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Saturday morning 11am
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The radical acceptance of everything - what the **** does that really mean? Barbara McGavin Workshop Music Room
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Ann and I have been promoting the ‘radical acceptance of everything’ for years - and I know that phrase is open to radical misunderstanding. So, what does it mean to radically accept? Is this something that you want in your life? How can we radically accept what is inside us? Inside others? What kind of impact does that have in our lives? How can we ‘radically accept’ people that we are in adamant disagreement with? What kinds of lines between okay and not okay should we draw? Should we draw lines? How? And how can we live in a way that does not make living in a radically accepting way into another ’should’ that we then beat ourselves up with (the exact opposite of radical acceptance ;-)? In these two hours we will explore these questions experientially.
Barbara McGavin Biography
Barbara is a well known Focusing trainer and coordinator. She teaches on her own and in partnership with Ann Weiser Cornell.
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International Trainers wanted! Learn how to participate in Focusing research! Beatrice Blake Workshop Garden Room
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Focusing research has previously been done with rather small participant numbers. Recently-developed computer programs now allow Focusing trainers from all over the world to pool our data, enabling valid quantitative and qualitative research on Focusing trainings and FOT therapy. TFI's Research Group has developed easy-to-use pre- and post-training surveys that feature well-validated research instruments (in many languages) along with Focusing-related questions. Learn how it works and how you can participate. We need you!
Beatrice Blake Biography
A Trainer since 2000, Beatrice Blake teaches TAE and combines Focusing with Nonviolent Communication. Although community Focusing classes are much needed, it’s difficult to fund them without evidence-based studies--so she works with TFI's Research Group to develop ways for trainers to gather data on Focusing outside the therapy room.
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My biotope Chris Van de Veire Workshop Auditorium Lounge
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The word biotope literally means an area where life lives. We know that plants and animals have their own biotope or natural habitat, and so do human beings. Most of us have developed skills and attitudes that permit us to create a living place in all kinds of environmental conditions. However, there is a specific optimal biotope where I, as this unique person, can best grow and flourish. In this workshop I want to guide you step by step in an experiential exercise that may help you to deepen your connection with the essence of who you are - by finding out which environment you need to achieve your full potential. You can either do this practice session in a focusing partnership or on your own by writing.
Chris Van de Veire Biography
Chris Van de Veire is a psychologist, Certifying Coordinator/Trainer of The Focusing Institute N.Y., Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist. She is an active member of the ‘Focussen Vlaanderen’ network. She lives in Bruges, where she combines her private practice as a psychotherapist with teaching Focusing. She is involved in the e-learning program ‘Counselling in Existential Welbeing’ University of Leuven – Prof. Dr. Mia Leijssen www.existentieelwelzijn.be
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Focusing-oriented coaching: concepts for practice & training Hejo Feuerstein
Aukje Strandstra
Presentation Linnett Room
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We are planning a training programme on Focusing-oriented and experiential coaching in Europe, and will be presenting it at the European coordinators meeting in Cambridge. Here we offer an opportunity for Focusing people around the world who are experienced in coaching. We will share ideas and experiences about concepts and topics, and demonstrate examples of Focusing-oriented coaching. Please bring your ideas, material and an experiential exercise if possible..
Hejo Feuerstein Biography
Hejo is a psychologist, a Focusing coordinator in Germany since 1987, and a professor of of applied psychology. He works as a Focusing-oriented and client-centered coach and psychotherapist and has developed training programmes in this area in Germany. Aukje Strandstra Biography
Aukje studied pedagogy and andragology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1987. She works through C-Consult, her own company, doing career coaching and Focusing.
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Finding a Handle For Violence In Our Lives F. Javier Romeo-Biedma Workshop Umney Lounge
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When we work with children and youth, with at-risk populations, in social settings, with clients in therapy, we can see the effects of violence in their lives. In this workshop we will work experientially to find a handle for violence in our own lives, as the first step to prevent and detect situations of violence. We will explore how to identify violence from a Focusing and embodied perspective to empower ourselves –transforming violence around us.
