Module Two: Clean Language Foundation – ”Exploring Metaphors with Clean Language”

Now available as a self- study training course, including access to all recorded content-rich classes and group reflection calls. Or, register your interest now for live calls and classes starting Thurs 6th June 2024. 

Also includes access to all course resources, including demonstration recordings, transcripts, course notes, visual aids, and exercises.

  • Total 16 hours CPD


This module is suitable for experienced coaches interested in learning Clean Language to incorporate into their own coaching frameworks. This module can be taken as a standalone course without completing all our training modules. Some coaches may wish to start their learning with us learning at Module Two and return to Module One at a later stage if they decide to continue learning Clean Coaching and apply for accreditation.

You will learn how to ask Clean Language questions in a structured but flexible process suitable for coaching. This programme covers the full range of basic Clean Language questions created by New Zealand psychotherapist David Grove. The course emphasises the value of working with client’s self-generated metaphors as a creative approach.

This module forms part of an overall series of four modules, which together will build your knowledge, skills and confidence to use Clean Language, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge in a variety of different coaching-related frameworks and uses, from exploring a particular feeling or state, to structuring a whole coaching session.

The complete Clean Coaching online training programme was conceived by David Grove 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 has been involved since the course’s early stages of development and was responsible for adding the modules that focus on Clean Language . She is now lead trainer on the entire 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.

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 or mental state 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 at a time agreed by each participant, and over a suitable virtual meeting space. You will be given the option to record your practice to receive detailed, supportive feedback from your course tutor. 
  • 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:

  • Access to four pre-recorded classes and two group reflection calls plus recordings of all available afterwards
  • Audio and video recordings of demonstration and example practice exercises
  • Full transcripts of all demonstrations and exercises
  • Course notes, copies of visuals and transcripts of demo sessions
  • A mass of extra resources: extra reading materials, useful links and further learning opportunities
  • Access to an online study / practice group where you can arrange to practice with others on the same learning journey
  • Access to a Clean-Coaching trained mentor to help you personally with any questions you may have  
  • ONE In-depth, personalised feedback report on a practice session of your choice
  • OPTIONAL: Further practice feedback reports available at an additional cost of £100 per report

How to book

For the self-study option, scroll down to download our booking form for Module Two (an alternative PDF version to print off and scan back to us is available here).

Or, book instantly through Pay Pal:

Usual fee is: £204.00 – £198.00 plus £6.00 towards Pay Pal fees)

Please also email to let us know, so we can match your payment to the right course and send you a receipt / full details. Thank you.

To register your interest for the live class option starting 6th June:

Please register by emailing Sally Scott at or by completing our booking form (please do not make payment until we confirm the event is going ahead). Please confirm which start time would work best for you: 10:00am UK time or 5:00pm UK time – or either.  We’ll be in touch to let you know if the course will happen in June, or alternatively to suggest other dates.

Full price for live class event series is £320.00.

Please note that we require a minimum of six participants for this course to run. Please feel free to invite others who might wish to attend and even get your own group together. If we don’t have enough people for 9th April, we will propose further dates later in the year.

This course gives you all of the content listed above as per the self-study option, in addition,

Four live group reflection calls, each of one hour’s duration, hosted by our team of Clean Genies, on:

  • Thurs 6th June  
  • Thurs 20th June
  • Thurs 4th July
  • Thurs 18th July

One live Q&A session with Angela Dunbar:

  • Thurs 27th June


  • All calls at 10.00am UK/BST times and potentially also at 5.00pm UK  time if we have enough participants to join):Each call is of one hour’s duration
  • Entire course is 8 weeks duration with a fortnightly release of study materials and practice assignments
  • Total 22 hours CPD

Module Two cost:

  • £320.00 for sole traders / private individuals
  • £450.00 premium package (includes a one-to-one mentoring session with Angela Dunbar
  • £640.00 corporate rate (please speak with us about premium options)

How to Book:

Book instantly through Pay Pal (we will reserve your space and refund you should the course be postponed):


Pay now


(You’ll need to change the payment from £00.00 to the exact money due which is:

Usual fee: £330.00 – which is £320.00 plus 3% towards Pay Pal fees (£10.00)

    Or alternatively, email to reserve your space

    Please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page and include with your email.

    What people have said about our Clean Language online training 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