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Two Year Focusing On-line Interactive Certification Program

With Charlotte Howorth, LCSW, and International Guest Teachers

Start Date: Sunday September 25, 2016. Likely start date either Sat., Sept 24 or Sun., Sept 25.
10 am - 1:45 pm Eastern Time

End Date: Approximately September 2018

Workshops will be conducted using a live video link where students and teacher will be able to see and interact with each other. Each group will be no larger than 10 students.
The video link will be an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device with a camera. Calling in without video is possible but not preferred. Charlotte will send Zoom instructions (simple) in advance of the course.

Who is eligible to take this course?

  • Therapists, Counsellors, Health Care Workers, Professionals of any field interested in incorporating Focusing into your professional work.
  • Individuals interested in deeply learning Focusing for self-study.
  • Individuals who want to train others in Focusing.


One 1-hour INDIVIDUAL session with Charlotte before students start the course.
Ten 3 -hour classes with teachers (approximately monthly)
Ten 2-hour online meetings in smaller groups of approximately 4 students. Here students will do experiential exercises, watch assigned videos, and discuss readings. Most of these meeting will be students alone but some will be facilitated by a Focusing coach.
Two coaching sessions with Focusing certified coach for each Focusing partnership dyad.


Ten 3 -hour classes with teachers (approximately monthly)
Four practice sessions with Focusing-Oriented Therapist (FOT) Charlotte over two weekends.
Ten 2-hour online meetings in smaller groups of approximately 4 students. Here students will do experiential exercises, watch assigned videos, and discuss readings. Most of these meeting will be students alone but some will be facilitated by a Focusing coach.
Six sessions with an FOT supervisor to be paid for in addition to course fees.

Additional requirements over the course period:

Students will maintain a weekly Focusing Partnership during training. Partners will be rotated approximately every three months.
1) Video-taped session with a client.
2) Teach focusing to two or more students over 3 or more sessions and write it up
3) Various readings, videos, audio between classes.
4) Complete six session with a certified focusing supervisor (additional cost).
5) Weekly partnership Focusing in dyads
6) Two coaching sessions in one of your partnerships is with a Focusing coach
There will be opportunities for experiential supervision of work with clients, live demonstrations, and opportunities to practice with both teachers and together in class.
All training and supervision sessions are required. If you have to miss a training, there is a required make-up session with the Program Coordinator Charlotte Howorth at an additional fee.
Completion of the requirements does not automatically lead to certification. Charlotte Howorth and the Trainee must agree on readiness.

Level 1 and Level 2 Introductory classes or equivalent experience. Please contact Elizabeth@focusing.org with any questions.

Program Coordinator and Instructor:

Charlotte Howorth, LCSW (www.howortherapy.com)

  • Teaches and supervises psychotherapists in how to use Focusing in their practice internationally.
  • Is on the faculty of The Relational Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy program headed by Lynn Preston in New York City, where she teaches and supervises psychotherapists taking the program.
  • Has 20 years experience, teaching, counseling, supervising, and writing.
  • Lecturer in Social Work, Columbia University, NY.
  • Clinical Consultant, CHDFS (Center for Human Development and Family Services).
  • Private Practice for adults, children, couples, and families in NY.

Guest Teachers: Greg Madison, PhD, Akira Ikemi, PhD, Lynn Preston, MA, MS, Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, Bala Jaison, PhD, Shaun Phillips, RCC, SFTT, Jim Iberg, PhD, Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, Jim Strohl, PhD (The Focusing Institute reserves the right to make changes and additions to the guest teacher roster.)


Total Fees for 2 year program
  • $4,775 total + $75 annual membership dues as Trainee

Year 1

  • $2035 for 11 teaching sessions. Payment plans are available. Examples: monthly payments, twice a month etc. Note: Payment for the next training day must be paid in advance of the session date. There is currently no additional fee for payment plans.

Year 2

  • $2740 for 13 teaching and practice sessions + $75 annual Trainee Dues. There are 6 supervision sessions with a certified FOT therapist which are an additional cost. You will be provided with a list of therapists who will do this for as little as $70 a session)

Make-up session

  • $200 directly to Instructor

Payment plans are offered, please call Elizabeth Cantor 845-480-5111


Registration may be done on-line below or by calling
The Focusing Institute office at 845-480-5111.
Hours are typically 9:00 5:00 Eastern Standard Time.
The program will be limited to 10 participants. Please register promptly -- we anticipate full enrollment.


Upon satisfactory completion of the program as defined by the Instructor, a participant may request recommendation for certification. Candidates for certification are encouraged to attend The Advanced and Certification Weeklong, an advanced 6-day program offered annually to celebrate, honor and welcome newly Certified Focusing Professionals into the Focusing community while giving them an opportunity to gain advanced skills. If a candidate does not attend the Certification Weeklong, a stand-alone certification fee may be paid.


Refund policy: A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given for cancellations received 60 days prior to the start of the program. Cancellation requests received fewer than 60 days prior to the program are handled on a case-by-case basis. The Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or having the full enrollment fee returned to you.

For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org or (845) 480-5111.
For questions about course content: Charlotte at charlottehoworth@gmail.com

We are re-opening enrollment as we are forming a second group which is also intended to start in September.

Product Code: W-160301-FOC




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