Focusing New England

Promoting focusing, listening, and personal growth in the New England area

Nov 8, 2014 – Focusing and Mindfulness: Awareness Practices for Psychotherapy

with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD and Ronald Siegel, PsyD

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
At MSPP, Newton


This workshop presents the theory and practice of Focusing and Mindfulness, and demonstrates the application of these methods in psychotherapy and in the self-care of therapists. Focusing is an evidenced method that attends to inner experience such that meanings can be discovered and carried forward. Mindfulness, an empirically validated psychotherapy treatment, has proven to be a powerful technique to augment virtually any form of counseling. The workshop is as relevant for persons who are not yet familiar with either one of these therapeutic practices as it is for persons already quite familiar with Focusing and /or Mindfulness.

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

Describe the theory underpinning the practices of Focusing and Mindfulness.
Discuss skills necessary to practice and guide others through these processes.
Demonstrate how Focusing and Mindfulness can be integrated into psychotherapy.
Practice skills for therapist self-care.

Program Code: FM06
6 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton


Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice for the past 35 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, and formerly at Andover Newton Theological School. Joan is a Certifying Coordinator for the Focusing Institute and has taught Focusing to therapists and health care professionals internationally for over three decades. She has written many articles on Focusing for professional journals in addition to chapters in edited collections. Recently she was awarded the Alice Ladas research award from the US Association for Body Psychotherapy for her research on Focusing with women with breast cancer

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and is coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain; coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, and co-editor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.

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