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    These are the Level 1 criteria, used to assess trainees in the Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling processes, as compiled by Penny, James, Wendy and Phil in 2007 and published here on behalf of all 4 compilers.

    Criteria for Competence in Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling

    NOTE: Where ‘client’ is used, please read ‘client/exemplar’

    A Clean practitioner can consistently and appropriately demonstrate the following:

    1.Clean Language

    Facilitate verbally and nonverbally with Clean Language:

    1. Use all the 9+3 basic clean questions
      (i.e. the questions on the Molecule of Perception)
    2. Ask specialist questions appropriate to the logic of the client’s information
    3. Work with range of client’s information: sensory, conceptual, symbolic and nonverbal
    4. Ask questions with an interested yet neutral tonality and match the client’s vocal qualities when using their words
    5. Move between trance-inducing and a conversational tone
    6. Gesture and gaze at the location of symbols in the Metaphor Landscape - from the client’s perspective
    7. Vary the use of the syntax from full to minimal
    8. Recap and backtrack
    9. Start and finish cleanly

    2.Metaphor

    Identify and utilise client’s verbal and nonverbal metaphors:


    1. Recognise and utilise client’s explicit and implicit metaphors
    2. Facilitate client to translate sensory, conceptual and nonverbal expressions into metaphor
    3. Work in a way that is congruent with the nature of the client’s metaphors



    3.Modelling

    Facilitate clients to self-model over time:


    1. Ask questions that come from continually updating your model of their model with each new piece of information
    2. Direct their attention in a way that takes into account the current desired outcome (i.e. the client’s outcome in change-work, the modeller’s outcome in pure modelling)
    3. Develop their Metaphor Landscape (i.e. identify and locate configuration of symbols and the relationships between them)
    4. Identify simple linear sequences and spatial patterns
    5. Encourage the psychoactivity of, and maintain their attention on their Metaphor Landscape


    4.Change-work

    Facilitate clients in their own change process:


    1. Identify their desired outcome (PRO model)
    2. Develop and explore effects of their desired outcome landscape
    3. Identify, develop and make use of resources
    4. Identify the conditions necessary for change
    5. Identify and mature changes as they occur


    5.Clean Space

    Make use of the basic Clean Space process:


    1. Start and Restart Clean Space process
    2. Ask basic Clean Space questions and give directions (see tick sheets)
    3. Locate a new space
    4. Facilitate knowing from a new space
    5. Return to an existing space
    6. Finish

    Compiled November 2007 by Penny Tompkins, James Lawley, Wendy Sullivan and Phil Swallow - Version 1.4

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    Hi J&P and W&P,

    Great to have these criteria!

    Question: "Move between trance-inducing and a conversational tone".

    What is your understanding of a trance?

    How would you "induce" such a thing?

    Corrie

    P.S. What are 'tick sheets'?
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    'trance-inducing' refers to the slow, soft-spoken tone that David sometimes used and we sometimes emulate. I guess it emerged partly from his time as a hypnotherapist, partly from speaking gently and encouragingly to a 'wounded child' perceiver, when present.

    I seem to remember him saying, though, that he didn't want clients going into a deep trance when using Clean Language because for one thing he wanted to ask them questions and have them respond verbally.

    Probably more accurate to say that trance (if it exists) is less something that A can induce in B and more a behaviour that B engages in and that A can encourage and enhance by what s/he does.

    Tick sheets are what the assessor uses as a way of recording evidence of the assessment criteria being met when watching a facilitator at work. They have a list of criteria exactly as above except there's a blank tick box next to each criterion.

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    Thanks to Phil for posting the Foundation Level I Criteria for Certification.

    First a bit of history. The initial Criteria (v1.0) were put together for the first Clean Change Company certification on 18 & 19 January 2007. They have been amended and extended a few times since then although always within the original structure.

    To my knowledge the following companies have agreed to use them as the basis of their certification/assessment/appreciation process:

    Marian Way and Phil Swallow apricotisland.com
    Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees cleanchange.co.uk
    Jennifer de Gandt innovativepathways.net (France)
    Lynne Burney lkb-coaching.com (France)
    Annemiek van Helsdingen, Maaike Nooitgedagt & Wendy Nieuwland www.gewoonaandeslag.nl (Holland)
    Gina Campbell miningyourmetaphors.com (USA)

    These organisations have devised different ways of conducting the process while using the same Criteria as guidelines for a foundation level of competencies.

    If there are any other organisations who are making use the Criteria, please let me know and I'll add you to the list.

    Finally, as far as I am concerned, these Criteria are not fixed. They are open to revision and improvement. For example, I think there is scope for them to be generalised somewhat so that an even wider range of organisations would be willing to incorporate them into their programme.

    Let's have a dialogue — please post any suggestions to this forum.

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrie van Wijk View Post

    Question: "Move between trance-inducing and a conversational tone".

    What is your understanding of a trance?

    How would you "induce" such a thing?
    In Resolving Traumatic Memories (1989) David Grove explains the relationship between Clean Language and trance as used in his early work:
    We do not maintain that clients need to go into trance. … The structure of the questions induces the altered state [indirectly] … Trance is often a prerequisite in finding the answer. Clients alter their state in going somewhere to get that answer. That somewhere is where we want to leave them, and that happens to be where they may develop in the trance. … We normally do not want the client to be in a deep trance. … We prefer our client in a state of conversational trance. … Every time the client goes inside, as in a daydream, he is going into a trance. It can be very effective in therapy to use these facilitatory states in producing neurological changes. … Questions couched in ‘normal’ language ask the client to comment on his experience. Every time he does that he comes out of a state of self-absorption to perform an intellectual task which interrupts the process we are working to encourage and to facilitate. (p. 9-13)
    In Metaphors in Mind (2000), Penny and I commented:
    As a result of self-modelling, many clients develop heightened states of self-absorption (trance) indicated by fixed focus of attention, slowed speech, negative and positive hallucinations, involuntary ideomotor mannerisms etc.

    While trance is a common result of using Clean Language, it is not a requirement. Nor is the use of overt metaphor. A number of our clients remain conceptual throughout therapy, with only brief forays into metaphor, yet they still derive enormous benefit from self-modelling. (p. 81)
    I like Phil's comment about the (inappropriate) use of the metaphor "induce". In the original Latin it meant "to lead into". Whereas I think the process is more a systemic feedback loop involving the whole client-facilitator-environment system.

    Thanks Corrie for alerting us to this. We can look for a different metaphor for the next version.

    James
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    Dear Phil and James,

    Reading your replies makes me smile: not only do you answer my questions, you also answer those I was about to ask! You know me well by now, thank you for that.

    Love,

    Corrie

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    The Level-I Competencies for a Clean Facilitator posted here (version 1.4 ) has been updated by version 1.5. And since then a draft version 1.6 is waiting for ratification from the community (i.e. general agreement). You can see both at: http://www.cleanlanguage.co.uk/artic...ompetence.html

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