Focusing New England

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


Sunday December 10, 2017: Focusing: A Mindful Practice for Insight and Stress Reduction

With Cathy Cornell and Beilah Ross

Focusing is a quiet, meditative and gentle way to get in touch with one’s whole sense of a problem or situation. It shows how to go beyond your intellectualized views and to gain direct access to deeper and more authentic experience.  This introspective six-step process uses a “felt sense” or body wisdom to let personal life issues surface, becoming clearer and more amenable to change.

    

Developed by Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D., Focusing teaches a radical shift in attitude towards the self where one employs curiosity, kindness, friendliness and compassion as we listen attentively to what arises from within. The technique of Focusing is useful in reducing stress and in enhancing health. It also helps access creativity and deepen spirituality. Focusing is a tool to help renew one’s energy and sense of well-being, and to become more “in touch” with oneself.

Sunday December 10, 2017 2:00-4:00  at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or to preregister call
Cathy Cornell at 617-875-9046
Beilah Ross at 617-686-9378


Sunday Dec. 10, 2017: Pathways to Joy Bringing Positive Psychology Into Your Daily Life

With Joan Klagsbrun

We are a problem-oriented culture, one that pays a great deal of attention to what is wrong in our lives.  We spend far less time paying attention to all the positives – the experiences in which we feel most alive, the places where we have been resilient in the face of adversity, or the times when we feel joy. And we pay a price for gravitating towards the negative.

Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients’ capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health.

In this 2 ½ hour workshop, we will use Focusing to personally explore pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will then explore how to have greater access to these transformative moments.

This workshop contains 80% new material not covered in previous workshops as seen in the class objectives below.

The video link will be an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. The class will be held in meeting format and recorded so that all participants will see the presenter and each other. (There is an option to turn off your video if you prefer and technical instructions will be given at the class start). All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to view the class.

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Joan Klagsbrun, a practicing psychologist and longtime Certifying Coordinator, teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts.  She has taught Focusing internationally to therapists, health care providers and the public for over three decades.  Joan has written articles in professional journals, several chapters in books, and has a CD and a DVD. She was awarded the Alice Ladas research award for her study on Focusing with women with breast cancer.

Class Objectives:

  1. Explain how Focusing can be used to enhance and deepen “positivity.”
  2. Review and discuss one research study demonstrating the value of positive psychology.
  3. Practice how to better tap into your own positive experiences, so that you will be better prepared to do that for clients.
  4. Name two pillars of Joy.
  5. Identify two elements that lead to positive ‘defining experiences.’

 Registration

$75 for paid-up Institute members.
$90 for non-members.

THE SMALL PRINT

Refund policy: A full refund minus a $25 administrative fee for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable. The International Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or having the full enrollment fee returned to you.

For more information:

Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org or (845) 480-5111.
Product Code: W-171210-PTJ
$75.00


Sunday February 25, 2018: Unleash Your Creative Spirit With Focusing

With Judi Stein and Sophie Glikson

 As human beings, we all have the unique capacity to be creative in whatever form we choose. When accessing our creative potential, we reawaken a sense of playfulness and purpose, which frequently brings more vitality to our life. And sometimes the immense joy and sense of satisfaction that is experienced when creating are among the precious gems of life. At times, however, many of us find it difficult to tap into our innate creative abilities because of our fears, our inner critics, or our lack of confidence.

In this workshop, participants will be guided through Focusing and a series of creative experiences to find a pathway into their inner creativity. Focusing is a mindfulness practice that helps to reveal our internal experience of the events in our lives. By using a Focusing approach, we can tap into our inner resources and get a sense of what we are experiencing and how we might want to express it.

No experience or artistic abilities are necessary.

 

Judith Stein, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, who has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches and has been teaching and practicing mindfulness in the Boston area for many years. As a therapist, she relies on her mindfulness practice and focusing orientation as a foundation for her work with others.

Sophie Glikson is a certified Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the sate of Massachusetts. She offers coaching, psychotherapy and supervision in person in her Creative Pathways practice studio located in Medford, MA., or through online communication if applicable. To address clients’ aspirations, goals, strengths and concerns, she applies the wisdom of the heart, the principles of Mindfulness and Focusing, and the power of imagination.

Sunday February 25, 2018   2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org. 2:00-4:30

 


Sunday March 18, 2018: Focusing on Mary Oliver’s Poems to Change Your Life

With Sharon Heermance

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple, they say,” and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.   From When I am Among the Trees.

Mary Oliver’s poetry offers an eloquent bridge between our internal, human experience and the external natural world. With an accessible style, Oliver invites accepting attention and listening deeply, the essence of a focusing presence. Through time together with Mary Oliver’s poems, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share aloud selected poems of this Pulitzer Prize poet with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. No prior reading of poetry is necessary — the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of focusing and rich sharing.

Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England.

Sunday March 18, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org.


Thursday April 5, 2018: How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles

With Kelley Bothe and Julie Ramsey

In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives.

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Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and their families and adults in individual and couples therapy.

Kelley Bothe, LICSW,  is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers.

Thursday April 5, 2018 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org.


Sunday April 29, 2018: Pathways to Joy: Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life

With Joan Klagsbrun

Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients’ capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health.

In the workshop, we will use Focusing to review several forms of positivity, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love and to personally explore a few different pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Then we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will end by exploring how to have more of these transformative moments.

This will be a new workshop covering different material than the previous one.

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Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive psychology.

Sunday April 28, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org