An 8-week interactive online course! (no special computer skill or equipment required)
May 10, 2016
May 10, 2016 through
June 28, 2016
to a maximum of eight participants
Registration closes May 3, 2016
Focusing is a process of allowing what is true for us, at levels deeper than
what might immediately bubble up into conscious awareness. We do this by
becoming aware of our bodies - of what wisdom, or truth, is literally embodied
within us. This is a comprehensive Focusing Basics program that includes an
8 week phone course and a private guided Focusing session by the trainer to be
scheduled prior to the start of the course. You'll gain a basic understanding of
Focusing, and the ability to use Focusing by yourself and with a partner.
What is included?
Individual Guided Focusing session prior to beginning the group course
The course runs for 8 weeks. Each class meets for 2 1/2 hours. Total class time: 20 hours
112 page Training Manual (PDF format)
To optimize learning, classes limited to maximum 8 participants per course
Email support between meetings
Watch this video example of a short Focusing Session with Ruth Hirsch:
"Thank you so very much for an exquisite experience / exploration / introduction into the world of focusing."
"I found the program enlightening and helpful and I so appreciate your relaxed manner and humor!"
"The one to one session gave me a sense of what to expect and reinforced I would be able to focus. It also helped me make a connection with you." Read More Testimonials
"I was a bit skeptical about doing a class via the internet although I have participated in many interactive webinars. The interaction throughout the class was helpful. The practice sessions during and between classes were really helpful. The opening and closing attunements reinforced the process nicely....The assignments and "handouts" are excellent."
"I liked hearing about the others who practice focusing in different ways. Zoom and Skype worked surprisingly well and boosted my confidence in using each modality. I thought the size of the class was about right, although we didn't interact as a group, each individual experience was rich and lively. I'm looking forward to the advanced practice class. Thank you for your work with us."
"Thank you, Ruth for the wonderful class. Your guidance has been filled with compassion and helped me to be more in touch with my felt senses and feelings."
"I'm so grateful for the work you do and for this class. I feel that it is helping me grow quite a bit, and helping me to do the work I need to do. I'm also grateful for our focusing group as everyone provides an encouraging and warm arena for practice. Thank you for the closing session as well, and to bringing more self compassion and kindness to ourselves." Your Time Commitment
One hour for Initial Guided Focusing session with Trainer
20 hours class time
Focusing practice between class sessions- this is up to trainee. Suggested
minimum of one hour each week to optimize learning
Minimal reading assignments- estimated under 30 minutes/week
The course is intended for beginners and therefore there are no
pre-requisites, except that each participant will have a private Guided Focusing
session with the trainer prior to the start of the course. This session is
included in the fee for the program.
The class will meet weekly beginning Tuesdays, May 10, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:30pm Eastern Time
(morning in the Americas; afternoon in Europe/Africa, night in Asia/Australia;
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for your time zone). The course ends on June 28, 2016. Meeting "Place"
Ruth will be using an excellent,
simple-to-use video conferencing service. Details upon registration.
Click here for full description and FAQs About Ruth
Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, CMP (
is a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist and Certified Focusing Trainer. In
teaches and supervises psychotherapists and others in the healing
professions in how to use Focusing in their practice;
has Masters degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health, and is
certified in massage and acupressure therapy, and teaching yoga. She
specializes in teaching Focusing to Healing professionals and all those who
want to make the world a better place;
has over 20 years experience teaching Focusing and using Focusing in her
currently has a private practice where she works in person in Jerusalem,
and internationally via phone and Skype. She has been teaching and working
with clients by phone since 2001;
is on the International Leadership Council of The Focusing Institute.
She specializes in balancing and bringing peace and insight to body, mind,
heart and spirit, and delights in sharing Focusing with others as an individual
life-enhancing practice, and as an adjunct to enhance the work of other healing
Continuing Education Credits
CEUs are available for this course through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider name and number: Ruth Hirsch, PCE 4904.
Tuition: Early Bird $770 until April 26, 2016, $850 thereafter.
Register online (below), or by calling (845) 480-5111, or by mailing a check
(USD only) to The Focusing Institute, 15 N. Mill St., Nyack, NY 10960,
USA. To inquire about payment plans, call Elizabeth Cantor at (845)
: Members of the Institute receive $25
off. If you aren't a member, become one
Member discount here now,
and then choose the member price at registration.
: The workshop will be limited to
8 participants. Please register promptly -- we anticipate full enrollment.
: Ruth will contact you by
email soon after your registration to schedule the one-hour Guided Focusing
Guided Focusing session
THE SMALL PRINT
A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee plus the $125 session fee (if
you've had the one-on-one guided Focusing session) will be given to participants
who cancel one week before the class start date. Cancellations less than one
week before the class start date 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 having the full enrollment fee minus $125 for the one-one session
fee returned to you. For more information:
here for more course details and FAQs
For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at
For questions about course content: Ruth at