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Focusing Oriented Therapy Conference 2023

The Fresh Urgency of Now and the Transformational Power of Focusing-Oriented Therapy

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November 2 - 5, 2023
Eastern NY Time

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Recordings of the live conference will be available to all registrants through February 5, 2024. 

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Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference

The Fresh Urgency of Now and the Transformational Power of Focusing-Oriented Therapy

November 2-5, 2023
(Recordings of the live conference will be available through February 5, 2024)


At this critical time in our history, many of us are sensing a need for action.  How does Focusing-Oriented Therapy help us meet the challenges of NOW? What is needed for us to hold the uncertainty of our future? We hope this conference will encourage an exploration of this urgency, how we hold the uncertainty and find ways of moving forward.

PRESENTERS - (additional presenters will be added)

Joan Klagsbrun

Joan Klagsbrun - Acknowledging the Dark and Embracing the Light:  Crossing Focusing and Positive Psychology in Psychotherapy
We live in challenging times, ones that can lead us-- and our clients--to experience increased anxiety and stress. Crossing Focusing with Positive Psychology can help clients move beyond their negativity bias, find more enjoyment in their lives, and discover greater resilience. 
Read more and bio


Akira Ikemi

Akira Ikemi - Crossing with Animals and the Experiencing Model:  On the Freshly Emerging ‘Now’ that Changes ‘What Was’
“Crossing with Animals”, an exercise which I devised in order to highlight how ‘Experiencing’ works, will be demonstrated. I will then critique Gendlin’s Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy on the grounds that the ‘relationship‘ which he held to be of primary importance is not clearly articulated.  Read more and bio


Mia Liejjsen

Mia Leijssen -  Portals of Living Forward in Times of Crisis
Focusing during difficult times and life-changing events makes a world of difference. A call into awakening can be nurtured and inspired by ancient wisdom of mystics and scientific findings about nature and the universe. Read more and bio



Lynn Preston

Lynn Preston - Evolutionary Conversation:  New Focusing Skills for Groups and Communities
We Focusing therapists continually explore the ideas and skills of facilitating change. We treasure the tiny steps of growth that come as we trust the process of emergence. Many of us have also come to understand the intricacies of the therapeutic relationship in greater depth. Read more and bio.



Isabel Adon
Beatrice Hyacinthe

Isabel Adon and Beatrice Hyacinthe - Transforming Our Grief
This presentation will allow us to dive deeper into our grief spots and recognize the various levels and the root causes of our grief. We will explore the collective and intergenerational nature of grief. We will tap into our ancestral and body’s wisdom to move through wellness. Read bios



Dennis Windego

Dennis Windego - Anishinaabeg People’s Natural Healing Rites of Passage and The Felt Sense
Anishinaabeg people’s connection to land, elements, and medicines are universal to natural healing processes through rites of passage and the felt sense.  Participants will be introduced to Anishinaabeg teachings, ceremonies, and experiential exercises, and healing to Mino-Biimaadizewin (The Good Life). Read more and bio


Freda Blob

Freda Blob - Creative Compassion: Building Relational Empathy through Expressive  Arts Focusing Activities
In this workshop you will be introduced to a practice enhancing a sense of  empathy stretching beyond personal preferences and limitations. 

The practice allows to explore multiple kinds of perceptions, feelings and body  sensations within a safe framed setting. Doing the practice you learn to trust  your body to implicitly do relational work for you. Read more and bio


Greg Madison

Greg Madison - Focusing-oriented Democracy
What would I really like the world to be like? How would people interact in that ideal world, how would we treat each other, what values would we express? If you imagine that, do you think that any of the political movements of today will get us there?

