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10th International
Focusing Conference

PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS

 

 

 

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Presentation

Keywords

Rob Berry  

A Felt Sense Approach to Understanding the Teachings of J. Krishnamurti  

Meditation, Philosophy

Susy Boge
Nancy Jacobs  

Keeping Afloat with Focusing  

Aquatic focusing

Zack Boukydis  

Focusing and Formative Developmental Events  

Childhood events

Zack Boukydis  

Experiences in Creating and Sustaining Peer Networks Based on Focusing  

Community

Ton Coffeng  

Contact with Dissociative and Traumatic Experiences

Trauma, dissociation

Ton Coffeng  

How to Refuel Burnout?  

Burnout, Self-care

Ton Coffeng  

A Video of Work with an Adult Processing Childhood Grief  

Childhood events, Grief, Pre-therapy

Ann Weiser Cornell
Robert Lee  

Teaching Focusing - Methods, Issues, Challenges  

Teaching focusing

Ann Weiser Cornell
Barbara McGavin  

Three Patterns of Magic and the Inner Alchemical Marriage

Difficult issues, Inner relationship

Nancy Falls  

Treating Trauma with Focusing and EMDR  

Trauma

Heijo Feuerstein
Dieter Muller  

Self Assessment with Focusing

Self-assessment

Glenn Fleisch  

Focusing as a Crisis Intervention Tool in Brief Therapy  

Crisis intervention, Brief therapy, Gestures, Non-verbal expression

Glenn Fleisch  

The Body's Sense of Solutions

Philosophy, Psychotherapy, Solutions

Neil Friedman  

The Integration of Focusing with Hard, Soft, and Expressive Body-centered Interventions   

Bodywork

Dawna Gutzmann  

Intuition - Tapping Your Natural Resource for Success  

Intuition

Ann Hall
Carolyn Mutz  

A Face-to-face Meeting for Participants in the Internet Discussion Group 

Internet

Ruth Hanna
Robert Ferre  

The Labyrinth   

Labyrinth

Helen Hawes  

Focusing and Drawing: Shifts You Can See  

Artistic expression

Mako Hikasa
Teruyuki Chikada  

Takao Murase's Animation-illustrated Inner World of Image-dominated Focusers  

Imagery, animation

Elfie Hinterkopf  

Exploring Spirituality  

Spirituality

Ruth Hirsch  

Focusing and Bodywork  

Bodywork

Ruth Hirsch  

The Shadow Side of Focusing  

Shadow

Jane Hodgetts  

Finding your way into the eye of the Hurricane: Focusing Friendly Tools for Life Management and Balance  

Life planning

Bonnie Holstein  

The Integration of Focusing with EMDR and Kabbala Concepts  

EMDR, Kabbala, Addiction, Relationship patterns, Identity, Self-esteem

James Iberg  

'97 International Factorial Study of Listening/Guiding Activities  

Research, Focusing guiding

James Iberg  

Report of a Pilot Outcome Study with Four Focusing-Oriented Therapists  

Research

James Iberg The Zone Diet: a Diet You Can Evaluate Experientially Diet

James Iberg  

Organizing to Combat Managed Care  

Managed care

Bala Jaison
Glenn Fleisch  

Solution-Oriented Focusing in Therapy: A Marriage of Models  

Psychotherapy

John Grindler Katonah  

Focusing and Hospital Care  

Hospitals, Teaching focusing

Anne Kelly  

Letting the Dream Continue: Focusing in Everyday Life

Dreamwork, Congruence, Self-care

Joan Klagsbrun  

Ties That Bind; Ties That Heal - Using Focusing to Heal and Deepen Relationships  

Relationships

Robert Lee  

Changing the Unchangeable: Deep Change Through Long Term Focusing Projects  

Difficult issues, Bias control

Nada Lou  

What is Spiritual about Focusing?  

