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18-05-2015 - International Coaching Week 2015

International Coaching Week: Clean Language

Caitlin Walker

Clean Language is used to inspire capability in groups and individuals. It is a language of inquiry without any suggestion of the answer. We start by asking, "What you would like to have happen?" We listen carefully and use clean questions to help you understand more about what you want.

Register now - limited seats available - first come, first served

Full Day Session:
The 1-day Introduction to Clean Language is designed to give a ‘taster’ of what is possible to achieve with this powerful methodology, along with the basic skills needed to get started. We will cover:

  • The basic Clean Language questions
  • Demonstration of clean coaching
  • What assumptions you are making a split second after someone speaks
  • How to keep your assumptions to yourself so you can work with clients’ actual experiences
  • How to uncover the structure of someone’s thinking by developing the metaphors they naturally use to express themselves

Evening Session:

Our evening workshop is highly interactive and introduces a process for using Clean Questions and Embodied Metaphors as highly efficient Team Coaching techniques:

  • What is Clean Language?
  • What are embodied and conversational metaphors?
  • Asking one another Clean Questions to develop understanding and groups learning
  • Creating self-coaching organizations
  • Using Coaching as an organizational development tool


  1. Learning the basic Clean Language questions and how to ask them for maximum effect within your wider coaching session
  2. Enhancing your communications with listening and questioning skills
  3. How to apply the principles of Clean Language in different coaching contexts
  4. Learning the Clean Language tools for clarifying your client's desired outcomes and motivating them to take action
  5. Discovering the structure beneath the metaphors we use to describe our everyday experiences


Establishing Trust & Intimacy, Active Listening, Powerful Questioning, Creating Awareness


Caitlin Walker, Clean Learning, UK

Caitlin is a trainer, author (From Contempt to Curiosity - creating the conditions for groups to collaborate), speaker (her TEDx talk:, educator and developer of Systemic Modelling™ method.

After studying with the originator of Clean Language, David Grove, Caitlin developed a wide range of group level application for this method. She designs and delivers tailor made learning and development programs for addressing diversity, conflict, leadership, managing mergers and creating ‘learning organizations’.

Caitlin practices in a variety of contexts. He clients include: Jeyes Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Pharmacia, Hull City Council, South Yorkshire Police Service, Bexley Care Trust, Work Directions UK, Crime Concern, Police National Search Centre, and others.

For more information and applications of Clean methodology you can check Caitlin blog at

Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEUs)

You will receive 5 ICF CCEUs for your participation during the 1-day workshop, and/or 2 ICF CCEUs for your participation during the evening session.

Organisé par l’équipe ICF Suisse Romande


Date:Monday, May 18th , 2015
10:00-17:00 Full Day Workshop CLEAN LANGUAGE, lunch at own expense in the university cafeteria.
18:00-20:00 Evening workshop with Caitlin
20:00-21:00 apéro and networking      
Location:Webster University, Commons Room; 9 Route de Collex, 1293 Bellevue
Fees:Option A: Full Day Ticket (incl evening session):
CHF 150 - ICF members
CHF 220 - for non-ICF members
Option B: Evening event
CHF 10 - ICF Swiss members
CHF 20 - ICF members
CHF 40 - for non ICF members


Webster University
9 Route de Collex (Back Entrance, close to the train station GENTHOD BELLEVUE)
1293 Bellevue

Attendees should park on the Parking Sud which is the closest to the train tracks

Registration Option A: Full Day Ticket (incl evening session)

Please note: reservation and payment must be done online

 Registration Option B: Evening event



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