F. Javier Romeo-Biedma Biography
F. Javier Romeo-Biedma is a clinical psychologist, Certified Focusing Trainer and Psychotherapist based in Madrid, Spain, and an international consultant on Child Protection, Affectivity and Communication. His work with at-risk children and youth in Spain, Morocco and Mauritania has led him to research on violence prevention, detection and healing.
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http://www.conexionmasautentica.es/workshop-finding-a-handle-for-violence-in-our-lives-at-the-international-focusing-conference-2016-cambridge-uk
‘Thinking About’ : A method for a client who cannot face the core theme Ryuhei Koizumi Presentation Teaching Room 6
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As a therapist, we sometimes meet a client who avoid talking about the core theme which is thought to be essential for the situation to go forward. I such a case, we often use Clearing a Space to treat the core problem in the interview. But in some cases, it would not work well. Clients would not face the core theme by all means. ‘Thinking About’ (Koizumi, 2010) is useful as a method of interview for clients who cannot face their core problems and in the process of ‘Thinking About’ clients are able to change their attitude toward the core problem through an attitude of a focuser. And they can talk about their relationships with the core themes by through analogies. I would like to explain the theory of ‘Thinking About’ and report the case study of a client who was suffering from non-nurturing environment and who had danger of lacking a feeling of security when touching the core of the problem.
Ryuhei Koizumi Biography
Ryuhei KOIZUMI, Ph.D., Professor of Kindai University and focusing trainer had been working as a teacher of Kyoto prefectural high schools, the teachers' consultant of the board of education of Kyoto Prefecture, and the associate professor at Kyoto University of Education.
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"On the Other Hand...": weighing our options in handling life's transitions Larry Hurst Workshop Teaching Room 4
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This workshop is about finding empathic ways to explore some big and little choices that we need to make. Please bring a personal predicament, or something else not yet formed, which you will be comfortable to work with in a small group setting. You will be guided through some Focusing oriented body-centered exercises, drawn from Western and Eastern wisdoms, to help you felt-sense your way into and along your personal 'desire path.'
Larry Hurst Biography
I introduced Focusing into my life coaching and bodywork practices almost fifteen years ago and still marvel at the combined effect. Now I try to help others along the way, as a trainer, facilitator and explorer, as I stand at the fuzzy edge of full surrender to the voluntary sector.
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larry.hurst@focus-in-touch.com
The felt sense, the right brain and other people Peter Afford Presentation Umney Lecture Theatre
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The felt sense seems personal and leads us into our inner world. Neuroscience suggests it is a right brain phenomenon, and it also suggests that our right brains take account of what lies beyond the self. So we will explore the apparent paradox of the personal felt sense and the world of other people that we have to navigate. This will be a presentation with slides, personal reflection and group discussion.
Peter Afford Biography
I am a Focusing teacher from London. Focusing saved my sanity in the 1980's and I have been practicing it ever since. As well as teaching Focusing, I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have been studying and teaching neuroscience for some years.
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http://www.focusing.co.uk/bodybrain.html
Focusing, mindfulness and Buddhist meditation Campbell Purton Presentation Teaching Room 7
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Focusing, mindfulness and Buddhist meditation are practices that are in some ways similar. In this session I will be reflecting on what they have in common, how they are different, and how we might see the relationships between them. After pondering over these matters for some years I have come to the conclusion that a scheme drawn from the Buddhist tradition may provide a useful framework for discussion.
Campbell Purton Biography
I have a background in philosophy, and was involved in practicing and teaching person-centred therapy for around thirty years. Over the same period I have tried to maintain a Buddhist meditation practice. Since retirement I have returned to my special interest in the philosophy of both Buddhism and therapy.
