An Introduction To Focusing with Descriptions of the Classes

Focusing Classes
By Teleconference and on location in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Classes and workshop facilitated by Katarina Halm & Jael Emberley

Contact:
* Jael Emberley: for registration and lodgings
Telephone: 778-859-1234
Email: rilwyn@gmail.com
* Katarina Halm: for syllabus, programme, and continuing education credits
Telephone: 604-263-9123
Email: studio@happybones.ca
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An Introduction To Focusing with Class Descriptions
by Katarina Halm

The Beauty of Focusing
                         perhaps you would like to just pause.
                                               for a moment

With Focusing we create a space for new possibilities in all aspects of our living.  You can develop a bodily feel for the ‘more’ that is happening in any situation. From this bodily feel you will experience many small steps and find yourself making the changes in your life that bring you closer to your heart’s desire.

Focusing was developed by Gene Gendlin and his colleagues at the University of Chicago. Those of us who teach Focusing through the Vancouver Joy in Movement Studio are honored to be part of a community of more than 1000 certified Focusing teachers from 40 countries.

“Space, for us, is always a result,
               an “in” that is generated by a sequence.
                              Any sequence goes on in its own generated space.

– Eugene Gendlin, A Process Model, 1997, page 242

If you are interested in Focusing Certification, see: Inner Relationship Focusing and Meditative Listening ~ Becoming a Focusing Teacher with Katarina Halm

Acknowledgements:
There are many different schools of Focusing. The foundation of our teaching is two-fold:

  1. Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF), a step wise syllabus created by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin.
  2. Meditative Listening, a Focusing style developed by Rob Foxcroft.

Teaching Method:
As we progress over several weeks, months or years, Katarina, Jael, and Isabella remain open to what you like to do and what you do well. We support you to build on your strengths as you increase your confidence with Focusing partnership, your solo Focusing and your practice teaching. Through conversations, sessions and written feedback, a natural process unfolds gradually at your pace, for your optimum learning. You easily refine the weaker parts of your Focusing practice and discover your own best ways to learn and teach. There is also an on-line forum in which you may choose to participate.

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CLASSES

 Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 1, Encountering the Inner Relationship

Level 1 is offered in several formats:
12 class hours (weekends)  / 12 CEC
10 class hours (weekdays)  / 10 CEC
7.5 class hours (weekdays)  / 7.5 CEC
Individual Tutorial / 3-5 CEC

In this introduction to Inner Relationship Focusing you will learn basic Focusing and Partnership skills so that you can begin to practice Focusing partnership right away. Focusing partnership is the foundation for strengthening and including Focusing in your work and daily life. You will learn to guide yourself through the four stages of a Focusing session, using facilitative language. You will strengthen your understanding of felt sensing, and the attitude of Self in Presence which supports you in your relationship with your inner experience, allowing your process to deepen and widen, safely and comfortably. In this class you will also have an introduction to being a Companion, at first listening quietly to the Focuser, then having an opportunity to support the Focuser with more active listening skills, including some gentle reflection. Skills are introduced gradually, allowing mastery of one thing at a time, so that the learning is enjoyable and natural. Participants are given opportunities to practice in class, and encouraged to practice with one another and students from other classes outside of class time.

 Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 2, Accompanyinthe Inner Relationship

 Level 2 is offered in several formats:
12 class hours (weekends)  / 12 CEC
10 class hours (weekdays)  / 10 CEC
Individual Tutorial / 5 CEC

In Level Two  you will:

* Deepen your experience with Focusing and being a Focusing partner.

* Cultivate a sense of self awareness and the ability to hold strong emotions with compassion.

* Enjoy a space of “Self-in-Presence”.

* Develop “advanced listening skills for helping your partner get a felt sense.

* Learn how to “Be” on the “Edge”  and discover a transformation, where the unclear  becomes clear.

* Practice in a supportive process which gives you the most out of your Focussing process.


Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 3, Supporting the Inner Relationship:

Level 3 is offered in several formats:
12 class hours (weekends)  / 12 CEC
10 class hours (weekdays)  / 10 CEC
Individual Tutorial / 10 CEC

In Level 3 you will be increase your listening skills and your understanding of the ways Focusing works to allow “Implicit Knowing” to open in its own way.  You will learn when and how to offer “reminders” as a Focusing Guide, along with nuances and alternatives for every stage of the process. You will be supported in this growing capacity through readings in “The Focusing Student’s and Companion’s Manual” by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD & Barbara McGavin, “Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy” by Eugene Gendlin, plus additional writings by Gendlin and Cornell. You will enjoy in-class discussions, Focusing demonstrations and opportunities to practice with others in your group.

Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 3 Practicum:

This practicum is offered in several formats:
7.5 class hours / 7.5 CEC
Individual Tutorial / 7.5 CEC
3.5 class hours plus 4 hours of tutorial / 7.5 CEC

Concurrently with or after completing Focusing Level 3, you will deepen your understanding and skill with a Level 3 Practicum.  In addition to the 7.5 class hours you will participate in at least 5 hours of Focusing partnership practice & tutorials between classes. This  pivotal course, given on the phone or in person, is individually tailored to each student’s learning pace and style.


Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 4, Facilitating the Inner Relationship

Level 4 is offered in several formats:
12 class hours (weekends)  / 12 CEC
10 class hours (weekdays)  / 10 CEC
Individual Tutorial / 10 CEC
In addition to the 10-12 class hours for Level 4 Focusing, you will participate in 4-6 hours of Focusing partnership practice & tutorials between classes.

Level 4 centers on two important aspects of Focusing:
*  The Path of the Companion
*  Presence and Partiality

With “The Path of the Companion” you will supplement your listening skills with subtle refinements of the Focusing partner’s repertoire.

In our study of “Presence and Partiality” you will deepen your understanding of critical reactions and how to guide a Focuser when two or more parts are in conflict.  You will see how Focusing can ease the effects of merging and exiling aspects of a process when these  arise in a Focusing session.

You will enjoy in-class discussions, Focusing demonstrations and opportunities to practice with others in your group.

You will continue to learn the ways Focusing works to allow “Implicit Knowing” to open in its own way.  You will learn when and how to offer “reminders” as a Focusing Guide, along with nuances and alternatives for every stage of the process.

You will be supported in your growing Focusing skills through extensive writings by Ann Weiser Cornell as well as new selections in ”The Focusing Student’s and Companion’s Manual” by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD & Barbara McGavin, and “Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy” by Eugene Gendlin.

Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Level 5, Guiding People Who are New To Focusing:

Offered on weekdays and weekends by special arrangement with the students and practice clients. This course can be taken once you have completed Level 4, and is a per-requisite for beginning teacher training (also open to those who have completed Level 4 and  are not planning to be in teacher training.)


FOCUSING MODULES

I (Katarina) will be teaching a series of Modules which are offered several times each year at the studio, by teleconference and by request at various locations in the Vancouver area.  Each of these modules is experiential and includes scholarly resources from master Focusing teachers. The modules support a wide range introduction to the world of Focusing and teaching Focusing.

Modules 1, 2, 3  are for those training to be Focusing teachers.
Modules with gold titles may be taken by those who have some experience with Focusing.
Modules with blue titles are for those with an interest in Focusing, even those new to Focusing.

MODULES 1, 2, 3 – three teacher training modules
originally designed by Ann Weiser Cornell, her manual “The Focusing Teacher’s Manual”  is our primary reference.
Modules 1, 2, 3  are for those training to be Focusing teachers.

