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Long-term Focusing Partnerships

Long-term Focusing Partnerships

Hosted by Bruce Nayowith, Carol Ivan & Robert Lee

Date: Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Time: 12 PM - 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. 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.

One of the most fundamental forms of Focusing is Focusing Partnerships. Many of us have ongoing partnerships, but may not have had a forum to reflect on our experiences or to share what we have learned from our years (sometimes decades) of experience with a Focusing partner.

This Roundtable will be an opportunity for some of us to come together, celebrate, explore, and learn from others who have had longer-term Focusing Partnerships.

Some questions we might explore together include:

  • What are some of the qualities that are so nourishing for you in Focusing Partnerships?
  • What have you found challenging in your Long-Term Focusing Partnerships?
  • How has your partnership evolved over time? What keeps it going? What erodes its quality, or even contributed to the termination of a partnership?
  • Have you experienced any breakthroughs in how you use Focusing within your Focusing partnership?
  • What has been your experience with those with other Focusing styles than your own?
  • What are the boundaries of the Focusing partnership? What can we, and what can’t we, do in the Focusing Partnership context? Are there issues that are better raised in psychotherapy versus your Focusing partnership?
  • How have you been changed by your LTFP?

If you have an interest in exploring these topics (or other aspects of LTFP), we hope you will join us for this Roundtable. Bring your own experiences, questions and thoughts!


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:

Ram EisenbergBruce Nayowith, MD has been Focusing since 1986. Besides practicing Emergency Medicine, he has training in NVC, Dynamic Facilitation, Open Dialogue, and Systemic Constellations. He is presently involved with The Pocket Project - exploring the integration of collective and intergenerational trauma, and prototyping various forms of collective resourcing. Two of his present Focusing Partnerships have been ongoing since 2003.

Dana GaniharCarol Ivan is a Focusing Professional and clinical psychologist living near Chicago, Illinois.  She has advanced training in both Focusing-Oriented Therapy and in Whole Body Focusing. Carol is currently interested in the interplay between Whole Body Focusing, spiritual development, and psychological growth.  She has two long-term Focusing partnerships, which have enriched her life in many subtle and wondrous ways.

Dana GaniharRobert L. Lee has been a focuser since 1980, and a Coordinator since 1991. He created Domain Focusing to help those with difficulty finding felt sensing, and to rescue ‘thinking’ from focusing banishment. He created Macroshifting for dilemmas which are difficult to shift. He offers a variety of trainings via 3 person 3 hour online sessions, 4 day Macroshifting Retreats, and the combination. A psychologist, he is especially passionate about including partnership in a new kind of psychotherapy. FocusingNow is his motto and the name of his website.

Registration Closes: Friday, August 24, 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.

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Product Code: W-180829-FRT



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