Membership Benefits and Public Resources

We warmly invite you to explore and avail yourself of the many resources available to the world Focusing community, as well as the additional benefits that membership brings. We encourage you to become an active part of our friendly global community.

Membership Categories & Certification

To join or renew, choose the relevant membership category below.

The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) welcomes both professional and affiliate memberships. Click details next to each category to learn more. The chart lower on the page lists full benefits.

Professional members

Trainee - someone currently training with a TIFI Coordinator.

Details A Trainee is someone who is currently training with one of our Coordinators. TIFI maintains a global network of Coordinators who provide intensive training of leading to professional certification. You may search for a Coordinator in our online database. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

Pay my Trainee dues

Certification Fee - one-time fee for certification.

Details This one-ime Certification Fee allows a one-time reduced fee to attend the annual Advanced and Certification Weeklong, upon recommendation from their Coordinator to receive their Certificate from The International Focusing Institute. They are able to teach Focusing to individuals or groups. If someone is looking for a teacher, they can find a Certified Focusing Professional from the on-line searchable database. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

Pay my Certification Fee

Certified Focusing Professional (CFP) - also known as Trainer or Focusing-Oriented Therapist (FOT).

Details These are individuals who have completed their Focusing training and are recommended by their Coordinator. In addition, they pay the one time Certification Fee, which allows a one-time reduced fee to attend the annual Advanced and Certification Weeklong. Upon recommendation from their Coordinator they receive their Certificate from The International Focusing Institute. They are able to teach Focusing to individuals or groups. If someone is looking for a teacher, they can find a Certified Focusing Professional from the on-line searchable database. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

Pay my CFP dues

Coordinator-in-Training (CNT or CiT) - already certified members who are being mentored by a Coordinator to become a Coordinator.

Details CNTs (or CiTs) are individuals being mentored by a Coordinator to become a Coordinator. We recognize the substantial commitment Coordinators in Training are making by listing them as such in our Member Directory. Once they have trained a minimum of two people from the beginning all the way through certification, have a written curriculum and sent it to The International Focusing Institute and their mentor is satisfied that they are ready, the CNT/CiT is officially welcomed as a Coordinator.

Pay my Coordinator in Training dues

Coordinator - most experienced level of teacher.

Details Coordinators are our most experienced teachers who have spent many years learning and teaching Focusing. They are able to train individuals from the beginning of someone's learning all of the way through Certification. They are a special group of dedicated teachers - currently 193 Coordinators from 33 countries. If someone is looking for a teacher, they can find a Coordinator from the on-line searchable database.

Pay my Coordinator dues


Affiliate Members

Members - Focusing enthusiasts who value membership but are not in a professional training track.

Friend - basic affiliate membership level.

Details Friends receive member discounts when offered. Friends are not listed in the membership directory.

$25 annually
Pay my dues

Supporter - middle affiliate membership level.

Details The benefits for Associate and Supporting Member categories are the same, except you will be listed differently in the Member Directory; within country, Associate Members are listed before Supporting Members. Associate and Supporting Member benefits include a printed (if requested) and e-copy of the current Member Directory. The extra $25 we receive from Associate Members is deeply appreciated and makes a difference in sustaining our work.

$50 annually
Pay my dues

Associate - highest affiliate membership level.

Details The benefits for Associate and Supporting Member categories are the same, except you will be listed differently in the Member Directory; within country, Associate Members are listed before Supporting Members. Associate and Supporting Member benefits include a printed (if requested) and e-copy of the current Member Directory. The extra $25 we receive from Associate Members is deeply appreciated and makes a difference in sustaining our work.

$75 annually
Pay my dues

By becoming a member, you join a world-wide network of people who value Focusing as a way to enhance their lives, their work and their communities. Your membership matters and helps us to carry out our mission of bringing Focusing to as many people as possible in the world.

For Professional members, the Institute is committed to supporting you in your Focusing practice and appreciates your commitment to making Focusing alive in the world. We hope that you also will find enriching ways to contribute your time and support to the Institute and our vibrant and growing Focusing community.

