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Children & Focusing Roundtable Series - Mighty Moments

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

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The International Focusing Institute
Joke Van Hoeck
Laura Bavalics

The International Focusing Institute - Joke Van Hoeck and Laura Bavalics

Where & When

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 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.

Meeting Format

Tuesday, February 27, 2024  1:00-3:00 pm NY Time
7:00-9:00 pm Central European Time

Times worldwide: convert to your time zone

There is no story too small when a child is sharing a Focusing moment with you.

During this Roundtable we explore the many ways to support children to connect with their inner self-experience. In this Roundtable, we would like to invite you to share your experience and your approach to Children & Focusing. 

Questions and themes we might explore together are:

  • How can we help children to connect with their inner selves?
  • How can we create a safe environment for children to unfold their inner self-experience?
  • How can we support parents and professionals to explore Focusing with the children around them?

Other topics and themes may emerge from our mutual exploration during the Roundtable.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Any Focusing-oriented professional who is working with children, or with the grown-ups (parents, teachers,psychologists, caregivers, etc.) around children. Also, anyone who is exploring Focusing with the children around them. 


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.

Your hosts are members of the Children & Focusing Advisory Group

Hosts for this Roundtable - Joke Van Hoeck and Laura Bavalics

Joke Van Hoeck
 has been a child psychologist and psychotherapist for more than 18 years. A  mother of three children, she can’t imagine a life without Focusing. She is a certified Focusing Professional and Focusing oriented therapist. Joke lives and works in Belgium and has a special interest in bringing Focusing to parents who are looking for a new way of dealing with the daily life struggles in raising children. Joke is a member of the Children and 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.

Additional members of 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.

Harriet Teeuw is a Focusing Coordinator and Focusing Oriented 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]  

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Friday, February 23 at 09:00 am (NY Time).

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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