Workshops

A Focusing-Oriented Approach to Couples Therapy By John Amodeo

Curriculum

John Amodeo. PhD, MFT, has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for over thirty-five years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships. His other books include The Authentic Heart and Love & Betrayal. He co-authored a chapter with Dr. Sue Johnson on EFT and Buddhism in The Emotionally Focused Casebook. He is a former writer and contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has conducted workshops and lectured internationally on relationships and couples therapy. He is a popular blogger for Psychology Today.

Description of the Workshop

This workshop applies the principles and attitude of Focusing to couples therapy and complement the work you are already doing. Focusing helps each person stay connected to his or her own bodily felt sense of important issues. This allows a safe way to uncover deeper, underlying feelings, needs, and concerns. Learning to express these in a non-defensive, non-shaming, tender way creates a climate that invites intimacy, love, and connection. Through lecture, discussion, and scripted role plays, we will demonstrate how Focusing can help couples remove blocks to intimacy, understand themselves and each other more deeply, shift stuck dynamics and negative cycles, nurture connection, and see each other with fresh eyes. What is happening between a couple reflects what is happening within the two individuals. Staying in our bodies and welcoming our authentic felt creates a foundation for more fulfilling partnerships and friendships.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The best of our humanity comes out in our relationships. Focusing can help us connect with ourselves in a way that connects us more deeply and safely with others.
Three Ways of Experiencing By Sandy Burg

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Reading about Gene Gendlin in 2011 inspired me to become a Focusing Trainer pretty much on the spot. I recognized it as something I was pretty good at and I wanted this process of empowerment to be more easily accessible to my family, friends and the communities around me. I was initially amazed and continue to be in the power that emerges when two or more are together in a ‘Focusing way’. I primarily teach Inner Relationship Focusing (locally and online) with added emphasis on holding larger spaces, embodiment practices and understanding the neuroscience of what is happening in our brains as we Focus. I am the mother of 3 amazing young adults. I live in Floyd, VA, a small tourist town in the Appalachian Mountains of USA where my husband Bob and I grow most of our own food.

Description of the Workshop

I invite you to join me for this adventure in crossing Gendlin’s three types of theories (Unit Model, Wholistic, Functional Wholes) with left-right brain neuroscience. I have found this crossing so interesting and helpful in guiding myself and others in being what is needed for a particular situation. Essentially, our left brain functions very similar to the Unit Model and our right brain resembles the Wholistic Model. Gendlin reminds us that we need all three models. Sometimes living from one of these two is good enough for now and sometimes our body/environment is crying out to expand our neurological capabilities to experience a situation freshly as a Functional Whole. Our time together will be very much experiential with group guiding, small and large group interaction. We’ll use left-right brain neuroscience to identify a current strategy of ours that is no longer serving us. Then, we’ll sense into the potentially more possible for us in applying Functional Wholes theory. Aha!

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

I have found both the types of theories and the left/right brain neuroscience helpful in finding in myself where I am habitually pausing my process in what I ‘know’ (unit model labeling). No wonder we do this – our left brain has been growing and expanding in these years of science/tech growth. It was easy to fall into ‘learning more and more and more…’ And, looking around us now, many of these structures of our society built on unit model labeling are currently stressed and in potential ruins. Where do we go from here? Gendlin reminds us that the positive implying is in the particulars of any body-environment interaction. We will also find what we are scared about here and we have to leave room for both. Each time we take a step from what used to be a comfy known we are admitting maybe we don’t know anymore. This feels so Gendlin being human-ish to me. I am very excited to potentially find playmates to further explore this activity.
Pathways to Happiness: Focusing on what brings Aliveness by Joan Klagsbrun

Curriculum

Joan is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts USA and formerly at Andover Newton Theological School. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice for the past 40 years. She is also a Certifying Coordinator for the International Focusing Institute and has taught Focusing to therapists and health care professionals internationally for over three decades. She has written many articles on Focusing for professional journals, in addition to chapters in edited collections. She was awarded the Alice Ladas research award from the US Association for Body Psychotherapy for her research on Focusing with women with breast cancer

Description of the Workshop

This workshop seeks to enhance our capacity for flourishing, for fully appreciating our lives and for being of service to others, We will review research that shows that people who have a higher ratio of positivity to negativity have more energy,  better health and more compassion for others. We will utilize Focusing to experience several ‘pillars of joy’, such as having perspective, humor, compassion, generosity and gratitude (as described by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in The Book of Joy). We will focus on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us and and explore how we can have more joy and meaning as we continue our lives.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Our birthright as human beings is to achieve our full capacity for leading meaningful lives by balancing our suffering with joy and by amplifying our authentic well-being.
Introduction to Recovery Focusing by Suzanne Noel

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Suzanne Noel is a poet, budding artist, Certified Focusing Trainer and Guide, Certifying Focusing Coordinator, Recovery Focusing Facilitator, and the creator of the H.O.W. We Heal model for facilitating support groups. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology with Highest Honors. Suzanne worked at Costa Rica Recovery Center for six years (2008-2014), where she developed her Recovery Focusing model for addiction treatment. She now mostly teaches H.O.W. To Facilitate Recovery Focusing groups through webinars, as well as “Making Sense of Living” courses in Focusing Partnership, and Advanced courses for Certification as a Focusing Professional or Trainer. She was a Facilitator at the Advanced and Certification Focusing Weekong for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She has presented Recovery Focusing in several Internationals and published articles in various newsletters and The Folio Journal. She lives in Costa Rica and loves riding her motorcycle all over the beautiful mountains of this peaceful country. Her motto for this is: “Feel the beauty, know the love.”

Description of the Workshop

Recovery Focusing is the practice of integrating Felt Sensing into the Twelve-Step Program of Recovery from any addictive process. Suzanne will present a brief theoretical introduction to Recovery Focusing. She will summarize the main principles behind the 12 Steps and the primary Focusing processes applied in the model. A written document reviewing the principles and functions of each Step; the functions of each Focusing practice; and the application of the H.O.W. Model will be given to participants upon request.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Addiction is a common human condition that primarily occurs to those who have not adequately developed healthy ways of coping with life, especially those who have trauma in their childhood or weak attachment bonds. The addictive process helps us self-soothe our disregulated body system when we are distressed and also brings pleasure. Exploring the addictive process in a felt-sensed way helps open up the truth within so that new possibilities can emerge to what is needed to heal. Most importantly, sensing into Recovery reveals our body’s naturally healthy state of being. Life wants to live, says Gendlin. Through Focusing we reconnect with our inner life, with each other, and with the greater life energy of the planet. Meeting this human need for connection is the solution to the crippling dis-ease of the addictive process.
Can I send Those Boxes Out to Jupiter? Clearing a Space with Adolescents by Julie Ramsey

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Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and adults in individual and couples therapy.

Description of the Workshop

Clearing a Space (CAS) is an experience and potentially a practice that offers adolescents an opportunity to find and create an inner sanctuary. In this era of social media, the Internet, and short sound bites adolescents are bombarded with information and on-line “relationships” around the clock. The need to connect with their inner selves in a quiet space seems critical.  The specific steps of CAS support and encourage the use of imagery, playfulness, creativity, knowing of oneself, separation from one’s problems and relaxation. The process of CAS supports adolescents in their developmental tasks of increased independence and autonomy by strengthening their own attachment with themselves as they deepen their understanding of themselves

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The workshop explores how to create an inner sanctuary through Clearing A Space specifically with adolescents.  The experiental part supports participants to find their own inner sanctuary as a place of refuge within themselves and in the process to strengthen their capacity to be honor their own experiences.
The Intricacy of Stopped Process By: Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin as co-presenter

Ann Weiser Cornell

Is the co-creator of Inner Relationship Focusing, a method for working compassionately with parts while cultivating wholeness. Her books include: The Radical Acceptance of Everything and Presence: A Guide to Transforming Your Most Challenging Emotions.

