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Meeting at the Edge of Change

We are pleased to offer a new
Two-Year Certification Program
in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT)
Starting Feb 2015 in Maryland

With Helene Brenner, Ph.D. and Larry Letich, LCSW-C

Thirty years before Mindfulness, there was Focusing an article by Larry Letich

Meeting at the Edge of Change I (Core Skills)

Year One: A Seven-month Core Skills Training Program in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT)

Free Information Session!

Friday, Dec 12, 2014
from 12 to 1 PM EST
The Common Market
(in the conference room)
5728 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704

Please RSVP with your name
and contact information to:
or call (240) 315-8100

Focusing-Oriented Therapy starts from the simple premise that there is an understandable reason for every human behavior and emotion. Below the level of words, below even the level of formed thought, we are always reacting and responding to our environment and looking for a way to "move forward," trying to meet our needs and fulfill ourselves as inexorably as a flower turning toward the sun.

Meeting at the Edge of Change I is a seven-month long program to learn both Focusing for yourself, and the core skills of Focusing-Oriented Therapy for working with your clients. It is a journey of discovery into the power of radical acceptance. In this program you will experience how much change can occur by not trying to fix, change or even "correct" anything. You will develop a more accepting and empathic relationship to yourself, your clients and others in your life, and learn to listen and respond to yourself and your clients more deeply than ever.

As you develop the skills to access and give empathic attention to your felt senses and follow them through to resolution, you will begin learning how to apply these skills to the deep interpersonal work of therapy. FOT elicits and creates the "right-brain-to-right-brain implicit communication" that renowned author, neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Dr. Allan Schore calls "a central mechanism of the therapy change process." FOT creates therapeutic moments when cognitive-emotional-neural internal representations and "maps" can be examined and revised, relational patterns can be repaired and new abilities to regulate affect can be developed.

What We Will Be Doing

  • Six workshop days (two two-day workshops and two one-day workshops, a total of 44 hours) over a period of seven months
  • Three two-hour conferences (held either in person or by phone and Skype) scheduled between workshops to discuss the material and any difficulties that may be experienced in applying it.
  • Regular partnering with fellow participants in the program to practice Focusing skills.
  • Ongoing support between classes

About the Presenters

Helene Brenner, Ph.D.

Helene Brenner has worked for more than 25 years as a Focusing-oriented psychologist in private practice, bringing her perspective on Focusing-oriented therapy to a diverse clientele, as well as providing clinical supervision to psychotherapists. As director of Women's Counseling and Psychological Services in Frederick, Md., her work helping women re-discover their true inner knowing and wants became the basis for her book I Know I'm in There Somewhere: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity, co-authored by Larry Letich and published by Penguin (USA) in 2003. In addition, she has been a certified Focusing trainer since 1992 and is a Focusing coordinator for the Washington, D.C. area, directing the Greater Washington Center for Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Therapy (washingtonfocusing.com). She has led numerous Focusing and "Inner Voice" workshops nationally and internationally, including Omega Institute, Kripalu Center and the Washington National Cathedral. She is also on the faculty of Focusing Resources, offering intermediate and advanced telecourses for both beginning and experienced Focusers and mental health professionals with Focusing training. She is known for her warm and compassionate manner combined with an astute and intuitive way of getting to the core of client's and supervisee's issues, while helping them find their authentic voice.

Larry Letich, LCSW-C

Larry is an individual and couples therapist in Frederick and Rockville, Md., co-author of I Know I'm in There Somewhere: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity and a certified Focusing trainer since 1994. He has led numerous Focusing workshops in the Washington D.C. area. He and Helene Brenner are co-ordinators for Focusing in the Washington, D.C. area and are starting the Greater Washington Center for Focusing-Oriented Therapy. Larry is also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and specializes in working with couples and offering a Focusing-oriented approach to working with anxiety, adult ADHD, and male clients.


Year 1 Dates for meetings in Maryland :

Sat. and Sun., February 7 and 8Sat 9:30AM - 5:30PM, Sun 9:30AM - 3:30PM EST
Sat. and Sun., April 18 and 19Sat 9:30AM - 5:30PM, Sun 9:30AM - 3:30PM EST
Sat., June 69:30AM - 5:30PM EST
Sat., Sep 129:30AM - 5:30PM EST

Year 1 Dates for Teleconferences:

Friday, Mar 13 12:30PM - 2:30PM EST
Friday, May 8 12:30PM - 2:30PM EST
Friday, July 1712:30PM - 2:30PM EST


The training program will be held in either Frederick or Montgomery County, Maryland, exact location TBD.

Meeting At the Edge of Change II (Training for Certification)

Year Two (Dates TBD): Training for Certification in Focusing-Oriented Therapy through The Focusing Institute
Pre-requisite: Meeting at the Edge I (Core Skills)

Year Two will consist of 5 one-day workshops and 4 two-hour meetings in person or through telephone and Skype over an eight-month period.

The focus of the year will be on utilizing and including Focusing-oriented methods and concepts in the specific treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions and compulsions, and adult ADHD. It will also center on integrating both attachment theory and a strength-based relational approach into FOT. Case examples and video and audio recordings of therapy sessions will be extensively used, and participants will be requested to bring in their own for discussion. Cross-germination of ideas and approaches from other modalities in which participants have training will be greatly encouraged!

Participants will be required to continue to hone their Focusing and guiding skills through bi-weekly (every other week) partnering with fellow participants.

Participants who have completed the program will be certified as FOT therapists through the Focusing Institute after demonstrating their Focusing guiding skills with a beginning or intermediate Focuser, submitting a video recording of a therapy session where FOT theory and methods were applied, and discussing and writing case studies of two cases where FOT was used.


Registration closes on February 5, 2015.

Tuition Year One:
Meeting on the Edge of Change I (Core Skills): Early bird $1250 until December 17, 2014. Thereafter $1450.

Tuition Year Two:
Training for FOT Certification: $1675 ($1450 for the eight-month program + $225 for the certification process)

Registration for this course is limited.


Refund policy: A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel by January 22, 2015. Cancellations after January 22, 2015 are non-refundable. The Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment (to be determined upon the close of registration) or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or the full enrollment fee will be returned.


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: 50

Article by workshop presenter Larry Letich: Thirty years before Mindfulness, there was Focusing

Product Code: W-150201-MEC



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