be used to avoid misunderstandings and promote clarity in teams and businesses. 

Clean Language: It's effective, it's efficient and it's gentle.

This great video was created by my friend Bev Martin, who hosts our trainings in Portland, Oregon. Bev recently interviewed one of last year's Clean Language: Core Skills participants, Susan Liesemer. Susan is a therapist and healer who uses massage, NLP and hypnotherapy - and now Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling - to work with her clients. 

Reflection in Education

Within Teacher Education, a key issue is helping students to understand how to reflect, what to reflect on and when to engage in the process that leads to high quality reflection and learning. Systemic Modelling and clean questions are tools that give student teachers the ‘how’ of reflection. Find out how they were used to improve results at Liverpool John Moores University.

Clean Learning Around The World

When Caitlin Walker was invited to speak at the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) European Conference in Sweden in September 2014, little did she know it would result in an explosion of interest in Clean Language throughout Europe.

New Set of Quizzes to Test Your Knowledge of Clean Approaches for Coaches: Quiz 1

The first of a set of seven quizzes you can use to test your knowledge of Clean Approaches for Coaches. This first quiz covers the Introduction. 

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the P.R.O. (Problem, Remedy, Outcome) Model?

A key Clean Language question is "And what would you like to have happen?" However, just because you ask someone this question doesn't mean they will respond with a desired outcome. Sometimes, they will tell you what they don't want (a problem) or their response may sound like a desired outcome (e.g. "I would like find a way to eliminate this issue") - but it is more of a wish for the problem to be reduced or to go away, rather than an indication of what they truly want. Take our quiz to see how well you know the P.R.O. Model.

Living with Ambiguity

A couple of words often used in association with Clean Language are ‘curiosity’ and ‘neutrality’. A Clean Language coach is accepting of everything a client says, not favouring one piece of information over another, but remaining neutral - like an impartial observer. 

Metaphors And Their Use Within Clean Language Coaching

From Shakespeare to Shelley and from advertisers to politicians, people across the world have leveraged the effects of metaphor to convey new ideas and concepts and to appeal to our emotions.

How Can I Decide Which is the Best Clean Language Course for Me?

Over the years we’ve developed a number of courses that have Clean Language at their core, and now when you click on our Events page, there’s rather a long list… So here are some questions to help you to decide which is the right course of action for you.

The Principles of Clean Language

Clean Language was developed by David Grove in order to help people to access more information about their own experience, rather than be influenced by a therapist’s ideas. He did not want to lead his clients. Of course, there are many more contexts where it's important not to lead someone...

"I was surprised at how deeply it moved me and made me think..."

Kate Smith, attended our Clean Language: Core Skills course last year with Sue Sharp and Tamsin Hartley. Tamsin caught up with her recently…

Clean Poetry

How can you use Clean Language to help children to appreciate poetry and to write their own poems? This was the question Assistant Headteacher Amanda Maney asked herself when she first came across Clean Language. Read about what happened...

The Street Cred of a Qualification

Sue Sharp talks to Lesley Downs about her experiences on our ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring, and what has happened since then.

ILM Training - What Happens Next?

Stuart Clark talks to Victoria Wilken about her experience of our ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring course, which starts in September.

Learning Clean Language: What are the Threshold Concepts?

The idea that learning a new subject involves grappling with a number of “Threshold Concepts” arose in the world of Higher Education in 2003 when researchers Ray Meyer and Jan Land were investigating ways to enhance learning… 

From Recommended Reading

Clean Approaches For Coaches*

Marian Way

Marian's book is about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, quite naturally and without giving advice, making suggestions, or interpreting your clients' needs. Written in a clear and engaging style, there are plentiful examples, diagrams and case studies to aid your learning.

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Training Attention*

Caitlin Walker

Training Attention is our own clean consultancy brand and is run by Caitlin Walker. Read her blog posts about using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling in business, community and education.

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Resolving Traumatic Memories: Metaphors and Symbols in Psychotherapy*

David J. Grove & B.I. Panzer

Although David was a prolific innovator and produced a number of recordings and workbooks, this is his only full-length book on the subject of Clean Language. In it, he and Basil Panzer talk about its origins and its original use in psychotherapy for trauma patients. It includes a number of case studies which are reported verbatim. It is well worth a read.

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Metaphors in Mind*

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley

Written for therapists, this book describes the process of using Clean Language for Symbolic Modelling in detail and includes many examples and case studies. There is also a chapter about non-therapeutic applications. A must-read book for anyone who is serious about mastering Clean Language.

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Clean Language and Systemic Modelling (DVD)*

Caitlin Walker

An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modelling which includes Clean Feedback, Clean Set-up and all the basic Systemic Modelling processes as exercises to do at home and with footage of the processes in action with a small group.

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Trust Me, I'm The Patient: Clean Language, Metaphor, and the New Psychology of Change*

Philip Harland

Philip Harland takes us on a clear and compelling journey into the nuances of words, questions, and sentence structure, and explains why small changes make such a big difference to both listener and speaker. He guides us through the minefields of unclean practice and shows us how seductive and wasteful our projections and assumptions can be. This is a fabulous clean resource that  closely matches the way the creator of Clean Language, the late David Grove, would explain himself. 

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Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds*

Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees

This book discusses Clean Language, how to use it to help keep your opinions, assumptions and advice to yourself, and how to work with autogenic metaphors. It is written for a broad range of people from helping professionals like psychotherapists and organisational coaches to interested laypeople. 

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An Introduction to Clean Space

A DVD showing a 2-day workshop which introduces Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge.

The DVD includes:

  • An introduction to Clean Space
  • Framework for Emergent Knowledge
  • Overview of both processes
  • Detailed protocol, with demonstration
  • Working with "Pronounscapes"
  • 6 Degrees of Freedom with Turning
  • Introduction to "Therapeutic Space" and the Whirly Gig

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Mining Your Client's Metaphors*

Gina Campbell

A self-study tool or course textbook for those learning Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. This is the first of two workbooks in the series.

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Panning for Your Client's Gold*

Gina Campbell

Discover twelve easy-to-learn Clean Language processes that combine the science of emergence and Metaphor Therapy as only creative innovator David Grove could.

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Teaching in Mind

Judith Lloyd Yero

This book examines how fundamental beliefs about teaching and learning affect what teachers do and the results they get. In it, teachers are invited to examine their metaphors for the educational process and to consider how an individual change informed by this self-scrutiny might have a positive impact on their performance. 

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