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What is Clean Interviewing?

What is Clean Interviewing and how does it differ from Clean Coaching? These are two questions Jacqueline Surin had in mind when she attended a workshop at the recent Northern Taste of Clean.

Clean and Clowning

What does Clean Language have in common with clowning? And how can clowning morph into Clean Space. Read Marian's account of an improv session during a clowning course and the links she made with 'clean'.

What happens at Adventures in Clean?

On May 12th 2017, seventeen adventurers – some experienced Clean Facilitators and some people brand new to clean - assembled at Caitlin and Shaun’s house in West Kirby for four days of clean facilitation. This is what happened...

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Clean Adventure: Personal and Professional Development

I signed up for Adventures in Clean because I wanted the professional development. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see five of the most experienced users of Clean Language doing their thing – and that was my focus for the first afternoon and most of the following day. I was watching different people come forward for clean sessions and I was writing down their words and what was happening during the sessions, as well as my own insights and Ah-ha! moments.

Stuart's Clean Adventure: OK to be Gay

I attended Adventures in Clean for several reasons: I've done lots of work with Clean Learning and Training Attention and most of this has centred around Systemic Modelling which uses Clean Language quite conversationally and I wanted to experience it being used as a psychotherapeutic tool; I'd been doing quite a bit of self-development with Caitlin Walker and Shaun Hotchkiss and I thought it would be a good idea to experience working with different facilitators...

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?

Meet the Team: Sue Sharp

This September, Sue Sharp will be co-training (with Stuart Clark) on the first Clean Learning ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. In the first of new our Meet the Team series, I interviewed Sue about her business background and her passion for training and development.

I Signed A Book For Nancy Kline!

International speaker, author and leader, Nancy Kline, was one of the keynote speakers at the recent Clean Conference, talking about how people think best in their own language - whether that is their own language of silence, their own language of words, their own first language, or their own first language sound.

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.

Where Do You Start?

Several years ago I was talking with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley about creating workshop activities, when one of them said that there are only four possible starting points for any ‘change’ activity.

Duck: Think Outside the Flock

Here’s a game that will help to hone your ‘pattern spotting’ skills. I like it because each round is different and you have to work out the new pattern – just like you do when working with a new client. 

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, 

The PRO Model

At this month's Practice Group we tried an activity based around the 'PRO' Model. This model was devised by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley to give facilitators a way to keep a client's attention on their desired outcome:

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.

Designing a Clean Workshop

How can we create a workshop that's 'clean' (i.e. attempts to not give people our models, theories, ideas, suggestions, advice and metaphors but instead creates experiences that enable them to learn from themselves and others) AND which has a distinct topic?

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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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A Strange and Strong Sensation (DVD)*

Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

This training DVD contains a complete Symbolic Modelling session with on-screen annotation. The client discovers her personal metaphors and symbols and learns how these weave together to form a Metaphor Landscape. She is facilitated to identify the conditions necessary for organic change within this landscape, so that new ways of perceiving herself and her world emerge. Includes 36 page booklet with full transcript and unique three-perspective commentary.

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