Clean Language came from the world of personal development and psychotherapy. Many practitioners continue to use it to further David Grove’s personal crusade to help people to heal from trauma and other serious deal with personal issues. Several Clean Conference sessions continue with this theme, using Clean approaches either on their own or in a blend with NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). Maybe delegates will get to answer the perennial question: “Just  what is the relationship between Clean Language and NLP?”

Details of sessions in this general area are listed below, while other presenters’ sessions can be found in:

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, authors of Metaphors in Mind and creators of Symbolic Modelling. They first saw David Grove in action in 1993.  In 1995 they started to model David’s approach, publishing their results in “Metaphors in Mind” (2000).  Over the years David became a close friend and co-inspirer, and was discussing his ideas with them as late as January 2008.

Session: “I can’t see my legs from here” — A Symbolic Modeller’s Perspective

A modeller has to make a key decision: What perspective am I going to model from? NLP has identified three modelling perspectives: 1st, 2nd and 3rd position. We discovered that David Grove was using a different perspective which we incorporated into Symbolic Modelling. More recently Ken Wilber has expanded his quadrant model to include something similar as one of his 8 fundamental perspectives. In this presentation you will have a chance to experience a range of modelling perspectives, and in particular, how to adopt the primary perspective of a Symbolic Modeller.

Gina Campbell (USA)

Gina Campbell, MEd., from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a developmental counselor, a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator, and a Certified Clean Facilitator. Gina has been facilitating individual clients in person and by phone using Symbolic Modeling since 2003. She offers experiential workshops and training in Symbolic Modeling and Clean Language. Gina is a certified National Board for Certified Counsellors CEU provider and recent past president of the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.

Session: Mining Your Metaphors

Gina Campbell introduces the basics of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. You’ll learn why we use metaphors, why we stay ‘clean’, and how change happens. Gina enlivens her presentation with plenty of stories of her counselling clients’ metaphors. She’ll offer a demonstration with a volunteer, and an opportunity for you to briefly facilitate and be facilitated by a partner.

Philip Harland is a practising psychotherapist, a leading exponent of Clean Language, Emergent Self Knowledge and the Power of Six.  He worked over many years with David Grove, co-facilitated clients with him in Britain, France and New Zealand, and has written a book, ‘The Power of Six: A Six Step Guide to Self Knowledge‘, that they planned together.

Session: Clean and Emergent

An explorative session, not a lecture.  Learn a completely new process. David Grove told me he thought this was “such an amazing discovery, so blindingly obvious, yet we missed it all these years.”  The ‘Six Space Symptom’ combines Clean Language, Clean Space, Therapeutic Metaphor, Emergent Self Knowledge and the Power of Six in one seamless procedure for relieving or resolving a physical or psychological symptom.
As clients, you will experience a powerful six-step process for the relief or resolution of a personal symptom.  As facilitators, you will learn how to run the procedure.  Everyone will get a detailed summary of the six steps at the end.

Tania Korsak (Belgium) has a BA, MSc (Anthropology and Research methods) and is a Feldenkrais practitioner and part of the French clean language/emergent core group. Her research and practice explores three developmental lines: cognitive, physical and psychological. She values a heuristic approach, i.e. a way of solving problems by exploring past sensations related to developmental stages moving by trial and error to a resolution.

Session: A Polynesian journey through childhood

Life is a journey! For David Grove it was a Polynesian journey! How to ride the currents and brave the storms of life’s destination-s?

John Martin retired from the Open University in 2005.  A neo-Reichian training in the 1970s led to a role as a creativity trainer and an interest in imagery work.  Preparation of an OU video on this in 2000 led to contact with Caitlin Walker and with Clean.  John has been a member of the Clean Language Research Group since 2004.

Session: How others have worked with ‘Metaphor Landscapes’

‘Metaphor landscape’ work existed for at least a century before Grove’s methods appeared.  Though not ‘clean’, the techniques were effective and awareness of them can enrich your understanding of the ‘language’ of internal representation, even if you choose not to make use of them.  I will draw particularly on Shorr’s very comprehensive ‘Psychotherapy Through Imagery’ (1983).

Dena Robbins-Deckel (Israel)

For 20 years created and performed children’s shows throughout Israel.  10 years ago entered the world of NLP becoming a certified Trainer at NLPU. Three years ago, together with 3 partners, opened a centre for studying NLP in Israel called NLPPLUS.  Have also a private practice. Body work always being of importance, studied Rio Abierto, a method originating in Argentina which combines music, movement, massage, and visualization. Conduct a group which meets once a month combining the various disciplines in “Clean NLP in Motion.”

Session: Clean NLP in Motion

This session will be devoted to creating a resource state that can be of value and later available in one’s daily life. The very concept of resource will be investigated through movement, gradually creating an organic personal resource metaphor through the discovery of the rhythm and scope of the movement.  Also to be explored will be how to can stay in one’s own metaphor and at the same time belong to and enrich the group experience.  The experience of Clean NLP in Motion really needs to be experienced to understand.  In the words of Isadora Duncan: “If I could explain it I wouldn’t have to dance it.”

Steven Saunders

Steven is a genuine innovator across engineering products, business process and human development; having collaborated closely with David Grove in its development, he is presently spreading emergence worldwide through business partnering arrangements, and training trainers in emergence to manage worldwide demand.

Session: Story Busting

Two of the pillars of David Grove’s work were: working with the “symptoms” to help them do their job, and avoiding the “tyranny of the narrative”, where the client’s story takes over; one of the main reasons for creating Grovian Metaphor Therapy.  I show how to work WITH the story for it to complete, without tyranny and with amazing ease.

* and Caitlin Walker

* draws on extensive training with David Grove, Ernest Rossi and Joseph Riggio, Caitlin Walker contributes her exquisite skills of verbal and non-verbal pattern recognition.

Session: From here, anything is possible – working with Embodied Awareness

We think with our whole bodies, not just with our minds. In this session you’ll explore the physiological and kinaesthetic aspects of being at your best. Using clean attention you will elicit the body sensations that underlie a state from which anything is possible.

Peter Y. Rangelov (Bulgaria)

Peter is a general practitioner and homeopath who practices medicine and psychotherapy in Moscow, Munich, New York, San Francisco, and many other places around the world. For the past 13 years, he has been developing a holistic approach that integrates scientific medicine, natural healing, psychotherapy, and spiritual healing.

Session: Clean Language Application for Mac and iPhone

Introducing a first Clean Language application for Mac, which gives structure to the session and helps navigate through a detailed framework for change, acting as a dynamic reference point for the work. In a landscape with a number of desired outcomes, you can “zoom in” on one of them to develop it and then easily “zoom out” again to place it in context.

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