Fostering Focusing with Derek McDonnell
1 DVD 92 min. This DVD is presented by Derek McDonnell as a teaching aid for our trainers to enable them to articulate from their "Inside place" the core elements of the Focusing Process - The Felt Sense and Quality Of Presence. Derek is working in a Theoretical and Experiential way with Foster Carers who are recently Certified Focusing Trainers and some new TNTs. He demonstrates how the application of Focusing helps their own stuck places and the children in their care.
Focusing with their own Felt Senses and developing their own Quality of Presence has enabled these Foster Carers to be responsive and not reactive to the hemmed in and stuck places in themselves and to "be with" the child in a fresh way.This allows the children in their care to get in touch with and accept their own "Whole Story". Taking into account that every child coming into care is traumatised, the Focusing Attitude allows them to be, what they are, at any given moment. Derek is working to bring this Child Centered Approach to his organization and people in general.
Derek McDonnell a TFI Certifying Coordinator has been a Focusing Trainer for 15 Years. He brought Focusing to Northern Ireland during their conflict. He has worked in the areas of Social Care, Mental Health and Child Protection with the Department of Health in Ireland for 24 years. In his work with TUSLA, The child and Family Agency he has introduced Focusing to Foster Carers, Social Workers and Teachers. He provides Crisis Intervention to Children and their families on an individual, small group and school based sessions. He named this Focusing Orientated program "The Interactive Pause Program".