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Upcoming Courses, and Ongoing Groups and Services

Please note: Listings on this page are either events organized by The International Focusing Institute (TIFI), or are offered independently by Certified Focusing Professionals.  Those organized by TIFI will have one of TIFI’s logos.

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- Pacific
Ann Weiser Cornell Barbara McGavin
Has Focusing changed your life in a profound way? Do you feel called to help facilitate that kind of powerful change for other people? Our two-year live, online program will give you the skills you need to become a Certified Focusing Professional.

Build a profession teaching Focusing, add Focusing to your current profession, or bring Focusing to your family and community.

Our next program starts in October.
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Barbara McGavin, and Additional Program Faculty.
Topic: Intermediate/Advanced
- HKT
FOT
*********Online real-time classes + 4 days face-to-face workshops, conducted in English. Limited to 12 participants (for maximum personal attention)*********

Training is over a two year period and will include instructional time, supervision, required reading and videos, Focusing partnerships, experiential exercises and practice sessions


Taught by Professor Akira Ikemi (conducted entirely in English).

Training location : 40 sessions (2.5 hours each) via Zoom; 4 days In-person meetings to meet Prof. Akira in Hong Kong on

2025 January 11th and 12th (Saturday & Sunday): Two Full-day workshops
2026 January 10th and 11th (Saturday & Sunday): Two Full-day workshops

Hybrid (Zoom, Twice a month and In-person, Yearly in Hong Kong)
Topic: Certification
- Pacific
Ann Weiser Cornell
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.

Online via Zoom
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced
- Eastern Time, New York, USA
Smartview Conversations, Living a Focusing Way of Life Sandy Jahmi Burg, 2019
Smartview Conversations is a monthly online gathering to explore application of our Focusing skills to daily life and interactions. Our skill emphasis for 2024 is the Power of AND, how we hold our own space in relationship to others and how we hold space within us for both our right and left hemisphere's perspectives.

We will model how to create a safe, playful environment that facilitates neural plasticity. These webinars are FREE to attend. Both experienced Focusers and people new to Focusing are welcome.

We meet on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday, twice in the same day for different time zones. The times are 11:30am - 12:30pm ET New York time and 7:30 - 8:30pm ET New York time.


Online via Zoom
- Eastern Time
tinted gold Headshot of a woman with brown hair wearing a business jacket logo of hand drawn circles and the text focusing with laura in blue beside it
You are invited to become a part of our group as we learn the Inner Relationship Focusing process. In this live virtual nine-week course, you will acquire the skills necessary for cultivating radical lasting life change.

At our core, we are dedicated to cultivating close-knit classroom settings that prioritise immersive, experiential education. Say goodbye to silently staring at screens! We'll methodically practice the art of Focusing together. Our curriculum includes informative lectures, illustrative demonstrations, interactive Q&As, thought-provoking activities, and collaborative partner exercises.
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate
- Eastern time
Connection
The topic of the upcoming workshop is Criticism. Annat explores this highly common phenomena for many years, and it's destructive influence on our wellbeing and on our relationships.
Topic: Intermediate/Advanced
- CET
Facilitated by Haik Petrossian
Introductory weekend seminar as prerequisite to join a two- year training in 2025 with certification afterwards as Focusing Trainer, Focusing Professional or Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy due to the professional background and regulations.

Hamburg-Blankenese, Germany
Topic: Certification
- Note time zone on schedule
Children Focusing Conference 2024 - Less is More The International Focusing Institute
"Less is More" - Online Children and Focusing Conference 2024
Sometimes the most special moments are also the simplest.

Children approach Focusing instinctively, the most important thing we can provide is simply our empathetic, listening presence. It can be challenging to stand back and let the child’s process unfold on its own.
Less is More Children and Focusing Conference 2024

Join us in sharing moments and practices that show, oftentimes less is more.
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Children, Other, The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events
- Eastern Time, New York, USA
Smartview Conversations, Living a Focusing Way of Life Sandy Jahmi Burg, 2019
Smartview Conversations is a monthly online gathering to explore application of our Focusing skills to daily life and interactions. Our skill emphasis for 2024 is the Power of AND, how we hold our own space in relationship to others and how we hold space within us for both our right and left hemisphere's perspectives.

We will model how to create a safe, playful environment that facilitates neural plasticity. These webinars are FREE to attend. Both experienced Focusers and people new to Focusing are welcome.

We meet on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday, twice in the same day for different time zones. The times are 11:30am - 12:30pm ET New York time and 7:30 - 8:30pm ET New York time.

