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Meet The Team: Louise Hockaday

Thinking about taking a qualification in coaching? Read Louise Hockaday’s journey with the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

Gamification: A Strategy For Getting Stuff Done

Kat Elliott tells us about using Clean Language to ‘gamify’ a strategy for overcoming procrastination and getting big stuff done. 

Chalk and Cheese

How one member of the Online Practice Group resolved a tricky bind during a 2-hour practice session.

Systemic Modelling TripAdvisor Review

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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...

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; 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.”

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. 

Preview of 'Clean Approaches for Coaches'

My new book "Clean Approaches for Coaches" addresses a question a lot of new coaches have: "OK, I get it that it is about the client and their agenda and not about me giving advice, suggestions etc… but how do you do that in practice?" Starting with an overview of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, the book takes you step-by-step through the process of coaching someone using Clean Language.

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.

All About Metaphor

If you're reading Clean Approaches for Coaches, you'll be under no illusion as to the importance of metaphor - in our lives and central to the process of Symbolic Modelling.

Pointing: “The Metaphor We Have Been looking For”

James Lawley ran a practice group on the topic of ‘Pointing’. What had piqued his interest was a book called Michelangelo's Finger, by Raymond Tallis. James said that at last he had a way of explaining the perspective we take during a Symbolic Modelling session.

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, 

Modelling Mysterious Power

The art and skill of modelling forms an intrinsic part of using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling well.  Some facilitators seem to have a natural 'gift' for it, yet a satisfying description of what makes a good modeller remains elusive. Modelling is certainly not a mystical process, yet it has a touch of the mysterious about it, hard-to-describe, yet tangible.  I have found that my occasional forays into the translations of old Chinese texts have taught me things about modelling and working cleanly that conceptual descriptions have not.

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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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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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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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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker

In this book Steven Pinker looks at how the relationship between words and thoughts can help us understand who we are. Language is at the heart of our lives, and through the way we use it - whether to inform, persuade, entertain or manipulate - we can glimpse the very essence of what makes us human. Includes a mention of Symbolic Modelling.

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