Learn the 6 steps of Focusing in this interactive 2-hour workshop. There will be a Focusing demo. And you will have the opportunity to experience Focusing for a 20-minute turn, as well as a listening turn in breakout groups.
Next sessions (pick one 2-hour session to attend):
-Monday, May 16 (2:30-4:30 pm Eastern/New York Time)
-Tuesday, May 31 (7:30-9:30 pm Eastern/New York Time)
-Wednesday, June 22 (7-9 pm Eastern/New York Time)
-Thursday, June 30 (11 am - 1 pm Eastern/New York Time)
A Changes Group is a free-of-charge, peer-led group that meets so people can exchange Focusing and listening turns in an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. It's a group for continuing your Focusing practice; no teaching will be done. We meet on zoom twice per month. Breakout rooms are used after a brief group centering/grounding practice and check in.
This Changes Group is open to people who have not done Focusing before. Beginners can observe in a triad and then have a turn, or participate in our empathy circle.
Our next Changes Groups are:
-Tuesday, May 17th, 7-8:30 pm Eastern (New York Time) - 1.5 hours *Note special day
-Wednesday, June 1st, 12:30-2pm Eastern
-Thursday, June 16th, 7-8:30 pm Eastern
This is a Course for Advanced Focusers, that you can choose to do as further practice and to go deeper into different topics, or as part of the whole Certification Program.
Thursdays at 10 am (Eastern time). You can still join!
Realization Process (RP) is a spiritual path of awakening to one’s fundamental nature through deep contact with the body. Being fully in the physical body provides a healthy, natural boundary between oneself and the world – While at the same time, it provides maximum contact with the environment.
One can start to release the artificial self-protective contractions that succeed mostly in cutting off full contact with oneself and one’s environment. Of course, this is immediately practical and useful from a Focusing point of view!
Jocelyn has been an Inner Relationship and Wholebody Focusing trainer and guide for 12 years who has been using mini-RP practices to help clients (and herself) come fully into their bodies at the beginning of a Focusing session. Most of the clients she works with are already Focusing and/or engaged in practices like Somatic Experiencing. Yet, they are often surprised at the new depth in their felt sensing capacity. She invites you to join her in exploring a few RP practices particularly relevant to Focusing partnership.
This webinar is most suitable for anyone who has had some experience in Focusing partnership, though all are welcome to attend.
In every dream there is a direction of growth. In this roundtable we will experience how even a nightmare indicates that direction of growth. Harriet will give us some cases from her practice of children suffering from nightmares and how she worked with them, using Focusing and Art.
Este es un Curso para Nivel Intermedio o Avanzado que se puede tomar de forma independiente o como parte de los 5 Niveles completos para la Certificación.
Según tu experiencia previa y preparación, puedes completar tu proceso de Certificación, o comenzarlo y luego agregar otro nivel.
Las clases son quincenales, el 1er y 3er miércoles de cada mes.( los 5tos si los hay)
Estaremos haciendo mucha práctica y trabajo experiencial.
Un requisito para el Curso es que hagan partnerships para profundizar la práctica.
Si estás en la última etapa para certificar, habrá también sesiones de Supervisión conmigo aparte de las clases.
Todos los 1os y 3eros miércoles .Si hay 5, también el 5to, de 5 pm a 7 pm (Hora de Nueva York), 6 pm a 8 pm hora Argentina.
Our current model of understanding addiction as a brain disease is failing. Rates are soaring and people are dying in the streets. We desperately need a fresh approach. One that addresses addiction and other trauma responses where they live, in the body. In this workshop we will explore the intersection of trauma and addiction and how to address both with an embodied approach.
The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strength-based approach. Through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, addiction is seen as an adaptive stress response in our autonomic nervous system. Addictive behaviors are the body’s attempt to emotionally regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system. The model integrates Porges Polyvagal theory and Gendlin’s Felt Sense Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy enabling us to appreciate trauma/addictive behaviors as adaptive responses in maladaptive environments. The FSPM provides a generic framework that can support any therapeutic modality.
The webinar series will present an introduction to Jan’s book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. Included is a detailed description of the FSPM theoretical framework, an introduction to The Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ and Carnes Three Circle Practice, a tool for working with addiction. Participants will also learn about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense practice. A mixture of didactic information, experiential practices, demonstrations, and case examples will guide the clinician in applying the model. This course will be informative for those new to the field of trauma/addiction as well as seasoned practitioners.
In this four-week Focusing course, we learn the practice, include being a listener. We delve deeply into each of the 6 steps with each class including a teaching of one or two steps. Each class also includes listening skills, a small experiential exercise, and then small group practice (typically in twos or threes).
Dates for the next groups:
-Mondays, June 6-27, 1:30-3:30 pm EDT
-Tuesday, June 7-28, 7-9 pm pm EDT
This Therapist Roundtable will draw from chapter 21 on Values in Gendlin’s book, "Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method" (1996). In this chapter, Gendlin explores the meaning of “values” to us as humans and more particularly the role of values in psychotherapy.
