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3. Conference Presentations (without published papers)

Claudatus, Justina (2005)
'An introduction to Transformation through Symbolic Modelling'. The 2° Conference on Brief Strategic and Systemic Therapy' Nov 9-13, 2005. Abstract published in Brief Strategic and Systemic Therapy European Review, No. 2, 2005.
Download abstract: 2005/Abstracts.pdf

de Gandt,  Jennifer  (2013)
'The power of personal metaphor: A meeting with David Grove'. Researching and Applying Metaphor (RAAM) Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, from 2-4 May 2013

Doyle, Nancy (2010)
'Creating the Conditions for Agency'. A paper presented to British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference (published as part of their Symposium on Unemployment).
Press report at:
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Doyle, Nancy & Walker Caitlin (2013)
'Clean Language: a methodology for individual systems and systems of individuals' presented to European Coaching Psychology Conference in Edinburgh on 12 December 2013, hosted by British Psychological Society, Special Group in Coaching Psychology.
Download slides: Doyle_&_Walker_Clean_Language_presentation_for_BPS-SGCP.pdf

Doyle N, Walker C, Nixon, S, Walsh B & Mitchell B (2007)
'Cleaning up the 'F' word'. A paper presented to the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, September 2007.
A rewritten version 'Cleaning up the 'F' word in coaching' appeared in Rapport, Nov 2008.

Grove, David (2003).
The pristine noun: The search for the idyllic time when you are one with the world and the world is one with you. A keynote address presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the American Association for the Study of Mental Imagery, Minneapolis, September 25–28, 2003.

Juszczyk, Konrad & Mickiewicz, Adam (2017)
'Participatory Sense-Making in Clean Coaching Conversations'. The 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference: Linguistic Diversity and Cognitive Linguistics. 10-14 July 2017 Tartu, Estonia.
Abstract: juszczy-Mickiewicz2017-Participatory_Sense_Making_in_Clean_Coaching_Conversations.pdf
Our initial results suggest that coach’s verbal repetitions increase the number of metaphorical expressions generated by the client, whereas coach’s gestural repetitions lead to shared mental representations of topic and content of the conversation of the coach and the coachee. Therefore, our data provides evidence that participatory sensemaking and client’s development of multimodal metaphor can be supported by coach’s clean coaching questions with specificrepetitions.

Karolia, Mohammed & Burton, Rob
'Metaphors we teach by: An exploration into how HE lecturers reflect on and conceptualise their experiences of teaching via the use of clean language interviewing model of exploring metaphor'. The Third International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Research Conference, Hertfordshire University, 6-7th July 2012.
Download: abstract-Karolia-Burton-2012.pdf

Meese, R, Tosey, P, Lawley, J, Sullivan, W & Meyer, M (2012)

'Symbolic Modelling as an innovative phenomenological method in NLP research: the work-life balance project'. The Third International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Research Conference, Hertfordshire University, 6-7th July 2012. Presented by Wendy Sullivan.
Download: abstract-Meese-Tosey-Lawley-Sullivan-Meyer-2012.pdf

Needham-Didsbury, I
"The Application of Metaphors in Psychotherapy". 5th Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics EPICS V. 14-16 March, 2012
I have found theoretical support for the idea that metaphors occur with relatively high frequency during therapy since they enable the expression of difficult feelings and half-formed thoughts. I discuss this in terms of Relevance Theory, in particular, the notion of weak implicatures. Adopting the RT framework, we can also make predictions for how metaphors should be used in therapy, noting that the approach known as ‘Clean Language’ (Sullivan & Rees, 2008) seems to be in line with these theoretically grounded suggestions.

Lawley, J (2016)
'Using Clean Language to Model Embodied Mental Metaphors'. Keynote address to the Metaphor Festival 2016, MetaphorLab at University of Amsterdam, 31 August – 3 September 2016
Abstract: Lawley-Keynote-Metaphor_Festival_2016-Abstract.pdf

Nixon, S & Walker, C (2008)
'When you are learning at your best you are like what?' Paper presented at META: From PDP to CPD. University of Gloucester.

Nixon, S & Walker, C (2009)
'When you are learning at your best you are like what? Connecting the student learner through PDP'. Paper presented at the Learning to be Professional Through a Life-wide Curriculum, Surrey University (31st March – 2nd April).

Nixon, S & Walker, C (2009)
'When you are learning at your best you are like what? Connecting the student learner through PDP'. Paper presented at the HEA conference (30 June-2 July, 2009).

Švec, V., Pravdová, B., Svojanovský, P. & Nehyba,  J. (2014)
„Čistý jazyk“ jako výzkumný nástroj pro detekci tacitních znalostí studentů učitelství. Konference české asociace pedagogického výzkumu 2014.
"Clean Language" as a research tool for the detection of the tacit knowledge of student teachers. Presented at Czech Educational Research Association Conference, 2014.
Abstract (in Czech and English):
Using a single case study design, one student teacher was investigated. The data was collected through five in-depth interviews that made use of the method of 'clean language'.

Svojanovský, P. & Nehyba, J.
'Manifestations of Tacit Knowledge in the Metaphors of the Student.' Paper presented at 17th Biennial International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Conference (ISATT). University of Auckland. 17 Aug 2015.
Slides available at:
Data collection was by a method known as "clean language" used to explore naturally occurring metaphors (Tosey, Lawley & Meese, 2014). Five in-depth interviews focused on a student teacher's subjective theories related to her pedagogical practice in secondary school. The goal of our research was not to uncover specific tacit knowledge (content) but to investigate how it is manifested (how metaphors appear in the interview process.

Walker, Caitlin (2017)
'Keeping your stuff out and gathering their stuff in'. The 5th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference, 15 June 2017 at University of Westminster.

Walker, C & Lawley, J (2015)
'Clean Interviewing: Keeping your stuff out and gathering their stuff in'. BPS European Coaching Psychology Conference, 10-11 December 2015, London.
Download submission: WalkerLawley-BPS_conference_submission-2015.pdf

Walsh, B. & Doyle. N (2009)
'Clean Feedback: The bedrock for developing professionalism?' Presented at Learning to be Professional through a Life-wide Curriculum at University of Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education, Guildford 31 March-1 April 2009.
Clean Feedback is a process designed to aid critical reflection, observation skills and goal setting. It encourages both the giver and the receiver of feedback to separate out what is being seen and heard from the meaning it has for people.  Receiving clean feedback trains people to be aware of the differing ways their actions may be perceived by others. Giving clean feedback trains the giver to become aware of their values and beliefs around other people’s behaviour. Giving clear examples of what it means to act in a professional way at work encourages staff and students to develop a flexible range of behaviours that maintain professional standards across diverse individuals. At Liverpool John Moores University this model has been introduced and evaluated with Post Graduate Trainee Teachers and the results of this pilot will be presented in our paper here.

Walsh, B., Nixon, S. & Walker, C. (2009)
'Learning Journeys; supporting the student learning experience'. Paper presented at the 4th European First-Year Experience conference, Netherlands (13th-15th May).

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