One of the most important things I want to offer is an approach that comes from the open space that you naturally are. This is different from trying to be compassionate, or trying to do good, or enforcing a set of rules or wanting to appear caring – those all begin with an agenda. Read more and bio


Carolyn Tongco

Carolyn Tongco - Self-Compassion Themed Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts for Primary Caregivers of Pediatric Thalassemia Patients
Primary caregivers of pediatric thalassemia patients endure caregiving stress while fulfilling their sick children's needs. Self-compassion approaches and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) have been used in various populations to help increase self-compassion and resilience. Integrating the works of Laury Rappaport’s Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) and Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion approaches, a six-session Self-Compassion Themed Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (SC-FOAT) Program was developed to help address the stress of the primary caregivers. In this presentation, participants will also be able to try out SC-FOAT exercises for their self-care. Participants are invited to bring paper and writing or coloring materials for the workshop. Read more and bio


Biliana Dearly

Biliana Dearly - Transforming Inner Criticism in the Process of FOT
One of the most painful and debilitating human experiences is the activation of the harsh self-criticising aspect. It can produce feelings of shame, deficiency, self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, worthlessness, exhaustion and can be persistent. This presentation will acknowledge and highlight the helpful guidelines given by Gendlin, Cornell and others in working with the inner criticising process. It will address some complex situations when more is needed, such as working with “relentless” or severe inner criticism with contempt (abuse) and interpersonally enacted inner criticism. Read more and bio


Salvador Moreno Lopez

Salvador Moreno-López - How the Music of Speech empowers communication/relationship in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy: demonstration
The Music of Speech: that is to say, the tones, timbres, volumes, pauses, rhythms and silences when speaking can be attended to and understood from the metaphor of the Music of Speech. Through various activities, the participants will be able to broaden their embodied awareness in relation to how the music of speech is present in psychotherapeutic dialogues, and to understand the important role that such music plays in experiential empathic understanding and in the precise symbolization of experiencing. Read more and bio


Harriet Teeuw
Rene Veugelers

 Harriet Teeuw & Rene Veugelers - Down to earth!  A Dynamic Expressive process with children and teenagers
Working as an FOT with children and teenagers, is a dynamic expressive process, in which you need to be unconditionally present in the now; with your own process, with the interaction and with the FS of the client. We call this, listening in three directions. From this basic attitude and holding, something fresh will always unfold from an unknown deeper layer, through Emerging Body Language, in a metaphor, in symbolization or something else.  Read more and bio


Jim Iberg

Jim Iberg - Three phases of Focusing Often Seen in a One-hour Therapy Session
In this presentation, Jim will describe the three phases, talk about how they present, and take responses and questions from participants.
It is when a client/Focuser moves from the first phase to the second that their issue comes alive in their body, and the urgency of finding new and better ways to proceed is felt, and the potential to find these new ways is activated.
Jim finds that the most effective way to bring the client to the second phase is classical client centered listening. In the second phase, our knowledge of Focusing sharpens our ability to respond in facilitative ways. Read more and bio

Serge Prengel

Serge Prengel - Sunflower Mind demonstration: The embodied & relational edge of Focusing-oriented therapy
This is a demonstration of working at the edge of Focusing: it involves working with the bodily processes that are underlying the felt sense. The name "Sunflower Mind" builds upon Gendlin's observation that we have "plant bodies." The metaphor highlights the physicality of the body's organizing movement, like a sunflower moving with the sun. In this demonstration, we will see how tracking the body's implicit movements allows us to enter the process in a deeper way. As we free up the natural unfolding of the organism's response, meaning emerges freshly, urgently, and leads to change from the inside out. Read more and bio

Lisa Banu

Lisa Banu -How to Appear in Dark Times 
Hannah Arendt and Eugene Gendlin on Making Space

Responding to the question, “How can designer’s (re)act in dark times?” editors Staszowski and  Tassinari, offer an insightful possibility linking individual experience and public action  suggesting,  Acting politically as well as acting through designing in these times means thus moving  in this space of possibilities, where one can experience a freedom and creativity that can  never happen in private. Read more and bio

Tete Brandam - The contribution of Focusing to the salutogenic model
Positive opportunity towards health.The crucial role of FOT in the generation of tranquility and well-being. Its participation in client's moving forward. Read more and bio

Susan Lennox, Steve Moscovitch, Julie Ramsey, Mary Anne Schleinich - Psychotherapy In This Time of Existential Threat: How Can FOTs Meet Today’s Challenges?