Barbara McGavin

I learned Focusing in 1983. Since 1994, Ann Weiser Cornell and I have been developing ways of using Focusing in some of the most difficult areas of life. Helping people with these very stuck processes has been the core of my practice for the past 24 years.


Description of the Workshop

In A Process Model, Gendlin talks about “stopped process.” When the process that is implied cannot happen, many other things happen instead. We have gotten interested in “stoppage” as an experiential process in emotional healing. In this presentation we will discuss the leading edge of our theoretical model which builds on Gendlin’s work. We see two processes emerging at the place of “stoppage” – (1) an incomplete experience of feeling, and (2) a not-yet-carried forward implying. We will discuss the implications of this model for working with addictions, depression, and other manifestations of stopped process.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Our humanity emerges when we can sit together, with empathy and compassion, creating the healing environment that stopped process needs.
The power of "US" By: Lynn Preston

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Lynn Preston, MA, MS, LP 100 West Houston Street New York, NY 10012 lynpres@aol.com PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE • Faculty and Founding Director, Relational Self Psychology Study Center, 2008-present • Founding Director, Focusing-Oriented Relational Psychotherapy Center, New York, NY and Capetown, South Africa • Faculty, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP), 1997-present • Faculty, Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology, 1997-2008 • Faculty, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, 1997 – 2003 • Supervisor in private practice, 1985 – present • Psychotherapist in private practice, 1974 – present EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND  • LP, New York State, 1996 • MS, New York University, 1973 • MA, New York University, 1969 • BA, Barrington College, 1963 CERTIFICATION • National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalyst, 2004 –present TRAINING AND SUPERVISION • Psychoanalytic Training, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Advanced Self Psychology Program, 1992 -1996 • Private study of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice, 1985 – 1992 PUBLICATIONS Preston, L. (2013). An Integrative Sensibility:  Conversing Across Theoretical Boundaries.Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., In Press Preston, L. (2008). The Edge of Awareness: Gendlin’s Contribution to Explorations of Implicit Experience.Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 3:347-369. Preston L. (2005).  “Abundant Life: A Christian Self Psychological Perspective. In Weiner, M. et.al (eds.), Psychotherapy and Religion: Many Paths One Journey, Lanham: Jacob Aronson, pp. 207 – 232. Preston, L & Shumsky, E. (2004). “Who Tore the Web? – Thoughts on Psychoanalytic Authority and Respons-ability,” in Coburn, W. (Ed.), Progress in Self Psychology, Hillsdale NJ: The Analytic Press.  Hillsdale NJ, pp.189 – 208. Preston, L. and Shumsky, E. (2000). “From an Empathic Stance to an Empathic Dance: Empathy as a Bidirectional Negotiation,” in A. Goldberg (ed.), Progress in Self Psychology, Hillsdale NJ: The Analytic Press, pp. 47 – 61. Preston, L. and Shumsky, E. (1998). “The Development of the Dyad: A Bidirectional Revisioning of Some Self Psychological Concepts,” in A. Goldberg (ed.), Progress in Self Psychology, Hillsdale NJ, The Analytic Press. pp. 67 – 84. Preston, L. (1998). “Expressive Relating: The Intentional Use of the Analyst’s Subjectivity, in A. Goldberg, (ed.), Progress in Self Psychology, Hillsdale NJ: The Analytic Press, pp. 203 – 218.

Description of the Workshop

In this workshop we will explore the ever-present living connectedness – the “Us.” “Us” thinking changes our attitudes and develops a sense of willingness and confidence in meeting the challenges of “Otherness.”

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

We are human through our connectedness.
Being with our losses through Focusing. By: Mariana Pisula

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Since 2012, Mariana works as a Counselor in Grief in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2017 Weeklong, she was certified by the International Focusing Institute as Focusing Professional. She was already certified by Focusing Argentina and finished the four Levels with Ann Weiser Cornell. Mariana is one of the Member Committee of TIFI and works managing the English and Spanish Facebook page of TIFI and she presents Cafecitos. She was trained in Non-Violent Communication by Ricardo Toledo during 2013 and Beatrice Blake in 2016.

Description of the Workshop

The proposal of the workshop is to share the integration of Focusing on Grief processes as a way to be present with losses and emotions without feeling taken by them. It is an invitation to be connected with the life that wants to be lived, with the environment and the use of a language that facilitates the elaboration of Grief.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Because Being Human and being alive is that the workshop proposal is an invitation to realize that we are Humans. As Humans Beings, we are living, learning, remembering, experiencing life. Life, Grieving, and Focusing happen to us and are felt in the body. Focusing and Grief are universal, human processes that connect us with life and with the sense of being alive. When we are facing loss and pain, we are connecting with Life itself. We learn to live with pain, with lack, with forgetfulness. Being with our losses through Focusing we are aware that we are much more than death itself, that pain and that our feelings.
Voice Work in Focusing Por Ilse Pieth

CURRICULUM

Teacher of English and Theatre (college level) Focusing Professional since 2011 Diploma TCI (2004) Voice Coach ( voice and speaking,method Kristin Linklater)

Description of the Workshop

The voice is a mirror of your personality, a messenger of your feelings and thoughts. We are born with the potential to express all or needs and emotions vocally. In the course of our lives this potential is often sadly limited. Habitual bodily tensions and psychical blocks keep our voices from expressing our thoughts and emotions freely. the aim of my work is to free and develop your natural voice. In Focusing we use the voice to describe what is happening inside us. Your breathing and the tone of your voice can help the Focuser and the Listener in your understanding, it can become an important instrument and guide for you. In this workshop we can begin the process of freeing our voices and listening to their message.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

“freeing the voice is freeing the person” (Kristin Linklater)
Creating our Selves within Open Process Focusing By Mary Larrabee

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Mary Jeanne Larrabee Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto, June 1974; M.A. (Candidate) in Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL, current. DePaul University, Philosophy Department: 1977 to present; Director of the B.A. Program in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Focusing Trainer, The International Focusing Institute (1999); Certifying Coordinator, The International Focusing Institute, June 2015. Presentations at International Focusing Conference: 2008 Montreal, 2010 Germany, 2011 Monterey California, 2013 Lucerne Switzerland, 2015 Seattle Washington. Focusing workshops in Haiti from 2010, Colombia in 2014, Chicago Il ongoing from 2000.

Description of the Workshop

The workshop will present two modalities of Open Process Focusing which helps open ourselves for creativity, using a focusing attitude of open curiosity (people can come for one or both): 1. Movement binaries: this begins with moving to two different musical pieces, sensing what each brings in the body, and inviting it to open from each (working in partnerships). 2. Conceptual binaries: this begins with choosing a pair of opposite concepts (hot/cold, black/white) that seem to resonate, sensing what comes, and inviting the process to unfold (in partnerships).

