An 8-week intermediate-advanced interactive online course!
(no special computer skill or equipment required)
Starting January 17th, 2018
January 17th, 2018 - March 7th, 2018
Class size is limited.
Registration closes Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
This offering is a comprehensive 8-week Intermediate-Advanced Focusing Training course. You'll learn how to facilitate a Focusing session with grace and compassion for someone new to Focusing. You'll
also learn how to help a Focuser navigate a variety of potential
challenges and special situations that may arise in Focusing. At the
same time, your own Focusing practice will be enhanced by expanding and
deepening your understanding of Focusing thus positively affecting all
aspects of your life.
This course is suitable for those wishing to work with peers, for
psychotherapists, coaches, and other professionals wishing to learn
skills to deepen their work with clients, and for those who simply wish
to deepen their knowledge and skills in Focusing.
What is included?
The course runs for 8 weeks. Each class meets for 2 1/2 hours, with a short break during this time. Total class time: 20 hours
64 page Training Manual (PDF format)
To optimize learning, class size is limited
Email support between meetings
Your Time Commitment
20 hours class time
Focusing practice between class sessions. Suggested minimum of one hour each week to optimize learning
Minimal reading assignments - estimated under 20 minutes/week
The course is intended for intermediate level Focusers who have taken Level One
and Two of Inner Relationship Focusing, Focusing Basics, or the equivalent, with a Certified Focusing Trainer. Meeting Times
The class will meet weekly beginning Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, to March 7th, 2018 for 8 weeks from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time (morning in the Americas; afternoon in Europe/Africa, night in Asia/Australia;
click this link to find out what time this is in your time zone.
The program also includes a small group supervised practice session which will be scheduled at a time convenient for participants during the second half of the course. Meeting "Place"
Ruth will be using an excellent,
simple-to-use video conferencing service. Details upon registration.
Click here for fuller 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 of 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
Feedback from a few students
I just want you to know that I'm incredibly grateful for the training sessions,and for your skills as guide, teacher, and facilitator. I've gotten so much out of it - and continue to ... thanks again - so much. I hope many more people find their way to you! Many blessings!
- KP, Michigan
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." Registration
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.
Register for Focusing Basics and Focusing Intermediate-Advanced with Ruth Hirsch at the same time and receive a 10% discount on both. Write 10% discount on the Special Instructions line.
: Please register promptly -- we anticipate full enrollment. Registration closes
January 10th, 2018.
THE SMALL PRINT
Refund policy: A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel one week before the
class start date. Cancellations after a 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 the full enrollment fee will be returned. Continuing Education
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: 14.
The Focusing Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
The Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits awarded participants: 14.
For more information:
here for more course details and FAQs
For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at
For questions about course content: Ruth at
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