We want to be present, especially with people and in situations that matter to us. And yet, being present in a relaxed way can feel challenging.
In this webinar, we will explore “relaxed presence” through a lens that combines Focusing/Felt Sensing with Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory of the nervous system.
“Relaxed Presence” will have psychoeducational and experiential components.
This class is intended for anyone interested in Focusing/Felt Sensing (whether seasoned practitioner or newbie) who is also curious about how the state of their nervous systems—seen through the Polyvagal Theory lens—impacts their capacity to be in relaxed presence.
No matter how long ago it was, the past can cast a long shadow over the present. Here’s the good news: There are ways to use a Focusing attitude to heal the trauma that’s holding back your life. Join us for this supportive six-week course and start creating a healing relationship with the hurt parts inside of you.
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell (author of The Power of Focusing and Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change)
The theme is inspired by the simple, yet fundamental question which Carl Rogers asked himself: “How can I be of help?” It is a question we think is of interest for person centered and experiential (PCE) practitioners and researchers, as well as more broadly in the world of psychotherapy. A question we find it worthwhile revisiting in order to explore what answers may be found today.
Deadline for abstract submission extended to 15 March 2022
Children Focusing provides adults with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that allows them to be with ~ and work with children,
using the tools, techniques and inherently gentle, playful approach of Focusing.
PAST EVENT - Open for Post Registration for Recordings. We are excited to gather online for "it Takes a Village...." Creating Connections. It is an opportunity for you to feel, to explore, to share, to deepen your Focusing wisdom and experiences! Our goal is to highlight the diversity and creativity in our Children's Focusing Community, by exploring the many ways we can support children and each other through Focusing and connections.
The Focusing Basics Program designed and taught by Ruth Hirsch, an internationally recognized trainer with over 25 years experience teaching Focusing, this program is equivalent to Levels 1 and 2. The training includes 8 weekly class sessions, an introductory 1-1 Guided Focusing Session with the Trainer, a 136 page Manual, homework partnerships and email support between classes.
During these times when the world and our place in it might feel uncertain, Focusing offers you a straight-forward way to find inner peace and meaning through connecting more deeply with yourself and each other.
With ample personal attention in a small group setting (maximum 8 participants), you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of Focusing. You'll also acquire the skills and ability to use this remarkable process in your life, both by yourself and with a partner.
During this time when the world and our place in it might feel uncertain, the process of learning Focusing offers you the ability to connect with your self and each other in a deeper more meaningful way.
Learning Focusing will allow you to make decisions that you feel good about, have more vitality in your life, connect more fully with yourself and your spirituality, improve your relationship with yourself and others, learn how to work with the inner critic- in general, learning Focusing will positively affect all aspects of your life!
This program is also suitable as a first step for professionals in learning Focusing for use with clients.
Post Event registration available. through August 1st because the recordings will be available until August 15, 2022.
That Eugene Gendlin had a special relationship with the medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart was already evident from the fact that he had his sermons and treatises on that nearby shelf next to his work-armchair, where otherwise only his own manuscripts were waiting for further processing. Meister Eckhart‘s book was literally close at hand.
In this experiential workshop, In this workshop, Donata intends to curiously explore edges and bridges between Gendlin’s process-thinking and Meister Eckharts' approaches.
Registrants should have familiarity with Focusing, but do not need experience with philosophy.
Recording Note: Recordings will be made available to all registrants within 3 hours after each session for viewing prior to the next day (except in the case of unexpected technical difficulty). Breakout rooms are not recorded. All recordings will be available for registrants until August 15, 2022.
Ann will tell the story of meeting and learning Focusing from Gene Gendlin 50 years ago, when she was 22— and how Gene encouraged her to develop her own ideas about teaching Focusing, saying “Keep going!” It’s a part of Gene’s philosophy that the only way to be true to an idea or a method is to bring it through your own body and make it your own. After, Ann will share about the development of Inner Relationship Focusing, and how it grew from seeds planted while she was assisting Gene with his first Focusing workshops.
Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) is an approach to Focusing based on cultivating an inner state of calm, curious acceptance toward all aspects of the self, including stressful and judgmental thoughts and all sorts of emotions and body sensations. An important principle is the “radical acceptance of everything,” the assumption that there are no enemies inside, and everything in us deserves and needs compassion for how it is trying to help us. Ann will present the main highlights of Inner Relationship Focusing along with an experiential exercise.
The group provides an introduction to Focusing, a mindful way to direct your attention internally in a gentle way suitable for people who are dealing with trauma. Participants explore this in Focusing partnerships that may be continued after the group ends.
You've discovered you love Focusing...and you also know there's so much more to learn about applying it to your life. Living a Focusing Life is an 18-meeting (every other week), live, online advanced Focusing course to help you gain more confidence as a Focusing partner and work with key issues like action blocks, decisions, and more.
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell (author of The Power of Focusing) with featured guest teacher, Barbara McGavin.
Includes videos, readings, discussion, group exercises, and partnership practices.