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Any form of Open Process Focusing recognizes that in each of us as humans we have a capacity for a open response to ourselves, others, the community, the Earth which can be playful, creative, and more.  While regular Focusing helps us with specific issues that can get in the way of such capacities, OPF gives us a chance to bring our focusing attitude of open curiosity into play without expecting results, but with going in the flow of our deep humanity.
Organic Focusing By Heidrun Essler

CURRICULUM

Heidrun Essler is an academic speech trainer and therapist, and a Focusing Coordinator for adults and children. She gives workshops and trainings in all types of companies and organizations. She is a lecturer at the University of Karlsruhe for communication and body language. She is developing methods of teaching Focusing that can spread in whole systems. Participants enjoy the beautiful, creative atmosphere Heidrun brings to a workshop, and love experiencing her sprightly activities. essler@essler-seminare.de

Description of the Workshop

  • Do you want spontaneously use Focusing skills and attitudes for yourself and with others in your everyday interactions.
  • Do you look for natural, simple ways to share this body sensing ability with others in your work situation, family and community.
What will happen in the workshop? We will offer simple, short adventures in listening and body sensing. Playful, effective activities from Children Focusing will be a primary mode of experiencing. Focusing can be absorbed as a natural process to be lived and shared in daily life. Participants learn how to easily companion others they normally interact with. Through “simplifying” the basic process of Focusing they learn a model/structure to use in all kind of their daily life situations  and encourage community wellness in  their own surroundings. (Quiet moments of inner experience in Self Focusing and times of sharing with other participants create a deep rich experience).

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Focusing can be in our daily life – spontaniously – simple – organic. We should be able to use it and share it in our daily life interaction with others: family, friends, collegues….. all we life with. We see Focusing as an organic human process which enriches our beeing.
A background feeling transformational experiental focusing workshop, ""Welcoming more of our human being" with Marine de Fréminville

CURRICULUM

Marine de Freminville is a clinical Psychologist in Montreal, a TIFI Certifying Coordinator,  teaching and spreading Focusing since 30 years internationally in Canada, Europe, Ecuador, Japan and Mexico. She uses Focusing-Oriented Therapy with Complex Trauma, and unresolved grief combining it sometimes with EMDR. During all these years, she has been refining her exploration of the “Background Feeling” in Focusing, offering it to participants wanting to learn more about this aspect of Focusing and to psychotherapists who would like “to integrate this work to their practice” as Mary Gendlin said a few years ago. For more information on this topic, follow this link to her article published in the Tribute Folio, 2008: www.focusing.org/folio/Vol21No12008/02_TheImplicitTRIB.pdf

Description of the Workshop

During this workshop, it will be a pleasure to present to participants some ways of exploring what Gendlin called the Background Feeling in Focusing. After a bit of theory allowing to better know what is called a “background  feeling” , participants will be invited to discover or to know more about their background feeling and will explore experientially a few ways of being and working with it, using some creative resources and whole body inner directed movements. This work might give access to old implicit connections and lead to some transformative and alleviating possibilities where “what was felt as a burden or a limit – may open – to the extension of being” (see more on this topic in her article in Tribute Folio, 2008).

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

By exploring the background feeling, and discovering what is beyond or underneath it, we can become more fully human, accessing to our “ser humano” in its full potentiality.
Co-Creating Containers of Safety for Connection and Growth By Mary Elaine Kiener

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Mary Elaine Kiener, RN, PhD is the Founder and Creative Energy Officer (CEO) of ASK ME House, LLC [www.askmehouse.com] through which she helps smart, capable and caring individuals to re-discover a sense of wellbeing, even in the midst of overwhelming stress, loss and illness. As a nurse, Mary Elaine brings to her work more than four decades of knowledge and experience within both allopathic and integrative health traditions.  Having experienced a broad range of significant personal and professional loss and change throughout her own life journey, she understands first-hand the implicit challenges and opportunities available within journeys of profound healing and change. A relative newcomer to the “formal” world of Focusing, during the past decade, she discovered she was a natural Focuser and began to easily incorporate a Focusing-oriented approach in her work of assisting others to nurture and sustain the unfolding of their own life-forwarding process.

Description of the Workshop

As Focusers, we have a unique opportunity to create and nurture personal and professional communities in which all participants are welcomed to come together with a shared goal of learning, growing and being nurtured at the “learning edges” of our unfolding lives. This interactive workshop draws on the teaching wisdom of Bebe Simon and Janet Klein, while using the framework of Suzanne Noel’s H.O.W. Model.  Please join us as we gather to bring our individual and collective embodied wisdom to Honor, Open and Widen into “HOW” we (as Focusers) co-create containers of safety.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

s we integrate Focusing into the fabric of our lives, we may come to appreciate more deeply the role that “community” plays in our overall quality of life.  That is, we may find our personal experience of “living-forwardness” is eased and enhanced when we can spend time with others who share a Focusing-oriented approach to being-with life.  Yet, there exists a much deeper aspect to connection within community than comfort level among like-minded individuals. Our challenge is two-part: • Provide containers of safety in which all who participate can become “like-hearted” enough to allow each other a safe and supportive space in which to be. • Embrace that sense of feeling “uncomfortable” (either within ourselves or with each other) that inhabits the starting place of any process of learning and/or change.
Personal Growth with Thinking at the Edge (TAE) By Evelyn Fendler-Lee

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Dr. Evelyn Fendler-Lee is a Coordinator in training and Focusing-Trainer with The International Focusing Institute (TIFI). She is in charge of TAE training at the German Training Institute for Focusing (DAF) and she presents international TAE workshops. Since 2009 she has been self-employed as a coach, trainer and lecturer. She facilitates innovation, professional development and personal growth based on her masters in organizational psychology, her person-centered counselor training and 13 years of work experience as a group and project manager in the automotive and chemical industries. She began her career as a material scientist working in research institutes. www.applied-tae.comevelyn.fendlerlee@gmail.com.

Description of the Workshop

“To think and to thank are related words; we thank the life as we think about it.” (Thomas Mann)
Thinking is not only a way to thank our lives, we also can be thankful for our thinking. On the other side, thinking is often rejected in growth methods: “Get out of your head!” How can we open the paradox, that thinking is and is not appreciated? It depends on how we think. Gendlin’s work is about a special kind of thinking, a thinking with the implicit, what the practice of TAE tries to teach us. In this workshop, I will present some exercises to show how to use this kind of thinking for our growth process. You will experience how to be carried forward by working with words, how to get help from your past by instancing, and how to solve dilemmas by crossing. Moreover, you will discover your own variations and applications of each of these exercises. Pictures, movements and music will enrich our experiential thinking journey.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Bridging thinking with personal growth – in both directions – is a way to overcome the Western split between mind and body. A person who is growing also needs to develop thinking, a “thinker” needs to grow in many ways. To be human means to me to use our full capacities which includes thinking with the implicit.
The philosopher of the New Experiential Humanism: Eugene Gendlin, the self-propelled human being By Edgardo Riveros Acedo

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Edgardo Riveros Aedo, Coordinator of Focusing for Chile (2000), has organized the Second Ibero-American Focusing Meeting held in Chile (Marbella) in 2009. He has written the following books: Existence and Change (2000), The new paradigm of experiencing (2000), Focusing experiential and existential (2005), Focusing from the heart and towards the heart (Spain, 2015), Focusing, a new humanist paradigm (Spain, 2016), The experience and the creation of meaning. Paraphrasing Eugene Gendlin (Publivia, Germany, 2016), A procedural model. Paraphrasing Eugene Gendlin (Own Fourth, Santiago de Chile, 2018). As a university teacher has been in national and international audiences, having published several papers with contributions to Focusing and the Philosophy of the Implicit. He has formed pioneering Coordinators in countries such as Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. Translator of the work of Eugene Gendlin: A theory of personality change (1975); A Procedural Model (2009); The experience and the creation of meaning (2016). He is currently part of the teaching team of the International Seminar on Advanced Certification and Focusing for the period 2017-2020.

