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Advanced articles about James Lawley and Penny Tompkins' process: Symbolic Modelling.

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Macabre Metaphors
How do you work with clients whose behaviour and language can unsettle even experienced therapists and coaches? This case study shows how Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language respectfully utilizes the client's macabre metaphors; giving them the time and space to take full responsibility for their own healing, changes and recovery.
What do you say before you say goodbye?
This paper explores an aspect of change-work that rarely receives much exposure – how to use the end of a coaching or therapy session to maximise the benefit to the client. We call this the ‘set-down’ phase. We examine ways to link what happens during a Symbolic Modelling session with what might or could happen after the session. While the topic will be of most use to coaches and therapists, other kinds of facilitators of change – teachers, managers, consultants – should be able apply the principles to their line of work. And, of course, there is an application to ending important conversations as well.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Using Symbolic Modelling with Binding Patterns
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 08 10 2012
Advanced SyM , Coaching
Symbolic Modelling is an ‘outcome orientated’ methodology, but this does not mean we ignore problems. This article defines three kinds of problem, and describes how to work with client problems involving ‘binding patterns’. First published in The Listener, EN#2, Oct 2012. 
Pointing to a New Modelling Perspective
After more than a decade of searching for a satisfying analogy that describes the perspective I take when symbolic modelling I’ve finally found one right under my nose. It is the simple and everyday act of pointing.

When science and spirituality have a beer - a video
A 45 minute video of a full Symbolic Modelling demonstration on an Xtrema training in October 2010 in Paris. You can listen in English or French, or both. The session starts with the conflict between the client's science and spiritual sides and progresses to a spontaneous denouement.
Paying attention to what they're paying attention to
Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC)An introduction to the Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC) model. It enables a client’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour to be used to infer how they construct their model of their world, i.e. it is a model of perception from the client’s perspective.
Metaphor & Symbolic Modelling For Coaches
  • Use of metaphor in coaching, therapy and healing
  • Development of Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language
  • How and why Symbolic Modelling works
  • Unique elements of Symbolic Modelling
  • The structure of a session
  • Case history
  • References
Symbolic Modelling in Education

Educators are applying Symbolic Modelling in a number of ways. The following five examples from a range of contexts show how, with a little creativity, the use of student-generated (autogenic) metaphor and Clean Language is making a contribution in the field of education.

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