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Supervising The Focusing-Oriented Therapist

Supervising The Focusing-Oriented Therapist

Greg Madison, PhD

teaches Focusing therapy internationally at university graduate programs and training institutes and also maintains a private practice as a psychologist and existential psychotherapist. Greg is an experienced clinical supervisor and emphasises the therapeutic relationship and existential themes in his work.

A Yearlong International Interactive Webinar
taught by Dr. Greg Madison

Starting Saturday, December 5, 2015

As a Focusing-oriented Psychotherapist, you know that maintaining a Focusing stance during sessions can be challenging at times. We can resort to theory, techniques (even Focusing) in order to feel secure or to put a barrier in between our clients and ourselves. In our efforts to maintain an open attitude of un-knowing, being open to what is wanting to emerge in the therapy relationship, it is helpful to have a supervisor who knows about the values and sensitivities of a Focusing approach. In this course, you will learn: a simple model of effective supervision; how to maintain a Focusing attitude as a supervisor, and how to encourage your supervisees to stay with the murkiness, even when the client is eager for answers. Readings will be stimulating and helpful; instruction will be tailored to the needs of the group; and you will have the chance to partner with fellow students between modules to practice your supervision skills.

Who should attend

This course is intended for those Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists who are certified by The Focusing Institute as FOT's and who seek training in how to supervise other FOT's. Others who work in similar capacities (such as clergy or coaches) who would like to take the course may request permission of the instructor.

A register of graduates of this course will be made available on the website of The Focusing Institute and the International Association of FOTs so that any therapist seeking FOT supervision will be able to find it. (Of course, you can choose not to be listed and there are experienced FOT supervisors already who are available as well.)


The course consists of these elements:

(approximately every other month)
The six Saturday modules take place online on the following dates from 10am to 2pm Eastern time (USA). To find the time in your country, this website is very useful: www.timeanddate.com. Please remember that many countries change clocks twice a year, while others do not, which might mean that the time of the meeting is not consistently the same in your country over the course of the year. If you are not in the USA, the same website (www.timeanddate.com) can help you calculate whether the time will be the same for you on each of the six Saturdays.

During the module, there will be some presentation of didactic material, clinical discussions and demonstrations. Then, during class time, you will have time to practice in dyads online or by telephone (according to your preference), and then return to the online seminar to de-brief and discuss learnings.

December 5, 2015

January 30, 2016

April 9, 2016

June 18, 2016

September 10, 2016

October 29, 2016

Assigned readings to be emailed to participants.


Participants will practice together as peer supervisors to one another between modules, at least once per month.


Greg Madison, PhD, teaches Focusing therapy internationally at university graduate programs and training institutes and also maintains a private practice as a psychologist and existential psychotherapist. Greg is an experienced clinical supervisor and emphasises the therapeutic relationship and existential themes in his work with supervisees. Greg is co-editor of the journal Existential Analysis and of the book Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy, and Dialogue. He is also author of the book The End of Belonging and editor of two recent texts, Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Beyond the Talking Cure and Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Innovative Theory and Applications. Greg divides his time between his home in Brighton, England and his retreat in Andalucia, Spain. As a Canadian living abroad, he has a personal and research interest in what it is like to live as a foreigner and the experiences of feeling 'at home/homeless' and what it means to belong in the world.


Note: The language of instruction is English.

$1,500 early bird until September 30, 2015
$1,800 beginning October 1, 2015

How to register:
Online Register online (below)
By phone: call (845) 480-5111
By check: mail your check (USD only) to:
The Focusing Institute, 15 N. Mill St., Suite 210, Nyack, NY 10960, USA.

Payment arrangements: Payment plans can be arranged. For more information, call Elizabeth Cantor at (845) 480-5111.

Member discount: Members of the Institute who have paid 2015 dues receive $25 off the total cost of tuition.

Limited registration: Registration is limited to 16 participants. Please register early.

Registration deadline: Registration closes at midnight on October 15, 2015.


The quality of the online audio depends upon no distracting noises coming from any computer. For that reason, each students is required to have and use a headset (not just earbuds) for each class.

Sessions will be recorded for use only by members of the course and the teacher.

There will be a maximum of 16 students in the class.

A student may only miss one session, and will be expected to watch the video of the session missed and make up the dyad work.


Refund policy: Refund policy: A full refund minus a $150 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel by August 10, 2015. Cancellations after August 10, 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.

For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org or (845) 480-5111
For questions about course content: Greg Madison at info@gregmadison.net

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