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Interactive Focusing: One Way to Learn and Teach Empathy and Compassion

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

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Barbara Dickinson

The International Focusing Institute - Barbara Dickinson

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Thursday, May 18, 12pm-2pm
New York time

Online Joining Information

After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

Meeting Format

Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm New York time

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

Why Interactive Focusing? For our presenter, Barbara Dickinson, Interactive Focusing (IF) is the “way in” to learn and teach compassion and empathy in a practical, safe, structured, and effective environment and methodology.

In this Highlight, you will have an opportunity to learn about, or refresh your understanding of, the history of “Interactive Focusing” (IF), as developed by Drs. Janet Klein and Mary McGuire. Barbara will demonstrate, explain, and provide experiential exercises that will give newcomers to this practice enough to decide if you want more.

You will observe a full (short) session of IF, including “Focuser as Storyteller”, “Double Empathic Moment”, and “Relationship Check”, and participate if you like in the exercise of forming an empathic essence (“Double Empathic Moment”).

Resources will be shared to support furthering your experience and understanding of IF, and discussion will be invited about any experiences or observations about IF, especially for those already familiar with the practice.

This session is designed primarily for people who are already familiar with the practice of Focusing, who would like to know more, or share what they know about Interactive Focusing (IF). Experience with IF is not necessary; however, all levels of familiarity with IF are welcome.


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. Highlights presenters may at times invite a small number of participants to unmute or to join them onscreen during the webinar (optional).

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.


For the past decade, after a long career in the U.S. Federal Reserve, Barbara Dickinson has worked on a variety of Focusing-oriented consulting projects, based in part on her work with Dr. Eugene Gendlin in 2011-2012. She offers consulting services and presentations about Focusing “and…”. Currently, she is working on two projects: one, making Interactive Focusing (IF) more broadly available, and two, making Focusing and IF available to educators in her home state of New Jersey. She is a Certified Focusing Professional, Interactive Focusing Teacher, and an enthusiastic advocate of these methods, as well as Thinking at the Edge. 

Registration Details

Barbara is 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.

2023-03-10T13:00:00 - 2023-05-18T16:15:00

PLEASE NOTE: After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

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