Focusing-Oriented Therapy: Using the ‘Felt Sense’ to Optimize Clinical Effectiveness
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD
July 24 – 28, 2017 • Monday – Friday
Focusing is an introspective mind-body method developed by Eugene Gendlin out of psychotherapy research he did with Carl Rogers. They found that investigating the body’s experience of an emotional issue was particularly effective for achieving personal change. Focusing helps patients access their “felt sense” or implicit body wisdom—which lies right at the edge of conscious awareness. Patients speak from their feelings instead of about them, and are often released from “stuck” places. By turning attention to the ‘felt sense’, something fresh emerges into conscious awareness, bringing clarity, coherence, and new possibilities for change. By accessing the felt sense, issues surface rapidly and become clearer and more amenable to change. Focusing is also a form of psychotherapeutic mindfulness practice that accesses emotional intelligence through the messages of one’s body.
This seminar will teach the Focusing process and how it can augment any form of psychotherapy. It will include didactic lectures, experiential exercises, case presentations, and discussions. You will also learn how to utilize this six-step introspective process for your own well-being as well as in supervision. Participants with no knowledge of Focusing as well as those with some background in this method will benefit from the seminar.
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
Monday, July 24, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017