Spirituality

Barbara McGavin
Ann Weiser Cornell  

The Processes of Inner War and Impasse  

Difficult Issues, Inner relationship, Impasse

Kathy McGuire-Bouwman  

Creating Love through Compassionate Awarenessx  

Love, Relationships, Community

Kathy McGuire-Bouwman  

Focusing and the "Power" Therapies  

EMDR, TFT, Bodywork

Mary Melady  

Focusing and Spirituality  

Spirituality

Paula A. Nowick  

Exhilaration, Triumph, and Other Thrills  

Positive focusing, Creativity, Inspiration

Haim & Atsmaout Perlstein, Pat & Rob Berry  

Interactive Focusing - The Focusing Way to Living and Loving Your Relationships  

Relationships

Hemlata Pokharna  

Dealing with Anger Compassionately  

Anger, Meditation, Communication

Debra Purdy  

Natural Painting Workshop  

Artistic expression

Lyly Rojas De Knaus  

Invoking the Sacred: Focusing, the Buddha, Jung, and Healing 

Spirituality, Healing, East/West

H. Jay Shaffer  

Functions of Gesture in Focusing  

Gesture, Non-verbal expression

Shirley Turcotte  

The Pacific Centre for Focusing and its Aboriginal Focus Programme  

Training

Kay Vogt  

Where's the "Community" in the Focusing Community?  

Community

Agnes Wild-Missong  

When the Felt Sense Says Goodbye to Focusing  

Authenticity

Ian Yeomans  

Focusing and the Enneagram  

Enneagram

Carol Bellin  

Focusing and Multidimensional Partnership  

Metaphysics

Carol Bellin  

A Public Reading with MiraCarol  

Metaphysics

Beatrice Zappe  

Focusing as a Tool to Step into the Fifth Dimension  

Metaphysics, Healing

 

A Felt Sense Approach to Understanding the Teachings of J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti's insight into human suffering came about through a process of self-exploration paralleling the focusing process. Participants will be invited to discuss universal issues such as the origin of hurt, and the origin of conflict using their own felt sense awareness. We may even try to answer the question: "Whose felt sense is this anyway?" 1.5 hr. Rob Berry, PhD.

 

Keeping Afloat with Focusing

It has been our experience that people focusing while floating in the water find their bodies responding by either staying in balance or shifting out of balance. You may be able to deny the felt sense while sitting in a chair, but in the water your body will react. It is not usually an unpleasant reaction, rather a twist, turn, or slump - some type of imbalance reaction. This easily allows focusing to move to a deeper mind-body-body-mind connection. We have used this method personally for pain control, grief reactions, relationship evaluations, and decision making. 1.5 hrs+. Susy Boge, OTR & Nancy Jacobs, LPN.

 

Focusing and Formative Developmental Events

"How was it for me, dear body felt sense, when I was three and that black leopard sat in the corner of my room when I was trying to get to sleep"? This presentation will explore what happens when, in our focusing process, we feel, sense and sometimes remember, significant developmental events. We will attend to how we use "feels" (including significant sense impressions like tastes, touches, smells, etc.), body posturing, "playing forward," and images to reflect back to, and metaphorize our felt sense... and live forward. We will explore how to be a friend with the sometimes subtle, sometimes powerful process which comes from our body-living and developing. We will feel how shifts from the past can add fuel to shifts in the present. We will learn how to be with places that seem too subtle or too world-shattering to be compassionately attended to. We will even ask simple direct questions of our felt sense, like "how was it for me when my little brother came along?"- when we have "no clue" what will happen or we are able to go beneath all we already know about this developmental event. There will be a brief presentation, a few short demonstrations, and several exercises (singly, and in pairs) for all participants. 3 hrs. Zack Boukydis, PhD.

 

Experiences in Creating and Sustaining Peer Networks Based on Focusing

I would like to host an informal lunchtime interest group based on gathering and learning from people's experiences in starting and sustaining Changes type groups, focusing partnerships, other groups with members who have learned focusing and listening, etc. I hope we can learn from each other and hopefully establish a network to continue learning and strengthening this way of spreading focusing in different communities. 1.5 hr Interest Group. Zack Boukydis, PhD, Convener.

 

Contact with Dissociative and Traumatic Experiences

Some victims of childhood trauma have fragmented and dissociative experience. They cannot focus, as their process is different. In such cases, "Pre-experiencing" (Prouty) reflecting techniques assist to contact reality, therapist, feelings, and trauma memory. The fragmented memory is attended with "pre-symbolic process," so that fragments can evolve into experience and complete memory. Then focusing can be used to face the existential impact of the trauma. A new video (with English subtitles) will be shown which illustrates small steps, contact reflections, and the evolution from pre-symbolic into symbolic experiencing. 3 hrs. Ton Coffeng, MD.

 

How to Refuel Burnout?

The taboo about burnout among mental health workers, and the ways in which we can become trapped will be discussed. This will be illustrated by exercises after which participants can share what they found and discuss their experiences. After a break, other exercises using focusing and imagery will be introduced with which participants can invent new ways to tackle exhaustion. People will then be invited to share their inventions. 3 hrs. Ton Coffeng, MD.

