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.

1952 Focusing begins with the philosophical work of Eugene Gendlin, University of Chicago. He teamed up with psychologist Carl Rogers and later developed Focusing and Experiential/Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy.
1957 The first research on Focusing begins. Eventually, over 100 research studies show Focusing to be a success variable in psychotherapy, and to correlate with personality and physiological measures.
1978 The popular book, Focusing, is written to make Focusing accessible to the public.
1979 The Focusing Institute is established, run by Doralee Katonah Grindler out of the University of Chicago office of Eugene Gendlin, to gather and create resources, and to develop a worldwide teacher training network.  The first "Weeklong" teacher training takes place on the university campus.
1981 The journal, The Folio, is started to communicate developments in Focusing.
1982 Mary McGuire becomes the Director of The Focusing Institute
1985 The Focusing Institute begins offering workshops and publicizing Focusing. This leads to numerous reprints of the book. Over 500,000 copies of Focusing have been printed to date, and the book has been translated into 17 other languages.
1985 The Focusing Institute becomes legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the state of Illinois.  The compilation of research and writings about Focusing applications in medicine, child care, business, writing, the arts, architecture, environmental management, psychotherapy, and child care is undertaken.
1986 Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams published.
1987 The certification of an international network of Focusing teachers begins.
1988 Annual "Internationals" begin to bring together Focusers from all over the world to share developments in Focusing.
1992 Janet Klein becomes Director of The Focusing Institute.
1995 A structure of Certifying Coordinators is developed.  Certifying Coordinators create their own training opportunities, which de-centralized certification and thereby protects diverse ways of teaching.
1995 An international website is created which includes an online bookstore, in-depth publications, related links and referrals to Focusing teachers, therapists, and partners.
1995 The Thinking At the Edge (TAE) method is developed by Eugene Gendlin to make the Philosophy of the Implicit operational.
1996 Mary Hendricks Gendlin becomes Executive Director of The Focusing Institute.
1996 Focusing Oriented Therapy is published.
1997 A Process Model is published.
1997 Eugene Gendlin and Richard Shweder organize the After Postmodernism Conference at the University of Chicago.
1997 An international Focusing e-mail discussion list is implemented. This list is open to anyone. To subscribe, please click here.
2000 Focusing partnerships become accessible via the Focusing Institute website, making it easy and accessible to connect and share information.
2005 The first "Focusing Institute Summer School" takes place in Garrison, New York.
2007 Melinda Darer becomes Managing Director of The Focusing Institute.
2011 Kye Nelson becomes co-Executive Director of The Focusing Institute.
2013 Eugene Gendlin and Mary Hendricks Gendlin resign from the Board of The Focusing Institute.
2014 Catherine Torpey becomes Executive Director of The Focusing Institute. A new Board and an International Leadership Council are formed by means of a nominating process where the whole international Focusing community is invited to submit names.

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Listen to an interview with Catherine Torpey, the Executive Director of The Focusing Institute, discussing Focusing and the work of the Focusing Institute.

 

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