Description of the Workshop

Through his philosophical work and psychotherapist has left a legacy capable of sustaining the humanist position in the future. Not to have a systematic theoretical framework around the new concept of Person, of Internal experience, of subjectivity and intersubjectivity, as well as other concepts such as the holistic nature of the person and the expansion towards a human potential. At the same time, when positing phenomenological and existential principles, philosophers such as Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre should be resorted to. Therefore, there were no new concepts and new models to theorize and investigate. Through the work of Gendlin, ECM and APM are two instances in which the author of Focusing came to build a new model to understand man and therapeutic change, maintaining the holistic harmony and explaining that it is the body who versioned the change. The way in which the new concepts of Gendlin make it possible to do humanism in psychotherapy, in education and in human life in general, will be exposed, especially at the present moment in which homo sapiens begins to see the transformation of their environment to one interplanetary. The humanists of the year 1962 can nowadays do science and philosophy and psychotherapy with all the property with which the old model allowed to do science without the human being. The Human Being in the experiential body of the philosopher of 21st century humanism: Eugene Gendlin.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The concept proposed by Eugene Genldin throughout his work has been a human being that can change if it is implicitly. This way of conceiving the human being is new and different from the current model. An experiential being in interaction indissoluble with its immediate context. This new experiential and contextual human being is a holistic and bodily significant being. This new conception of the man present in the Philosophy of the Implicit is a work of the creator of Focusing. This application of the work of the preconceptual experience as Focusing has been possible thanks to a philosophy of the implicit, whose fundamental bodily function is to imply , the self-drive to happen in a pre-conceptual symbolization. This new philosophy has a new concept of being human, so it is postulated that Gendlin is the philosopher that the initial humanism of the sixties. Today Eugene Gendlin is the philosopher of the new humanism for the 21st century.
Without World there is no Body Wisdom By Salvador Moreno-López

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Salvador is Certifying Coordinator, in Mexico, of the International Focusing Institute. He has a special interest in describing and understanding the place that the lived body or corporeity has in the processes of personal change and learning, in daily living, in psychotherapy, in education, personal or couching counseling and in the formation of people who care for others. He likes and values ​doing these activities from a broad perspective, which includes the contributions of various disciplines not only scientific but also artistic and literary. Philosophy of the Implied by Eugene Gendlin, the Body Focus – Focusing – Mindfulness – Mindfulness – the focus on the person and the neurosciences are some of the main references that inspire and guide their work. It also includes the knowledge learned from day to day, in coexistence with diverse people, in a great variety of situations. Therefore, walking and getting to know the people and cultures of different peoples, regions and countries is a rich source of learning. The Listening that Encourages the Heart is one of the modes of human interaction that it values ​​and promotes the most. He likes music – in particular jazz – taking pictures, walking through forests and contemplating the waterfalls and waves of the sea. Enjoy also tasting food and red wine.

Description of the Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to explore how Body Wisdom includes an understanding of the World in which we live to express ourselves with greater potential. It is about making present that the Body Wisdom is not an internal process but interactive. We will also seek to explore how culture, economics, politics, religion, among other aspects, are present in our daily lives and therefore in our experience. In addition, I propose that the understanding and knowledge of the World in which we live enriches our Body Wisdom; and, for this reason, broadening our understanding of the World gives more scope to that Wisdom present in our living from the experience.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

One aspect will be especially emphasized: “We are Interaction in the World”. How to transform the perspective “of individual parts” into a systemic perspective of constant influences and processes within a large totality? … This perspective aims to become aware of the importance of taking care of others, oneself and the environment ambient. It invites to the lived reflection on how the economic and political systems, the cultures, the religions and the geographies also constitute us (or not) as human beings.
The Pause as a Defining Moment By Serge Prengel

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Serge Prengel is in private practice in New York City. He is trained in Focusing, Core Energetics and Somatic Experiencing. He was also deeply influenced by Yvonne Agazarian’s Systems Centered Therapy. Serge is the editor of the “Focusing Conversations” series (http://focusing.org/conversations).

Description of the Workshop

It takes a mindful pause to shift from mindless robot to mindful human being. It seems like it should be easy: It’s just a pause, isn’t it? But there’s a reason Mary Gendlin had called this the “revolutionary pause”: It is often very difficult to do because it actually involves renegotiating our relationship with the world, as well as our inner relationship. In this workshop, we will be facing the hidden barriers that keep us from taking that mindful pause, and accessing all the strengths and vulnerabilities that make us fully human.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

This workshop explores how the pause, in a Focusing context, helps us be in deeper contact with our humanity, our strengths and vulnerabilities, moment by moment.
Think Different (TAE) By Nada Lou

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Nada Lou is one of the well known Focusing teachers, with a double specialty in Thinking at the Edge (TAE) and Focusing. Also known in the Focusing world through her DVDs that have brought the teaching of Gene Gendlin, and other Focusing luminaries into our homes and offices. Immersing herself in Gendlin’s thinking by videotaping and participating in all of his TAE workshops made Nada one of the world’s experts in TAE. She co-presented TAE with Dr. Gendlin. Nada gave many Workshops around the world.  Nada is TIFI Coordinator and Author of  Grassroots Introduction Manual to TAE.

Description of the Workshop

Thinking at the Edge (TAE) is a practice created from Gendlin’s Philosophy. In this course you will learn how to find your growing edge of awareness; how to think and use language from your felt sensing; how to write for yourself and  for the public. You will delight in having tools to enable your passions and interests to become reality. Thinking in a Focusing way opens a whole new awareness of gifts you’ve been holding inside for years. During the Focusing process something in you changes and that shift becomes a new doorway into your inner world. Thinking takes the shift to its exciting next step. In a step-by-step process you will learn how to say more about what you know inside but cannot yet fully articulate. You will learn how to take your ideas into action. If you ask yourself: Am I full of information, but often feel that I lack clarity? Do I find that I have things I want to say, but Im not always able to express myself fully?  If you said yes THINK DIFFERENT is for you.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

To be human means coming home to yourself. Sharing your felt sensing and thoughts in creating new ideas takes courage to be honest, accepting, responsible and willing to spend time with how individual perceives their  present situation in life. By doing that one makes it available to receive new information, new insights, new language… just that what is needed for the next right step in life forward direction.
Knowing your fear. What would you do if you didn’t have fear? By Carolina Ades and Mauricio Gutiérrez

Curriculum

 

Carolina Ades

  • Bachelor in Business Administration, Faculty of Economic Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
  • Psychological advisor at Instituto Holos Capital.
  • Focusing Trainer, Focusing Argentina.
  • Advisor and trainer in the subjects of Management, Organizational Behavior, Communication and Public Speaking.
  • Lecturer on Public Speaking and Business Protocol, Faculty of Economic Sciences, UBA.
  • Personal and Professional Project: Caracas, 2001-2004; Istanbul, 2004-2008; Rome, 2008-2012; Buenos Aires, 2012-2017; Paris 2018-presen
 

Mauricio Gutierrez Nebuloni

  • Counselor, specialized in Personal Development.
  • Focusing Trainer certified by Focusing Argentina.
  • Teacher. He specializes in Focusing and Public Speaking.
  • Actor and Director with international experience.
  • Co-founder of Empowerser.
  • Advisor and trainer in the subjects of Public Speaking.
  • Lecturer on Public Speaking, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Buenos Aires.

