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Focusing Training - Intermediate–Advanced

An 8-week intermediate-advanced interactive online course!
(no special computer skill or equipment required)

Starting October 10th, 2018
Wednesdays, October 10th, 2018 - November 28th, 2018

Class size is limited.
Registration closes Thursday, October 4th, 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?

  1. 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
  2. 64 page Training Manual (PDF format)
  3. To optimize learning, class size is limited
  4. Email support between meetings

Your Time Commitment

  1. 20 hours class time
  2. Focusing practice between class sessions. Suggested minimum of one hour each week to optimize learning
  3. 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, October 10th, 2018, to November 28th, 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 full description, Course Objectives & FAQs

About Ruth

Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, CMP (www.ruthhirsch.com) is a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist and Certified Focusing Trainer. In addition, she:

  1. teaches and supervises psychotherapists and others in the healing professions in how to use Focusing in their practice;
  2. 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;
  3. has over 20 years of experience teaching Focusing and using Focusing in her practice;
  4. 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;
  5. is on the International Leadership Council of The International 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 professions.

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

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"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."


Tuition: $850. Register online (below), or by calling (845) 480-5111, or by mailing a check (USD only) to The International Focusing Institute, 15 N. Mill St., Nyack, NY 10960, USA. To inquire about payment plans, call Elizabeth Cantor at (845) 480-5111.

Member discount
: Members of the Institute receive $25 off. If you aren't a member, become one here now, and then choose the member price at registration.

Limited registration
: Please register promptly -- we anticipate full enrollment. Registration closes October 4th, 2018.


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 International 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

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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: 14.

For more information:

Click here for more course details and FAQs
For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org or (845) 480-5111
For questions about course content: Ruth at hello@ruthhirsch.com

Product Code: W-181010-AFT




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