We are pleased to offer courses over the fall, winter, and spring semester. Classes are often taken for both personal interest and professional development. The professional development track includes two streams (www.focusingonborden.com/training).
As Focusing is a level of human process rather than simply a technique, all courses are taught experientially and in groups (www.focusing.org/trainer). Groups are facilitated by our Director Jan Winhall and by both our Focusing Trainers and Focusing Oriented Therapists. If you would like more information or are interested in registering for a course, please click here to contact us directly.
Fall 2018 Courses* new!
Steadying Your Boat in a Storm: Exploring Emotional Regulation in Focusing Practice Part 2.
Part 1 is not needed to enroll in this course.
The capacity to ground ourselves, to feel safe and regulated inside our bodies, is perhaps the most fundamental skill that we can achieve in a lifetime. Some of us are lucky and we learn these skills and the felt sense in our bodies from our loving caretakers. Others spend the better part of their existence trying to create a safe nest in which to grow and heal.
We will continue to explore the following questions......How emotionally regulated are you and those around you? Do you have a safe nest? Do you need more or less safety in your life? This course will explore Jan Winhall’s Felt Sense Experience Model as it relates to emotional regulation. We will work with Focusing Oriented Strategies to deepen our Focusing practice and learn about the role that trauma plays in our capacity to heal. We will explore more deeply Gendlin's notion of Process Skipping. Well developed by the BioSpiritual Focusing Group, process skipping is the name that Gene gave for skipping over the implicit process that is calling our attention. We do this when we fear that we will be emotionally disregulated if we deal with uncomfortable feelings. Sometimes this involves using behaviours that become addictive as a way of coping with stress. Together we will create a safe space to explore these skipping behaviours, and to begin to unravel their histories. Some Focusing experience is helpful, but not necessary.
This course is co-led by Jan Winhall and Jon Herberman
Focusing Oriented Therapy Group
Our Women's-only Focusing-Oriented Therapy Group is an on-going therapy group that runs for 10 week sessions. In the safety of our community, group members have an opportunity to learn about themselves and each other in a dynamic interactive environment. We explore issues that arise as people deepen their focusing practice and form connections with other group members.
This class is co-led by Jan Winhall and Anne Fenn
Focusing for Women
In this women's group, participants will learn the embodiment and contemplative practice of Focusing as they work through an issue in their life. The women's group will create a space to share and learn more about ourselves and each other, with the ultimate goal of moving a personal or professional objective forward.
The 6 steps of Focusing will be taught, including finding the felt sense (your body's wisdom), as well as two supporting core skills of Focusing. The first skill is how to deeply listen to a "focuser." The second is the focusing attitude.
This course is co-led by Annette Dubreuil and Nicole Mitchell. Read more about this course here