Journey of Mastery

It turns out that Clean is a lot more than just asking the 12 Clean Language questions. There is enormous artistry in knowing which question to ask and what to ask it about. And it’s that ability that can significantly increase your confidence and effectiveness, particularly with clients that are “stuck” or going “round and round” repeating patterns.

We’ve drawn a mindmap to show you many of the advanced Clean topics. You can learn these with us on our Journey of Mastery training. At this stage you won’t recognise much in this picture! That’s OK – by the end of the training, you’d be familiar with it all.

Many of these topics have their origins in over 11 years of work by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley and the talented Clean facilitators who were members of “The Developing Group” (including us – Paul & Wendy). In addition, we teach our new innovations including Modeller’s Mind, the 5S Model, Persona Modelling, The Binds Process, Mindscams, plus our specific models and techniques for Cause and Effect, Context and Decision Making.

Mindmap of Advanced Clean Language Topics

Here are the areas that we weave between on the training:

Who am I as a facilitator?

This topic involves understanding yourself and who you are when you facilitate. In particular, you’ll explore your metaphor for when you are facilitating really well, and perhaps “try on” other people’s metaphors.

All this helps you to embody your unique facilitator states more consistently, deepen and develop your qualities, and bring your authentic facilitator to clients.

Deliberate Facilitator Skills Development

Continuously self-assessing and improving your skills is essential for providing the best possible service to your clients. Having a structured approach and tools to support this development can make the process more effective and efficient.

We give you some specific tools to reflect on and assess your strengths and identify areas that you personally want to develop as a facilitator. We use Modeller’s Mind to structure topics and the “process” of how a facilitator operates. And we use Hallmarks for you to self-assess and decide what to focus on improving. Plus, there are opportunities to learn how other students do things well and borrow from them to improve your own skills.

Facilitating in the moment

Being fully present and responsive to what’s happening in the moment is a core competency for coaches and therapists.

We’ll investigate what happens in the present moment while facilitating, such as being present, holding space, and psychoactivity (where clients experience their metaphors as more real than their real-world surroundings).

Styles of Clean

Being versatile and adaptable in your approach allows you to tailor your coaching or therapy to the individual needs of each client. Understanding different styles of Clean Language and how to combine them can expand your range and effectiveness as a practitioner.

We’ll explore styles of Clean, such as Cleanish, conversational Clean and Clean interviewing. Using the 5S model, we’ll consider how to work with space, with symbols, somatically (with the body), and with internal social systems (inner parts/personas), all of which encourage psychoactivity for clients. We’ll consider what approaches work with different people and how to facilitate several styles simultaneously to maximise psychoactivity and change for clients.


Strategies guide your questions over a period of time. Perhaps a couple of questions. Perhaps a whole session.

Having a robust toolkit of strategies can help you navigate a wide variety of client situations and challenges. Knowing when and how to apply different strategies can make your coaching or therapy more targeted and impactful.

We’ll look at various facilitation strategies, including the four modelling processes, the seven approaches to change, and what to do if change hasn’t happened. We’ll find out about vectors and tacking and learn how to stick to a strategy for an appropriate amount of time. We’ll also try “Symbolic Modelling Lite” – an alternative (albeit similar) process to The Framework for Change. And you’ll get to experience Wendy and Paul argue about which one is best.

Universal Models

Learning about universal models will equip you with a powerful set of tools for understanding and working with clients. By noticing specific linguistic distinctions, you can identify the client’s key patterns, reasoning, and leverage points for change.

This exquisite listening, combined with a range of strategies for exploring and expanding the client’s model of the world, allows for highly targeted and impactful interventions.

During the Journey of Mastery course, we’ll learn many small, generally useful models. Examples include scaling (“more” or “less” of something), cause-effect, patterns, and “mind scams” (common ways we delude ourselves). We’ll constantly entertain ourselves by noticing patterns in ourselves and others and learn what to do when we want to change our own patterns, or support clients to change their unwanted patterns.

Beyond Journey of Mastery…

There are some advanced skills that can equip you to work with more complex client issues. These skills can differentiate you as a coach or therapist and allow you to serve a wider range of clients

Although Journey of Mastery takes you to the edges of Clean knowledge, there are a couple of advanced topics that require a more intensive training format to learn, so we will run them as independent (paid-for) courses at some point…

  • Persona modelling – how to work with inner “parts” in a Clean way
  • Binds – how to resolve seemingly intractable problems where, whatever the client does, they seem to end up still in the same pattern

Having said that, we will touch on these topics in “lighter” ways throughout Journey of Mastery.

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Our Journey of Mastery Training is included as part of our Clean Change Community membership, and we currently have a 1 month free trial, so you can try the training before you pay any subscription!