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.
In this Relational Wholebody Focusing video Karen and Katrijn introduce the practice as they talk about their workshop in Belgium.
Babies and children grow and develop into healthy whole human beings through safe and healthy attachment experiences with primary care-takers such as parents, family members, and later on, community members. All of us learn to feel safe and thrive inside our early home environments because […]
Shirley Turcotte, RCC, lived with and then worked on trauma for more than half a century, both as a survivor and as a trauma therapist. The daughter of a Métis Aboriginal father and a Russian Mennonite refuge mother, she used her own experiences and cultural strengths to develop ingenious, practical […]
This book, co-authored with Nina Papadapoulos, documents the training of teacher trainers in the IRC’s Female Education Program (FEP) in psychosocial wellness models. and the development of teacher training materials for IRC refugee teachers in 2002. A reflective process was used to raise awareness, to build […]
Patty, Anna and Nina share what Focusing means to them. They share, from personal experience, what Focusing is, how it is useful in everyday life and in what ways it helps when dealing with everyday challenges.
Community wellness is based on a public health approach with two assumptions. First, most illnesses are preventable, including various types of mental illness. Second, the community itself contains many solutions to its own health needs and already has many techniques to encourage resilience and wellness. […]
This short video explains how simple Focusing is to learn and to use. It is written by Cynthia Spellman, MD and animated by Ruslan Mityayev.
I stepped off the plane in Islamabad, Pakistan, with many questions on my mind. I did not know if the Pakistani people would feel hopeful or hopeless. When I was there two years ago, everyone was stressed and hope seemed out of reach. Many areas […]
I have worked or lived in trauma for more than half a century, both as a survivor of trauma and as a trauma therapist. I am the daughter of a Métis Aboriginal father, who survived the generational impacts of genocidal colonization and residential school fallout; […]
From September 12 – 25, 2015, Pat Omidian, PhD, travelled to Japan to lead experiential workshops and lecture on Community Wellness Focusing in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. … After the workshop, [a participant] told the story to 5th grade children (10-11 years old) at school. [She] taught a domestic science class by telling them about the positive deviant woman and avoidance of Ebola as a case. How important it is to devise ideas at home!
Focusing Initiatives International mentors people through a Focusing-based practice of listening, offering supportive guidance and coaching. Our intensely practical method deepens your work by helping individuals and groups access inner wisdom. When you listen to each other differently — from a place of compassion and […]
An Online Community Wellness Initiative Nurturing and Sustaining “Interactive Focusing” The work of Dr. Janet Klein and Dr. Mary McGuire Message from Dr. Mary McGuire, Co-Creator of Interactive Focusing Dr. Janet Klein and I, for many years, were co-creating and developing the Interactive Focusing […]
Are you a psychosocial or development professional looking for more effective ways of working with groups? Would you enjoy feeling more comfortable and at ease, in helping groups turn conflicting perspectives into new creative possibilities? Are you a Focusing or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practitioner interested […]
Katrijn: “It only becomes fun when there is a real problem” When I practice clowning this sentence feels so right for me. My clown can be so alive when my clowning partner offers me a situation I cannot respond in an obvious way. The search for my own right action brings up creativity, emotion, honesty and so much joy.
In my daily life fun is often hard to find when struggling with the problems life is offering me. I get caught up, lose myself and my connection to others. I am running on a treadmill like a little mouse.
Our staff members at the Confidence Clinic were selected and trained to be nonjudgmental and accepting. The Focusing attitude of compassionate curiosity was helpful. One participant who had a lot of anger problems and came to us just after completing drug rehabilitation described how that “compassionate curiosity” […]
My colleague Nina Lawrence and I started teaching the Focusing process one year ago in a workshop for 11 management and health staff from an Afghan non-governmental association called Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA) in Peshawar, Pakistan. The efforts are to help Afghan refugees and […]
As a medical anthropologist, just back from two months in Liberia working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), I was featured as one of five experts in the September 25 issue ofTime Magazine, a prominent American weekly news magazine. Click here to see the […]
The Confidence Clinic women are survivors. Some of them come to us having survived horrendous abuse. Most of them are responsible for feeding and raising their children under very difficult conditions. They are struggling under huge financial limitations, overcoming social and economic barriers, carrying the burden […]
The paradigm we’re currently living in makes assumptions that most of us consciously and unconsciously live from. Some of these are beliefs in scarcity and lack, that someone needs to lose for us to win, that we have to use coercion, convincing, manipulation or people […]
The Confidence Clinic was created to help women reclaim control over their own lives. And the staff intentionally stepped back from any presumption of professionalism, any sense that they were part of that group of “expert” people who exercise control over others.
In a flyer advertising my book Creating Confidence: How to Do Social Work Without Destroying People’s Souls, I stated that my expertise consists of knowing that I’m not really an expert in anything other than myself. A friend responded by saying that, in her opinion, I was an expert in a great many more things than “myself”. But I didn’t make that statement to be modest. I wanted to make a point about experts and expertise.