 

A Video of Work with an Adult Processing Childhood Grief

I will gladly present this video which has been presented at other Internationals for those who would like to see it again, or who have not yet seen it. It illustrates the use of Pre-therapy as well as focusing interventions, and some of the powerful results of combining these approaches. 1.5 hr. Ton Coffeng, MD.

 

Teaching Focusing - Methods, Issues, Challenges

We have created training programs leading to certification, and we have taught Focusing in various settings for many years. In this roundtable we'd like to share some of our thoughts about key issues in Focusing teaching, and then open it up to hear from others about your experience. 3 hr Roundtable. Ann Weiser Cornell, Robert Lee.

 

Three Patterns of Magic and the Inner Alchemical Marriage:
Processes to Heal and Release Life Forward Energy

In our collaboration we have identified three transformational processes which are powerful extensions of Focusing, especially when working with difficult areas of life. They are: The Inner Relationship, Standing It, and Wanting. We will share our insights into the process and structure of the Alchemical Marriage - the moment of grace and transformation where the positive life-enhancing energies trapped within our inner struggles is released. In this presentation we will give an overview, and then introduce the three processes through experiential exercises and demonstration. 3 hr. Ann Weiser Cornell & Barbara McGavin.

 

Treating Trauma with Focusing and EMDR

Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy is ideally suited for healing the aftermath of childhood trauma. This workshop explains why and offers experiential Focusing exercises suitable for clients who present with trauma. The underlying theory is Gendlin's "blueprint" theory, the view of forward movement of energy and the ability of the body to fill in what was missing in childhood. But Focusing cannot heal all of the effects of trauma. For this, we can integrate EMDR into Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy. EMDR is a new approach to the physical deficits left by trauma. This biological damage, as revealed in recent research, will be explained and EMDR will be introduced. 3 hrs. Nancy Falls.

 

Self Assessment with Focusing

Over the past years we have been offering practical tools and effective ways of using Focusing in management (Stress Reduction; Decision Making; Coaching; Dealing with unclear and complex situations). We will present a workshop on self-assessment with Focusing. We invite you to do an assessment exercise with us. After you have experienced our approach, we will discuss with you how to adapt it for your own purpose in training groups and business. 3 hrs. Heijo Feuerstein & Dieter Muller.

 

Focusing as a Crisis Intervention Tool in Brief Therapy

People frequently enter therapy in the throes of an emotional and/or life situational crisis (e.g major depressive episodes, anger/impulse dyscontrol, traumatic situations, impending marital/relationship break-up). This workshop presents the use of Focusing as a tool for clients in crisis situations. Drawing on case examples, personal experiences and experiential processes, we will jointly explore how the body and feelings operate in crisis/trauma. We will then demonstrate how Focusing and listening (to the body sense) can restore a more centered place in which change-steps can arise. The incorporation of solution-oriented questions and bodily movement (including gestures) along with experiential listening/Focusing will also be included in the presentation. 1.5 hrs. Glenn Fleisch.

 

The Body's Sense of Solutions:
An Exploration of the Philosophy of Change-Steps Through Focusing

Gendlin's philosophy which underlies Focusing can be understood as a comprehensive theory of change and healing. He states that "The sense of a life problem also implies its direction of solution." This workshop will provide opportunities to experientially explore his philosophy as it relates to how the body implies solutions and discloses its next steps. This overview provides a framework for understanding how Focusing "works" and is key to recognizing the "life forward" direction and inner sense of rightness which are crucial to taking appropriate actions and resolving life situations.  1.5 hrs. Glenn Fleisch.

 

The Integration of Focusing with Hard, Soft, and Expressive Body-centered Interventions

There are "hard," "soft," and "expressive" body centered interventions (Smith's classification). I will discuss how focusing, breathing, and posture-work, as described by Gendlin in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, are "soft" methods. I will show how focusing can be integrated with Hakomi, bioenergetics, core energetics, gestalt, psychomotor (Pesso), neo-Reichian, and Reichian therapies to produce a more vibrant body-centered therapy. 3 hrs. Neil Friedman, PhD.

 

Intuition - Tapping Your Natural Resource for Success

Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Many of the greatest scientists, most successful entrepreneurs, and most creative artists have relied upon intuitive wisdom to guide them. In this complex world, it is essential that we utilize all available resources to create a more well-balanced life for ourselves and others. Through lecture, experiential exercises and group discussion, we will explore the nature of intuition and learn methods for promoting and enhancing our intuitive faculties, with a special emphasis on the role of Focusing. Together, we will gain a greater capacity to access intuitive wisdom for improving relationships, succeeding in the work-place, increasing effective decision making and creating vibrant health. 3 hrs. Dawna Gutzmann, MD.