Description of the Workshop

Our workshop proposes to integrate the sensation we’ve all been through, where fear and anxiety paralyzes us. Focusing allows us to accept and make space for all of that so we can move forward into the next step that is implicit in our being. In our workshop, we integrate theoretical content with practical and experiential exercises, games, role-playing, dynamics, videos and more, depending on the number of participants. The people that come to the workshop do not need previous knowledge and the workshop is open to the general public.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

“Ser Humano” is a space for encounter and growth. We believe that fear can bring vital information for our existence. Getting to know this fear and making a space for it through Focusing allows to make a Pause and know more about ourselves. And so, we can liberate vital energy that allows change and progress; which also contributes to the Empowerment of the Being.
Validating our self-acceptance By Maria Cristina Collia

Curriculum

Has an MBA in Psychology. Psychotherapist. Counselor, specialized in Personal Development, and Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist, Focusing Trainer certified by The International Focusing Institute of New York, both in New York, USA, and Argentina. Teacher. She specializes in adolescent and young adult clinic. When I first came in contact with Eugene Gendlin’s work and his bodily ‘felt-sense’ approach, over twenty years ago, I knew I had found a different path from which to face and go through my life in a fresh way in order to relate with myself and with my environment. This approach, together with my work with adolescents, made me realize the importance of building one’s own identity and that the process we go through seeking such identity is a life-long journey.

Description of the Workshop

How can we help validate our own self-acceptance? In what way do we accept who we are? Human beings go through the process of building themselves in constant interaction with other human beings. The first step for that process to take place is self-acceptance, in order to develop a sound self-esteem . Focusing encourages human beings to make contact with their inner self, with the implicit dimension of their own being, by empathizing with themselves and learning how to listen to their felt-sense with an accepting and respectful attitude. From such position, we get to know and feel the human being inside us, reinstating our own authenticity and accepting our positive and negative aspects. Through the Focusing process, we learn how to understand the human being that lives within us with respectful, dignifying and validating eyes, contributing to our self-acceptance. In Gendlin’s words, change may only occur “if individuals discover their own inner source”.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The aim of this experiential workshop is to walk each of you through to your own inner path, in order to discover the way in which you perceive yourselves as praise worthy human beings. The purpose is to facilitate and open a door to the deepest layers of your personality for an inner reunion with our own being, experiencing self-acceptance. To be able to sense life vibrating inside in a clearer way helps us reach a wider and integrated awareness of our own self. We are born, we build ourselves, we give ourselves an identity, and our self-acceptance uncovers our humanity, deriving in a more “humane” being.
“Being human, means to take up the challenge to continue our own development day after day.” Eugene T. Gendlin.
At the Heart of Focusing Lies Authentic Compassion. By Calliope Callias

CURRICULUM

Calliope Callias, PhD is a clinical psychologist in New York City, a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist/Trainer, and a Coordinator in Training.  She is also certified in Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy, in Positive Psychology and in Meditation and Contemplative Studies.  Her interests include spreading Focusing in various communities and traditions and demonstrate how it is the missing dimension from a lot of psychotherapy and spiritual practices.

Description of the Workshop

Authentic Compassion is at the Heart of Focusing: compassion for our inner little ones, compassion for our fellow life travelers, compassion for the life we are.  For most spiritual traditions Compassion and Self-Compassion are fundamental practices.  In addition, recent scientific research from Positive Psychology and Mindfulness support the importance for the individual and for society to treat ourselves and others compassionately.  In Focusing, our way of sensing into, listening, interacting and relating provides a significant pathway for reaching Authentic Compassion for ourselves and others.  In this workshop we will explore the definition and nature of compassion and self-compassion, discuss some of the ways they are cultivated in other traditions, and how Focusing may facilitate, deepen and enrich them.  We will also practice experiential exercises which combine Focusing with some other Spiritual traditions and sense how Focusing can ease the way to Authentic Compassion.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Authentic Compassion is at the Heart of Focusing and of Being Human!  To err is human and compassion can remind us of our shared humanity and all the things that unite us despite our differences and errors!  Authentic Compassion is essential for human survival!
Writing From Experience: Using Focusing to Discover Stories From Your Life. By Julian Miller

CURRICULUM

I have been a writer, teacher, and published author for 40 years and a committed Focuser for most of that time. I am fascinated by the synergy of these two practices, which evoke one’s inner world in complementary ways.  I am passionate about poetry and memoir writing; I published a book of poetry entitled I Should Praise in 2016. I am also the author of two nonfiction books, Breaking Through and Symptoms. I teach classes integrating Focusing with memoir writing and also Focusing and Tai Chi. I have presented workshops in Massachusetts, and at international Focusing conferences in Switzerland, Great Britain, and Seattle, Washington.

Description of the Workshop

Writing and Focusing are both creative processes which can move us toward a kind of personal revelation. Both are ways of connecting to what is most deeply true in us. In this workshop we will discover some evocative ways to nourish and animate our writing through Focusing.  We will work from the perspective of seeing ourselves as a collection of stories. Then, through prompts and exercises, we will transform one of our stories into a short piece of writing. In sharing these small discovered stories from our lives, we will no doubt move, delight, and inspire each other.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

“The Universe is not made up of atoms; it is made up of stories.” Muriel Rukeyser. This workshop has as its goal to move us closer to our essential humanity.
Becoming your true self in daily life and work. By Aaffien de Vries

CURRICULUM

Aaffien de Vries (Netherlands) Aaffien is a Focusing trainer and Certifying Coordinator and has a full Focusing Practice. She offers  all levels of training, workshops (f.e inner critic, dreaming, TAE); trainee programs; teaches Focusing to professional caretakers. Besides a Focusing professional she is trained as a counselor specializing in Existential Well-Being. Her special interests include: Incorporation of Focusing (attitude) in daily life and work; The relation between Personal Growth, Connection and Responsibility; Obedience and Inner Critic patterns.

Description of the Workshop

We define ourselves by our roles: I am a woman, a Christian, a Mexican, an American, etc. Our behavior, feelings and emotions are role related. Gendlin calls these fixed and mostly unconsciousness patterns:  Obedience patterns. To analyze and understand these patterns Gendlin distinguishes three levels of feeling: emotions as part of an impulsive, fixed action pattern, culturally determined emotions, and felt senses. Emotions can cause changes in a situation but felt sensing can change a pattern and help us to become our true self. This development of our psychological capabilities, says Gendlin, is part of an enormous development of human kind. In this workshop we will explore our roles and role-related behaviors and emotions. You will be invited to step out of your obedience pattern. Stepping out of your obedience pattern makes a shift in the framework of your reference and changes your whole life.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Focusing connects you with the inner knowing how to life in harmony with yourself and your environment. Integration of focusing in your life and work will make you real “humano”.
Domain Focusing: So true to Gendlin; so much more than 6 Steps. By Robert Lee

