We facilitate groups, teams and organisations to uncover current attitudes, patterns and preferences using Clean Language approaches. We're focussed on discovering and encouraging a group's intrinsic motivation to learn and grow while engendering a culture of safety, belonging and freedom.
Moving consistently from contempt, through to curiosity and on to inspiring capability, especially when under pressure and across diversity, leads to anti-fragile interactions that keep more people at their best, more of the time.
Could you use our help?
We can create a bespoke intervention with you.
We start by cleanly interviewing stakeholders to clarify your outcomes and to help you think through what you'd really like to have happen. We uncover the structure of problems and look for the leanest intervention that will have the biggest impact. We have a strong usefulness ethic and will make sure that interventions are fit for purpose, are a good use of our time and your money and are being championed sustainably across the group over time. For large scale projects we recommend building in a Train the Trainer programme.
Interventions can range from mediation, to executive team coaching, to conflict resolution, to wide-scale organisational culture change. We work with all kinds of groups from families, to teams, to boards, to schools and communities.
To find out more about our methodology, scroll down. If you'd like to discuss a project with Caitlin, click here. Or to read some examples of recent intervention structures we have co-created, click the button below.
Prefer to do it yourself?
Get training in Systemic Modelling.
We offer training for leaders, managers, coaches and teams which can be in-house or you can attend open courses with our sister training company Clean Learning. These include, but are not limited to, Creating #DramaFree Conversations, Clean for Teams, A Rough Guide to Me and My Team and ICF accredited Clean Coach Certification.
If you get hooked on the impact of Clean and Systemic Modelling skills you can join our rolling training programme. Once you've completed some of the entry-levels courses above you can develop all of the skills necessary to facilitate diverse groups on diverse topics. You'll be able to support groups in conflict to find their way to curiosity and then to collaboration. You can choose to get assessed to foundation, professional or all the way to master level.
A Rough Guide to Me - a clean tool for understanding yourself and others
We'd like to offer you one of our Systemic Modelling tools: ‘ A Rough Guide to Me' when you sign up to our newsletter. This is a printable booklet for you to complete. It will support your self-awareness and encourage you to advocate for your needs within relationships. Use this tool with friends, colleagues or family to develop an understanding of how you all work, where you're coming from and how to live, work and learn together more effectively.
Where our approach comes from
When individuals understand themselves and their reasons for doing things the way they do them, they can advocate for their needs and make adjustments for others. If you want an effective, happy, high-functioning team, company or family you don't have to rely on luck. With Systemic Modelling, you can create the tools and conditions that help individuals build teams they can be at their best in.
Dr Caitlin Walker's life's work has been developing such tools. Easily understandable, ‘rough-guides’ to individuals and teams that are built by the teams themselves, without having to rely on constraining labels, team roles or diagnoses.
The tool she found most useful in her quest was David Grove's Clean Language. This TEDx tells the story of how she developed a universal language of inquiry for developing collective trust across teams and organisations. It shares the unexpected business and personal benefits of fostering intrinsic motivation and deeply trusting the people you live and work with.
Our theory of change
Clean Questions, when applied in teams, have a number of benefits.
Firstly, they create the conditions for safety. They keep me safe from any unconscious bias I have about you. They keep you safe from my projections, advice, misunderstanding and premature evaluation. A clean question a day keeps assumptions at bay!
Secondly, they create a point in time within which I give you my full attention, I accept and extend the ideas you're sharing with me. You can do the same for me, in the moment. By training our attention to be present we create relationships of belonging and being accepted as we are.
Thirdly, these questions allow the receiver to answer in whatever way they want. They are designed to be minimally constraining. So together we have the freedom to think unfettered thoughts.
Within this video, Caitlin shares how these moments of safety, belonging and freedom can be the antidote to microaggressions and, over time and across communities, can inspire capability so that we can live and work at our best in groups.
Caitlin Walker PhD
Caitlin loves uncovering patterns, building models, asking high-quality questions, and detecting whether actions are congruent or incongruent with desired outcomes.
