Focusing: The Second Year
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell
September 12, 2013 to April 3, 2014
Is this you?
You’ve finished Focusing Level Four but you know there is so much MORE to Focusing!
You’d like to hone your skills as Focuser and Companion and get deeper into the process.
And you would enjoy returning to the phone class format, meeting with assigned partners and receiving Ann’s spacious teaching, while exploring new areas of Focusing application.
“Focusing: The Second Year” is a 20-week course for those who have completed the four Levels and want to go deeper into advanced Focusing topics in a supported continuing group. Maybe that would be you!
Featuring: New topics and teaching never before offered in any other course – a truly advanced second year of Focusing and Companioning! We’ll get into releasing blocks to action from the Companion side – how to help another person who is working with a block. Likewise with decisions: the theory and practice of helping others Focus with tough decisions, even past decisions and regrets. There’s even a bit about working with addictive process... we all have some of that! And more about bringing Focusing presence into daily life. See below for more on the curriculum.
Format: Presentation of new material, group guided exercises, practice of new skills. Participants partner during class with assigned partners, and return at the end for final discussion.
Relationship to Certification Training: Could be taken before, after, during, or instead of certification training. (Does not lead to certification itself, but certainly enhances practitioner skills.)
Prerequisite: Level Four with an Inner Relationship Focusing Teacher
Continuing Education Units
All our courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credits (CEUs) for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PCE #1015. People with comparable licenses in other states and countries may be able to use our Record of Completion to get CEUs from your licensing boards. The Record of Completion is sent at the end of the course to any participant who requests it at no additional charge.
Register early to save money and ensure your spot! Last day to get early registration price is August 14, 2013.
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell. Telephone Class.
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This course will be offered next starting in September 2014.
Remember Level Four? You learned how to help with blocks to Focusing like “The Feeling about the Feeling,” inner criticizing parts, feeling overwhelmed and feeling nothing. As you learned how to help other people with those blocks, you were also learning about them for yourself.
In Focusing: The Second Year we will continue the process of learning how to help others with specific blocks and kinds of issues. Each week there will be a new exercise tailored for that particular area. We’ll learn the theory behind it, practice the process in class in brief exchanges, and then pair up to try it in an actual session with a partner.
What we won’t do: In Level Four you did Focusing in class with others listening in. We won’t do that in Focusing: The Second Year. Sometimes I will do demos with one of you as a volunteer, but there will be no putting you on the spot as a guide.
More about the areas we’ll be exploring:
Releasing Blocks to Action
A block to action sound like this: “I want to -- or I need to -- get that done… but I just don’t do it.” It could be organizing your desk, or finally making a CD of your own music, or getting your website updated. If you want to do it and you don’t do it, that’s an action block, and it’s an incredibly rich place to do Focusing.
Yes, there is a CD set available from my phone course on this topic -- but what I have never before taught to anyone, and will teach you in Focusing: The Second Year, is how to help someone else work with a block to action. Hint: It all starts with framing the issue, and we will learn how.
Focusing with Decisions
If decisions are hard, that's often because we have two or more parts of us pulling in different directions. The need to make a decision points to a profound moment in which two sides of the self need to be honored and heard in order to move forward from our wholeness. But how? We’ll learn a format for helping a person who needs to make a decision and wants to use Focusing to do it.
Self-in-Presence, we can’t get enough of it! When we need it the most, it can be the hardest to find. Did you know that a “Helpful Controller” can masquerade as Presence? We’ll learn how to spot this in yourself or a partner, and how to help it shift.
The Not-Wanting/Wanting Process
We touched on this powerful process in the first year of Focusing but did you really learn the nuances of taking yourself or a partner through it? Now you will... including how to tell if a process is ready for “Not Wanting/Wanting,” and what to do if not.
Focusing Alone and Focusing in Daily Life
You’re not really getting the most out of Focusing until you are able to do Focusing on your own and bring Focusing into your daily life: when you are talking with others, making choices, and handling stressful situations. Of course you’re doing some of this already – and in the course we will do specific exercises for bringing Focusing into daily life more consciously, and then report back on how it worked.