Susan Lennxo
Steve Moscovitch
Julie Ramsey
Mary Anne Schleinich

We are living in a time of great danger and uncertainty, affecting us in profound ways.  Climate change continues to cause upheaval and unknown challenges. Civil unrest, war and political polarization are global concerns. Questions abound about how we can work together to meet the urgency of now. Read more and bios


Glenn Fleisch

Glenn Fleisch - Standing at the threshold: a wholebody process for recovering soma’s spirit
These are the pangs of labor, my dear Theaetetus, you have something within you which you are bringing forth. Socrates
Situations of crisis that test, that call into question, the very limits of our existential capabilities... are 'spiritual emergencies'- for a new spirit, a new self, is struggling to emerge, and there are many dangers, but also unimagined opportunities, for insight and self-development. David Michael Levin.
Socrates saw his role as philosopher not as a teacher or writer of wisdom, but rather as a mid-wife, to draw out and bring forth the spiritual wisdom already latent in the soul. Read more and bio


Laury Rappaport

Laury Rappaport - Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy (FOAT®): Overview and Demonstration
Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) Therapy integrates Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing with the expressive arts. Laury will present a brief overview of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy, along with a demonstration of a FOAT Check-in with a “volunteer client.” The FOAT Check-in is a core method in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) that offers the Focuser an option of using simple art materials (crayons, markers, string, stones, etc.), gesture, movement, or sound (as well as words) to express the felt sense. The demonstration will include a user-friendly approach of teaching the Focuser how simple art materials can be used by anyone. Read more and bio




English with Spanish translation for all (or nearly all depending on translator scheduling) presentations. 

To apply or ask questions email [email protected]

Zoom host back-up to support main zoom host (minimum 2 workshops)
Bilingual (Spanish/English) written or spoken support based on individual experience


Jeffrey Morrison
Jeffrey Morrison
Naty Calvino
Naty Calviño
Rachel Hendron
Rachel Hendron
Agathi Lakioti
Agathi Lakioti
Randi Love
Randi Love
Julie Ramsey
Julie Ramsey

Bios: Jeffrey Morrison -US  ~   Natalia Calviño -Argentina  ~  Rachel Hendron -UK  ~  Agathi Lakioti -Greece  ~  Randi Love -US  ~  Julie Ramsey -US


Registration Details

THREE TIER PRICING -  We welcome you to select the level right for you, while reminding you that if you have a reliable means of support and live in a country with a strong economy, we ask that you pay the regular price. By choosing the highest amount you are capable of paying you help make the sliding scale possibleThank you!
 Early Bird
EARLY BIRD TUITION through October 2, 2023                                
Regular tuition $375  Modified tuition $275  Lowest tuition $100*

TUITION after October 2, 2023
Regular tuition $425  Modified tuition $325  Lowest tuition $150*

*If the lowest price tuition is not affordable, please look above at Workstudy Opportunites.

Some scholarship monies may be available. To inquire email [email protected] with FOT conference 2023 scholarhip in the subject line. 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received before October 2, 2023 - full refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancellations after October 2, 2023, full refund minus $50 processing fee

TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats.

At many of our events, we will end class by taking a screenshot.  All those who don't want to be included will have the chance to leave.  Taking screenshots for sharing (such as on social media) are not allowed at other times during the class.  Thanks for your cooperation.

By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

For more information:

Contact Elizabeth at [email protected] or (845) 480-5111.

2023-07-12T15:15:00 - 2024-02-01T04:59:00

$ 375.00

Conference Price

$ 275.00

Modified Price

$ 100.00

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