She doesn't restrict where she does this and she can be found running the streets with young people who don't go to school or sitting in boardrooms as a trusted advisor.
She is a Director of Training Attention and the developer of Systemic Modelling™. She is the author of From Contempt to Curiosity, which details many of the innovative and transformational projects she’s led across our communities. She has a doctorate in Clean Language Interviewing and thrives on partnering on rigorous research projects.
Caitlin Walker’s work is hard to describe in a way that does it justice: it’s one of those things that really needs to be seen and experienced in order to understand its power and impact. I rate the impact she has had on the school and the functioning of the people within it as amongst the most significant I have seen. Currently, one of the areas of interest in education is the use of models and coding in order to create shared language and understanding in the organisation. This lies at the heart of Caitlin’s work - she supports teams and individuals in navigating the vagaries of language, enabling them to achieve a common understanding which is free from the bias and ‘loading’ that we all (very naturally) bring to bear. Further, she shows us how to interrogate issues/situations in a clear and objective manner so that barriers and solutions can be clearly seen. Her work is deep and lasting. It’s been more than seven years since she started working with the team and I regularly use the tools she gave us. Only this morning, when setting up a two day training event with 30 teachers, I used the ‘clean set-up’ model to ensure that we all had a common understanding of what was to ensue. Last, her work can transform how pupils think. Working with them directly or through teachers, she can help teachers understand the thinking process and how to optimise it within the curriculum content the school has decided to use.
- Mark Cotton, Deep Learning T2M
This training was pure excellence in every respect. The authority and power of Caitlin's skill base, complemented by the range of experienced mentors in our midst was a superb context for the highest quality teaching. The balance of concept coverage and experiential learning was skilfully gauged, the connections created between delegates and trainers, the insightful guidance and warm challenges offered along the way, all conspired to enable learning, at its very best, for all. 'Clean' by its nature creates this, enabling listening at the highest level to create common vision and harness awareness, but the quality of delivery, the privilege of experiencing all of this through and with Caitlin and her team, in her home, with such honouring hospitality, resulted in a learning experience second to none. This training creates deep, unforgettable change and I, my workplace and my home will be the better for it. Thank you.
- Amanda Maney, Alignment Coach
Working in a tumultuous setting as business manager of several schools, I have found myself in need of external expertise to resolve a complex web of interpersonal conflicts from within a Leadership team to a team of catering assistants. The issues were as convoluted as they were detrimental to our workplace harmony, causing ripple effects in several environments. Caitlin, however, demonstrated an exceptional capability to not just understand, but reshape these dynamics into a framework for collaboration and growth. The result? A transformation that not only resolves conflicts but cultivates a culture of empowerment and improvement - meaning the team is left skilled to self-manage. Her services come highly recommended for any organisation in need of ironing out team dynamics and productivity, and promoting a healthier workplace culture.
- Stephen Johnson, Business Manager, St John Bosco Arts College
From Contempt to Curiosity is a simply brilliant book. If you work with other people in any capacity, do get hold of a copy now - and don’t just read it, enjoy it and learn from it, but act on it. If you are a trainer, coach, educator or business person you will benefit from this book, just as you will if you are a psychotherapist, psychologist, counsellor, politician, parent or student. The reason I recommend it so highly and without reservation for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and others is that it is not simply about skills, techniques and processes (though it has those in abundance), but it is about our attitudes to learning. The author herself models curiosity, attentiveness, courage and invention. You will identify these qualities in yourself and be encouraged to develop them further. Caitlin writes openly and movingly about her own experience. Go with her. Trust her. Her account is eminently readable and inspiring. You will learn not only about working with groups and individuals, but also about working with yourself, I promise!
- Philip Harland, Author of "The Power of Six" and "Trust Me, I'm The Patient"
We offer introductory trainings with easy-to-implement tools that individuals and teams can immediately put into action.
Introductory trainings include:
Develop a mini Rough Guide to yourself and how you show up in groups. By the end of this training, you'll be able to:
- Recognise your own patterns in groups and how they differ from other people's.
- Have a better grasp on how to advocate for your needs.
