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Focusing Oriented Therapy Training and Certification

Become Certified as a Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT)

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Donna Steadman, MA, RCC, FOT, Certifying Coordinator

Where & When

The next module, "Working with the child self", takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2024
Pacific Time

Meeting Format

This program is a series of workshops, running once a month, with virtually open intake. Only the Introduction, "The Art of Focusing" (or equivalent) must be taken as a pre-req, the remaining modules are totally flexible. Students who complete 16 specific modules, along with additional practice and supervision criteria, may become certified as a Focusing Oriented Therapist. Program completion takes about 17 -20 months.

The workshops take place on one Saturday per month, online. The specific dates are determined by the group, up to 6 months in advance.  Each 1-day training runs from 9 am to 3 pm (Pacific Time), at a cost of $200 plus GST (total $210 Cdn) per workshop. 

Counselling professionals are welcome to attend single modules or the whole  2-year series, and may become certified as a "Focusing Oriented Therapist" (FOT), upon completion of certain criteria

This is a highly experiential training program.  Participants will practice on each other, which allows us, in the client role, to experience the process of Focusing first-hand.  The sequencing of modules will be determined by the needs and schedules of the participants.

This training uses a continuous intake format, with multiple passes of each module.​  Because Focusing is not technique-driven, I have found the repetition to be incredibly helpful; it's all about developing a 'feel' for the work, learning how to match the client's process, and learning how to speak the language of the body. 

​The very nature of Focusing is organic, not mechanical, and this format has proven itself to be well suited to the essence of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing approach.  I hope you will join me on this journey of learning and growth, and I’m excited to meet you and include you into our warm and welcoming group of developing Focusers! 

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Registration Information

I will ask you to complete a one-time registration form, and discuss your goals for certification or occasional attendance.  I hold a spot for you in the workshops you choose, and once you have committed, I will send you the zoom link.

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