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About Us

The International Focusing Institute is an international, cross-cultural organization dedicated to supporting individuals and groups world-wide who are teaching, practicing and developing Focusing and its underlying philosophy. (Full Mission Statement)

Founder

Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D. (Bio)
Associate Professor, University of Chicago, 1964 - 1995

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Web Page

David Rome
President
serving until summer 2018 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Kevin Krycka
Secretary/Treasurer
serving until summer 2018 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Dana Ganihar
serving until summer 2019 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Mary Jennings
serving until summer 2017 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Paula Nowick
serving until summer 2019 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Susan Rudnick
serving until summer 2019 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

International Leadership Council

International Leadership Council Web Page

Heinz-Joachim (Hejo) Feuerstein
serving until summer 2018 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Ruth Hirsch
serving until summer 2017 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Akira Ikemi
serving until summer 2017 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Sergio Lara Cisternas
serving until summer 2018 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Roberto Larios
serving until summer 2019 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Donata Schoeller
serving until summer 2019 (eligible for appointment to another 3-year term at that time)

Staff

Catherine Torpey (Bio)
Executive Director
catherine@focusing.org
   

Elizabeth Cantor
Administrator
elizabeth@focusing.org

Rita Kirsch
rita@focusing.org

Staff Office Phone: 1-845-480-5111

Mission Statement

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Diversity Statement

In February 2009 this statement was approved by the Board of Directors

TFI Diversity Statement

Focusing is a practice that honors what arises freshly in the moment. Frozen structures of any kind are antithetical to the ethic of Focusing. Therefore, the Focusing Institute takes as a core value the principle that the practice of Focusing, how it is taught by certified Focusing teachers, and its application in different fields will not be standardized. Diversity of approaches will be protected. Constructive critiques among Focusing Trainers or between TFI and individuals presenting or applying Focusing are welcome and should be offered by means of open, respectful communication. TFI itself will seek to honor the values of non-standardization in its operations while recognizing that tension can arise between maximum diversity and the need for effectiveness and efficiency in meeting its goals.

By-Laws

By-Laws of The Focusing Institute, Amended 6th June 2014 [PDF]

Board Documents

The International Focusing Institute ANNUAL REPORT Summer 2016

Why we use a nominating committee

Criteria for nominating

Steps and Timeline for the 2016 process

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY - July 1, 2015

TFI BOD ANNOUNCEMENT OF BOARD AND COUNCIL - July 1, 2014

TFI BOD ANNOUNCEMENT OF BOARD AND COUNCIL (JAPANESE) 日本語 - July 1, 2014

TFI BOD ANNOUNCEMENT OF BOARD AND COUNCIL (SPANISH) Español - July 1, 2014

A MESSAGE TO THE FOCUSING COMMUNITY FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS - and - A MESSAGE TO THE FOCUSING COMMUNITY FROM THE 2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE - June 25, 2014

UN MENSAJE DE LA JUNTA DIRECTIVA INTERINA A LA COMUNIDAD DEL FOCUSING - Y - UN MENSAJE A LA COMUNIDAD DE FOCUSING DE PARTE DE LA COMISIÓN DE NOMINACIONES - 25 junio 2014

PROCESS FOR SELECTING A NEW BOARD AND LEADERSHIP TEAM - May 5, 2014

NOMINATING COMMITTEE - May 23, 2014

COMITE DE NOMINACION - 23 de mayo 2014

理事と国際リーダーシップ評議会への推薦のお願い <指名委員会とは? 2014年5月23日>

NOMINATING COMMITTEE SUGGESTIONS ON SELECTING BOARD OF DIRECTORS - May 26, 2014

NOMINATING COMMITTEE SUGGESTIONS ON SELECTING INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL - May 26, 2014

Board Minutes

Minutes from The International Focusing Institute Board Meeting April 12, 2017

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting February 8, 2017

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting January 4, 2017

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting December 7, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting November 2, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting October 5, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting September 7, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting August 3, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting July 6, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting June 1, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting May 5, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting April 6, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting February 3, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting January 13, 2016

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting December 2, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting November 4, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting October 7, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting September 2, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting August 5, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting July 1, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting June 3, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting May 6, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting April 8, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting March 4, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting February 4, 2015

Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting January 14, 2015

Minutes Previous to 2015

Timeline

The Focusing Institute and the network of Focusing teachers have worked for many years to develop Focusing to the point where the public can access information and connect with other individuals who use Focusing in their personal and professional lives. Today, Focusing is applied in many areas and taught around the world in workshops, clinical programs, and at national and international conferences. Focusing has become part of the fabric of our society. More...

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