Sharing Diversity/Building Community
A First World Conference on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies
Sponsored by The Focusing Institute and
International Association for Focusing Oriented Therapists (IAFOTs)
November 12 - 15, 2009
November 11 Pre-Conference Day
at Stony Point Center Stony Point, New York
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We warmly invite all psychotherapists and counselors
to attend the first World Conference on Focusing Oriented Psychotherapies
with the theme of Sharing Diversity/Building Community. The conference will
take place on November 12th -15th 2009, from 1:30 on Thursday, November 12
to after lunch on Sunday, November 15 with 2 Pre-Conference workshops on
Wednesday, November 11 in the afternoon and Thursday, November 12 in the
morning. The conference will take place at Stony Point Center N.Y
CEUs for social workers and CEs for psychologists will be available.
What is Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy?
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy (FOT) is an emerging family of
experiential psychotherapies based on the pioneering work of Eugene Gendlin.
In empirical studies, Gendlin and colleagues found that clients who
succeeded in therapy were those who regularly paused and listened inwardly
to a murky 'felt sense' of their situation found beneath known feelings and
thoughts. Gendlin's philisophical work explicates how the ‘felt sense’
carries a complexity that cannot be grasped by the analytic mind alone --
and from which fresh new steps of change can emerge. The Focusing-Oriented
psychotherapist learns many ways to facilitate the Focusing process and
works with a range of therapeutic issues such as medical illness,
personality disorders, anxiety, and crisis. One of the strengths of
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy is that it can be integrated with other
therapeutic approaches because it opens up each method’s potential. For
example, FOT has been integrated with brief, solution-focused therapy,
family systems psychoanalysis, dream work, body work, and existential
therapies. Focusing represents a significant advance in psychotherapy and
has earned Gendlin three awards for his work from The American Psychological
Please join us in celebrating the richness of the Focusing tradition as it
has been creatively integrated into the way we practice psychotherapy. At
this community gathering, we will be learning, reflecting,
cross-fertilizing, mentoring, relaxing and enjoying the company of our
colleagues. There will be intensive morning study groups, many shorter
presentations in the afternoons, and opportunities for Focusing
partnerships, peer supervision and time for fun each evening.
New to Focusing: If you are a psychotherapist
or counselor new to Focusing, we will have a level one training designed for
Pre-Conference Workshops will take place Wednesday
November 11th: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and Thursday, November 12th: 9:30 AM –
The Conference will begin after lunch on
Thursday and end on Sunday at 2:30 PM.. Please come and register between
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM if you would like to attend the Afternoon Presentation
which begins at 1:30 PM. It will be possible to buy lunch for a nominal fee.
Registration will be open all day Thursday for those
who are unable to arrive for the 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Presentations –
you will have a choice of many presentations. There will be a choice of a
second Afternoon Presentation beginning at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. (See below for
sample of these presentations). Afternoon presentations of 90 minutes each
will continue on Friday and Saturday.
On Thursday we will have a wine reception before
dinner and a welcoming evening program, where we will come together as a
community – followed by some optional dancing. On Friday evening we will
have a coffeehouse and on Saturday, the Focusing Follies.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning, we will have
Study Groups. You will be asked to select your first and second choice.
On Sunday morning we hope to have Gene Gendlin from
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
|Finding a Way Home: Working Safely with Complex
This introductory workshop will provide both theory and experiential
ways of beginning to understand how the body holds trauma memory.
Participants will learn how to safely use Focusing Oriented Therapy to build
the clients observer self, notice regression, and begin to build awareness
of the body’s non-verbal cues.
||Leslie Ellis, M.A., RCC,
FOTT is a psychotherapist, focusing trainer and
writer based in North Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate
Institute and a Certifying Coordinator with The Focusing Institute.
Alexis Phillips and Shaun Phillips are a sister and brother team. They have been using Focusing Oriented Therapy for over a decade and have specialized training in PTSD and Complex Trauma, under the Supervision of Shirley Turcotte (R.C.C.).
Alexis Phillips, M.A., R.C.C., is a registered clinical counsellor working in community and agency counselling and private practice on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada. She has been using Focusing Oriented Therapy for twelve years and is a certifying coordinator with the Focusing Institute. Alexis also provides clinical training in Focusing and Complex Trauma and has worked in collaboration with agencies such as the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Her research on trauma recovery has been published in the Journal of Counselling & Development.
