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The Gendlin Center For Research

Gendlin Center

The Eugene T. Gendlin Center
for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology
of The International Focusing Institute



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The Departments of Psychology and Philosophy at Seattle University, in partnership with The Gendlin Center of The International Focusing Institute, will be holding an online symposium advancing the work of Eugene Gendlin. We invite participants to explore the implications of Gendlin’s posthumous collection Saying What We Mean: Implicit Precision and the Responsive Order (2018) . This extraordinary collection, edited by Edward Casey and Donata Schoeller, brings together a series of essays demonstrating Gendlin’s creative and insightful ability to balance conversations across a wide range of voices in philosophy and psychology.  

We are delighted to announce the featured speakers will be

Ed Casey, Donata Schoeller, Robert Scharff, James Risser and Eric Severson. 

We have also had many excellent paper proposals and are currently selecting from among them. Thank you to all who sent in proposals; we will be in touch shortly.

Gendlin had a unique capacity for thinking “at the edge” of conceptual formulations. He was able to discover, in words and concepts, an evasive connection between idea and experience. Gendlin sought to open up phenomena by exploring ideas that can only be thought in the mode of embodied practice. Gendlin’s hope was that he might awaken an appetite in his readers, a yearning to understand how “the experiential side always exceeds the concepts.” In this regard, Gendlin invites expansive efforts to explore embodied thinking and experiencing.

Please email Dr. Kevin Krycka at [email protected]


We are arranging the schedule to be friendly to various time zones, so that there will be live events that are doable no matter where you live. In addition, recordings of plenaries will be made available quickly, so that if you miss something due to time zones, you can catch up before the next plenary.


Registration is through The International Focusing Institute. Please click here to register.


All are invited to attend.



The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology of The International Focusing Institute is pleased to announce the recipient of our Gendlin Grant for Original Research in Psychology:

Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Altawil

Dr. Mohamed Altawil

The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology is proud to announce that Dr. Mohamed Altawil has been awarded the second Gendlin Grant. Dr. Altawil, a clinical psychologist, is the Founder and Director of Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) and visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, department of Psychology. Dr. Altawil will be studying the efficacy of the Gaza Focusing Intervention for combating Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) in Gaza, Palestine.

The Gendlin Research Center committee was very impressed with the rigor of the study designed by Dr. Altawil and the inclusion of a control group in order to validate findings.

Here is an excerpt from his application for the grant:

“Over the last 70 years, war and conflict have vastly influenced the lives and well-being of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Giacaman et al. (2004) established that the restrictions on the liberty of young Palestinian people under occupation in the West Bank... have dramatically impacted adolescents’ wellbeing, development and education….

Every analysis of interventions on individuals and communities who are experiencing and observing war and conflict on a daily basis should always have those people’s needs, dignity, culture, honour and resilience as the focus of attention.

With all the above in mind, this study aims to assess the impact of the Gaza Focusing Project among 500 traumatized people in the Gaza Strip by using pre- and post- assessment via PTSD Scale (a validated and published scale)."


The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology was created in honor of Gene Gendlin to promote high level academic research that builds on the work he did in philosophy and psychology, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary work. Currently, the Center's primary goal is to promote quantitative research in psychology that will demonstrate the efficacy of Focusing.

Thank you to all of our generous donors for making the second Gendlin Grant possible. 

Thank you to the members of the Gendlin Center Committee: Prof. Akira Ikemi (Kansai U.), Prof. Kevin Krycka (Seattle U.), Prof. Mary Jeanne Larrabee (DePaul U.), Dr. Rob Parker, Dr. Joao Messias (Pontifícal Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil) and Dr. Leslie Ellis (board liaison).



To donate to the Gendlin Center, visit this page.


SEE the Gendlin Center Steering Committee and Donors >