Focusing Certification

Jeffrey Morrison, MA, Certifying Coordinator
Introduction and Overview

Focusing certification demonstrates a level of learning and application, qualifies you to teach Focusing, and establishes you as part of a growing worldwide community of like-minded people bringing change to the world! With certification, therapists will become

Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists and non-therapists will become Certified
Focusing Professionals or Certified Focusing Trainers.

Some of the many benefits are:

    • Competency as a professional and trainer who is qualified to teach Focusing in
      your own distinctive way. Teaching Focusing allows for an additional source of
      income and a way to market your practice.
    • A listing in the directory published by The International Focusing Institute (TIFI)
      for referrals for your practice and trainings.
    • Distinction within The International Focusing community as having achieved a
      standard of proficiency and understanding needed to contribute to carrying
      Focusing into the world in your unique way.
    • Belonging to a community dedicated to peace, wellness, healing, forward
      thought, and diversity.

Beginning the process

Most people will begin to think about certification after the first year of training. Before beginning the second year, you will need to become a Trainer in Training through The International Focusing Institute. Some may wait until after the second year training to pursue certification. In any case, the first step of the process begins with contacting me and discussing your interest.

Three major components

There are several components to certification. The following is an overview of the
process and expectations to provide direction while allowing your personal Focusing to guide how you integrate Focusing into your practice and teaching.

1. Mentorship with me (this includes three self-assessment sessions and the
creation of a Focusing Vita)

2. Self directed learning, project formation, and completion

3. Bring Focusing into the world through your practice, giving talks, teaching and
community building

1. Mentoring and self assessments


The path to certification is a mentoring process. What that means to me is that I will offer guidance when requested and help you find the resources you need to accomplish your goals. Some of you will need more and some less guidance. A few keys to the process are:

  • Schedule a time to discuss your interest.
  • Write up a brief description of your project and any questions you have.
  • Schedule your first self- assessment.

Self Assessment

You will need to schedule three self-assessment sessions with me as a way of assessing your unique interests, skill level, issues moving forward, and support for helping you individualize your path toward certification. Additional sessions can be scheduled upon request.

These Focusing-Oriented sessions offer both of us the time to listen to the edge of your process and project. This will help me better assist you in developing your ongoing learning, project goals and Focusing competencies/skills.

A separate document will be included that is compiled directly from your participant skill sheets handed out at each workshop. These skills are for us to review and highlight the areas of your understanding. Guiding, listening, and teaching may need some further growth. This will be part of your self-assessment process and self-directed learning.

Second Mentor Option: You may find another Certified Focusing-Oriented practitioner you want to work with to support your special interest. You would pay them the same $500.00 mentoring fee and they would be part of each of your three self-assessment sessions. Randi Love and Dawn Flynn are available and know this program well.

Create a Focusing Vita

At the end of the certification process you will give me your Focusing Vita. This is a document for you to keep track of all the learning you have undertaken. It will include a list of the workshops taken with me and others, brief description of guided sessions with others, a list of talks and workshops given, and any other relevant Focusing-Oriented learning you have accomplished.

2. Self-directed learning and a project

Focusing practice

Solo and partnership Focusing are required ongoing aspects of your practice. What is a Focusing practice to you? You are beginning to shift from learning Focusing to living a Focusing-Oriented life. What does that mean to you? Your Focusing practice is your guide to the following steps of creating your unique project.

Create a Focusing journal or other method of tracking your progress

I encourage you to develop a system of keeping track of your ideas, writings, and

  • To reflect on your own personal style and inner process
  • As an inquiry process of project exploration and articulation
  • To articulate questions that arise and how you find answers
  • To help you create your Focusing Vita

Develop your own project

Focusing and… What do you want to do with Focusing? This will lead to a project, paper, or presentation that brings together Focusing and an area of your interest. I am available to consult with you about this. Examples are:

  • Writing an article about how you bring Focusing into an area of interest
  • Developing materials for teaching and course creations
  • Demonstrating the integration of Focusing with another modality
  • Beginning a Changes Group and writing about the process
  • Creating a project that supports and builds the development of Focusing locally

Knowledge, theory, research, application

Continue to read and take in the breadth and depth of Focusing. There are many good articles. There are foundational articles and then those that take Focusing in a unique direction. A reading list is being developed and will be sent out when completed.

