The Annual Focusing Initiatives International Benefit and Community Gathering December 15, 2016, 6-9pm New York City Honoree: DaRa Elebe Williams In recognition of her work with FII in bringing the healing modality of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy to our communities We cordially invite you […]
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.
In this brief discussion, Karen and Katrijn describe their up-coming workshop in Belgium on October 28-30, 2016. Here’s how to register.
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.
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; […]