Shaun Phillips, B.Ed., R.P.C., is a registered professional counsellor, Focusing oriented therapist and trainer and Focusing coordinator in training. Shaun works in private practice and is currently working on his Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Over the past ten years Shaun has been developing a program used in elementary schools called Youth for a Just Society- Our Voices: The power for Change. This unique process integrates curriculum, the arts and Focusing techniques to engage young learners and address trauma.
Your Life as a Therapist
The aim of this session is to speak freshly from our deepest places
about our lives as psychotherapists. How do we hold the vast complexity
– the startling, the extraordinary, the dark- that emerges within us as
well as in our clients within the greater context of our personal lives?
Many of our most difficult or transcendent moments may occur within
therapy relationships. These experiences live inside us in ways we
cannot easily share. This situation goes beyond the frequent admonition
that therapists should not “take their work home”.
Through readings, individual and group focusing, I invite you to
share how you live with the natural experiential intermingling of your
life and work. The two-part structure of the sessions will allow each of
us to take in the theme and see what wants to be noticed. Some may
choose to share, some to capture in brief writing, others in focusing
My paper “One Therapist’s Travel Log” is highly recommended to enrich
your experience of the session. I strongly encourage you to find time to
read it before the session. Email and hard copies will be available upon
request at pre-registration. Yet, if you would like to join us, and are
unable to do the reading, you will be most warmly welcomed.
||Joan Lavender, Psy.D. is a clinical
psychologist and Relational Focusing-Oriented psychoanalyst with extensive
experience as a clinician, supervisor, teacher and author. Her earliest
training in dance/nonverbal behavior and Experiential Focusing theory and
method serve as a unique perspective that unifies all of her clinical work.
Morning Study Groups:
Introduction to Focusing Study Group
Our three morning meetings will offer practitioners new to Focusing a basic
understanding and experience of “felt sensing” and the and of symbolizing
that comes from it. We will demonstrate and discuss the experiential
Focusing process that is now considered to be the crux of therapeutic change
and forward movement in psychotherapy.
||Charlotte Howorth, LCSW, is a psychotherapist
and supervisor in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and in Manhattan working with
individuals, couples, families and groups. She is also the Clinical Director
of a social services Agency in Manhattan, a lecturer in Social Work at
Columbia, NYC, is on faculty for the FORP Program in both NYC and South
Africa, as well as being a Certified Focusing Trainer.
||Janet Pfunder is a therapist and supervisor in
Park Slope, Brooklyn, in private practice since 1978, and a Certified
Focusing Trainer. In addition to teaching Focusing, she leads dream groups,
creativity workshops, and Sufi workshops.
Finding Doorways to Spirituality in Psychotherapy
Many aspects of the Focusing process can move clients in the direction
of greater wholeness, and toward a deeper connection with their
spirituality. Through experiential exercises, case studies, reflection and
discussion, we will explore how Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy can open
doorways to the spiritual; while profoundly affecting both client and
||Doralee Grindler Katonah, Psy.D., M.Div.
is Adjunct Faculty at the American School of Professional Psychology,
Chicago, is a certifying coordinator for The Focusing Institute, and has
been practicing as a Focusing-Oriented psychotherapist for over 30
years. She has taught and published about Focusing-Oriented
Psychotherapy and it’s applications to Mind/Body Medicine and Spiritual
Development. Doralee is a practitioner and lay teacher of Soto Zen
||Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D. is a long time Certifying
Coordinator for the Focusing Institute, has been; practicing as psychologist
in private practice, training Focusing-Oriented Therapists and teaching
graduate students in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University for over 30
years. Joan's current passion is exploring how Focusing enhances health and
wholeness. She has held the vision of this conference for many years.