CURRICULUM

Robert Lee, Ph.D. is the founder of Macroshifting and Domain Focusing.   He is a theoretician and innovator in Gendlin’s Implicit Tradition. He has been an international leader in training Focusing Trainers, Focusing Oriented Psychotherapists (FOT) and in developing Coordinators (who are authorized to train trainers and FOT’s). He has led 15 training groups. He led the Advanced Certification Weeklong at The Focusing Institute in New York for 7 years. A licensed psychologist, Lee has developed a new model for teaching focusing (Domain Focusing), he has developed a theory and practice for change on the macro level for stubborn problems (Changing the Unchangeable through Focusing–Macroshifting), he has developed a comprehensive practice for working with difficulties in felt sense formation (Elusive Felt Sensing). He has developed a method for Cross-Lingual Focusing Partnership where the common language is weak. In psychotherapy, he has outlined 4 Faces of Focusing in Psychotherapy and has developed special methods for using focusing with anxiety and depression and with couple and group psychotherapy.  Lee served on the Transitional Board of The Focusing Institute (2014) and was instrumental in helping the Institute evolve past the Founder stage.  Lee was a major contributor to establishing New York City as a leading location for Focusing in the United States. He established Focusing in Costa Rica. robert@focusingnow.com; US Phone: 919-869-7487, www.focusingnow.com

Description of the Workshop

Contents: 1. Overview of Domain Focusing, its logics and phases 2. Tasting Domain Focusing A. Horizontal movement into the implicit through domain linking (logic crossing): as you hold ___ (current domain), can you let something form in another domain?  (Adapted from “Holding and Letting”—Chapter 8 of A Process Model–E.T. Gendlin) B. Vertical Movement: Avenues into the implicit through felt sensing, thinking, self-empathy, or body 3. Elaborating and Tracking Shifting (Carrying Forward). Shifting through: A.  further and further entry into the implicit through any domain/logic B. shifting through domain linking to self-empathy C. shifting through opening the dilemma or conflict: Is there a way  . . . D. Classic Gendlin “Asking into” (step 5) questions: E. Attention to the process of shifting

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Domain Focusing works actively with the whole person/whole self and the ever ongoing evolution of integrity.
The healing embrace of Focusing; an emotional recovery after a natural disaster. By Lourdes M. Ortiz Berríos MSW

CURRICULUM

Lourdes M. Ortiz Berríos is a Social Worker and a Focusing Trainer, certified by Focusing Mexico, developed by Dr. Salvador Moreno. She is the Director of Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano a Plenitud (Institute for the Human Development to Plenitude), a social based company from the Sister Isolina Ferré Centers in Puerto Rico which offers workshops for human growth centered in the psycho-historic-spiritual development of the individual by using the Focusing  techniques. She has offered workshops to Hispanic immigrants in the United States and in rural communities in the Dominican Republic. *Visit the web site: https://www.crecimientoaplenitud.org/somos She also has a blog in the Newspaper: El Nuevo Día https://blogs.elnuevodia.com/plenamente/

Description of the Workshop

Since 2013, I have been sharing the Focusing techniques in Puerto Rico, being the only Focusing certified trainer in the country at the time. The experience has been very fruitful for the wellbeing of the participants and for myself. At the end of 2017, Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico severely affecting the country. During a year, I dedicated myself to accompanying people from more than 33 towns, offering workshops of emotional management in situations of trauma after natural disasters; using techniques of Focusing. In this workshop, we will share the living experiences of a country that for months lived in physical and emotional darkness and how Focusing promoted emotional healing and supported the process of recovery. I will share with you some of the activities used in our workshops. Among them: How to welcome our body acknowledging what dwells in it, active listening from the felt-sense, and healing by playing.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

It is very important that after an emotional impact caused by the effects of a natural disaster, the victims have time for healing, channeling emotions and processing losses with the appropriate support. It is possible to heal with the necessary tools and a support system that encourages resilience. Promoting Human Development to Plenitude consists in achieving harmony in spite of circumstances, working towards better personal and overall life conditions by accessing the inner spring and building solidarity ties.
Ten Key Aspects of Working with Trauma. By Jeffrey Morrison

CURRICULUM

A Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Focusing Coordinator, Jeffrey Morrison practices in Seattle and Vashon Island, Washington, USA. He specializes in working with complex trauma and teaching Focusing to therapists and other healing professionals. He has developed a FOT training program, which blends Focusing, mindfulness and other embodied practices for unwinding trauma and restoring wellbeing. He lives on Vashon Island with his wife, who is a teacher. They enjoy time with their son and daughter when they are home from college, gardening, walking, and spending vacations near water. For more information, please visit Jeffrey’s website, at www.morrisontherapy.com

Description of the Workshop

My presentation is meant to be a broad brush of key aspects of working with trauma. I will also do a wonderful experiential activity that will highlight the vicarious nature of trauma. Working with trauma often seems like walking through a mine field of unknown and unexpected experiences. It need not be so mysterious! In my presentation I will highlight ten key aspects that help the therapist orient their experience and that of their client to the healing nature of the Focusing process. Participants will learn how to help clients articulate a felt sense of their current situation and use that to trace back their experience to trauma spots that hold the key to healing and growth.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Trauma can often rob us of our humanness. It separates us from ourself and can leave us at war with ourself. Being human is to find ourself in the wounded places for as Rumi says that is where the light enters us. In a world where there is so much trauma and disconnection it is helpful to create maps for finding our way home. the body knows the way home if we stop struggling against it and align with its healing powers. Being Human is to be in touch with our uniqueness and to bring that forward to share with others. Healing trauma helps us recover our identity and discover our destiny. Then we can be human together in peace.
Which body behind the Felt Sense? By Germana Ponte

CURRICULUM

Degree in Sociology. Italian Coordinator since 12 years, trained by Ann Weiser Cornell. Recently published a book in Italy: “Il Focusing e la saggezza del corpo. Dalla Persona all’Essenza. (Focusing and body’s wisdom. From Person to Essence), edited by Mediterranee. For the time of the Conference it will be available on line in english.

Description of the Workshop

All focusers know that the body involved in the process of Focusing is more then the fisical body. There are subtle ways in which we perceive reality… we feel… we get informations… we elaborate them… and then this kind of intelligence that we call body resumes the present experience with a Felt Sense. May be the energetical body that surrounds the fisical body is more important of what we think (John Pierrakos), maybe the brain is not the seat of all our memories (Rupert Sheldrake)… May be what we call implicit intelligence is more like Programms that allow the living creatures to play life… There is a lot more to experience from inside in order to understand this complexity, and Focusing is the best tool I know to do this, as it is a ‘First Person Science’ (Gendlin). In any case, experience and knowledge has to go on… and we could have the honor to continue the work of our master.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Becoming more conscious about our real nature and the ways we function, feeling it from inside, will help us to develop our immense potential as human beings.
A Taste of TAE (Thinking at the Edge) Workshop 1 Felt-sensing and TAE with Art at the Museum. By: Wendi Maurer and Hanspeter Mühlethaler

CURRICULUM

Dr. Wendi S. Maurer

Dr. Wendi S. Maurer is a Certified Focusing Oriented Psychologist in private practice since 1991. She is available in person and through Telehealth. Dr. Maurer is active on the TIFI Membership Committee and has taught many Focusing classes. Look for A Taste of TAE  and Being Human – Losing, Living and Carrying Forward. She specializes in Healthy Coping and Meaning in Life, Grief and Loss and helping others find their spirit. Dr. Maurer is a Coordinator-in-Training, through Ann Weiser-Cornell, providing training and promoting those interested in becoming trainers. Learn more at drwendimaurer.com.

