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How Focusing Can Transform How We Handle ‘hot potato’ Conversations

Focusing Highlights is a series of interactive, online pay-what-you-can classes.

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Sue Burrell
Jen Dunbabin

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Sue Burrell
Jen Dunbabin

The International Focusing Institute - Sue Burrell and Jen Dunbabin

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Saturday, December 11, 5pm-7pm
Eastern (NY) time

Online Joining Information

Soon after registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. Please check your Spam, Junk, or Promotions folders if you do not receive it.

Meeting Format

Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Eastern (NY) time

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Class will be recorded for all registrants and available for viewing for one month.

A 'hot potato' is an issue that most people don’t want to talk about. It can involve unpleasant or even dangerous consequences for anyone dealing with it.

In a world of growing uncertainty, it is not surprising that our conversations and our thinking, are becoming increasingly polarized. It is becoming more difficult to hold civil conversations—or conversations at all—around ‘hot potato’ topics.

In this webinar, we will use Focusing to unravel some of the complexity for ourselves, for others, and around the issue itself. Our exploration is in two stages:

  • First, we will work on bringing awareness to our own personal patterns of handling hot potatoes. Please bring your own hot potato, having thought about how this issue has impacted your life. We will look at how change and uncertainty affect us and our openness to the new. 
  • Second, we will experiment by choosing a hot potato to consider together, exploring and opening out the complexity, consciously using our Focusing skills. We will look at how and why some hot potato issues become accepted ideas and values over time.   Using our Focusing skills, we will pay attention to the “more” of the conversation that is emerging around our hot potato.

There will be a presentation, guided experiences, as well as time for sharing and questions from participants.

All are welcome to attend. Some familiarity with Focusing will be helpful but is not required.

We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the presenter and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them.

You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the class. So if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still be able to view it for one month.


Sue Burrell is a Focusing trainer, past teacher, business owner, wife and mother of four, and counsellor. Recent study in Jungian psychology  and dream translation, has broadened and given depth to her understanding of the larger social and historical forces at work in our culture. Using Focusing to navigate and inform difficult personal interactions, and understand the complexity around current socially divisive issues is a current and ongoing focus of research and learning. Sue co-hosts the Sydney Changes Group, which meets in person, and via Zoom on alternate months. All welcome. Details can be found on

Jen Dunbabin lives in Tasmania, Australia where she is part of a team that is lifting adult Tasmanians' literacy and literacy levels and runs professional development for adult literacy practitioners. Focusing has been an integral part of her life for nearly 15 years. Since learning Inner Relationship Focusing, she has been continually adding to her knowledge, particularly Wholebody Focusing. She has been studying A Process Model for 10 years and is a long term student of the Buddha's teachings.

Registration Details

Sue and Jen are offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.

If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

Refunds: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee (regardless of the registration fee paid) for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable.

Registration Policies: 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. Please note that the class will be recorded and may be distributed to a wider audience. 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.

2021-11-03T12:00:00 - 2021-12-11T22:15:00

PLEASE NOTE: Soon after registering, you will receive a confirmation letter which includes the instructions on how to join the event.

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