 

A Face-to-face Meeting for Participants in the Internet Discussion Group

Lunchtime Interest Group facilitated by Ann Hall & Carolyn Mutz.

 

The Labyrinth

This workshop will present the history, current use, and suggestions on how to use the labyrinth effectively as a tool for Focusing. Participants will walk the 30 foot canvas labyrinth on site at the conference as part of the workshop. Journaling and group discussion may be included. Let the ancient practice of walking a labyrinth evoke for you a felt sense of "what needs to be known." A centering process... right /left brain balancing, body meditation - the archetype of the labyrinth is reappearing today as a powerful tool for healing and wholeness. One step at a time, following a single path that leads without fail to the center, your walk on the labyrinth becomes a unique, self-guided Focusing experience. 1.5 hr. Ruth Hanna & Robert Ferre.

 

Focusing and Drawing: Shifts You Can See

During this hands-on workshop we will explore not only the similarities between the act of art-making and focusing, but also what new thing each has to offer the other as a means of deepening the experiencing of both. During the first half, we will make drawings. During the second part we will dialogue in a focusing way with our drawings. Remarkably as body shifts take place during the dialogue, the images on the paper change and grow, reflecting our ability to see differently. 3 hrs. Helen Hawes.

 

Takao Murase's Animation-illustrated Inner World of Image-dominated Focusers

We will show Takao Murase's 72 minute video which includes his lecture on Focusing and four animation-illustrated Focusing sessions. The idea of making an animated video about Focusing sessions originated when we wrote the book An Introductory Book on Focusing (in Japanese). We found it very difficult to describe the Focuser's inner experiences, especially ones full of images; we were joking that it was only possible by some imagery means like an animated video. Murase made it a reality, and he also made an English version. Because Mr.Murase's health does not allow him to travel abroad, M.Hikasa and T.Chikada will present the video on his behalf. The video may help you experience what it is like in an image-dominated Focuser's world. 1.5 hrs. Mako Hikasa, Teruyuki Chikada.

 

Exploring Spirituality

Learn to experience your spiritual dimension more fully. Focusing is a powerful tool that can be applied to any religious or spiritual experience to help you work through blocks and find new life-giving connections to spirituality. Exercises will be used to help you explore your spirituality and deepen the meaningfulness of prayer, sacred texts, and spiritual art. A culture-free definition of spirituality will be presented. Elfie will have a book signing of her newly published book, Integrating Spirituality in Counseling, a Manual for Using the Experiential Focusing Method, after the presentation. 3 hrs. Elfie Hinterkopf, PhD.

 

Focusing and Bodywork

Adding bodywork to a Focusing session can enhance the session in many ways. This workshop will address integrating focusing and bodywork including techniques, benefits observed, and ethical considerations. The essence of this workshop will be an opportunity for participants who are already integrating bodywork and Focusing, as well as those who are interested in doing this to come together to share experiences and for us to learn from each other. I will begin with a brief presentation describing the work that I have been doing (energy-oriented bodywork including acupressure, cranial sacral therapy, and chakra balancing work, which are integrated with Focusing). I will then facilitate a discussion of others' experiences, questions, and/or concerns with combining the two modalities. I estimate that the discussion will comprise approximately 2/3 of the session. 1.5 hrs. Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH.

 

The Shadow Side of Focusing

Not all our experiences with Focusing have been happy ones. There are disadvantages as well as advantages to going down the Focusing road. Are there typical dangers to watch out for? Should Focusing carry a warning label? This will be an open discussion to share and explore the shadow side of Focusing. All things in life, and life itself, are made up of opposing qualities: light and dark, yin and yang, etc. Without sadness there can be no joy. Focusing is no different. For the most part, Focusing has been a tremendously positive addition to our lives. However, there are aspects of Focusing, either of the process per se, or of how the process actually occurs - that may range from not entirely positive, to downright troublesome. Here are some examples:

The essence of Focusing is an intimate experience which requires trust on the part of both Focuser and listener. Unfortunately, this trust is not always honored. Examples include:

This discussion will offer a time for participants to present their own ideas about the shadow side of Focusing as they may have experienced it, and for us all to consider preventive steps that we may wish to take. 1.5 hrs, Roundtable. Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH.

