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The Advanced and Certification Weeklong

Advanced and Certification Weeklong

The "Advanced and Certification Weeklong" is the flagship event of The International Focusing Institute. The earliest predecessor to what we now call "the Weeklong" took place in 1979, several years before The Focusing Institute was incorporated.  The Weeklong allowed people from all over the world to learn Focusing directly from Gene Gendlin and those whom he had directly trained.

See details of the 2022 Advanced and Certification Weeklong


In the 1980s, the Institute began to offer certifications for those who wanted to teach Focusing to others. To receive a certificate as a Trainer (now also called a Certified Focusing Professional), one was required to attend the Weeklong. In the 1990s, the Institute began to name advanced teachers as "Certifying Coordinators," who could offer certification in Focusing through the Institute without the students being required to attend the Weeklong.



As a result, attendance at the Weeklong is no longer mandatory for anyone, unless a certain Coordinator makes it a requirement for their students. However, the Weeklong remains intimately tied to certification:

  • the Facilitation Team is made up of Coordinators
  • the annual Certification Ceremony takes place during the Weeklong
  • many students attend the Weeklong as the capstone of their training


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The Weeklong is an opportunity for all those who are advanced in their Focusing training to come to sharpen skills, to broaden their knowledge, and to join the vibrant international community of advanced Focusers. It is different from other Focusing conferences or events in that it is intended as a whole shared experience for those advanced in their study and practice of Focusing.

See a report on the 2021 Weeklong in our August 2021 In Focus newsletter here.


The Weeklong is open to all Focusers who are certified or soon-to-be certified, and to advanced Focusers who have substantial experience.  Coordinators are especially invited to attend and receive a discount off tuition.

Your attendance is a special chance to connect or re-connect with our diverse international community.  Many participants attend year after year because it is a rare opportunity to be with an intimate group of advanced practitioners, to learn from one another and to share your wisdom.

Benefits of the Weeklong

The Weeklong can reinvigorate or launch your work, and strengthen the foundation of your life-long participation in our global Focusing community.  It is led by a Facilitation Team of Coordinators from different countries and backgrounds.  They are supported by several Collaborating Coordinators, and together this team creates an event rich with learning and sharing.

At the Weeklong, you will deepen or learn new skills, connect with others through common interests and experience a variety of cultural perspectives. There are also ample opportunities to share your skills and your particular Focusing approach. Your participation makes you a part of this rich legacy of Focusing and The International Focusing Institute

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At the Weeklong, you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of your special place in the ongoing evolution of Focusing and the worldwide Focusing community;

  • Connections to Focusers from around the world who share your passion and interests;

  • Practical skills to help you to deepen your Focusing practice, professionally and personally;

  • A new or renewed sense of clarity and confidence about how you can offer your own gift of Focusing freshly to the world.

At past Weeklongs, people found they were able to more deeply discover themselves, their gifts, and their aliveness through the experience of deep connection in a profoundly accepting and supportive community.  For those who remain connected, this community can continue long after the week is over. The Focusing Weeklong is not just about deepening our understanding and practice of Focusing, but deepening our understanding of ourselves and what we bring to the global community.

Features of the Weeklong

Each day features a plenary, led by one of the three Core Facilitators.  For online Weeklongs, the main presentation will be offered live but will also be recorded. 

– These are groups of not more than 15 people, facilitated by one of our Facilitation Team (or a Coordinator who has volunteered to lead one).  Home Groups are one of the most important elements of the experience of the Weeklong.  They give you a chance to form deeper connections with an international small group and to process what you're experiencing during the Weeklong.  Each will differ slightly based on the personalities of the leader and the group, and each will include Focusing time, sometimes as a whole group and sometimes in dyads or triads.

Opportunities For You To Present Workshops (optional) – You can submit a proposal for a workshop to offer during the Weeklong.  We will do our best to accommodate all who wish to give a presentation.

Certification Ceremony - We always finish our week in celebration of those being certified, and anyone present who is becoming a Coordinator. It is a warm and intimate event, and the highlight of the week for many. During the certification ceremony, whether you are being certified or not, you will be able to locate yourself and your teachers in the history of the Focusing movement on our Focusing timeline.


Online, we have so far always been able to offer simultaneous translation to Spanish.  For in-person events, we will arrange for translation when 4 or more participants require it.  We have had translation into many languages in the past, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and more.

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