Entries tagged "David Grove"

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.

What is Emergent Knowledge?

Emergent Knowledge is one of the last processes developed by David Grove before his untimely death in 2008. It is a process of self-discovery which involves the iterative use of clean questions. 

From Services

Clean Space

A Simple Process for Gaining New Perspectives: Take 2 days to learn how this innovative and creative process can effect deep and powerful change.

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 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.

From the blog

Meet the Team: Christoffer de Graal

Clean Learning Associate, Christoffer de Graal talks about his passion for sound and music, and his plans for building a Clean Language community in Bristol.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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… 

A review of the “Adventures in Clean” event

Over the May bank holiday weekend I attended Adventures in Clean and thought it was worth writing up. I really wanted to go because it featured what I view as some of the rockstars of the Clean world: James Lawley; Penny Tompkins; Caitlin Walker; Marian Way: and Shaun Hotchkiss.

Meet the Team: Shaun Hotchkiss

In the fourth of our Meet the Team series, I talk to Shaun Hotchkiss, who is now a Director of Clean Learning. Shaun’s new DVD, An Introduction to Clean Space, is out this month. We talk about his friendship with David Grove, how they built the Whirly Gig, and his hopes for the future. 

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism

A truly remarkable account of a mother's determination to do whatever it took for her autistic son to be at his best… and how this relates to clean.

10 Ways to Get Started with Clean Language

Clean Language helps people to explore their own thinking in their own way, to uncover patterns that keep them stuck and to find their own creative solutions. Here are ten ways you can learn more about Clean Language, what it is and how it works:

Where did Clean Language Come From?

This is the heading of one of the pages in the book, and as I point out there, Clean Language came from David Grove.

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. 

Caitlin Walker Inspires TEDx Merseyside

We are very excited that Caitlin Walker has given a talk at TEDx Merseyside, which is now available on YouTube. TEDx, an offshoot of TED Talks, encourages local people to run TED-style events which bring people together to spread worthwhile ideas. Caitlin's 20-minute talk is entitled "Clean Questions and Metaphor Models: A Language on Inquiry". In it she tells the story of her quest to find a tool that would allow people to see the rules they and other people were living by and to find ways to challenge those rules in a non-judgemental way. 


Clean Language is like… Origami

Metaphor is to the human mind what folding is to science.

Everything is made of folds - the earth, our DNA, illness and health in the folding and unfolding of protein molecules, the human brain, our clothes, the folding and unfolding of our memories, 

Clean Language is like… Permaculture

Permaculture is the practice of working with, rather than against, nature, in order to optimise the output from any piece of land. For example, by observing its natural resources in detail, practitioners are able to design an allotment to minimise weeding and to maximise yield.

Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

Review of Albert-Laszlo Barabasi's latest book which looks at how predictable we are...

What’s Your Problem?

We normally emphasise the need to help clients to focus on their desired outcomes, using the PRO (Problem, Remedy, Outcome) model. For this practice group, we decided to put our attention on the nature of people's problems.

Modelling Perspectives

Our Practice Group topic this month was "Modelling Perspectives". This was inspired by Penny and James's presentation at the recent Clean Conference, and indeed we used their ideas as the basis for our evening.

Clean Space

Phil Swallow led the meeting this month, starting by speaking briefly about David Grove and how he came up with his ideas. He said a few words about the Clean Space process - and as with all Clean processes, having an experience or watching someone else have an experience is by far the best way of gaining some understanding of what it's all about. 

Clean Set Up

We started the meeting by explaining our 'melting pot' metaphor to our two new members, Karen and Rachel, who then both contributed their ideas about the kind of group they'd like to belong to. Rachel added an armchair because she wants the group to be safe and comfortable. Karen talked about the group having an intention and being vibrant and added yellow 'sparkle' to our metaphor map.

Modelling Conversationally

We welcomed three new members to our group this month: Jackie, Sally and Cathy. And, rather belatedly (i.e. right at the end of the meeting), we shared with them our metaphor for how we want the group to be. Thanks, Nigel, for reminding us of this.

At the start of the meeting we acknowledged what a wonderful legacy David Grove has left us and how sad it is that he has died.

As our 'open space' meeting last month had gone well, we used that approach again.

Headless Chicken Gets to See the Big Picture

Have you ever felt you were behaving like a headless chicken, or as though you were under a big black cloud; have you suffered from jangling nerves or painful tension in your neck and shoulders?

From Recommended Reading

From Contempt To Curiosity*

Caitlin Walker

This book is a series of stories from Caitlin’s first meeting with David Grove to the development of Clean Modelling for groups and contains the principles and models underpinning Systemic Modelling.

It’s as relevant to business leaders as it is to parents, to organisational development as it is to creating learning communities. To reserve a pre-launch copy at a special price please click below.

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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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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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The Power of Six*

Philip Harland

Philip Harland worked for an extended period with the late David Grove as he was developing Emergent Knowledge and The Power of Six. This is a brilliant book which explains the process and how it works.

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