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Clean Language and Metaphor Overview

Clean Language was originally developed by psychologist David Grove in the 1980s when he worked with traumatic memory patients. He discovered that people tended naturally to speak in metaphor when describing their experiences and that the most effective treatment was to honour their metaphors by asking open questions which reflected their exact words.

Over a period of years, David identified key questions that would least influence people in their metaphorical journey, and he gave this process the name, “Clean Language”. The technique was observed by therapists Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, who devoted several years to modelling and expanding David’s techniques into a methodology called 'Symbolic Modelling'. A rich collection of information and articles is available on their website

Clean Language for Coaches Distance Learning programme

What people have said about Angela and the Clean Language distance learning programme:

"Angela is an excellent tutor using her relaxed inclusive style to make everyone feel at ease and seamlessly adapting to the classes requirements. Conferences calls, feedback and course notes are fine examples of good practice! The course was superb. I have already started to use Clean Language within coaching sessions and I'm very much looking forward to undertaking the next course of Clean Language in the near future." Lynn Cox, IAAR
"The mixture of learning from theory, demonstration, practice and detailed personal feedback was very effective. I was able to move quickly from being a clumsy beginner to feeling more confident to use and explore my new skills."
Dr Nanas Callander, The Lynton Partnership

“Angela offers a highly skilled hand in guiding delegates through the material and she naturally builds confidence in others to not only explore new concepts but to consider new horizons” Maureen Atkins, Coach, Berkshire
“I learnt a lot - I had come across Clean Language before but only touched on it superficially and as Angela pointed out so well, there is a helluva lot more to it than just "sticking with the client`s language"... I can see that trying to get into the client`s metaphorical language will be a real help to exploring some deeper issues and making connections, Thanks again” Alison Dale, Government Office for London

“The pace is great – stretching but manageable, both the content and the timings spaced just right for me as a busy working mum! You create a lovely supportive learning environment, and the humour is great too. Notes are helpful – have filed them as I go, which helps to keep track." Rachael Ross, Rachael Ross Coaching, UK
"Clean Language training should be part of any coach training programme, it adds richness to the coaching process and the result for the client. Clean Language helps you build a deeper rapport with your client.
Angela’s training style is calm, clear and extremely professional, and combined with her passion and indepth knowledge of the subject creates a highly effective training programme. If you want to take your coaching to the next level, this course is essential. Helen Isacke, Crown Coaching Ltd

The Clean Coaching Centre offer a distance learning programme covering Clean Language techniques as developed by David Grove. Please read on for full details and confirm asap (by email or via or contact form opposite) if you would like a space reserved for you. Places limited to a maximum of
8 people due to the level of participation/personal feedback on the programme.

You can participate in these classes through your computer (if you have reliable broadband and a headset) and/or through a normal telephone landline (normal local call charges will apply). Computer access will enable you to immerse yourself in the classes more completely through the accompanying visual aids available in this way.

When you register. you will receive full access details explaining how to connect by computer plus you will be given an ordinary landline telephone number and access code to use, if required.

What is ‘Clean Language’?

Scroll down to the end of this webpage for more information about what these techniques are and how they can help you become a better coach. You can also visit our free resources pages for articles and audio recordings.

Clean Language for Coaches – Full details

This distance learning programme has been developed by Angela Dunbar working in conjunction with Carol Wilson. The training is aimed at coaches who want to learn new ways to facilitate clients in a non-directive and creative way. Angela Dunbar is lead trainer on this programme and is a Certified Clean Language Facilitator, immersed in all things “Clean” since 2001 and has had extensive training with David Grove, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley and others.

You will learn how to ask Clean Language questions in a structured but flexible process suitable for coaching. This programme covers the full set of Clean Language questions created by New Zealand psychotherapist David Grove in the 1970s and 1980’s plus includes some principles from his later work with Space and Emergent Knowledge.

The first module forms part of an overall series of three modules, which together will build your knowledge, skills and confidence to use Clean Language in a variety of different coaching-related frameworks and uses, from exploring a feeling to structuring a whole coaching session.

Module One: “Exploring Metaphors using Clean Language”

Autumn 2017:

Class Dates: Tues 19th Sept, 3rd Oct, 17th Oct and 31st Oct 2017

Class Times: Choice of 11.00am to 12.30pm UK time or 6pm to 7.30pm UK time.

Please check your local time against UTC/GMT - From 29th Oct we will be in Daylight Saving Hours so GMT +1.

Spring 2018:

Dates TBA - please register your interest

** Please note if you can't make a session you can easily catch up by listening remotely to the class recording afterwards.

Duration: Online / Teleclasses 6 hours total plus a minimum of 6 hours supervised self-directed learning, including practice & audio recordings

What you will gain:
An understanding of how to enter a client’s inner world through metaphors and help them explore issues and reach solutions from a deeper source of knowledge

What this course will cover:

• How metaphors reveal the structure of our thinking
• Increasing your awareness of metaphoric language
• What is 'clean' and how it can impact on a client's ability to change
• Demonstrations of Clean Language in a coaching context
• Using Clean Language questions to focus attention
• Using Clean Language to turn a feeling into a metaphor
• Delivering the questions with full syntax
• The importance of vocal tone and pacing
• Using Clean Language questions to expand attention
• Structuring the questions into a process for coaching
• The Practice sessions:

  • These will take place after each teleclass day, as a recorded teleconference call, allowing the participants an opportunity to practice the skills they have learned. Your tutor will listen to all recorded sessions and give you individual, personalized feedback in writing on how your skills are developing.
    • • Assignments:

      • A Clean Language transcript to review
      • Personal action plans
        • By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

          • Explore coachees’ issues using metaphor
          • Understand the power of metaphor and the language required to use it effectively
          • Understand the principles of “Clean” & apply to any non-directive form of coaching
          • Identify solution focused metaphors as opposed to metaphors of the problem
          • Learn 13 ‘Clean Language’ questions which least influence the coachee
          • Be able to use Clean Language to define outcomes, barriers and resources
          • Help the coachee make transformational changes
            • How your learning is supported:

              • Four classes of one and a half hours duration each
              • With option to connect via online webinar or standard telephone
              • Audio recordings of all classes
              • Audio recordings of exercise demonstrations
              • Written transcripts of exercise demonstrations
              • Comprehensive reading material including a 21 page workshop manual
              • Written assignments
              • Supervised, recorded practice sessions with a partner followed by:
              • Personalized, detailed one-to-one feedback from your programme director
              • A total of 12 hours supervised learning activity plus further optional activity

                  Places are limited – reserve your space now by emailing or via our webform at the top of this page.

                  Attendance of Module One is a pre-requisite for participating in further modules of this distance learning programme.

                  Dates for future Clean Language Modules 2017:

                  Module Two: Exploring the Parts and Finding a Whole

                  Dates Autumn 2017 - From Tues 7th November with choice of class times - please register your interest

                  Click here for full details on Module Two

                  Module Three: Putting it together with Confidence

                  Dates TBA - please register your interest

                  Click here for full details on Module Three

                  Reserve your space by email or through the webform

                  About the trainer: Angela Dunbar

Your total investment per module:

  • £198.00 for sole traders / private individuals
  • £287.00 including one-to-one session
  • £396.00 corporate rate
    • SPECIAL OFFER: Take 10% discount if you book and pay within one month of the course start date:

      • £178.20 for sole traders / private individuals
      • £258.30 including one-to-one session
      • £356.40 corporate rate

        • ..
          FURTHER DISCOUNT Book and pay for all three modules in advance and get a further 5% discount:
          • £507.87 total for sole traders / private inds
          • £1015.74 total corporate rate