Take the second half of the Inner Relationship Focusing Training Program developed by Ann Weiser Cornell. Go deeper into Focusing and Focusing partnership. Learn the skill of guiding with sensitivity and awareness. Interactive advanced Focusing training by Zoom for 9 weeks, includes partnership practice.
Includes videos, demos, readings, discussion, group exercises, and individual sessions. Partnership Proficiency Recognition awarded on completion.
This online entry level Focusing class prepares you to begin a Focusing partnership. It's a great opportunity to ground yourself in the basics of Self-in-Presence as a way of being that creates space for lasting change. You are encouraged to practice both in partnerships and with brief pauses during your day.
For coaches, bodyworkers, therapists, teachers and anyone interested in improving their inner and outer relational skills. Part 1 meets six times for two hours, usually every other week. This class can be your first step toward professional certification by completing Parts 1-4, then entering the ongoing Learning Community for Mastery in Guiding Change.
Discover powerful skills for life change based on self-acceptance and being present in the moment. Start to experience the process of Focusing and Focusing partnership. Learn how to cultivate an inner environment of calm, open, curious awareness which is the foundation from which lasting change emerges. Interactive beginning Focusing training by Zoom for 9 weeks, includes partnership practice.
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell (author of The Power of Focusing) and Jinevra Howard.
Includes videos, demos, readings, discussion, group exercises, and individual sessions.
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Deepen and explore your listening to a Focusing partner, to clients, or in your life, as a way of deepening your listening to yourself and to your surroundings.
Increase your presence and your “mindfulness” in your life through deepening your listening in a Felt Sensing kind of way.
Online on Zoom - a link will be provided before the course starts
The Weeklong is the flagship event of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI), begun in 1979. It is intended for all those certified by TIFI. It is a warm and intimate event, and features a certification ceremony.
This year the Weeklong will be offered in a wonderful new way! It will again be online but will have an in person option in two places in Dublin, Ireland and in the US in Madison CT (approximately 2 hours outside of New York City).
October 16 - 21, 2022
El Weeklong es el evento insignia del Instituto Internacional de Focusing (TIFI), iniciado en 1979. Está destinado a todos aquellos certificados por TIFI. Es un evento cálido e íntimo, y cuenta con una ceremonia de certificación.
¡Este año, Weeklong se ofrecerá de una manera nueva y maravillosa! Volverá a estar en línea pero tendrá una opción en persona en dos lugares en Dublín, Irlanda y en los EE. UU. en Madison CT (aproximadamente 2 horas fuera de la ciudad de Nueva York).
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“The essence of working with another person is to be present as a living being. And that is lucky, because if we had to be smart, or good, or mature, or wise, then we would probably be in trouble. But, what matters is not that. What matters is to be a human being with another human being, to recognize the other person as another being in there.”
(Gendlin 1990, p. 205)
Online on Zoom - a link will be provided before the course starts
Want to watch as Ann Weiser Cornell guides someone through their very first Focusing session?
Focusing can be puzzling to talk about. It can be hard to learn from a book or a video. But when someone is actually taken through the process, you get it! Be present to observe as Ann guides three first-time Focusers (one each week) - and then comment afterward. The guest Focusers are volunteers who understand that their session will be witnessed by a safe and respectful group of people.
The Intermediate-Advanced comprehensive Online Program has been offered by the International Focusing Institute since 2014, and privately since 1995. Equivalent to Levels 3 and 4, the program features training in a small group (maximum 8 participants), a 102 page Training Manual, demos, group and individual exercises, and support in deepening and expanding your understanding and skills in Focusing as well as in sharing Focusing with others.
Topics Covered. Working with creative expression and non-verbal communication. we will learn the basic listening skills of Children’s Focusing.
The central goal is to achieve authentic contact and open connection through simple, structured exercises designed to support the process of re-connection with yourself and to articulate ways to transfer this authenticity into your everyday life with children and your roles as a parent, grandparent, therapist, or teacher.
Are you new to Focusing or want to refresh the process, or learn with a new teacher?
This course gives you the first few steps into sensing the "more" of what you know, to get in touch with your inner voice, to get a feel for all that is there that does not yet have words or descriptions, but that is the source of next new steps forward in your life.
Felt Sensing (Focusing) will be introduced, and you get to try the process out in reciprocal partnership.
Online on Zoom - a link will be provided before the course starts
In the first-year students learn the core essentials of focusing guiding and how to help their client’s ‘go inside’ to find, open, and move forward a felt sense, leading to transformation and lasting change.
In the second-year students learn how to weave the guiding they learnt in the first year seamlessly into the more fluid and improvisational style of a therapeutic conversation. In addition, we learn how to work with the ‘one interaction’ that we are together by using the felt sense of the relationship (the felt sense of the ‘I’, of the ‘You’, & of the ‘Us’) to move the interaction and the client forward. We further learn how to be ‘the interaction that makes it better’ which is the concept and practice that Eugene Gendlin talked about being the center of his work with clients.