Online via Zoom
- Eastern Time Zone
Annette Francesca Dubreuil
The course is an opportunity to spend time with your wanting or project to integrate Focusing into your life—whether personally or professionally—in both an embodied and more than logical way. Like being in contact with a yet undiscovered treasure box. With FOCUSING, a practice laid out by philosopher and psychotherapist Eugene T. Gendlin, you will get in touch with your Felt Sense and be able to develop surprisingly fresh understandings that make a difference, especially in how you are with your special project or issue. By adding certain moves of THINKING AT THE EDGE (TAE), another practice Gendlin created, with Mary Hendricks and Kye Nelson, we will show you how you can speak more and more precisely from your Felt Sense. In doing so, you will discover important details by redefining

Zoom
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, TAE/Philosophy
- EST (New York)
Evelyn Fendler-Lee TAE Proficiency Award eligible
Thinking at the Edge (TAE) is a method for getting in touch with our felt meanings and articulating them with fresh and precise language.
You will learn TAE steps 1-12 while working on a project of your choice. The 3-person format accommodates different learning styles by placing participants in various roles and allows for adapting the teaching content and pace to individual needs during the exploration process.
Courses are starting in February.
Topic: TAE/Philosophy
- Eastern Time, New York, USA
Sandy Jahmi Burg 2019 Guiding Skills to Go Deeper, Creating Space for Lasting Change Part 3
Join us for an online advanced Focusing class that helps you understand where you are within a process and then, to sense what is needed from you for this situation now. Utilizing Inner Relationship Focusing, Spatial Awareness and Neuroscience concepts, we learn to guide ourselves and others in ways that invite relational trust, lasting change and life forward flow. Valuable practices for healing professionals, teachers, etc. Discount for those repeating.
Meets for six times Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9 pm EDT.
Prerequisite: Level or Part 2 Focusing training

Online via Zoom
Topic: Intermediate/Advanced
- EST
Headshot of a woman with a business jacket and it's tinted gold Image with blue circles as a logo and the words Focusing With Laura
You are invited to continue learning and unpacking the depths of the Inner Relationship Focusing process. This live virtual nine-week course, gives you the necessary time and space to integrate and apply your skills and knowledge gained in Foundations Training Part 1 (Levels 1 & 2).

Online
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate
- Eastern Time, New York, USA
Sandy Jahmi Burg 2019 Empowered to Trust, Creating Space for Lasting Change, Part 4
Our goal here is to return to the essence of Focusing and ourselves as living process. I ask that participants are Focusing weekly with a partner at least one month before class begins and throughout our time together. There is a lot of reading, often more than you might choose to do. We touch on a variety of approaches to learn and practice Focusing. We begin and end remembering that always that which has learned Focusing is Partiality, not Presence. My Part 4 is a great place to return to whenever you would like to go deeper with your process from wherever it is. Requires Part 3 or equivalent experience.
Meets eight times on Sundays, 2 – 4 pm New York time.

Online via Zoom
Topic: Intermediate/Advanced
- Eastern Time
Annette Dubreuil A pupa, a chrysalis stage in the butterfly and the metaphor used for the safe space for transformation that Focusing creates
A pupa is the safe place for transformation... in nature this is the cocoon or chrysalis. In Focusing, this is the safety of our Focusing attitude and listening partnerships. The use of felt sense body cards catalyze the process by capturing details and helping us notice our patterns and further explicate our process.

The base of the PUPA Focusing Certification Program consists of five courses that cover a journey using the PUPA process. They are designed to not only learn and teach Focusing, but also to get to know and transform yourself, while creating change in the world— by bringing more Focusing into the world.

The five core courses make a PUPA journey: learning Focusing (Pause), learning about who you are (Understanding), learning who you want to be

Zoom
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced
- Eastern Time
Annette Dubreuil Woman sitting on a bench looking at the sunrise
In this 8-week group, you will use Focusing to transform a significant issue in your life, in part by deepening your access to Self through the 8Cs of Self-Leadership. The 8Cs are calmness, connectedness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, courage and creativity.

By crossing these qualities with our issue, we move through it by pausing, understanding the issue, transforming it, and then preparing for action, and finally taking action.

Your issue can be working towards a personal or professional goal. However, the course is designed in such a way that you can also bring a different topic each week to your Focusing, and concentrate on building your 8Cs which help you live as your Self more often.
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Online via Zoom
Topic: Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, FOT