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Focusing and storytelling Ruth Siebers Workshop Seminar Room
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fairytales and myths are treasures of wisdom. Like dreams they touch deeper levels of ourselves and can become helping, inspiring companions through life. In this workshop we will listen to one story. With the help of a meditative approach and focusing we will open up to be touched deeply and discover the message that is important for our own personal growth. We might get impulses to heal and to become whole
Ruth Siebers Biography
Ruth Siebers has been working more than 30 years with children as a rhythmic teacher. In her work with adults she combines body therapy and focusing. Her special love and interest belongs to dreamwork and the wisdom of folktales from all over the world. She lives in Zurich, Schwitzerland.
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Tasting, Dipping, Diving - Three modes of experiencing, well-being, and the creation of meaning. Ram Eisenberg Presentation Games Room
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Design is a field which requires an ability to work with implicit meanings, yet the general theory of design lacks the vocabulary to address these processes. In this session I will demonstrate how focusing and TAE were applied as research methodologies to the question of Well-being-in-place, in a Landscape architecture study. I will also present some tools developed and applied for teaching focusing at an architecture and landscape architecture school, and discuss their potential in other fields of creative study and practice. The session will include a slide presentation, some exercises in partnerships, and discussion. Participants will learn some terms and a theoretical model of experiencing, and will experience working with implicit meaning in a non-discursive context.
Ram Eisenberg Biography
Ram is an environmental designer living and practicing in Israel. He teaches landscape architecture at the Technion Israel institute of technology.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-G2GnqADyY
“Focusing & Sacred Movements” … to looking for a deep place inside… movement and sounds… Sergio Lara Workshop Chapel
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Opening a door to explore the body through some ancient universal movements. Step by step, we want to introduce the way of the gesture, circle dance, short sacred text and sounds. From this place we invite to resonate with the silent and to focus and to symbolize. Rediscover and experience it allows us to expand our consciousness and communicate with others from the spontaneity and the roots of "the village". Confortable clothes.
Sergio Lara Biography
I am a 'seeker of truth and justice' and values of unity, pluralism and diversity in different areas of human activity, social, psychological and spiritual. Teaching at Universities, experiential psychotherapy. Meditation instructor (christian and mindfulness) and wushu practitioner and other contemplative disciplines. Currently psychotherapist, supervisor and professor at the University San Sebastián.
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The dreamer’s dream Teresa Dawson Workshop Teaching Room A
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You care about your dreams. Yet beyond each dream there is 'you' as the dreamer. Have you ever wondered about who are you there, in a state of consciousness, not bound to time and space in the same way as you are in a physical awake state? Connect with yourself as the dreamer, get to know it better, it is a very supportive companion. In the workshop some tools will let you explore this connection.
Teresa Dawson Biography
Teresa Dawson, Switzerland. Certifying Coordinator. 32 years of professional experience, working as a therapist in Zurich, teaching Focusing and TAE at home, Dream Work at home and abroad. Her special approach to Dream Work is partially the outcome of a former intensive exchange with Gene Gendlin.
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http://www.focusingforum.ch
Dynamic Focusing with Children René Veugelers Workshop Junior Common Room (JCR)
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Non verbal communication, bodily expression, creativity and Focusing seems four different categories. In my work as a Children Focusing Professional and art therapist, I combine and connect these aspects to one whole system. This approach and attitude support ‘the living forward energy’ to glow, to move and to grow. I will show a taped session with Rex ( a depressed boy 13 years old) and we will explore new entries when a child, don't know the next step yet and how to integrate this into your own adult life and work!
René Veugelers Biography
René Veugelers is an Art therapist, Psychiatric nurse and group social worker, trained in Emerging Body Language ( EBL ), teaching Children Focusing Internationally. He is Focusing Coordinator for the Netherlands, where he works with parents, toddlers, children and adolescents, emphasizing the non-verbal world. www.ftcz.nl
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www.ftcz.nl