 

Finding your way into the Eye of the Hurricane:
Focusing Friendly Tools for Life Balance and management

In the fast-pace of this 90's world, it is easy to lose track of what is truly important in our personal and professional lives. As we struggle to keep up with a growing list of demands and to-do's, we may find that we are not getting to the activities that would give us a greater sense of meaning and satisfaction on a daily basis. Traditional time and life management systems may not appeal to or work for us since they lack a "being with" quality, leave little room for spontaneity and things that occur that are out of our control, emphasize goals and strategies without considering the qualities we would like to experience as we carry through on our action plans, and do not take into account blocks that get in the way of our taking action. This workshop will provide focusing-friendly approaches for life balance and life planning. Participants will learn a process and be given a Life Balance Bookmark tool which when used on a weekly basis will lead to
greater satisfaction, improved results in meeting important life goals, and an enhanced sense of day-to-day balance. This workshop teaches Focusing-oriented exercises that will be useful for working with clients in therapeutic and business settings. 1.5 hrs. Jane L. Hodgetts, MBA.

 

The Integration of Focusing with EMDR and Kabbala Concepts

This session will be a presentation of concepts and exercises from the Kabbala as applied to living forward in one's life through focusing and EMDR. Specific struggles, such as addictive eating, repeated relationship difficulties, and identity and esteem issues will be addressed. This workshop will include experiential exercises toward living the life you envision. 1.5 hrs. Bonnie Holstein, PsyD.

 

'97 International Factorial Study of Listening/Guiding Activities

At the '97 international, five of us conducted a factorial study of various combinations of two listener/guide activities: 1) summarizing empathic reflections at the end of the session, and 2) inviting the focuser to ask the felt sense for an action step near the end of the session. Questionnaires were given after the sessions, which produced outcome measures. The design and results will be explained, and participants will have a chance to use the better combinations of these two activities in dyadic focusing exchanges. 1.5 hrs. James R. Iberg, PhD.

 

Report of a Pilot Outcome Study with Four Focusing-Oriented Therapists

Four focusing oriented therapists administered the OQx-45.2, and two new paper and pencil measures of experiencing over several months with 38 clients. Preliminary result will be described and next steps laid out, in hopes of generating interest to participate in the next stage of research on outcome in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. 1.5 hrs. James R. Iberg, PhD.

 

The Zone Diet: a Diet You Can Evaluate Experientially

Jim has been eating to stay in the Zone (as described by Dr. Barry Sears in his book Enter the Zone: a Dietary Roadmap , 1995) for almost two years. In this workshop, the basic theory of this diet will be explained, as will how to estimate the "zone-favorable" proportions to eat in any meal you are served. The effects of eating this way are evident to a focuser in the hour or two after a meal, since you can tell by the alertness, clarity of mind, and bodily energy quality (or problems with these) whether what you ate or drank last was balanced in terms of protein and carbohydrate. Longer term experiential effects I have experienced are a reduction in blood pressure, improvements in triglyceride and cholesterol levels, lowered sleep requirements, and improved physical flexibility. 1.5 hrs. James R. Iberg, PhD.

 

Organizing to Combat Managed Care

The past several years have seen huge growth in business developments reputed to "manage" the administration of health care to make it more cost efficient. Many psychotherapy providers have found and continue to find these developments undesirable and problematic ethically and in terms of the efficient provision of quality psychotherapy. I have been developing a structure for a quality management company which offers an alternative to the presently available options. If you have concerns in this area, I would like to have a discussion with you about my plans. 1.5 hrs. James R. Iberg, PhD.

 

Solution-Oriented Focusing in Therapy:
A Marriage of Models

There has been a growing movement toward more constructive, solution-based approaches to creating change and movement in psychotherapy, especially in the field of Brief Therapy. This workshop will present leading edge material, demonstrating how the Focusing process integrates quite naturally into a Solution-oriented direction. Discussion, case examples, and experiential exercises will help to highlight the fundamentals of combining these two very powerful models. 3 hrs. Bala Jaison, PhD, & Glenn Fleisch.

