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Responding with Focusing Invitations:
Ten Opportunities Clients Present

Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Time
An Online Class Facilitated by Jim Iberg

Part of The Focusing Highlights Series

(no special computer skill or equipment required)

As Gene Gendlin said decades ago, Focusing does not belong to the therapist but “you find it inside you and then it’s yours.”  Over his 44 years of listening to people in psychotherapy, Jim has observed that when Focusing happens, it always seems to help, relieve, and inspire the person talking.  But how can the listener promote Focusing without sacrificing empathy, and also allow the Focuser to own their process?
In this webinar, Jim will describe an idealized Focusing process, and then describe ten things that happen in talk therapy that vary around that idealized process.  Some of these “process events” represent opportunities to support Focusing that is happening. Others represent opportunities to gently invite Focusing when it is not yet happening, such as when the client's inner critic is reacting.

In the later part of the seminar, Jim will invite two participants to have a listening/Focusing exchange, so the rest of the group can observe which of the ten events happen, and discuss what responses might be desirable to invite Focusing. This webinar is open to all.

Times worldwide: Click this link for your time.

Registration closes Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The video link will be an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to hear the class.


Jim Iberg, PhD, MBA learned Focusing at the original Chicago Changes Group in the early 1970s. Shortly after, he transferred from studying business to psychology to work with Eugene Gendlin.  His doctoral dissertation looked at teaching Focusing to business students who were anxious about job interviews.  Since becoming a licensed psychologist, he has taught Focusing in Europe, the US, and Japan. Jim recently ended his term as a board member of The International Focusing Institute and is a certifying coordinator.  Most of his time is spent as a psychotherapist in the Chicago area, using Focusing and Empathic Listening as the central tools.  You can find more information and contact details at www.empathywork.com.


Jim Iberg is offering this class as a fundraiser for The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30. If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: After you register here, watch for an email with instructions to join the class.

Registration for this class is now closed.

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