- Detect when there is conflict or misunderstanding in groups.
- Take more responsibility for your part in an interaction.
This training also acts as an introduction to Systemic Modelling and is a pre-requisite for joining our Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme.
How do you show up when there is drama or conflict? What are your patterns, preferences and issues in this area? By the end of this training, you'll be able to:
- Detect when you, and others, are not just stating problems but are operating from a drama position.
- Adjust your own behaviour, in order to minimise the impact of drama and to move to outcome and action.
- Introduce simple versions of these tools to promote discussion in groups.
- Establish the skills to define the purpose of an interview.
- Create an engaging frame for your interviewees.
- Ask an effective starting question.
- Gather data by asking classically and contextually Clean Language questions.
- Summarise and complete your interviews.
- Be able to review and assess the quality of your interviews using the Cleanness Rating.
You'll be invited to engage in peer practice and mentoring, and one submission and assessment is included in each course.
Begin your training
- Thursdays 25 April, 02 May, 09 May, 16 May, 23 May and 30 May, 8.30am to 12.30pm BST
- Online via Zoom
- With Caitlin Walker PhD, Jacqueline Ann Surin, Pascal Clarkson
- Thursdays 25 April, 02 May, 09 May, 16 May, 23 May and 30 May, 1.30pm to 5.30pm BST
- Online via Zoom
- With Caitlin Walker PhD, Svetlana Shapovaliants, Pascal Clarkson
Systemic Modelling Training
Once you've completed Clean for Teams, either as an open course or through a bespoke intervention in your workplace, you may join the Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme. We ask that you arrive with a Rough Guide to how you show up as a learner, at work and in groups plus a willingness to engage in the tools as a continuous learner, as well as a facilitator of others.
Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme is a training for you if you recognise the possibilities and the potential of clean facilitation for groups and want to become proficient. The training is modular with some participants booking one module at a time and others purchasing a block of credits for modules and booking them in as they go along. We believe in slow learning and invite participants to learn at their own pace and to integrate skills and attitudes into their practice between modules. We also support a vibrant community of learners where participants can practice with and lean into one another during their development.
Foundation Level means you can think through a clear purpose for a group session, set a congruent frame, construct an effective starting question, train the attention of the group so that all voices are heard, encourage the group to ask one another clean and clean-ish questions and close with consideration for the next steps - all so that the group forms an intelligent network of attention around the topic, uncovering learnings as they emerge. On average this level requires two modules, although this varies depending on learning styles.
Professional Level means you can consistently support groups to become interested in one another's contributions, form networks around a variety of topics, use the basic Systemic Modelling tools to help groups to communicate more effectively, help teams to detect and unpack drama or conflict in-the-moment, and support groups to achieve their goals.
Master Level means you have all the skills of Foundation and Professional Levels and are also able to teach the group to do these things for themselves, independently of a facilitator.
Join our community of practice at the Clean Campus
Learning to develop a clean stance takes practice. Caitlin and Marian have created, with help from other clean leaders and colleagues, a Clean Campus community space for learning, conversations, co-inspiration, professional support and a chance to see clean principles in action. There are communities of interest such as business, education, Clean Language interviewing and Systemic Modelling - along with offers of master classes as well as free peer practice sessions every week. Peer practice sessions will enable you to gain direct experience of clean approaches, develop skills before or between trainings and move from Foundation to Professional level by getting experience with a wide range of topics and groups.
When you arrive at the Clean Campus, introduce yourself, find out which areas are of most interest to you and get involved.
Caitlin Walker's book about using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling to encourage the conditions for collaboration.
Caitlin and Marian's interactive journal to help you reduce unnecessary conflict in your life.
A set of two DVDs with simple exercises for practising Clean Language and Systemic Modelling by yourself or in a group - by Caitlin Walker.
(£12.00 including VAT)
Marian Way's book about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.
Clean Language Training
If you would like to develop your one-to-one clean coaching skills, our sister company, Clean Learning, runs trainings in the core skills of Clean Language, including an ICF accredited Level 1 coach training as well as advanced training.