3. Bringing Focusing into the world

Guiding others

During your training, please offer Focusing sessions to others as a way of practicing. Once you have completed the second year of training you may begin to charge half what you would like to charge once you are certified. It is recommended that you offer as many first sessions as possible while also offering ongoing sessions.

Learning to give talks, teach, and market your practice

The workshop Teaching Focusing is required for certification. It Is a new workshop that has been added for those pursuing certification. It will cover guiding new people to Focusing, devloping marketing materials, and teaching Focusing to groups. This workshop will be offered September 9 th and 10 th , 2017.

It is important that you are able to talk about Focusing, its applications and how it has made a difference for you. Those who want to teach can spend more time on their own, in small groups, and/or assisting me or other certified trainers. You will need to complete the following:

  • Assist on a Focusing One workshop.
  • Give a free talk about Focusing.
  • Teach an introductory workshop.
  • Building a local Focusing Community

I would like to build an integrative, supportive, and collaboritive Focusing community. How can we support each other in doing so? Do you have ideas for community building?

  • How can we grow Focusing in this area?
  • Assist in my training program through teaching, research, and curriculum development
  • Help with marketing, finding organizations to present to and share Focusing
  • Host a Changes group
  • Develop workshops or a local FOT conference

Attend The Northwest Focusing Gathering Participating in the International Focusing Community

As a member of the Institute, you would become aware of all kinds of different
Focusing-related conferences, learning opportunities, on-line talks, and retreats. Please consider learning from others and bringing back new ideas to share, such as:

  • Children and Focusing
  • Whole Body Focusing
  • Community Wellness Focusing
  • Unique applications of Focusing-Oriented Therapy
  • Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapy
  • Focusing and yoga, mindfulness, or other spiritual practices
  • The International Focusing Institutes Summer School
  • The Advanced and Certification Weeklong: Belonging and Crossing in
    Community. I am one of the planners and teachers for the Weeklong through
    2018. I participated in the 2006 Weeklong when I became certified. I began
    making friends and connections that have helped support and grow my career. I
    strongly recommend participation.

Certification Requirements

  • Become a Trainer in Training ($75/ year). All second year students must become a Trainer in Training prior to beginning year two.
  • Contact me by eamil to request a meeting to discuss beginning certification.
  • Pay a one time fee of $500.00 to me for the mentorship self-assessment
  • Complete the workshops in my two-year training program. (Five two-day
    workshops in each year—ten total)
  • Complete the workshop Teaching Focusing. This may be taken after your first or second year.
  • Develop marketing materials, give a talk, and teach an introductory workshop
    (these may be informal and tailored to your interests).
  • Assist on a Focusing One workshop (and perhaps others).
  • Choose a second mentor if desired and pay them a one time fee of $500.00.
  • Complete a Focusing Vita that lists your Focusing learning and accomplishments.
  • Create, work on, and complete (with my input) a project that expresses your
  • special interest in Focusing.
  • Upon completion of your third self-assessment and by mutual agreement with
    me, I will formally recommend you to be certified through The International
    Focusing Institute. That decision will be based on a consensus between you and
    me. Consensus means that both of our felt senses will be respected, heard, and
    trusted until a shared affirmation of your readiness for certification emerges.
  • Certification will be complete once you have sent TIFI $500.00, they have sent
    me your certificate and I have signed it and given it to you.

Additional support is available upon request. My hourly rate is $120.00 for
consultation and sessions. Clinical consultation groups are a possibility as well.

Fee Summary

  • Annual Trainer in Training dues: $75.00
  • Complete the workshops in my two-year training program: Current fees can be
    found on my website or by request.
  • Complete the Teaching Focusing Workshop: $425.00
  • TIFI Certification fee: $500.00 at the conclusion of the certification process (this fee may be applied to attendance at The Advanced and Certification Weeklong)*
  • Mentor/self assessment fee: $500.00 to each mentor
  • Additional mentor or consultation sessions with me: $120.00
  • Payments to TIFI: $500.00*
  • Once you are certified, your annual dues will be $165.00/ year.

*Participation in the Advanced and Certification Weeklong held most years in the fall in or near New York is highly recommended. Your TIFI Certification fee can be applied to the cost of your participation in The Weeklong when you attend.