 

Focusing and Hospital Care

In developing a clinical training program for hospital chaplains and pastoral care providers, focusing has been integrated into the curriculum in a creative way. I will lay out the medical context and the interfaith context in which focusing is being taught to students in this 12-week training program, highlighting the hospital's "fertile ground" for natural conversations between one's mind, one's body and one's experience with the Holy. I present this workshop in part for the purpose of seeking others' experience and thoughts in response to my format for introducing focusing into a health care setting. As a former patient: Does this fit for those of you who have experienced being a hospitalized patient? As a former student: When you have been in a training environment, how has focusing helped to optimize your learning? As a trainer: How might you contribute to this format for teaching focusing which would enhance its effectiveness? 1.5 hrs. John C. Grindler Katonah.

 

Letting the Dream Continue: Focusing in Everyday Life

I hope to demonstrate by teaching and examples the search for congruence in my own life and how focusing and dreamwork have been of real benefit: how our dreaming body-personality presents the challenges of becoming more focused in our everyday lives. I will use a brief "River of life" exercise for participants. There will be a time for questions and discussion when we can exchange stories and experiences. And finally, I would like to discuss the ethics of self-care and "the politics of giving focusing away." I will share some new insight in relation to how we, as focusers, need to take on board the issue of taking care of ourselves. 1.5 hrs. Anne Kelly.

 

Ties That Bind, Ties That Heal -
Using Focusing to Heal and Deepen Relationships

After presenting some exciting, cutting-edge research which documents the health benefits of being socially connected (and the health risks of being isolated), we will explore, through a structured Focusing exercise our personal social network. Then we'll each choose one or two specific significant relationships and, through guided Focusing questions, will explore how each might be repaired or enriched. The emphasis of this workshop will be on inner work, but there will be opportunities to share in pairs for those who wish. 1.5 hrs. Joan Klagsbrun, PhD.

 

Changing the Unchangeable:
Deep Change Through Long Term Focusing Projects

This workshop is about changing something that has been around for a long time and defied your attempts to change it. Kinds of issues include: difficult to change relationship or career patterns, stubborn depression and anxiety disorders, obsessions/addictions that persist, integrity issues, adult development, physical conditions, and spiritual blocks. I will interweave experiential examples of the work into the presentation. Special emphasis this time will be on bias control. 3 hrs. Robert L. Lee, PhD.

 

What is Spiritual about Focusing?

Dr. Gendlin's theory of focusing has activated many different approaches of bringing focusing into the lives of people. Research that has been done by Dr. McMahon and Dr. Campbell in what they named the "Bio-Spiritual approach to Focusing" has taken a direction that has incorporated Dr. Gendlin's theory of focusing fully, but has gone a step further to illuminate and include the spirituality of the body, that has been excluded from many religious practices. In this presentation I will introduce some of the methods and styles that are specific to the Bio-Spiritual approach to Focusing, with emphasis on the "Caring Feeling Presence" and "The Space for Grace -The Art of Waiting." The presentation will include several clips from videos as well as experiential group exercise. 1.5 hrs. Nada Lou.

 

The Processes of Inner War and Impasse

We will be looking at patterns of process within areas of life that are characterized by the experience of stuckness and inner conflict. We have been able to differentiate 6 levels and 3 phases of process that can allow us to more confidently move from the upper levels to the deep core level within any problem. We will explore the process of impasse and investigate how to identify the factors involved in this situation of stuckness. This work forms a map that helps us to see the underlying processes in such overtly different areas as action blocks, depression and addictions. In this presentation we will give an overview of the work, demonstration and opportunity for discussion. 3 hrs. Barbara McGavin & Ann Weiser Cornell.

 

Creating Love through Compassionate Awareness™

Compassionate Awareness™ is a form of meditation which involves turning toward yourself and others with loving compassion while paying attention to the Inner Life. Tears of "being touched" and "being moved" serve as the body's guide to each individual's deepest meanings and most heartfelt path. Compassionate Awareness™ creates feelings of love and empathic bonding which heal the Soul, restore intimacy and sensuality in relationships, and build community. Participants will use Compassionate Awareness™ to focus upon something in their life. In sharing their experience in pairs, they will learn, as listeners and as focusers, to bring Compassionate Awareness™ to the tender new meanings which begin to emerge. Participants will be helped to pay special attention to the feelings of love and self-love which accompany heartfelt sharing. 1.5 hrs. Kathy McGuire-Bouwman, PhD.

