Clean Language & Symbolic Modeling Lite

Words that touch - How to ask Questions your Body can answer



If you are a coach, therapist, bodyworker, holistic practitioner or physician and in search of a methodology that helps your clients to get to the heart of their problems and create somatic change this workshop is for you!


Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling are highly effective ways to access somatic intelligence and facilitate mind-body-communication. They originate from trauma therapy and are now also being used in areas like business, education and medicine. You will discover a simple but radical method to boost your clients' self-appreciation and ability to create the change they would like to have in their world. 


Part of what we do as coaches, therapists, bodyworkers etc. is asking questions. The questions we ask are usually heavily influenced by the way we see the world and the results we want to get. But each of our clients is living in a world of their own and our questions and statements might not be helpful for them!


Clean questions, on the contrary, keep our presuppositions out of our clients' space. 'Clean' is a metaphor for a way of being with others that is free (clean) of own assumptions, interpretations and judgements. It minimizes unintended influence on others and reduces the risk of wasteful projections. The aim is to leave people free to answer from their experience, unlock their creativity and let them come up with solutions that match their way of being in the world. Clean questions lead our attention away from a mainly verbal understanding to the embodied sense of what the particular words or gestures really mean to the person.


During this workshop you will discover and become comfortable using the 12 primary Clean Questions and the Problem-Remedy-Outcome-Model (PRO) to model what is happening in your clients' world and help them achieve personal and professional transformations!


The workshop will be taught in English with some German translation as necessary for better understanding. Activities and exercises can be conducted in your native language but all debriefs will be conducted in English, within the larger group.


Discover how 'simplicity in action' or 'less is more thinking' can help your clients faster and in more generative ways and register for the workshop NOW!   


Target Group:


  • Coaches, therapists, bodyworkers, medical practitioners
  • Leaders, managers or supervisors in business
  • Teachers, parents or other people who work with children


Symbolic Modeling is an extremely powerful and flexible form of facilitation, making it a great tool for anyone who would like to work and to communicate more effectively with others. You will find it helps you to understand easily and clearly what other people really want – and to help them achieve that! There is no prerequisite for this class.




What you will learn:

  • Powerful questions you can use to gain greater clarity and understanding in practically any situation.
  • The structure of Symbolic Modeling and how it can be used to walk through the stages of change, creating greater client clarity, results and satisfaction.
  • The P.R.O. model and it’s distinctions between a problem, a remedy and desired outcome. You will learn when a remedy may be just the right thing, how to develop a ‘desired outcome landscape’, as well as how to use it everyday in your own life for personal change and development.
  • Understanding why metaphor matters and how to recognize the ones that mean the most to your client.


Goals / Benefits:

You’ll come away with takeaways including…

  • Powerful questions you can use to gain greater clarity and understanding in practically any situation.
  • How to change problems to possibilities with the 12 primary Clean Language Questions.
  • The structure of Symbolic Modeling and how it can be used to walk through the frame work of change creating greater client results and satisfaction.
  • How to use the Symbolic Modeling Methodology and metaphor development to the benefit of your clients in therapeutic, coaching or work scenarios.
  • How to work with flexibility and emergence with client generated metaphors.
  • A clear model of where you are in a client session and how to flexibly move between stages of change depending on the needs of the client.
  • How to give or to get useful feedback without conflict.
  • How CL is related to the latest findings in cognitive science and systems theory.

When you leave this workshop you will have the confidence and skills to begin using clean language questions right away with your family, friends, clients and work associates in a way that fosters better relationships and understanding.




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 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 bringing 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, 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, group 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, as facilitators that we do not understand the content and must stay present to the framework or logic of the clients thinking.


We will work in duos and triads applying 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.


Dates & Time


March 8 - March 10, 2018

  • Thursday March 8, 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday March 9, 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday March 10, 9 am to 3:30 pm




Kloster Gnadenthal, 65597 Hünfelden (bei Limburg, ca. 1 Autostunde von Frankfurt/Main entfernt)




Sharon Small, San Luis Obispo / California,   


Born in Den Haag in 1962, Sharon is an internationally recognized Clean Language trainer and assessor. With over 13 years of experience working in the nuclear industry, a degree in psychology and background in 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 ttrained coaches, auditors, cause analysts, operations & CEO level managers from Pacific Gas & Electric, Siemens, Ennovation, and Boeing in the UK, Japan and the US. She is a vibrant and engaging trainer with an amazing amount of energy. Sharon is very comfortable with non-native English speakers having taught extensively in Japan.


Your Investment:


670 € (incl. VAT) contains a handout and high-quality catering (beverages, coffee and cake, full lunch). ICF-members und members of my CoachCommunity receive a discount and can participate for 530 € (incl. VAT). People who have participated in this workshop before receive 50% discount! 





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We are pleased to inform you that you can earn 18 CCEUs (Continuing Coach Education Units - 14.67 Core Competencies and 3.33 Resource Development) by participating in this training!