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Celia Dawson - Offered by The International Focusing Institute



Online Joining Information

The video link will be to an easy to use website called Zoom. More information will be provided after you register.

Meeting Format

An online, interactive workshop facilitated by Celia Dawson.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Attending live: because of the interactive nature of this workshop and the opportunity to practice in pairs, registrants should plan to attend live.

In this workshop, Celia will provide an overview of the stages of trauma, with an emphasis on the vital stage of preparation and safety. Much groundwork must be done to ensure that the client is able to cope when triggered into dissociative states. Participants will learn when it is advisable to use Focusing (and when it is not) when working with trauma survivors. She will discuss how to recognize symptoms of trauma and participants will have the opportunity to understand their own preferred mode of working with trauma. 

Self-care is essential when working with trauma. Therapists often experience secondary trauma impact and burnout. Participants will be guided in experiential self-care exercises that will be useful for themselves or when working with clients. There will also be a 1:1 partner exercise via breakout rooms.

This workshop is intended primarily for therapists, though anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend. Because of the interactive nature of this workshop and the opportunity to practice in pairs, registrants should plan to attend live. However, a recording of the class will be provided to all registrants.

Class size is limited.



The video link is an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. The class will be held in meeting format so that all participants will see the presenter and each other. (There is an option to turn off your video if you prefer and technical instructions will be given at the class start).

About Your Facilitator

Celia Dawson has been working as a Psychotherapist for thirty years. During the latter twenty years she has been using Focusing extensively in her work. For twenty years she ran a small counselling charity in the North of England. When she retired, she began to teach Focusing and eventually teamed up with Dzmitry Karpuk, an expert in working with Trauma, to deliver courses in Leeds. She has been a Co-ordinator with the Focusing Institute for about ten years. Celia’s website is:, and the Complex Trauma Network website is:


Refund policy: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable. The International Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or having the full enrollment fee returned to you.

For more information:

Contact Elizabeth at [email protected] or (845) 480-5111.

Registration Details

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