Interactive Focusing was developed by Janet Klein and Mary McGuire. It is a wonderful tool to enhance empathic understanding of yourself and others, and create deep connections with yourself and others. You can also work in a safe way with conflict, misunderstanding or disagreement between people. It can be used with Focusing partners, couples, families and groups.
During our 8 two-hour sessions we will be together and get to know all about Interactive Focusing step by step. You will learn about the four building blocks, the Interactive Focusing format, how to focus and how to listen in Interactive Focusing, and the similarities and differences with traditional Focusing in partnerships. There will be many exercises to truly experience it in your own body.
We work with a small group (minimum 8 and maximum 12 participants).
Trainers: Masumi Maeda and Tine Swyngedouw
Masumi Maeda is a female certified clinical psychologist, Focusing oriented psychotherapist and Focusing trainer of the International Focusing Institute, from Japan. She had the privilege of training directly with Janet Klein and Mary McGuire for almost ten years and created teaching programs with them. She translated Janet Klein’s Interactive Focusing Therapy into Japanese in 2005. She wrote a handbook about Interactive Focusing with Mieko Ito in Japanese in 2016. In 2021 she published her Japanese “Interactive Focusing Seminar” book. She is one of the few Master teachers Interactive Focusing in the world and gave many workshops Interactive Focusing in Japan, China, Belgium and US.
Tine Swyngedouw is a female certified clinical psychologist, experiential psychotherapist, focusing trainer and certifying focusing coordinator of The International Focusing Institute from Belgium. She wrote the book ‘Focusing. Leven in verbinding met je innerlijk kompas’. She learned Interactive Focusing from Janet Klein and Mary McGuire in Chicago in 1995. She studied Interactive Focusing with Masumi Maeda since 2015 and got certified as Interactive Focusing teacher by her and Mary McGuire in 2017.
Dates and Fee:
Each of the eight two hour-sessions will be held on a Monday, from September 4, 2023 to October 23 2023. The time of the workshop is 7-9pm Tokyo, 12-2pm Brussels, 6-8am New York.
The fee is $350 US.
Requirements: this workshop is for experienced Focusers who are familiar with Focusing partnerships
The video of the sessions will be available to the participants until one month after all sessions.
Focusing Initiatives International (FII) is hosting the workshop. If you have questions about subscribing and/or payment, please contact FII.
If you want to get the certificate, you need to attend at least 7 sessions live. If you miss one, you will have to look at the video of the session and also have an individual session with Masumi or Tine before the next class. You will need to pay 60 Euro for this 50-minute individual session.
PLEASE NOTE: We are thankful to Barbara Dickinson (Certified Focusing Professional and Interactive Focusing Teacher) for being our technical assistant during the workshop and for helping with the translation into English of our teaching materials.
Interactive Focusing: a webinar