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Focusing and Parenting

Focusing and Parenting

Hosted by Ana Zunic and Laura Bavalics

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. We hope that this program and those to come will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.

This Roundtable will be of particular interest to members who interact on a regular basis with children as parents, family members, educators, and health care professionals.

The quality, intensity, and responsibility inherent in the interaction and connection with a child is rich, complex and often challenging. Do we feel like having enough support? Could the process of Focusing provide it? Can the process of pausing, keeping company, and listening bring that "taste of connectedness” that is needed in difficult times?

This Roundtable will open a space and time for evoking, sensing and exploring, "around all that". Among the questions we might explore together are:

  • How do we sense and recognize when the connection is present with our child?
  • What gets in the way of feeling connected? How do we lose and find our grounding?
  • How do we nurture an environment of “being with" a child in a Focusing way?
  • How can we use our felt sense about the situation we are in with a child?

These questions are offered as a starting point of a common exploration that might raise many others questions which we can explore with curiosity, respect, non-judgment, and tenderness.in both large group discussion and small breakout groups. We look forward to sharing our experiences, observations, and opinions, and inviting our felt sense regarding this exciting subject.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited to 20 members on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Sophie GliksonAna Zunic is a psychologist grounded in Focusing-Oriented Therapy, the Parenting by Connection approach, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She resonates with her two children, her partner and his two children, her family and friends in three different languages, with the power of hearing and holding. She lives and has a private practice in France and devotes a large part of her work to nurturing parent-child connections.

Judith SteinLaura Bavalics is an early childhood educator, play mentor, and drama teacher. She is a Certified Focusing Trainer and a Focusing-oriented educator and has been working with young children, parents and professionals for over twenty years. At the present time, she is developing an inclusive kindergarten program at the Világszép Foundation for children in state and foster care in Hungary. She is the professional director of the Pendula Preschool-Kindergarten. She also teaches at ELTE University, Hungary, in their College of Education.

Registration Closes: Friday, June 8, 2018 or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.

Registration for this program is now full.

Product Code: W-180612-FRT



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