Focusing has been linked in over 80 research studies with positive
outcomes in therapy including greater emotional regulation, more
satisfying relationships, and increased self acceptance.
In the Focusing Training Program for Healing Professionals, you'll learn an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing that you can immediately bring into your work with clients.
• a practical, step-by-step method for taking any problem or stuck situation and finding relief, insight, and new steps of action, so you feel bigger than your problems and in control of your life – and ways to help your clients do this too
• a process that lets you help your clients be in touch with the very place in them with the potential to open up into flow, change, and new possibilities
• a facilitative language that enables you to be supportive of your clients – and yourself – without pushing (and so without bringing up resistance)
• a sense of greater confidence and ease that you can be available for what your clients are bringing and at the same time able to guide them to be present and available to themselves
For an article about Inner Relationship Focusing by Carol Nickerson that includes a story about how she used IR Focusing to process feelings about a client, click here.
The Focusing Training Program for Healing Professionals is a thorough, complete, 20-week program meeting by phone seminar, led by Ann Weiser Cornell, author of The Power of Focusing, and Lucinda Hayden, her longtime colleague. You'll learn the Focusing process for yourself in the company of other professionals, including partnership exchanges (by phone) with a different colleague each week. You'll build skills in accompanying a Focusing process, from the art of reflecting to the facilitative language of skilled guiding. All our workshops meet the qualifications for continuing education credits (CEUs) for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PCE #1015.
Courses can be taken individually ($375 for Level One, and $295 each for Levels Two - Four). We offer a discounted package rate of $1150 if you register for all four Levels (save $110 over the cost of the courses separately). This includes a one-to-one session with Lucinda Hayden ($160 value), all four courses, all course materials, and quite a bit more. To get this special package fee, register for any Level One course from the calendar below and you will see an option to pay for Levels 1-4 at this price. You don't need to know which Level Two, Three, and Four you would like to take. Choosing this option locks in your low fee for any future time that Levels Two, Three, and Four are offered by Focusing Resources.
To find the next scheduled series for Healing Professionals, check the calendar below. The full Focusing Training Program is made up of Levels One, Two, Three and Four. If you don't see a Level Three or Four, that just means we don't have it on the schedule yet – it will be offered at the same time and day of week, in the succeeding term.
Carol Ivan, Ph.D.
I'm so glad to have discovered this work. Over the years I've been dissatisfied with how I'm doing therapy with my clients. I've gone out and learned various therapeutic techniques and approaches and found that they're good in certain ways, but something was still missing for me. So I just kept looking for something more effective. Inner Relationship Focusing just clicks with me; it allows me to focus with the client on whatever is most present for them, and at the same time teach them a way of being with their inner experiences that will help them be emotionally and psychologically wiser and more astute. And learning this approach from Ann was wonderful; she is a great teacher, and I think her attention to facilitative language is invaluable.
Hi, I'm Ann Weiser Cornell, and I've been teaching and developing IR Focusing training programs since 1985. I created these programs because I saw people struggling with procrastination and action blocks, sinking under low self-esteem and severe inner criticism, having a hard time feeling grounded and making confident decisions, and most of all longing to live the fulfilling lives they knew they could live but never quite getting there.
At first my programs were designed for individuals themselves but more and more psychotherapists kept asking me to create trainings for bringing this work into therapy. I agreed – but with one very important proviso. Healing professionals who want to use this work with clients have to learn it for themselves. How can we take other people to a place we don't know how to go ourselves? Plus, your ability to be in a Focusing kind of contact with yourself is contagious – your very presence, even without words, becomes a healing containing space for your clients.
Our Focusing Training Program for Healing Professionals follows the same curriculum as our regular Focusing Training Program with two important differences:
(1) We will pause from time to time to talk about how to integrate the
learning into your sessions with clients, and
(2) All the other participants will be healing professionals, so the conversations in the course and the practice sessions outside the course will all be with fellow professionals. It does make a difference!
And since we now teach the Focusing Training Program by phone seminar, you don't have to leave the comfort of your home or office in order to take courses that used to be offered only in a few locations in the world.