Module 1: Giving Individual Focusing Sessions and Tutorials

Module 2: Teaching Focusing to Groups

Module 3: Developing your Focusing Practice and Bringing Focusing into the World

MODULES 4-10 (listed below) – open to those not in teacher training:

Inner Relationship Focusing & TREASURE MAPS TO THE SOUL – Module 4
For those with an interest in Focusing, even those new to Focusing
An experiential and theoretical study of two pivotal articles by Barbara McGavin and Ann Weiser Cornell in Folio Volume 21, Number 1, 2008, TRIBUTE ISSUE, Celebrating Thirty Years of Focusing 1978–2008  http://www.focusing.org/folio_current.asp
# 7  page 21 INNER RELATIONSHIP FOCUSING
# 9  page 41 TREASURE MAPS TO THE SOUL

Gendlin/Ullman Dream Appreciation Group Process – Module 5
May be taken by those who have some experience with Focusing
You will have the opportunity to bring your dream if you wish, or you can participate in the group without bringing a dream of your own.  The class offers a gentle balance of safety and discovery.  Each week we will build on the structure of the dream appreciation process. Our primary resources are Eugene Gendlin’s writings on dreams, his Process Model, and Montague Ullman’s development of Dream Appreciation. We build on Janet Pfunder’s crossing of the works of Ullman and Gendlin.

There is an online forum to further develop our dialogue. (The online forum and reading of texts by Gendlin, Ullman and other dreams scholars is optional.) The course will support and compliment your learning in all areas of life. The structure and content will be useful to counselors, therapists and teachers in their professional practice.

Gendlin’s Philosophical Model and Major Writings - Module 6
For those with an interest in Focusing, even those new to Focusing
Gendlin’s philosophy is an integral part of each of the Focusing classes we offer.  In this course you will deepen your understanding of how language emerges in daily living.  You will also have an opportunity to work on your own writing project using Gendlin’s model.


“Gateways to Focusing”, the diversity in approaches to Focusing - Module 7
For those with an interest in Focusing, even those new to Focusing
We will enjoy a scholarly and experiential overview of many approaches to Focusing.

Module 7 is inspired by Rob Foxcroft:
“Gene says: ‘I remember spending quite a lot of time…thinking through how anything I would ever work on would be of a nature that could not be misused.’” … “For fifty years Gene has protected focusing from misuse.” … “It would be misuse in Gene’s terms (I think) if any group came to control how you and I could teach focusing or what we could do with focusing.”… “Gene guards our freedom and the diversity of focusing practice. He shows steadiness, vision, patience and skill. He saves us from becoming the usual kind of organization. It can’t be easy.”…”Thank you, Gene.”

– Rob Foxcroft, July 5, 2012
rob@robfoxcroft.com
www.meditativelistening.com


Focusing Project Group – Module 8
May be taken by those who have some experience with Focusing 
Bring a project that you are working on or hope to develop!  In the five class sessions we will create an atmosphere for expanding your relationship with your project.  Each week you will discover new action steps that are just right for you to follow with comfort and delight.  You will learn to apply the  H.O.W. model developed by Suzanne Nöel:
“Honoring”       “Opening”       “Widening”


Choose your topic - Module 9
For those with an interest in Focusing, even those new to Focusing

Special Guest Teachers for Advanced Focusing training at the Studio:

Focusing with the Spirit-Body: Expressive improvisation in the Theatre of the living body
Workshop with Glenn Fleisch, PhD., MFT in Vancouver, BC
May be taken by those who have some experience with Focusing
* Introductory half day: dates to be announced (4 CECs)
* Workshop: Saturday & Sunday, dates to be announced (10 CECs)
Glenn Fleisch facilitates a refinement and sensitivity to individual and group dynamics.
* For Focusing professionals and students, as well as counselors with some experience in Focusing.
* Complementary Focusing sessions and tutorials are available in preparation for  the workshops.
For more information:  http://wp.me/pTGPL-17e

Contact:
* Jael Emberley: for registration and lodgings
Telephone: 778-859-1234
Email: rilwyn@gmail.com
* Katarina Halm: for syllabus, programme, and continuing education credits
Telephone: 604-263-9123
Email: studio@happybones.ca
* Isabella Mori, Teacher in Training: for introductory sessions
See Isabella’s page: Isabella Mori