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Children & Focusing Roundtable Series - Connect Before Correct: How Focusing and Non-Violent Communication can be helpful for parents, grandparents and caregivers

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

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The International Focusing Institute
Luiza Stefan and Harriet Teeuw

The International Focusing Institute - Luiza Stefan and Harriet Teeuw

Where & When

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Eastern Time (US)

Online Joining Information

A confirmation with the zoom link will be sent to registered participants the week of the event.


Live attendance required - no recording.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023  1:00-3:00 pm EDT (New York - US)
7:00-9:00 pm Central European Time

Times worldwide: convert to your time zone

In this Roundtable, we propose to offer the occasion for parents, grandparents and caregivers to discover what might be behind their children's behaviour in terms of needs, especially when it is not as wanted by adults. Also, we offer to adults an experience to learn from their inner child needs and be guided by it, in the relation with their children.

We will explain the concept of needs in the Nonviolent Communication model designed by Marshall Rosenberg and how Focusing can help the adults to get closer to their own needs and children's needs. Both approaches see the process and empathic listening as the basis for better relations inside us and outside, between us.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Parents, grandparents, caregivers or anyone who interacts with children and would like to understand and communicate with a child and their needs. Also someone who would like to develop a stronger and more understanding connection with their own inner child.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives.  All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. If you are not a member, please join at, then return to this page to register. This program will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.

Hosts and Children Advisory Members

This Roundtable is the first ripe fruit of a seven year growing relationship between Harriet & Luiza. They met at the International Focusing Conference at Cambridge in 2016 and since then, Luiza was trained by Harriet and René Veugelers in person and online.

Luiza Stefan is Focusing Coordinator in Training. She has worked with children and adults since 2007, as a psychologist, in schools and in private practice. She is also a person-centered psychotherapist, a sandplay practitioner and a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer.

Harriet Teeuw is a Focusing Coordinator and Focusing Oriented Art Therapist, working in her private practice with children and adults in The Netherlands. Teaching “Dynamic Expressive Focusing” and Focusing International Online Certification Program for Focusing Practitioners.;[email protected]  Harriet is part of the Children & Focusing Advisory Group.

Laura Bavalics is an early childhood educator, play mentor, and drama teacher. She is a Certified Focusing Professional and a Focusing-oriented educator, who has been working with young children, parents, and professionals for over twenty-five years. She is a professional director of the Pendula inclusive kindergarten program for children in foster care and with special needs at the Világszép Foundation in Hungary. She is also teaching at ELTE University, Hungary, in their College of Education. Laura is a member of the International Leadership Council and the Children & Focusing Advisory Group.

René Veugelers is a Coordinator specializing in Children’s Focusing, with an emphasis on the non-verbal world. René teaches parents, therapists, teachers and others how to be with children in a Focusing way, how to (re)connect to their own inner child experiences and how to integrate creativity and flexibility into their life and work. His work and experiences as a psychiatric nurse and as an art therapist with children, of any age, embraces an expanded richness of creative elements and supports a natural unfolding of creative process. René lives and works in the Netherlands, where he teaches Children Focusing and specializes in working with children with ADHD, ADD, trauma and attachment disorder. René is part of the Children & Focusing Advisory Group. 

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Tuesday, June 13 at 12:00 pm (NY).

Zoom: We use Zoom for all of our online offerings. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register, if your dues are current, your registration is confirmed. If your dues are not current or or if you are not yet a member, please go to the membership page to pay your dues or join and then return to this page to register.  Membership page: Because this is a members only program, your spot in the Roundtable is not held until your dues are paid. Thank you!

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