Hanspeter Mühlethaler

Hanspeter Mühlethaler is a Certified Focusing Professional. He is retired from his primary career as a Physicist and Engineering. Now Hanspeter is active on the TIFI Board of Trustees. His main interests are in the philosophical aspects of Focusing, especially in the practice of TAE which he taught at Universities in  Switzerland. He also combines Focusing/TAE with mountain hiking. Please find Hanspeter’s offers for counseling and guided hikes on www.hpm-focusing.ch (in German!)


Description of the Workshop

Can you imagine a world where you clearly say exactly what you mean and you are understood on a deep human level? In Thinking at the Edge (TAE) we connect to the implicit meaning in observations, sentences, words, experiences … and let our own expressible meanings emerge. Sensing into the “the more” about a topic – a word, a story, a piece of art …  can open new and deep insights into the topic and also about our own being human in the world. In two interactive workshops, we will share exercises from our regular online classes, “A Taste of TAE”. In workshop 1, We will be taking a short bus ride and we will be bringing our Felt-sensing to an Art Museum – Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay www.macay.org! All are welcome – we invite experienced TAE’ers and beginners to enjoy the creative and stimulating power of TAE together.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

TAE and this workshop will liberate us from our pure cognitive/logical thinking by integrating our felt sensing as a source of understanding. This lets us experience ourselves more deeply and experience more clearly how we are connected with others and our environment.
A Taste of TAE (Thinking at the Edge) Workshop 2 Felt-sensing and TAE with Music, By: Hanspeter Mühlethaler and Wendi Maurer

CURRICULUM

Dr. Wendi S. Maurer

Dr. Wendi S. Maurer is a Certified Focusing Oriented Psychologist in private practice since 1991. She is available in person and through Telehealth. Dr. Maurer is active on the TIFI Membership Committee and has taught many Focusing classes. Look for A Taste of TAE  and Being Human – Losing, Living and Carrying Forward. She specializes in Healthy Coping and Meaning in Life, Grief and Loss and helping others find their spirit. Dr. Maurer is a Coordinator-in-Training, through Ann Weiser-Cornell, providing training and promoting those interested in becoming trainers. Learn more at drwendimaurer.com.

Hanspeter Mühlethaler

Hanspeter Mühlethaler is a Certified Focusing Professional. He is retired from his primary career as a Physicist and Engineering. Now Hanspeter is active on the TIFI Board of Trustees. His main interests are in the philosophical aspects of Focusing, especially in the practice of TAE which he taught at Universities in  Switzerland. He also combines Focusing/TAE with mountain hiking. Please find Hanspeter’s offers for counseling and guided hikes on www.hpm-focusing.ch (in German!)


Description of the Workshop

Can you imagine a world where you clearly say exactly what you mean and you are understood on a deep human level? In Thinking at the Edge (TAE) we connect to the implicit meaning in observations, sentences, words, experiences … and let our own expressible meanings emerge. Sensing into the “the more” about a topic – a word, a story, a piece of art …  can open new and deep insights into the topic and also about our own being human in the world. In two interactive workshops, we will share exercises from our regular online classes, “A Taste of TAE”. In workshop 1, We will be taking a short bus ride and we will be bringing our Felt-sensing to an Art Museum – Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay www.macay.org! All are welcome – we invite experienced TAE’ers and beginners to enjoy the creative and stimulating power of TAE together.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

TAE and this workshop will liberate us from our pure cognitive/logical thinking by integrating our felt sensing as a source of understanding. This lets us experience ourselves more deeply and experience more clearly how we are connected with others and our environment.
Be the Change: Accessing Our Ancestors as a Force for Activism Using Focusing By Beilah Ross

CURRICULUM

Beilah Ross, LICSW, has been practicing Clinical Social Work for over 20 years, has been Focusing since 2006, and gained certification as a Focusing-Oriented therapist in 2009. She works in private practice with adults, couples and children, using Focusing and other experiential modalities to help her clients connect with body-centered wisdom.  She teaches Focusing to individuals and groups through community workshops. She has led workshops on healing inter-generational trauma using FOT, accessing ancestral wisdom with Focusing and is interested in running future workshops on how Focusing can support anti-racist action.

Description of the Workshop

We find ourselves living in a time where demagoguery, tribalism, xenophobia, and racist, classist policy seem to be gaining ground across the world. How can we cope with the fear, anger, despair and helplessness we feel whenever we read the news? We know that Focusing can help us move from paralysis to action through embodied awareness. Focusing can also facilitate embodied connection with ancestors, who can listen to our distress, care for us when we’re depleted, comfort us when we feel hopeless and guide us when we need a way forward. Our ancestors can offer a wider perspective that comes from their own lived experience, and from having watched human history over time. Whether they were oppressors, the oppressed, or a mixture of both, their legacy can fuel us to challenge oppressive systems, within and without. When we work with ancestors using Focusing, our anger and heartbreak can be transformed into resolve and resilience to be the change we wish to see in the world.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

For systemic racism, capitalism and imperialism to continue, these systems must authorize and normalize many forms of dehumanization. We can divest from and transform these systems through doing the work of acknowledging what our ancestors have been through, what they have done, and what can we do, now, to arrest dehumanizing practices. If our ancestors were oppressed, we can recover their humanity by honoring their stories, and if they were oppressors, we can examine how they were taught to abandon their humanity for power and privilege. By claiming our ancestors, we forge a more holistic identity of ourselves, and from this place of wholeness, we can become a more positive force in the world, among our fellow humans.
The Stories That Want to Be Told: Focusing to Find, Tell and Write Them By Susan Rudnick

CURRICULUM

Susan Rudnick,LCSW, works in private practice in New York City as an FOT with a psychoanalytic background. She is a published haiku poet and her memoir: Edna’s Gift: How My Broken Sister Taught Me To Be Whole will be published in June 2019. Susan enjoys the interface between Spirituality and Focusing, as a longtime passion. She is a  practitioner of Zen Buddhism

Description of the Workshop

We are all story tellers! But sometimes just the thought of picking up a pen can create anxiety. Our critics wake up. We despair at being able to express what is inside of us. We will work with writing as a natural part of the focusing process, a tool to reflect back and expand our felt senses. When we put pen to paper, the pen is an extension of our hand, a part of our bodies that is reaching further. Focusing can be used in all aspects of the writing process: to find what we want to write,     reflect on what we have written so far and to find “the more” that is within. This workshop is an opportunity to embark on a creative adventure of self-discovery with written words

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

When we find our stories, we connect to the true self within. When we write them we share the gift of our humanity with others, which enriches us all.
Attention and Focusing for people who have pain, symptoms and/or chronic diseases. By Eduardo Blacher and Yanina Blacher

CURRICULUM

FOT Yanina Blacher

I’m a Person-Centered counselor, in my training I found that Gestalt and Focusing are available to accompany my internal processes and facilitate others’ processes.

I live them day by day, I practice them and teach them.

FOT Eduardo Blacher

With Focusing I found answers to unknown parts of my self and with this discipline I learned to find these parts.

I create my sickness, I heal it.