Maintaining membership

There are many benefits to being a member in good standing. Membership is year by year. Members are invoiced for their annual dues during the calendar quarter in which they initially joined. You can pay your dues easily online at the appropriate link above. If you have questions about fees, or any other issues, please contact our Administrator Elizabeth Cantor at Elizabeth@focusing.org. Please inform us if your email or other contact details change so that we can update our records.

TIFI Member Benefits & Public Resources

An overview of TIFI’s public resources and member benefits is contained below and a downloadable pdf is available here. To learn more about a particular benefit, hover over the benefit name.

 

Public

Friends Basic affiliate membership level. Friends receive member discounts when offered. Friends are not listed in the membership directory.

Associates
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Supporters
The benefits for Associate and Supporting Member categories are the same, except you will be listed differently in the Member Directory; within country, Associate Members are listed before Supporting Members. Associate and Supporting Member benefits include a printed (if requested) and e-copy of the current Member Directory. The extra $25 we receive from Associate Members is deeply appreciated and makes a difference in sustaining our work.

Trainees A Trainee is someone who is currently training with one of our Coordinators. TIFI maintains a global network of Coordinators who provide intensive training of leading to professional certification. You may search for a Coordinator in our online database. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

Certified Focusing Professionals (Trainers, FOTs, CNT/CiTs) These are individuals who have completed their Focusing training and are recommended by their Coordinator. In addition, they pay the one time Certification Fee, which allows a one-time reduced fee to attend the annual Advanced and Certification Weeklong. Upon recommendation from their Coordinator they receive their Certificate from The International Focusing Institute. They are able to teach Focusing to individuals or groups. If someone is looking for a teacher, they can find a Certified Focusing Professional from the on-line searchable database. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

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Coordinators Coordinators are our most experienced teachers who have spent many years learning and teaching Focusing. They are able to train individuals from the beginning of someone's learning all of the way through Certification. They are a special group of dedicated teachers - currently 193 Coordinators from 33 countries. If someone is looking for a teacher, they can find a Coordinator from the on-line searchable database.

Focusing Professional Training and Practice Support

Professional Certification Program TIFI maintains a global network of Coordinators who provide intensive training of leading to professional certification. For information on how to become a Certified Focusing Professional, see the Trainer page.

 

 

 

Online Professional Profile Once certified, you can create an online profile which tells the world what you have to offer and helps potential students and clients find you through the Institute's "Find a Focusing Professional" search function at focusing.org/trainers_search.asp.

Profile pages receive a huge number of hits each month. By linking your TIFI profile page to your personal website, you will enhance your Google rating and make your practice stand out. You can keep your profile current by clicking on the CFP Login tab at the top of any page on Focusing.org.

 

 

 

 

TIFI Bulletin Board Workshop Listings Certified Focusing Professionals may post their workshops and trainings on TIFI's Bulletin Board to reach a global audience. See focusing.org/bulletinboard.html.

 

 

 

 

Trainer Talks Designed for Trainees and Certified Focusing Professionals, Trainer Talks are recorded interviews filled with tips and inspiration to support your professional Focusing practice. Professional Members will be notified by email of newly available Trainer Talks.

 

 

 

International Conferences

Focusing Institute Summer School (FISS) The Focusing Institute Summer School (FISS) is open to everyone. The program is designed to be an enriching retreat whether you are new to Focusing or have been Focusing for years. Information and registration is available on the Institute's website at focusing.org/fiss.

Advanced and Certification Focusing Weeklong The Advanced and Certification Focusing Weeklong celebrates the diversity of the Focusing world by holding a space where Coordinators, advanced Focusers, and new Certified Focusing Professionals come together to deepen and celebrate their Focusing practice. Information and registration is available on the Institute's website at focusing.org/weeklong.

Focusing Conferences The Institute sponsors or supports a number of international conferences, including the International Focusing Conference, The International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference, Children & Focusing Conferences, and other specialty and regional conferences. Information is available at focusing.org/events/international/.

Discounts on FISS & Weeklong Registration TIFI members receive a discount on the registration fee for these major events. The discount is applied when you register for these events in the TIFI Online Store.