Working Directly with the Body in Focusing-Oriented
Therapy: Wholebody Focusing as a Pathway for Transforming Trauma
In this study group, we will present and experience the main skills of
Wholebody Focusing (Kevin McEvenue) that form the foundation for a
body-centered FOT. The core tool is Focusing from Wholebody Presence as a
vehicle for reversing the human stress response and for deep listening to
the body’s inner wisdom. We will also explore how the WB process activates
life energy to unwind trauma and chronic patterns through inner-directed
movement, gestures, posture, sensory awareness and direct experiencing &
outward expressing of felt senses.
||Glenn Fleisch, Ph.D., MFT, has been a
psychotherapist for 30 years. He has been integrating Wholebody Focusing
into FOT, specializing in unwinding of trauma, stress and addictions. In
addition, Glenn co-teaches (with A. W. Cornell) a two-year training
program in FOT, and offers his own training in WBF.
||Karen Whalen, Ph.D. is a Clinical
Therapist and Focusing Coordinator in Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. She
trains Health Care professionals in Wholebody Energy Focusing and
|Integrating Experiential and Brief Therapy: Moving
Clients from Insight to Change
Some clients are natural Focusers – others are not. Some clients
have the funds for long-term therapy – some don’t. There are ways to
work more briefly – yet deeply. We will explore, through demos,
role-plays and animated discussion the very best of (Brief) Solution
Oriented and (Experiential) Focusing Oriented Therapy with an emphasis
on "how to" so that participants can immediately and practically use and
enrich the client's therapeutic experience. Come prepared with your most
||Bala Jaison, Ph.D., author of Integrating
Experiential and Brief Therapy: How to do Deep Therapy - Briefly and How
to do Brief Therapy – Deeply, is a psychotherapist, workshop leader,
Director of Focusing For Creative Living in Toronto and a Certifying
Coordinator for The Focusing Institute. She writes extensively on the
clinical applications of Focusing in therapy and is co-editor of the
Folio, the academic journal for The Focusing Institute.
Focusing Oriented Therapy with Anxiety, Depression. Obsession,
Disassociation, Rage, and Terror
How can Focusing be used effectively in psychotherapy when the Focusing
classical method of guiding might, for example, increase an anxious person’s
anxiety or further overwhelm a depressed person This workshop will
demonstrate how even with these complicated and intense issues there are
ways to use Focusing to move the psychotherapy process forward.
||Robert L. Lee, Ph.D. has developed a new
model for teaching focusing (Domain Focusing), as well as a theory and
practice for change on the macro level (Changing the Unchangeable). His
comprehensive practice encompasses working with difficulties in felt
sense formation (Elusive Felt Sensing), special methods for using
focusing in couples' and group therapy, and working with difficult
feelings (depression, anxiety, terror, rage)
The New Us-Working with the Therapy Relationship
Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy (F.O.R.P.) emphasizes the
development of a new relatedness which births and articulates a new sense of
self. The understanding that we are our interactions, calls us to attend to
the particularity of the therapeutic exchange, its implicit meanings,
strivings, obstacles and moments of development. Through discussion, role
play, demonstrations and other didactic and experiential processes we will
explore questions such as “How do we use our felt sense to carry forward the
therapeutic relationship itself?”
||Lynn Preston, M.A., M.S. is a focusing oriented
psychoanalyst for over thirty years, is the Director of the New York
Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy (F.O.R.P.) Program, Co-Director
of the Capetown F.O.T. Training, and Director of the New York Training and
Research Institute for Self Psychology (T.R.I.S.P) evening program. She has
written several articles about focusing and relationality in psychotherapy
and has a special interest in experiential teaching and supervision.
Focusing and Your World Voice: Coming from the
Do you want to speak to a wider audience than yourself about something you
know deeply coming from your therapeutic work? This short study group will
help you take your knowing to the next level by developing it into a project
appropriate to your situation with the aid of the felt-sense and selected
TAE steps. No research or project planning experience required!
Kevin C Krycka, Psy.D. is the director of the Master of Arts in
Existential-phenomenological Psychology program at Seattle University. For
over 20 years Kenvin has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on
Gendlin’s philosophy and his two practices (Focusing and TAE) while
developing a new approach to phenomenological qualitative research which he
calls the Immediacy Model.
