Entries tagged "Clean Questions"

From the FAQ

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 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.

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: 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.

ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Are you a coach, a manager or working towards being one? Join us for our ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Learn foundational Clean coaching methodologies, and other robust coaching tools, to inspire capability in others and coach them for success.

Clean Facilitator Programme

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

Clean Coaching

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

Clean Language: Core Skills - Online

From the blog

5 Reasons To Read ‘Words That Touch’

5 reasons to read Nick Pole’s new book about Clean Language and body work: Words That Touch: How to Ask Questions Your Body Can Answer 

Getting Clients To Trust Themselves

What do you do when coaching clients ask you for advice, feedback or ideas?  Jacqueline Ann Surin describes two clean approaches for helping clients to trust the knowledge within.

Setting Myself Up to be a Better Coach

Jacqueline Ann Surin explores how she uses the Clean Set Up process to prepare for coaching sessions with clients – and how this improves her coaching.

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.

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.

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...

Metaphor Quiz

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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...

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...

My Clean Adventure; Floating Down The River

When I first heard about Adventures in Clean way back in January I had an urge to attend. I have a number of health issues and done a lot of work on them but it had become very hard and I had lost inspiration. Then, about a month before the weekend, someone had posted a link to an article of Penny and James’s about metaphors for healing on Facebook. I remember reading it and thinking, “I really want one of those. I want an all-encompassing metaphor, that’s not just about what’s happening now.”

Are Resolutions the Same or Different to Goals?

Happy New Year! Today’s the day for New Year’s Resolutions and there’s no shortage of internet advice on how to make them, what they should be and how to keep them – but does anyone actually make New Year Resolutions these days?

Clean Questions and Deep Learning

"I love this exercise because it really stretches your brain and I love using my imagination because it's my world. I want to do this again!" This is what one child wrote after experiencing the "5 senses" exercise, which uses clean questions to help people to learn about themselves and each other. Read on to learn more about our new primary school project...

10 Things You Can Do on Your Own to Improve Your Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling Skills

I live in the middle of the countryside in Devon. As yet, there is not a huge Clean Language presence in Devon, so I was discussing with Marian Way how to hone my skills alone. 

A Simple Guide to Meditation

A simple meditation involves being comfortably seated in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Closing your eyes, or concentrating on a flame, and allowing your eyes to focus softly and inwardly, bring a kind and gentle awareness to each area of your body to relax it. 

Read the Introduction to Clean Approaches for Coaches

My first book has now been published! Get a flavour of the book by reading the Introduction.

Clean Language Questions: Abbreviations

When I am taking notes during a client session, I find it useful to write my questions as well as the client's responses.

Clean Language Questions

Clean Language consists of about 20 questions, asked in a particular way. When David Grove watched therapists at work and analysed transcripts of their client sessions, he realised they were subtly changing their clients’ words and he felt that this robbed them of their experience. So he experimented with keeping his clients’ words intact, repeating them verbatim. 

From Recommended Reading

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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Learning Journeys CD-ROM

Caitlin Walker

This Learning Journeys DVD was created in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University in a series of Clean Modelling sessions with successes in the field of Sports Development.

Caitlin Walker demonstrates using Clean Questions to uncover their models for:
  • Working at your Best
  • Managing Time
  • Decision Making
  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Overcoming Setbacks.
This unique training tool is inspirational and a great opportunity to observe Clean Questions in a real interview context.

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