CONNECTIONS AND CROSSINGS ACROSS CULTURES
The Advanced and Certification Weeklong
AUGUST 19-25, 2011 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.
The Focusing Advanced and Certification Weeklong is a celebration of your
transition to being a Focusing trainer, therapist, or professional, as well as a
representative of Focusing to the larger world. Each year a unique group of
trainers and trainees attend the Weeklong as the final step of the certification
process. Set in the tranquil and contemplative space of the Garrison Institute
in Garrison, New York, the Weeklong provides the perfect setting in which
certification candidates and other advanced Focusers can deepen their
world/community connections, learn new skills, and launch or reinvigorate their
Imagine coming together as a global community within a safe space,
connecting and communicating across cultures in innovative ways, without
needing to speak the same language... because you know Focusing.
Imagine being inspired and informed by the exciting contributions of
Focusers who are pioneering new applications and audiences for Focusing.
Imagine conversing with Eugene Gendlin and other elders from the
earliest Focusing Community about our history, the evolving vision of
Focusing, and your own questions, concerns and personal vision.
Imagine having space to listen inside to what is emerging in you and
the opportunity to explore your own passions and possibilities for carrying
Focusing forward in your own life.
Imagine fostering your emergent steps in daily practice groups and
workshop and gaining the clarity, confidence, and connections you need to
bring your greatest dreams for Focusing into the world.
HOLDING SPACE FOR CONNECTIONS AND CROSSINGS WORLDWIDE
Focusing lives both underneath cultures and in interaction between them. From
its very beginning, Focusing has attracted people from all over the world. Given
the unique variations in participants' culture and language, the 2011 Advanced
and Certification Weeklong will take a fresh approach that honors our cultural
and linguistic differences while also fostering heart-to-heart connectedness and
finding our common ground in the foundational tenets of Focusing.
FINDING YOUR SPECIAL PLACE IN THE FOCUSING WORLD
Inherent in Focusing is a crossing between our unique bodily implying and our
living context. Our individual work is part of the larger whole. The Weeklong
will provide opportunities to focus about your own growing edge, develop your
unique way of bringing Focusing to the world, and situate your work in the
The Weeklong can launch your work and strengthen the foundation of your
life-long participation in our global Focusing community. At the Weeklong, you
will deepen and learn new skills, connect through common interests, explore
other cultural perspectives and build upon the legacy of Focusing and the
Focusing Institute. An international team of multi-cultural Focusing
coordinators with a vast array of skills will facilitate your experience.
At the Weeklong, you will gain:
A deeper understanding of your special place in the ongoing evolution of
Focusing and the worldwide Focusing community,
Knowledge of how to access the many resources available to you through
the Focusing Institute,
Deep and life-long connections to Focusers from around the world who
share your passion and interests and can offer you continuing support and
contact as you take your next steps,
Practical skills to help you to deepen your Focusing practice,
professionally and personally, and
A sense of clarity and confidence about how you, in your own way and
context, can offer your own gift of Focusing to the world.
The Weeklong is a special time to reflect on your journey as a Focusing
professional and mark a rite of passage as you are welcomed into the
international Focusing community. We hope you will join us for this special
2011 WEEKLONG THEME
CONNECTIONS AND CROSSINGS ACROSS
CULTURES - will bring forward the golden processes from the past
Weeklongs and initiate a new grass-root exploration of what is emerging from
the "global whole of Focusing." New avenues of felt sense communication will
bridge and engage us between and beyond cultural differences.
Teachers of the Advanced and Certification Weeklong:
In keeping with the new vision, this
year's teaching team is a truly international team of five teachers from
parts of the world where Focusing has taken especially firm root:
Nicoletta Corsetti - Italy
Doralee Grindler Katonah - USA
Mako Hikasa - Japan
Catherine Johnson - South Africa
Shaun Phillips - Canada
Nicoletta Corsetti introduced Focusing in Italy
in 2000 and since then she has been devoted to spreading the practice in
her country. She organizes and leads training courses for the general
public and for counselors, psychotherapists, body workers and other
professionals; she also teaches focusing in counseling schools. She has
developed expertise in designing creative and flexible programs to
respond to the needs of people from various backgrounds who work in
different fields. She leads workshops on the applications of Focusing
such as dreams and Interactive Focusing.
Hear about Nicoletta's experiences as an international Focuser at the Weeklong
Doralee Grindler Katonah I was fortunate
to be in Chicago shortly after Focusing was discovered - I went to the
first Changes Group where I learned focusing and listening, I
participated in a study group reading Gendlin's earlier philosophical
work, and began practicing a nascent form of Focusing-Oriented
Psychotherapy as a student at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherrapy
Center founded by Carl Rogers.
Listen to Doralee as she overviews the highlights of the Weeklong and explains why it is such an important and unique event for new trainers, FOTs, and other advanced focusers.
Mako Hikasa is is a clinical psychologist teaching and practicing at
Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan. She was trained as a developmental
psychologist working with handicapped children. In her 30's when she was assigned as a
counselor at a University student counseling center, she started her therapist
training at a person-centered counseling institute, where she came to know
Hear Mako describe what she will be teaching at the Weeklong and her experiences with
cross-lingual Focusing and other significant aspects of the Weeklong program. (7 minutes)
Catherine Johnson is a clinical psychologist and
Focusing-oriented psychotherapist who has recently become the first
Focusing Co-ordinator in Africa. Over the short but intensive time of
her involvement with Focusing since 2004, she has pioneered the
emergence of Focusing community in a country located far from any of the
major Focusing centres. Catherine has gained experience and skills in
teaching Focusing to the general public; teaching Focusing and Focusing
Oriented Therapy to psychotherapists and counselors, and in integrating
Focusing into the practice of psychotherapy.
Hear Catherine describe the Weeklong offerings on Community Wellness Focusing and Focusing Oriented Therapy (6 minutes)
"Over the past two decades there have been two major experiences that
have extended my horizons personally and professionally,
Focusing-Oriented Therapy and my educational journeys into rural areas
across Africa, India, and Canada. I envision the Weeklong as a world
community forum, a safe place to address our sense of cultural
separateness and bridge cultural divides through Focusing. The Weeklong
is an inclusive place for Peoples from all directions to passionately
bring their piece of a larger whole."
Listen to Shaun share his excitement about the Weeklong and his workshops on focusing with complex trauma survivors (4 minutes)
Typically the Advanced and Certification Weeklong has taken place in November. Many people
have requested that we offer this program during the summer so that they could
CE Credits: The Focusing Institute is approved by the American
Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. The Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this
program and its content. CE's awarded participants: 34.
Tuition: $900 (includes Certification Fee)
Tuition Repeating fee or previously paid Certification fee before January
If paid Certification fee after January 2009, please call 845-362-5222 for
your correct tuition.
Room and Board:
$150 administrative fee for cancellation. After June 19 all fees are nonrefundable except in unavoidable emergency.