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Children & Focusing Roundtable Series - Story Quilt: Focusing on the Stories Inside

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

Your Hosts

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Laura Bavalics
Joke Van Hoeck
René Veugelers

Your Hosts

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Children & Focusing Roundtables logo
Laura Bavalics
Joke Van Hoeck
René Veugelers

Laura Bavalics, Joke Van Hoeck & René Veugelers



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.

Monday, March 15, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm EDT (New York - US); 8:00-10:00 pm Central European Time

Times worldwide: convert to your time zone

While we all speak different languages around the world, storytelling always had a sense of community all through history. Our folktales and our own family stories are able to help us to feel connected. Each and every one of us has a story inside. Every experience and every memory in our life has an imprint in our body.

In this Roundtable, we would like to invite you to explore how storytelling and story acting can support children to connect with their inner self-experience. During our Roundtable, we will share a video and discuss ready-to-use techniques that can help children with self-expression in an open, safe, supportive environment.

Questions and themes we might explore together are:

  • How can we create a safe environment for children to unfold their own stories?
  • How can symbolization and stepping into a role help children to connect with their inner self?
  • How can children support each other through storytelling and story acting?

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

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Anyone who is around children, especially working with children in groups or classes. Also,  anyone who has stories inside and would like to explore the inner child experiences.


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:

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.

Joke Van Hoeck has been a child psychologist and psychotherapist for more than 18 years. A  mother  of three children (ages 3, 12 and 15), 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.

René Veugelers is a Coordinator specialising 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: Monday, March 15 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!

2021-02-23T05:00:00 - 2021-03-15T13:00:00

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