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The Story of Clean

David J. Grove M.S., a New Zealander with European and Ngati Hikairo ancestry was educated at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelors Degree in Science in 1972 and a Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration at Otago University in 1973. He further complemented this education in the United States at the State University of Minnesota in 1983 by completing a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology, alongside a career in Ericksonian and family therapy. This work focused on the development of linguistically based techniques that enabled therapists to access information contained in primary process language forms, and the facilitation of experiential change in non cognitive learning. He then developed work and competency based training for mental health professionals, counsellors and therapists, which is extensively known throughout both the United Kingdom and United States, and was approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) for Continuing Education for Psychologists. This work is known as Clean Language or Symbolic Modeling and extensive information is available on www.cleanlanguage.co.uk.

During this period David Grove was invited to join the London Phobic Trust as a Consulting Psychologist and he organised the International Symposium on Stress and Anxiety Disorders in 1985. His work included presentations on imagery at training seminars for the UK Society for Ericksonion Hypnosis. From 1991 to 2000 he focused on the development of two healing retreat centers in Eldon, Missouri, USA and the Lake District, Cumbria, UK. These centers provided training programs and week long healing retreats for therapists and psychologists.

Over the last decade David Grove developed and facilitated many competency based training programs, books and healing retreats for over 40,000 therapists and mental health professionals from introductory, to advanced and masters levels in the UK, USA, Ireland and New Zealand including;

  •   Healing the Wounded Child Within
  •   Resolving Traumatic Memories (book & training program)
  •   Te Hno Nga Ki Te Ora
  •   Healing Retreats in Kawhia & Warkworth
  •   Resolving Feelings of Anger, Guilt and Shame
  •   Clean Language
  •   Therapeutic Metaphors
  •   Metaphors to Heal By
  •   Personal Journeys
    • Conference key note presentations and papers include:

      •   International Symposium on Stress and Anxiety, 1985
      •   Third Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States,1986
      •   International Conference on Survivors of Abuse and Trauma, 1989
      •   International Imagery Society, 2003
        • Since 1983 David spent his life focused on the pursuit of a process that will facilitate healing safely and that is available to therapists, counsellors, life coaches, healing professionals and those from the caring professions who wish to bring wholeness for both their clients and themselves.

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