 

Education & Resources

TIFI website Focusing.org offers resources for professional members and the public. A frequently updated listing of "What’s New" keeps members fully informed of new resources and events. The Google Translate button on each page allows users to read in over 100 languages.

Gendlin Online Library (GOL) The Gendlin Online Library (GOL) provides access to the full text of virtually all of Dr. Eugene Gendlin's writings at focusing.org/gendlin. A primary bibliography of Gendlin's work is listed at focusing.org/gendlin/gol_primary_bibliography.html.

Focusing Highlights Webinars This online webinar series covers a wide variety of exciting and useful Focusing-related topics on a "pay-what-you-can" donation basis. For information on upcoming programs, see focusing.org/workshops

Focusing Workshops TIFI offers a variety of online Focusing classes and workshops. For information on upcoming workshops, see focusing.org/workshops

Cafecitos Webinars These online Spanish language webinars feature live interviews on a variety of topics of interest and provide an opportunity for Spanish-speaking members to connect with one another. For further information and to register, go to focusing.org/workshops.

 

“Conversations” Interview Series These fascinating interviews with a wide variety of Institute members are publicly available for online listening or mp3 download at focusing.org/conversations/

One-on-One Telephone Training TIFI offers introductory one-on-one training with a Certified Focusing Professional. For info, see Coaching sessions.

The Folio The Folio, TIFI's journal, contains thoughtful and useful articles on all aspects of Focusing, TAE, and related topics. Hard copies of back issues are available at a discount to members at focusing.org/books. Free online versions of selected articles from past journals can be accessed at focusing.org/folio-back-issues.html.

TIFI Online Store Discounts A large and growing array of Focusing-related books, DVDs, and other audio programs are available for purchase in the TIFI Online Store.

 

Community

TIFI Membership Directory The TFI Membership Directory contains contact information for Professional and Affiliate Members (except Friends). Your personal listing will enable other members to find you and you to find colleagues in the Focusing community. Updated annually, a pdf copy is available to all members and a hard copy can be ordered for a small fee.

 

 

TIFI’s Newsletter In Focus The In Focus digital newsletter contains a rich mix of news on happenings in the Focusing world, articles, upcoming events, and new resources added to the TIFI website. Sent by email, or you can also find it by searching for "newsletter" or "In Focus" on www.focusing.org

Focusing Roundtables Focusing Roundtables are online opportunities for informal peer-to-peer discussions about Focusing, TAE, and related topics. Roundtables are a wonderful way to reconnect with Focusing friends, make new contacts, learn what others are doing, and strengthen our global Focusing community. For further information and to register, go to focusing.org/workshops.

 

Changes Groups Listings Changes groups are spaces for sharing Focusing and Listening in a supportive environment. Members of TIFI may post their Changes groups at focusing.org/changes.html.

 

Facebook Members Forum Use this popular social media forum to keep up on what other members are doing and let them know what's happening with you. To join the Forum, go to https://tinyurl.com/TIFI-FB-Forum.

 

Focusing Facebook Pages in English & Spanish TIFI's public Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/focusinginstitute. Its public Spanish Facebook page, www.facebook.com/focusinginstituteesp/, es un espacio para todas las personas hispano-hablantes. El objetivo es seguir expandiendo y creciendo como Comunidad Focusing en una comunidad mundial e interactive.

Email discussion groups Email discussion groups enable people to share their interests around a number of Focusing topics. To view or join a list, go to focusing.org/subscribe-list.html.

Focusing Partnership Program* Individuals who are Certified Focusing Professionals, have earned the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Award, or are recommended by a Certified Focusing Professional are eligible to participate in this Focusing partnership matching pool. For more information, see focusing.org/partnership/partner_info/partnership_index.html.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities TIFI deeply appreciates the many skills and time that members and others devote to supporting the work of the Institute through voluntary effort. We always have interesting projects and programs on the go. If you would like to be involved, please email info@focusing.org or keep an eye on our website and newsletter to hear about new projects.

*Requires a recommendation from a Certified Focusing Professional or a Proficiency as a Focusing Partner (PFP) award.

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