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The Joys and Perils of Guiding - For partnership and client work

- the first part of a two part advanced guiding and listening course

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Vera R. Fryd Lyngmo, MSc Counselling, Certified Focusing Professional


Online Joining Information

You will receive a Zoom link closer to the starting time

Meeting Format

One of the strengths (and maybe perils) of Focusing is that as listeners, we can sit back and let the process take its course, and as Focusers we can finally (maybe nervously) take more charge and get to know our own inner voice and next natural steps.
There is ("supposed to be") an underling trust in the process, the knowing of the body, rather than the knowing of the outsider/listener. This might take time, though, and I hear many experienced Listeners saying that they still find listening and guiding challenging.

This first part of "Joys and Perils of Guiding" consists of 12 three-hour classes, and is based on explorings of different kinds of guiding, non-guiding and semi-guiding moves in pairs and with a group. This means that you should have some practice in Focusing and Listening already, when joining the course, and a prerequisite is that you at least have a PFP, preferably the whole "Focusing and Listening Training" or equivalent.

There will be partnership between classes.

Goals of Part One of this course (12 weeks):

  • To become more daring as a Focusing Listener
  • To feel more confident with guiding and not guiding
  • To become more secure in giving feedback into the shared Listening Space
  • To become more attuned to letting the process teach you

Topics of Part One of this course:

  • Silent listening and acknowledging sounds
  • Reflecting of words, tone of voice, pace and timing
  • Gestures and listening for "the more"
  • "Pure" guiding moves
  • Attunement and letting the process guide us

Teaching methods in Part One:

  • Theoretical sharing
  • Trying out in pairs
  • Sharing, sensing and discussions in small groups
  • Presenting to the big group
  • Sharing, sensing and discussions in the big group
  • Partnership between classes
  • For helpers: Trying out with clients between classes

For more details about both parts of this two-part course in guiding in Focusing, click this link

Registration Information

Dates and times for Part One:
12 Mondays May 10, 17, 24 &31, June 7, 14 & 28 Skip June 21) , July 5, 12, 19 &26, August 2
Time: 18.30-21.30 CEST, click link to convert to your time zone

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