 

Focusing and the "Power" Therapies

While research is needed to prove what look to be dramatic effects, the attention of medical and psychological science is being captured by approaches which work with the "body,"such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Thought Field Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques™. Focusing has always been a "body-based" therapy and has always, in the experience of we who practice focusing-oriented therapy, produced results much more dramatic than "just talking" therapy. What is the relationship between focusing, EMDR, TFT, and EFT? How are they similar/different? How can knowledge of focusing therapy integrate with and enhance the application of these new "power" therapies? Without claiming to be an expert in the new techniques, Dr. McGuire will demonstrate Focusing Therapy, EMDR, and EFT with audience volunteers and lead a discussion on inter-relationships. Other focusing-oriented therapists who are specialized in one of the power therapies would be welcome to participate. If others have submitted similar proposals, we could combine into a three-hour panel with demonstrations. 1.5 hrs. Kathy McGuire-Bouwman, PhD.

 

Focusing and Spirituality

A panel of representatives from several traditions will respond to the following questions: 1) how do you define spirituality, 2) what is at the heart or core of your spiritual path, 3) how does focusing fit with, enhance, or deepen your spiritual path and practice, 4) how does your spiritual path or practice fit with, enhance, or deepen your focusing, 5) have you noticed any changes in your spiritual practices since you began focusing. After responding to these questions, the panel will open to questions from the floor. 1.5 hr Roundtable. Mary Melady, OSB, DMin, moderator.

 

Exhilaration, Triumph, and Other Thrills

The Buddha said every lifetime has a thousand sorrows and a thousand joys, but in your Focusing lifetime, have you explored your delights as frequently as your difficulties? Could this be the time for you personally, as well as the opportunity for the world of Focusing, to extend Focusing practices into the emerging frontiers of inspired consciousness? This presentation will look at a way to begin by inquiring into some qualities of awareness that can emerge when you acknowledge the repercussions of your simplest (and most complex) moments of creativity. There will be some lecture, a group focusing experience, and discussion. 1.5 hrs. Paula A. Nowick, EdD.

 

Interactive Focusing -
The Focusing Way to Living and Loving Your Relationships

The goal of this workshop is to bring you in touch with what is meaningful and vital for building and enriching important relationships. You will learn Interactive Focusing, a technique developed by Janet Klein, which brings the principles of Focusing to relating in daily interactions. Through experiential exercises, you will learn and practice the power of listening from a felt sense (your inner body wisdom). The power of Interactive Focusing will offer you a fresh approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution. We intend for each one of you to create a gentle, caring, and supportive climate; to listen to your core self and to your partner; and to enrich the quality of your life together. No prior knowledge of Focusing is necessary to attend. 3 hrs. Haim & Atsmaout Perlstein, PhD; Pat & Rob Berry, PhD.

 

Dealing with Anger Compassionately

Anger is a major detractor from love, health and peacefulness. Anger is known to be a precursor of several diseases. Anger when not expressed can become a habit; a repetitive and choiceless way of living resulting in alienation from self and others. We will explore different ways of expressing anger fully in a life enhancing manner. Using skills and tools of meditation, focusing, and compassionate communications (Marshall Rosenberg), we will learn to express anger compassionately without feeling guilty or blamed. 1.5 hrs. Hemlata Pokharna, PhD.

 

Natural Painting Workshop

With brush in hand and paint beckoning, we take the plunge into the void of the white paper allowing the felt sense to guide choices in color, and imagery. The creative flow is encouraged by daring to paint what the critic may edit, acknowledging and allowing what's there, by giving it form in paint. Awareness is constantly being directed from the body to brush as it touches the paper. Questions are asked that elicit the "imagemaker," and avoid the critic. Participants are asked to drop their aesthetic preconceptions and follow the images as they come from the felt sense, thus encouraging a powerful flow of creativity to be set free. Shifts are experienced as images appear surprising the painter with their own process and meaning, leaving the judging mind behind. This is for the novice and experienced artist alike, those who wish to enhance their creativity in any arena. Go away with renewed energy and excitement about the creative process. Wear paint clothes. 3 hrs. Debra Purdy.

 

Invoking the Sacred: Focusing, the Buddha, Jung, and Healing

I will present a synthesis of all that invokes the sacred in the healing process. Participants are invited to experience how the Buddha, Jung, and Gendlin, et.al.'s work is about the Self as Healer. There are too many myths about how these three disciplines are mutually exclusive. Participants will experience for themselves, the commonalities of sacredness/healing that they share. The workshop was conceived as a way to bring more learning about Jungian and Buddhist psychotherapeutic techniques to people devoted to Focusing. Through a combination of experiences, discussions and lectures, the richness of invoking the sacred in healing everything from spiritual to emotional to physical traumas, participants will broaden their ability to see the commonalities rather than the differences in these three approaches. 3 hrs. Lyly Rojas De Knaus, Dr.