Description of the Workshop

The body speaks from that bodily, organismic and available wisdom to every HUMAN BEING, we can listen to it with Focusing, when our body gets sick, it lets us know that something in our Being is unsettled, if we learn to decode its message, from a place of loving, accepting and “whole” attention, we can repair that which the body expressed as a communication mechanism. The workshop will be offered as theoretical-experiential format, there will be a demonstration and openness to consultations. The workshop will last 2.5 to 3 hours.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The human being is sentient, emotional and a thinking being. Many or most of the time, it thinks so much that it relegates the other two aptitudes to a second plane, which makes it less of that BEING HUMAN. When I say “is”, I’m saying “I am”, I’m saying “we are.” Being Human is that being that thinks, feels, says and acts congruently, what Gendlin calls “internal crucial agreement.” My Being is humanized in the encounters with others, it finds itself in and with others, we nourish each other, we re-know ourselves and others in community. My desire for this encounter, is to contribute my humanity so I can find the humanity in all the others that participate.
How to Weave in Focusing Essense to Mental Health Workshops By Akiko Doi

CURRICULUM

Akiko Doi, Ph.D. is a Focusing Professional, studied with Akira Ikemi, Certfying Coordinator in Japan. She is a certified clinical psychologist and teaches counseling at a university in Kobe, Japan. She offeres couneling for company employees and healing professionals. Her interest includes using Focusing for self-care and promoting personal develpment.

Description of the Workshop

Whenever you are asked to give a lecture, talk or a workshop on mental health/communication/self-care,  you can put Focusing in it (secretly, sometimes). Many Focusing-oriented excercises have been developed in the Japanese Focusing communities, and Japanese Focusers are enjoying them for themselves and are using them to teach Focusing or invite more people to join us. In this workshop, I will introduce how I put Focuing essense in various workshops: in what context, in what form, and for what kind of participants. Then we will try and enjoy some of the Focusing-oriented excercises that I often use in my workshops. I would also like to hear how you do to teach and spread Focusing into your communities.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Focusing gives a connection between understanding and experience, which makes every and any workshop truly experiential. By touching down inside, we can connect to our inner knowing and recover the “human” connection with others.
Healing Trauma through Focusing By Nancy Falls

CURRICULUM

Nancy Falls is a registered psychotherapist practicing in Ontario Canada. In addition to her private practice, Nancy is the manager of Training and Consultation at Radius Child and Youth Services. She has helped to organize a trauma training program for therapists working with children and youth who have experienced trauma. Nancy uses Focusing as a means of helping people connect with their body and the wisdom found within. She has been focusing since the late 1980’s and as a certifying coordinator, Nancy also offers courses related to training Focusing Oriented Psychotherapists. For more information, please visit Nancy’s website at, www.nancyfalls.com


Description of the Workshop

When trauma happens in the body, it is important to help people heal their connection to their body. One of the common struggles people have following a traumatic experience is that their bodies may become acutely attuned to assess for danger and trigger their flight/fight/freeze response. What often arises are difficulties managing their emotional response to situations, and people may become flooded or overwhelmed by their emotions or become disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations in their bodies. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the journey from dysregulation to regulation and how Focusing can be an effective tool to achieve emotional regulation and connection within them selves and with others.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

Trauma is a universal experience. The experience can include natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes or wildfires or of it can be of man-made design such as abuse, neglect or witnessing violence. While the type of trauma may differ around the world, our bodily response is common. The experience of trauma activates a physiological response that then can be acutely attuned to detect danger. As humans, it is important to understand the universal impact of trauma, and to see how our beings are changed by the experience. Focusing provides a gentle and compassionate approach to help reconnect to our bodies. Being human is to listen to our bodies, to find the commonality of the impact of trauma, and to learn how our bodies can help to heal us from the impact of trauma.
Kanga Focusing: A mindful Focusing on the selves behind each thought By Akira Ikemi

CURRICULUM

Studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago. Taught full time at a number of universities in Japan and is currently professor of psychotherapy at Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology. Certifying coordinator of the The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) and former board member and a former ILC member.  Also served as a board member of other organizations including the World Association for Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling.  In the last 10 years, he has written 20 books and book chapters (8 in English) and 30 articles in academic and professional journals (9 in English).

Description of the Workshop

Kanga Focusing comes from my experience in Focusing and mindfulness meditation.  We will learn to let go the “me” who is Focusing, and just become aware of breathing, sitting, the thoughts that occur.  We will notice that any thought is related to an implicit sense of self who thinks these things. Visualize the self behind a thought.  Send gratitude and compassion to each self behind the thought, instead of trying to change or get rid that self.  Kanga Focusing is done in pairs, and in this way, it is different from meditation in that the experiencing process will carry forward in the interaction with the listener.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

I know from Heidegger and Gendlin that humans are a kind of being who reflects on the kind of beings that they are. Kanga Focusing in particular, and Focusing in general, is a mode of reflection on how one lives—in other words existence.  The ontic reflection of my existence brings to light the ontological nature of the kind of beings that humans are.  To the extent that my reflection on my existence has resonance to your existence, we may elucidate the kind of beings that you and I, as humans, are. (Since I am also in philosophy, I have difficulty with this, I get too serious with this theme—but that only testifies to the “human-ness” of what I am presenting.)
Generating a Culture of Peace. By Beatrice Blake and Heazel Martínez

CURRICULUM

Beatrice Blake

Certified Focusing Instructor since 2000 and Certifying Coordinator with TIFI. She teaches Generating a Culture of Peace, where Empathic Communication is the gateway to the felt sense. Beatrice also teaches TAE (Thinking at the Edge). She loves to meet Focusing practitioners from all over the world in her online classes in English and Spanish.

Heazel Martínez

has studied Focusing and Empathic Communication since 2012. She has taught youth groups, prison staff and NGO teams. Focusing has given her a life full of hope on the path of personal growth and healing. This motivates her to share the benefits of Focusing with everyone.


Description of the Workshop

Generating a Culture of Peace shows how to express yourself authentically, but always encouraging dialogue. It enables us to listen not only to our needs, but the needs of others. Many times they are not the same! Focusing on our needs empowers us not to flee from conflict, but to see it as an opportunity. In this experiential workshop we will play the Feelings and Needs Card Game. In El Salvador, we use this simple but profound game to help people deal with interpersonal communication.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

All human beings have needs. In fact, having needs is what unites us. But often our upbringing has not taught us that recognizing our beautiful human needs and expressing them is a fundamental part of life. Recognizing our needs creates internal space conducive to the formation of a deeper, more global felt sense of our situations.
Focusing and Uncertainty By Paula Riveros

CURRICULUM

Paula Riveros is Focusing Trainer certified by Edgardo Riveros in Santiago de Chile. She is of Colombian nationality and is currently the coordinator of Focusing for Colombia. She works as Life Coach and in the processes with her clients she uses Focusing, Bach Flowers and Mindfulness. He holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University.

Description of the Workshop

The workshop is designed to integrate the practice of Focusing in periods of change and uncertainty. Not knowing what will happen many times immobilizes the Human Being and does not allow him to take that step forward. Not knowing how to be or listen to the body that is experiencing uncertainty generates a lot of anguish, in some people, also preventing this step forward and a clear vision of what happens to it.

How your presentation contributes to “Ser Humano”?

The Human Being is life, life is a process of continuous change both in our interior and in our exterior, at a corporal, mental, process, evolution, etc. level. In this continuous movement, and more so now that the world changes by leaps and bounds, we look for firm ground, sometimes with the inability to find it. Focusing is a process that by integrating it into our life gives us an unconditional light, which inhabits in us the Human Beings, the wisdom of the body.