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Children & Focusing Roundtable Series - Exploring Nightmares with Children

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

Your Hosts

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Harriet Teeuw
Laura Bavalics
René Veugelers

The International Focusing Institute - Harriet Teeuw, Laura Bavalics and René Veugelers

Where & When

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 7am-9am
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.

Meeting Format

Date Change - Tuesday, May 31, 2022  7:00-9:00 am EDT (New York - US)

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Note: registration for this event is now closed.

Focusing helps children transform nightmares into dreams that have a life-forward direction of personal growth.  Listening with a child to a nightmare helps to transform the fear in the dream. When the dream is explored, it will not return. (Stapert, M. 2003, edited).

  • In every dream there is a direction of growth. In this Roundtable we will experience how even a nightmare indicates that direction of growth.
  • Harriet will give us some cases from her practice of children suffering from nightmares and how she worked with them, using Focusing and Art.
  • She will show us some steps on how to explore your own dream/nightmare

You are invited to bring your own nightmare or dream to explore. Please bring some drawing materials.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Anyone working with children and anyone who is interested in working with dreams and the power of Expressive Arts. It includes people who may be interacting with children on an individual basis.


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.

About your hosts:

Harriet Teeuw: Focusing Coordinator and Art Therapist, working in her own practice with children and adults in The Netherlands. Teaching “Dynamic Expressive Focusing” and Focusing International Online (Dream) Workshops and Certification Program for Focusing Practitioners: / [email protected] 

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's Focusing Advisory Board.

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.

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00 am, or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

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!

2022-04-22T04:00:00 - 2022-05-18T16:00:00

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