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Integrative Focusing Therapy online training program

A flexible two-year professional training program

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Integrative Focusing Therapy

Jan Winhall, Leslie Ellis and Serge Prengel

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Online via Zoom
Next entry points: January 2024 and later in 2024
USA Eastern Time (New York)

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The IFT training program is a two-year online training program leading to certification as a Focusing-oriented therapist (FOT).

The program is built on an underlying theory of the centrality of interaction and how we integrate experience, under ideal situations as well as traumatic circumstances. It gives you a solid understanding and practical knowledge of Focusing-oriented therapy and stimulates you to organically develop your own style.

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The IFT training program was developed by Jan Winhall, Leslie Ellis, and Serge Prengel as the result of many deep discussions on Focusing, therapy, and teaching. While each of our approaches is grounded in Focusing, we each have other perspectives or areas of emphasis that color how we use Focusing in therapy.

Jan has created a pioneering approach to working with trauma and addiction that combines felt-sensing and the Polyvagal Theory.

Leslie has in-depth expertise in dreamwork and combining Jungian and Focusing approaches.

Serge’s work focuses on how relationality manifests in embodied patterns and how to work with them, mindfully and creatively.

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We train therapists to help clients discover their way forward through an embodied experiential process that flows naturally. 

This way of working is a departure from traditional talk therapy. It takes advantage of the natural connection between therapist and client. As a therapist, you use your embodied presence as a container and a source of support that helps the client find their own way. It is less about what you say, more about who you are in the room.

The training itself is experiential. It helps you cultivate a quality of presence that allows people to be themselves. This kind of presence provides the safety and support that enable clients to face what might otherwise feel uncomfortable or even unbearable.

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The program consists of four modules:
– You train in three different ways to practice Focusing-oriented therapy (FOT). 
– You integrate personal and professional growth in a stimulating process group. 

This program offers a lot of flexibility:
– You do not have to commit to the whole training program upfront. You can commit to one course at a time. We also welcome trainees who take a course (or more) but not the full training program.
–You can choose the start date that works best for you for each course. 



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