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Focusing Research: Exploring the Realities & the Possibilities

Focusing Research:
Exploring the Realities & the Possibilities

Hosted by Beatrice Blake, Jim Iberg & Kevin Krycka

Date: Saturday, September 22, 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 will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests. 

Focusing has been around for nearly 50 years. During that time there have been a wide variety of studies of various aspects of the experiencing process and Focusing. These studies have produced a good deal of evidence supporting the efficacy of Focusing in a variety of settings both inside and outside the therapy room. Yet there is so much more to explore and learn and so much more work to be done to firmly establish Focusing’s preeminence as a modality for personal and societal healing and growth. Come join us as we explore what has already been accomplished in Focusing research, what’s going on right now, and what avenues merit exploration in the future.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable? Individuals who are or have been actively engaged in some form of research on Focusing will be interested in this Roundtable. It will also be of interest to those who are contemplating a future research project and others who are interested in learning more about the state of Focusing research, what it tells us and where it might lead.

Some possible questions we might explore together are:

  • What Focusing–related research have you been involved in?  What were the challenges and successes?
  • What has Focusing research to date shown? 
  • What are the most significant avenues for future research and inquiry?  Which studies lend themselves to replication?
  • What do we feel are the most important propositions about Focusing that we would like research to confirm?

Suggestions for how to prepare for this Roundtable:

  • Read several articles from Part 2 of the 2012 Folio on Research at this link.
  • Listen to Kevin Krycka’s Trainer Talk on Focusing Research. The link will be sent to you when you register.


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 and 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:

Beatrice BlakeBeatrice Blake is a Focusing Coordinator living in Vermont, USA. She is noted for her work teaching Focusing to community groups in El Salvador. She also enjoys helping people find their paths with Thinking at the Edge. Beatrice is a founding member of TIFI’s Research Group. She is especially interested in exploring ways to research the efficacy of Focusing outside the therapy room.

Jim IbergJim Iberg is a Focusing Coordinator and Focusing Oriented Therapist living and practicing in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jim is a member of TIFI’s Research Group and is interested in how research can demonstrate the many benefits of Focusing. Jim designed and reported the psychometric properties of the FSR (Focusing-oriented Session Report), and has recently created a short version of that instrument.

Kevin KryckaKevin Krycka is a Professor of Psychology in the Graduate Psychology program at Seattle University in Seattle Washington, USA. He supervises psychology graduate students in their research and is himself an active human science researcher. Kevin is a Certifying Coordinator for the Institute and has recently ended a three-year term on its Board of Trustees. He currently chairs the recently formed Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Philosophy and Psychology, whose mission is to support research which carries on Gendlin’s work.

Registration Closes: Thursday, September 20, 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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