Afternoon Presentations include:
- Authentic Movement and Focusing Workshop with Aileen Crow
- 'Being and Awareness' in FOT and the Meditative Path - Astrid
- Body Dreams - Barbara Chutroo, LCSW, CASAC
- Capacity for Rest and Sleep: The Foundation for a Balanced Life -
Susan Rudnick, CSW & Robin Kappy, LCSW
- Crossing Eastern Concepts with Implicit - Yasuhiro Suetake, Hiroki
Sakuramoto, Kumie Osako, Yoshihiko Morotomi, Tadayuki Murasato, Satoko
- Dancing with the Implicit: Engaging Playful and Creative Processes
in Therapy - Andrew Fieleke, M.A., LMHC and Sophie Glickson, LMHC
- Deepening Resonance - Serge Prengel, LHMC
- Dream Appreciation: A Crossing of Eugene Gendlin and Montague Ullman
- Janet Pfunder
- Embracing the Therapist Path as a Spiritual Journey - Susan Rudnick,
C.S.W. and Ruth Rosenblum, LCSW
- Felt Sense Overload: The Process of Emptying the Vicarious Tank -
Alexis Phillips, M.A., R.C.C. and Shaun Phillips, B.Ed., R.P.C.
- Focusing and Drumming: Tools for Self-Soothing and Transformation -
Lillian Sober-Ain, Ph.D.
- Focusing for Chronic Pain in the 21st Century - Chel Merraro, M.A.,
- FOT for Eating Disorders - Mako Hikasa
- FOT with Trauma-Clients: Between Symbolic and Pre-Symbolic Processes
- Ton Coffeng, MD
- Focusing with Persons with Cancer - Diane Bourbonnais, Ph.D.
- Focusing on Positive Emotions - Carlos Alemany, Ph.D.
- From Loneliness to Solitude: Deadends, Disassociation and
Reassociation - Sharron Kaplan
- Getting to the Heart of it: Working with Recurrent Issues and Themes
in FOT - Helene Brenner, Ph.D.
- Healing Hurting Places - Charles Herr, Ph.D.
- Heart-Oriented Focusing - Jane Umanoff, LCSW
- Implicit Relational Intricacy in Group Process - Charlotte Howorth,
- Infidelity in Service of the Spirit's Quest for Transformation -
Atsmaout Perlstein, Ph.D.
- Jungian Dreamwork and Focusing - Leslie Ellis, M.A., RCC
- Look Who is Coming to Therapy: Making Space for Uninvited, Reluctant
and Critical Aspects of Self -
Jude Cobb, Ph.D. and Anne Shollar, LSCW-R
- Mother-Child Bonding in the Womb Case Study; and Life-Affirming
Exercise - Wendi S. Maurer, Ph.D.
- Ontological Focusing and Coaching: the horizontal change - Edgardo
- Practice-relevant Focusing-oriented Research: An Invitation - Jim
- Resonance, the Shift and the Healing Process - Lanie Kagan, MACP
- Supervision:Focusing on the Sounds of One Hand Clapping - Graham
- The Felt Sense as the Bridge to Body, Mind and Affect - Liora
- The Implicit Power of the Background Feeling in Focusing - Marine de
- The Psychotherapy Group as "A Relational Guest House" - Calliope
If you are a Focusing Trainer or Trainer-in-Training, you can also
attend the Advanced
Weeklong: Clear Paths for Focusing Professionals, Nov 14-20, at the same
location. The first day of that workshop and the last day of the this
conference are designed to overlap, bringing more richness and crossing to
Conference Fee: $450
Pre-Conference Sessions: $125
(Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning)
If you are a full time graduate student, please call
Melinda Darer: 845-362-5222 to discuss tuition options.
You will receive a $25 discount if you have paid 2009 Focusing Institute
professional dues. Please contact Melinda Darer:
845-362-5222 if this applies to you.
Plus room and board:
Room and board costs include lodging, 3 meals a day, plus welcome reception
and evening wine and cheese.
Single: $145 night - Wednesday arrival: $580 or Thursday arrival: $435
Double: $105 night - Wednesday arrival: $420 or Thursday arrival: $315
Transportation: Stony Point can pick you up at the airport for a fee.
Please contact Pam at the Stony Point Transportation Office: 845-786-5674,
Travel information will be included in your confirmation letter which will
include directions for those who
are driving and public transportation information from New York City.
Stony Point Center is nestled in the Lower Hudson River Valley, between New
York City and West Point.
$150 administrative fee for cancellation. After September 10, all fees are
nonrefundable except in unavoidable emergency.
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