The opening paragraph from the seventh chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s first volume, on “The Process”. What is experiential teaching? Experiential teaching a) uses experiential methods, b) teaches from an experience held in the body in the moment, c) is about the student’s own just experienced […]
The opening paragraph from the sixth chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s first volume, on “The Process”. Introduction: First Principles of Learning- Before commenting on the teaching of Focusing, I would like to point to how we learn many things and that we learn through some methods […]
I am troubled by the news each day. And at the same time I cannot wait to read the next horrible thing. It’s like I have a toothache and my tongue just has to rub it to make sure it still hurts. It’s not a […]
Many of us are feeling shock and hopelessness at this time of public polarization following current world events. We find ourselves in a world that is driven by fear, mistrust and divisiveness. How can we deal with these disturbing feelings? Consider attending this webinar: “Introduction […]
The opening paragraph from the fifth chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s first volume, on “The Process”. The empathic moment, a brief history– After some basic ground work was done on the Interactive Focusing model, I recognized a big piece was still needed. This interactive model was […]
Writing is a powerful process. One of my favorite classes at the Confidence Clinic I facilitated involved using a writing exercise I learned from Lawson Inada, a Japanese American poet who grew up in Pasadena, California, spending several years during World War II in one […]
As the program supervisor and an instructor for FII’s AFOT initiative, DaRa Williams was recently invited to speak about AFOT in a radio interview on New York’s WBAI “Positive Mind”. Her approach to AFOT arises from her work with clients on issues of trauma, oppression […]
( We are planning a webinar on the topics discussed below – your fears and uncertainties, unfolding political and social events that are affecting you, and being the ‘middle of action’. Please check back on this website for more information) When we are in the […]
In this brief discussion, Karen and Katrijn describe their up-coming workshop in Belgium on March 31 – April 2, 2017. Here’s how to register.
The opening line from the fourth chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s first volume, on “The Process”. What is Interactive Focusing Interactive Focusing is what I call the third stage in the developmental line of Focusing or body sense-based practices. To read more, click the link below:
The opening paragraph from the third chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s first volume, on “The Process”. The Essentials of Teaching Focusing: The Four Building Blocks In the beginning–I have developed a method of teaching the essentials of Focusing, Interactive Focusing and Compassionate, Empathic Listening which I […]
The opening paragraph from the second chapter of Dr. Janet Klein’s volume on “The Process”. The Experiencing of Experience: Interactive Focusing as a way to health experiencing deficit disorder The experiencing of experience is not to just have the experience, nor is it only to […]
We often think about and talk about the first two of these: ‘fight’ or ‘flight’. And those of us in the business of working with populations in trauma talk also about ‘freeze’ and its role in stress and fear. But something came to a friend […]
As Focusing Initiatives International completes its third year, we are excited to share how our work is moving to a new level. We have observed for some time that our projects and workshops have a far-reaching impact, as individuals typically take the tools they’ve learned […]
Why an experiential lexicon? When exploring an experiential terrain, we need to define things from the inner experiencing of the journey. We need a new kind of dictionary, what I call an experiential lexicon. We need a way of knowing from the experience that forms […]
Join Lynn and Charlotte on November 15, 2016. In this video they explain their upcoming workshop and how they will explore how we can sense into our relationships as well as ourselves, and the other. We will show how giving voice to all three dimensions (the […]
Focusing Initiatives International has learned that when people are frightened, when passions run high, listening – deep listening so that people really feel heard – creates a kind of space for healing. We understand that when people do not feel heard, they cannot listen.
The Interactive Focusing Model Short form for Dyads By Dr. Janet Klein (This brief outline is useful as a guide for Interactive Focusing work in pairs. Those who have taken a course will find it useful.) Part One: The Focuser’s Story The Focuser tells her […]
An exciting, upcoming training with Miki Kashtan will involve Convergent Facilitation, a new and powerful method of particular benefit to Focusers. 1. Convergent Facilitation is an approach you can use within your own family. Focusing practice can be a great way to develop our listening […]
It feels like the world is stuck at the extreme ends of the social and political spectrums. Everyone seems to be yelling, yet few really stop to listen.This is happening around the elections in the US. We saw it happen with Brexit. And everyday the […]
PHASE 1: For Focuser: 1) Finding larger Self in wholebody grounded presence which includes You. Really sensing into the embodied Self, the Environment, and You There. First, there is Me Here, separately from You. (5 min) 2) Listener shares how their body and being is impacted […]
When Wajid Syed and Pat Omidian of Focusing Initiatives International began working with community leaders from the war-torn Western region of Pakistan, they found that these leaders were often as traumatized as the people they were being trained to help. Their first task, then, has […]
Person centered and focusing oriented approaches to the therapeutic alliance emphasize therapist empathy and unconditional positive regard as crucial to the client’s healing process. However, therapists’ nervous systems may become burdened by empathy fatigue and “burnout” from listening to clients in this way (Stebnicki, 2007). Wholebody Focusing Oriented Therapy (WBFOT) offers an effective antidote to “- empathy fatigue -”.
[This abridged article was written by Dr. Klein in 2001. References to on-going work are preserved as part of the original article. At the Center for Interactive Focusing, we hope one day, with the help of members of the Interactive Focusing Community, to carry on […]
It was a challenge to create a structure that would allow for interaction while preserving each person’s material and boundaries. An interaction would be a perfect vehicle for relationship processing.