 

Functions of Gesture in Focusing

Gesture co-occurs with speech in the utterances of the felt sense, contributing an insight distinct from words. Gesture dramatically expresses the felt shift. We tend to neglect gesture in our playback and thus miss important information about inner feeling. On this occasion, I wish to demonstrate - with the help of volunteers from the group - how powerfully gesture contributes to the felt meaning of our focusing experiences. 1.5 hrs. H. Jay Shaffer.

 

The Pacific Centre for Focusing and its Aboriginal Focus Programme

We develop training programmes in Post Traumatic Stress and Focusing skills for the most "seasoned" counselors in remote aboriginal communities in Canada. This and other activities of our centre will be described and discussed. 1.5 hrs. Shirley Turcotte, RCC.

 

Where's the "Community" in the Focusing Community?

Focusing is an intensely individualistic undertaking. In the language of quantum physics, focusing is an activity of the individual as particle. We also function as a wave, a part of a cohesive whole in which we are affecting each other intensely all the time. Dialogue and community building approaches focus on individual process as part of a wave phenomenon. This presentation uses the tools of focusing and the dialogue process to create a group experience that will help us explore our differences, our similarities, our frustrations and dreams about the focusing community. We'll question our sense of belonging, cohesiveness, and support that we experience with our fellow focusers. Through our own inquiry and courage to speak our truth, we may even stumble upon a sense of "community." 3 hrs. Kay Vogt.

 

When the Felt Sense Says Goodbye to Focusing

Focusing is our wonderful tool to overcome separation and come in contact with the whole. With Focusing we get in touch with our real self. Once we have experienced Focusing, it may guide us through life in a soft and safe way. During the years we become stronger, braver, less anxious and less hypersensitive through that fact. Focusing minimizes the pain by the small steps. But the moment may come where we don't need Focusing to regulate the pain in the felt sense - we may stand the felt sense without symbolization, we live intuitively out of the felt sense without control. "Getting a handle" gives the illusion of control. As long as we don't let go of "handling our life" we may prevent something deeper. In this case a small Focusing step is resistance against a big step growing in the felt sense. In this presentation, these ideas will be elaborated, discussed, and experienced. 1.5 hrs. Agnes Wild-Missong, Dr. Phil.

 

Focusing and the Enneagram -
A Synergy of Two Techniques to Enhance Personal Growth

The Enneagram is old knowledge brought to the West by Gurdjieff, although he never named it. It is based on the seven capital tendencies and their positive alternatives. Scholars are uncovering references and parallels to it in the Kabbala, in Sufi literature, in the history of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Similarities exist in the Nine Hindrances of Yoga. In this workshop, I will demonstrate how Focusing can be synergistically used with the Enneagram to enhance personal growth. I will concentrate on the application of the Focusing Technique to the "Repeating Questions Process" of the Enneagram. After a demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to experience Focusing on the same questions with a partner. 3 hrs. Ian Yeomans.

 

Focusing and Multidimensional Partnership

In a focusing session at the 1993 International, Carol experienced an energetic shift of such magnitude that she recognized it as "other." Gradually, through Carol's resistance, this energy identified itself as Mira, a celestial being , who desired to work in partnership to create an embodied approach to spiritual practice. Together, as MiraCarol, they have developed "SoulBody Work" and give presentations in the metaphysical/New Thought world. In this workshop Carol will share her story and introduce you to Mira, who always has something to say for herself. Finally, they will guide an exercise to support you in connecting with your own multidimensional partners. 1.5 hrs. Carol Bellin.

 

A Public Reading with MiraCarol

Related to Carol's other offering, here MiraCarol will answer individual questions about embodying spiritual energy and expression. 1.5 hrs. Carol Bellin.

 

Focusing as a Tool to Step into the Fifth Dimension

Since 1983 I've taught Autogenic Training, a method for stress release and for activating self-healing energies. AT was founded in 1929. I developed a method which works in four levels of ourselves: the physical, the etheric, the mental, and the emotional body. I felt that Focusing helped to build up a new deep trust in my AT clients. After working with Reiki I came in contact with another level in healing processes. It opened into a dimension with beautiful healing light-energy, which I named Angels. And there is more, of which we don't know at this time. In this workshop, I will try to let you feel the four dimensions in a body as whole. Then we will try to open our wonderful inner consciousness into love and light. What will happen is an inner healing process between all members of the group. 1.5 hrs. Beatrice Zappe.


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