During the COVID-19 pandemic I took time to revise my Focusing training program and create an online format. It’s now being offered through my new venture, the Seattle Focusing Institute!
The first workshop is scheduled for fall 2021 and is now open for registration.
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For therapists and healing professionals.
An Embodied and Relational Approach to Unwinding Stress and Trauma
Learning Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Therapy:
The Focusing-Oriented training program is a two-year Continuing Education Program for therapists and healing professionals wanting to embark on self-discovery and understanding, as well as bring a profound new tool to their healing practice. The training program starts with an initial-workshop to introduce Focusing, then is followed by four workshops to complete the first year.
Applying Focusing-Oriented Therapy to working with complex trauma:
The second year of my FOTCT program builds on the solid foundation of skills learned in the first year, while adding depth to your understanding of Focusing and its application for unwinding chronic stress and trauma. It comprises five workshops, building on the solid foundation of skills learned in the first year, and adding depth to your understanding of Focusing as a process of change. A solid foundation of Focusing experience is required to participate.
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!
I am a certifying coordinator through the Focusing Institute. I have been approved to design this training program which provides a path for people to become certified in the field of Focusing. The International Focusing Institute offers two categories of certification. One is for psychotherapists (Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist) and the other is for anyone else who would like to complete a certification program so that they may teach Focusing (Certified Focusing Professional).
Focusing Year One: For Therapists and Healing Professionals
In the first year (5-weekend workshops) training program, you will learn and practice Focusing and how to bring Focusing deeply into your life and clinical practice. You will gain access to the rich inner wisdom that unfolds as you find Presence in your own life, and then how to facilitate a Focusing-Oriented approach to healing with others. After the initial workshop, those wanting to complete the full year program will need to commit to the four following workshops of the five workshop series.
The workshop series starts in the fall with Focusing One, where you receive an introduction to Focusing-Oriented Therapy. This introduction is truly a profound experience. You will gain access to the rich inner wisdom that unfolds as you find Presence in your own life, and then how to facilitate a Focusing-Oriented approach to healing with others. After completing the first workshop, you may register and continue on through the full year program.
*each course merits 12 CEUs
Year Two: Advanced Training in Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (FOTCT)
In the second year (5-workshops) of the full training program, trauma is explored through the understanding of personal experience, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, mythology, and native spirituality. This year you learn how to effectively and safely work with regressed and dissociative states, embodied, vicarious, and multi-generational trauma while continuing to deepen your Focusing-Oriented therapy and healing skills.
Our work together will include:
Learning to work effectively and safely with embodied, vicarious, multi-generational trauma. You will deepen your understanding of neuroscience and Focusing-Oriented healing skills.
Learning to “read the body” of a client and smoothly dip in and out of trauma spots without re-traumatization. Deepen skills and integrate the transformational process into your life and work.
A commitment of 5 workshops is required. This requirement promotes a safe environment for the richly relational work, and allows me to tailor the material to the unique needs of the group.
We will be reflecting on our own experience of trauma as well as learning from readings, presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, group work, movement and FOT sessions with each other.
Certification through the International Focusing Institute:
Most students begin thinking about certification sometime during their second year program. Certification requires the additional workshop: Teaching Focusing.
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.
- Mentorship with me (this includes three self-assessment sessions and the creation of a Focusing Vita)
- Self directed learning, project formation, and completion
- Bring Focusing into the world through your practice, giving talks, teaching and community building