If you have would like to discover how to use Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling in your business or practice, our Symbolic Modeling Solution – Clean Facilitator Program may be for you.
The Symbolic Modeling Solution is a unique course composed of three separate modules, designed to give you a steady path to a highly practical Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling skillset.
Starting from first principles this unique training program will help you steadily gain proficiency all the way through to an internationally recognized certification as a Clean Facilitator.
Symbolic Modeling and Clean Language Methodologies have proven invaluable in therapy, coaching, management, and other forms of facilitation and elicitation of critical information.
You may choose to go for certification (Module 3), through our Clean Facilitator Certification Program, but you do not need to do so in order to participate and begin applying what you learn right away.
Includes the following three courses:
Clean Facilitator Part 1 & 2 are run over two five day intensives at our training facility on the Central Coast of California, USA.
Sharon Small works with small groups on each training (between 6 and 15 people) allowing for a high-touch experience that is intended to let everyone participate fully and learn at their best (see Q&A section below for more info).
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Learning Assessment & Certification Process (optional).
You can choose to take part in the Clean Facilitator Certification Program, which provides a skills-based, internationally recognized certification as a Clean Facilitator.
Our approach to this program is unique. You get 12 months’ access to any module you have paid for and completed. You are able to attend (with registration) as many times as you like when that model is offered over the next year.
We believe mastery comes with repetition and would like to create incentive for previous students to return, gain skill and help create a vital and active learning environment.
We also offers one group support call each month that covers…
You may also be interested in advanced skills and the Clean Convergence that happens in January with Sharon Small, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley.
Clean Convergence is a group of classes that include…
The Symbolic Modeling Solution will also be offered as a year-long program including on-site, off site and distance learning opportunities.
Symbolic Modeling is a coaching and therapeutic methodology that uses Clean Language questions and Clean Thinking as the heart of its model.
Clean Language is a way of asking questions that minimizes unintended influence on your clients; the aim being to leave people free to answer from their personal experience. It is a means of respecting the individuals or the clients own way of experiencing the world.
Clean Language Questions and modeling a clients own internal metaphor landscape were originally developed by psychotherapist and innovator, David Grove, to help clients resolve deep trauma. It is now being used to solve complex problems by some of the sharpest people in the world who prefer to empower other people rather than tell them what to do.
“Clean” is a metaphor for a way of being with others that is free (clean) of own assumptions, pre-suppositions, interpretations, and judgments. It minimizes unintended influence on others and reduces the risk of wasteful projections.
The aim is to leave clients free to answer from their own experience, unlock their creativity, and let them come up with solutions that match their way of being in the world.
In the mid-1980’s Penny Tompkins & James Lawley discovered David Grove and spent the ensuing 4 years modeling his work. They then began to work with the structure David was using successfully with his clients, adding some outcome orientation from NLP and Self-Organizing Systems theory and creating a robust teachable model for working with therapy, coaching and business clients — helping them get what they want in ecologically sound ways both for their internal systems and the social systems surrounding them.
Sharon works in a small group format and this workshop is limited to 15 attendees.
The small group size is to allow for a high touch environment with time for developmental feedback towards your learning, exercises and application with others and self-reflection.
You will begin right away using the primary Clean Questions while learning more about how it works in an interactive and fun learning environment.
We do our best to teach Symbolic Modeling and Clean Language in a way that is fully congruent with the methodology being taught. This begins by it being modeled by your instructor in her day-to-day interactions with you and includes how we do our learning and exercises.
We work with a Do-Debrief-Diadactic model of learning. What this means to you is you may be asked to do exercises you don’t fully understand. At the time this may seem a bit anti-thematic to your learning and in being congruent with the Clean Philosophy, your experience and noticing is most important.
In doing the requested exercises before ‘hearing all about them’ you will be brining first hand experience to the course room without being unduly influenced by either someone else’s philosophy or pre-promoted expectations.
After the exercises we will debrief as a group, to find out what happened and then go into the structure of what is being done (i.e. the thinking or philosophy behind it).
We will then repeat the exercise with your own experience, groups insights and specific learnings available to you. This is a different way of learning than most programs you may take part in and one in which you may need to become comfortable with “not knowing”.
This is also congruent with the Symbolic modeling methodology. Being a ‘bottom-up” modeling process, there are often times when as facilitators we do not understand the content and yet must stay present to the framework or logic of the clients thinking.
We will work in groups of two or three to apply the model or skill to yourself and others in real time with real outcomes. In these small groups, you’ll have the opportunity to be an observer, a client, and a facilitator — giving you multiple perspectives from which to learn from.
This format allows you to take away new learnings quickly and use them right away in your own work and personal life.
Because you work with real life examples, you gain personal insight and behavioral flexibility that extends beyond class time.
The Learning Assessment for Clean Facilitator Certification is run over three days. This is designed as a face-to-face skills-based opportunity to gain real time development through specific and helpful feedback.
There are 5 skill-based modules to pass. Our presentation of what is expected and feedback is designed to help you develop your skills, know where you need to work, feel confident with the skill you have developed already and pass the assessment process in a way that feels in integrity with your own learning.
Assessment is done in an open room setting, when possible, so everyone can continue to learn from their classmates and other facilitators who are there.
The idea behind this format is that giving and receiving feedback can be difficult and when learning anything new, it is important. When we, as students, have an opportunity to watch others work, hear the feedback they receive, we learn new things.
In gaining the equanimity to receive and implement feedback with others in the room, your courage to implement and apply what you have learned in the previous days training will skyrocket. Take advantage of learning in this context, so when you return home to your therapy, coaching or management practice your skills and courage are encouraged in your normal work setting.
Sharon has also added 20 hours of mentoring and supervision to your assessment process. This gives those who need more development access to mentoring that will help them shine and those who are seeking to implement Symbolic Modeling and Clean Language into non-therapeutic environments an opportunity for consultation and assistance when desired.
For therapy and coaching participants the supervisory hours can be most meaningful when used to have your transcript viewed and evaluated, providing an ongoing feedback loop designed with your success in mind.
Born in den Haag in 1962, Sharon is an internationally recognized Clean Language trainer and also an internationally recognized assessor for Clean Facilitator certification. She has dedicated her mission to helping others gather good information so they can do great work.
With over 13 years of experience working in the nuclear industry, a degree in psychology and background in Jungian Archetypal psychology, Shamanism and NLP, Sharon brings a broad set of skills and experiences to her training rooms. She also provides individual consultancy work and supervision for coaches and therapists.
Sharon has trained therapists, coaches, auditors, cause analysts, operations & COE level management from Pacific Gas & Electric, Siemens, Ennovation (Japan), and Boeing in the UK, Japan, Germany and the US.
Sharon is a vibrant and engaging trainer with an amazing amount of energy. She is able to convey the “how to” of Clean in an accessible and friendly way, bringing humor, insightfulness and new skills into the field of coaching, management communication and investigative interviewing.
Sharon is very comfortable with non-native English speakers having taught extensively in Japan and Germany. And, although currently uni-lingual, is working towards gaining some of her own second language proficiency in a number of other languages.
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