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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – first registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. James has also written (with Marian Way) the first book dedicated to Clean Space: Insights in Space. Between them Penny and James have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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Clean Space Revisited
These notes:
- Describe a Clean Space 'Lite' version that contains only the central elements.
- Identify the main choices available to a facilitator within the Lite version.
- Note some of the ways facilitators have found to respond to the unusual.
- Document some of the common add-ons in the feature-rich versions practiced by experienced facilitators. 
Embodied Schema: The basis of Embodied Cognition
Embodied Schema are multi-sensory experiential patterns acquired pre-verbally which later are used to both describe and proscribe our personal perspectives of how the world works. They are so natural to us, like a fish trying to describe water, we seldom notice them.

Those who cleanly model embodied schema from the words and nonverbals that represent how a person internally does what they describe, are privileged to join that person in their private, interior, subjective world. Modelling embodied scema will give you something like 'second sight' into the organisation of others' psychescapes. That in turn will lead to the more precise use of Clean Language. 
Accepting Acceptance
What happens when people say they accept, and when they actually do accept the ‘current reality’ of their lives. We investigate what acceptance is, how we do it, and how we do not. We also wonder what difference it makes to the potential for change and transformation when people truly accept their current reality from an authentic, deep and cellular state of being.
Attending to Salience
We have been self-modelling what we pay attention to in a client session that: (1) guides our line of questioning, and (2) gives the session its sense of directional flow. We call this process: Attending to (or selecting for / sorting for) salience (significance / importance / relevance / what is fundamental). These notes explore the nature of that process.
Using Symbolic Modelling as a Research & Interview Tool

Vectoring and Systemic Outcome Orientation
Whatever happens during a session, excellent facilitators and therapists always seem to know where to go next. They are also able to pursue a line of questioning and to navigate elegantly through the client’s information.  To find out how they do this we undertook a modelling project. Our exemplars were David Grove, Steve De Shazer, Robert Dilts, Steve Andreas (and ourselves).  
Maximising Serendipity
This paper explores six stages which need to happen for serendipity to have occurred, the features of each stage and ways maximize the potential for serendipity. 
Coaching in the Moment
A prototype model of how to use Vivian Gladwell's (of Nose to Nose) approach to training clowns to develop any skill that can benefit from in-the-moment feedback which does not interrupt the process. The example given is enhancing skills of Symbolic Modelling.
The Role of Meta-comments
‘Meta-comments’ are those verbal and nonverbal expressions which comment on what has just happened. These ‘about-the-now’ comments can range from the fully conscious and explicit to the completely unconscious and implicit. They are much more common than you might expect. This paper describes how to recognise and make use of them in your facilitation. 
Iteration, Iteration, Iteration
If you search for 'iteration' on the web you will find precious little outside the domain of mathematics and computing. And yet iteration is commonly seen in nature as a way for organisms to grow and develop and as a change process in an increasing number of psychotherapeutic procedures. So what is iteration and how can we make use of it? These are unpublished notes written for The Developing Group.
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