I recently gave my first 1:1 teaching session of Clean. I realise it’s great to be finally sharing this work because I get to pull together all my old training notes and videos! Thanks to Caitlin Walker for her words and knowledge here.

What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a powerful tool – a language of inquiry – that allows people to:

  • build up a sense of self without the interference of another person e.g. therapist
  • understand one another’s operating system i.e. the internal rules that make us up
  • reflect on themselves in a non-judgemental way

The Basics of Clean

There are rules to the tool: whatever a person says, you accept and build a question related to it. You have no outcome.

- Caitlin Walker

Acceptance is the keyword here – you don’t decide what is best for someone. And ‘who’s not like that?’. Who’s different? Drawing out differences and valuing them creates collaboration.

Clean’s Impact on Learning

Caitlin gives a great example of Clean’s application and impact in an inner city school in her TedX video (from 10:15).

By facilitating children to develop metaphor models for how they are at their best, the children became peer-coaches to one another, taught the teacher how to teach them and created themselves a self-learning system! If only I’d known about Clean when I was a secondary school teacher at Peckham!

Having been a practitioner of Clean since 2014, I laughed when I heard the part about:

The Clean questions are easy to learn as they are simple. They are tricky to apply because they can mean giving up being yourself!

- Caitlin Walker

But that’s a story for another day!