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Two Year Focusing Online Interactive Certification Program

With Charlotte Howorth, LCSW, and International Guest Teachers

Start Date: October 28, 2018

Time: 10 am - 1:30 pm Eastern Time
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End Date: Approximately October, 2020

Class Schedule: The first four class dates are October 28, November 11, December 16, 2018 and January 27, 2019. The full schedule will be set with the group and discussed as the program begins.

Workshops will be conducted using a live video link where students and teacher will be able to see and interact with each other. Group size will be small to maximize learning.
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, Counselors, 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 1/2-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. Note: In three of the ten sessions you be joined by a coach to help facilitate your practice.


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. Note: In three of the ten sessions you be joined by a coach to help facilitate your practice.
Six sessions with an FOT supervisor to be paid for in addition to course fees (we have a list of experienced supervisors who work on a sliding scale).

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 (when assigned, approximately 1-2 hours per month).
4) Weekly partnership Focusing in dyads (1-hour per week).

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.

One excused absence per year is permitted as long as the recorded video and assignments are completed. In the case of a second absence, there is a required make-up session with the Program Coordinator Charlotte Howorth at an additional fee.

One excused absence per year is permitted of the small group 2-hour online meetings.

Course completion and Certification:
Completion of the requirements does not automatically lead to certification. Charlotte Howorth and the Trainee must agree on readiness.

Upon recommendation for certification, the student is required to pay a one-time certification fee. The International Focusing Institute has a three-tiered pricing scale for certification and membership fees. Certification Fees: US $500, Europe $375, South America (and developing countries) $250.

Attendance at the annual Advanced Certification Program is encouraged (but not required) and tuition to the Weeklong includes the above-referenced certification fee. If students are unable to attend the Weeklong, the certification fee may be applied to the Weeklong tuition for up to two years following certification.

Introductory Focusing One or equivalent experience. NOTE: there is a Focusing One being offered December 1st and December 2nd; it is possible to join the program after taking this Focusing One. 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 over 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 Internatonal Focusing Institute reserves the right to make changes and additions to the guest teacher roster.)


Total Fees for 2 year program
  • $4,940 total + annual membership dues as Trainee $75 (US) $55 (Europe) or $35 (South America and developing countries)  

Year 1

  • $2090 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

  • $2850 for 13 teaching and practice sessions + annual membership dues as Trainee  $75 (US) $55 (Europe) or $35 (South America and developing countries)  There are 6 supervision sessions with a certified FOT therapist which are an additional cost. You will be provided with a list of experienced therapists who work on a sliding scale).

Make-up session

  • $200 directly to Instructor.


  • US $500, Europe $375, South America (and developing countries) $250.


To receive continuing education for this offering, 100% attendance is required for both year 1 and year 2 of this program. No partial attendance credits can be granted. Make-up classes may be scheduled with the Trainer (for an additional fee.) Complete Course Objectives

Social Work

The International Focusing Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0055. Contact Hours awarded: 60


Registration may be done online below or by calling The International Focusing Institute office at 845-480-5111.
Hours are typically 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
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 International 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 payment plans different than offered below and for questions regarding registration:
Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org or (845) 480-5111.
For questions about course content: Charlotte at charlottehoworth@gmail.com

Though this program has begun, registration is still possible. Please call 845-480-5111 to discuss this option.

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