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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 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. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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REPROCess Modelisation Attention
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 11 2012
Cet article présente une nouvelle façon de modéliser l'attention. Le développement de REPROCess (Ressources, Explication, Problème, Remède, Objectif/Résultat, Changement) a commencé en 2002. Le matériau est introduit dans un contexte coaching/thérapie, mais il peut être facilement généralisé pour un usage dans de nombreux autres domaines et applications. Traduction : Frédéric Quié

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. 
Inhibition The Art of Systemic Balancing
Inhibition does not do what most of think. We explain how inhibition works neurologically and psychologically, its 9 function and give 12 self-modelling activities.
The Clean Community
Chapter 19 of Innovations in NLP describes the clean community – a "community of practice" created by people gravitating to like-minded people who have a passion for something they do, the desire to learn how to do it better, and the motivation to interact regularly.
Symbolic Modelling Emergent Change though Metaphor and Clean Language

Published as Chapter 4 of Innovations in NLP: Innovations for Challenging Times (Eds. L.Michael Hall & Shelle Rose Charvet, Crown House Publishing, November 2011). 

We review where decisions come from, apply Thaler & Sunstein's social principles about “choice architects” to the individual, and propose a method of Self-Nudging: Biasing our Unconscious Mind.
Calibrating whether what you are doing is working
How do facilitators calibrate when “it’s working”, and when it’s not? It is not easy for a facilitator to describe the in-the-moment criteria by which they navigate a session. However, even if a facilitator cannot specify how they decide what to do, they have a duty to consider the question: How do you know when what you are doing is (or is not) working?
REPROCess: Modelling Attention
The first principle of Symbolic Modelling is: Know what you are modelling, i.e. what kind of experience the client is having. This article shows how the REPROCess model enables a facilitator to do that. Published Acuity, Vol.3, Nov 2011.
Metaphor the body and healing
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 02 2011
Introductory , Health
What did Improv ever do for us?
Based on the work of the grandaddy of modern improvisation, Keith Johnstone, we explore what clean facilitators can learn from the art form of improvisation.
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Clean Language &
Symbolic Modelling

10-11 March 2018
Sydney, Australia

with James Lawley
Penny Tompkins

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