"Focusing touches into the heart of healing and provides us with a daily practice of our own as well as a profound relational context in which to offer healing experiences for people" - Jan Winhall
For individuals interested in teaching Focusing or practicing Focusing-Oriented Therapy, two certification streams are available. Both streams are recognized by The International Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org).
The Focusing Professional stream is a two year program that involves completing six courses, co-leading groups, and creating a project that integrates Focusing into another area of interest. During that time the student is involved in an ongoing Focusing Partnership and attends monthly Trainers meetings. Students certify with The Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org/trainer) in New York City and attend a Weeklong Training and Graduation at the end of their studies.
The Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT) stream requires that students have a postgraduate degree in counselling or equivalent and meet the criteria for Focusing Professional (www.focusing.org/psychotherapy) This involves an additional third year comprised of three courses, monthly FOT training meetings and a paper that integrates FOT with another modality or aspect of psychotherapy. The meetings cover case supervision, review of FOT literature and supervising the student paper. Students are involved in ongoing Focusing Partnerships, co-teaching courses and co-leading groups. Certification is with The Focusing Institute in New York City (www.focusing.org). They become members of The International Association of Focusing Oriented Therapists (www.focusingtherapy.org).
Focusing-Oriented Therapists Training Group
Meetings are held once a month for students in the Focusing-Oriented Therapy stream. These meetings cover case and research supervision, planning for groups and retreats, as well as review of FOT literature.
Focusing Trainers Meeting
Meetings are held once a month for individuals in the Focusing Professional stream. These meetings cover project and individual supervision, planning for groups, retreats and social gatherings.