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Focusing as a doorway to Systemic, Connected, Relational Living.

About the program

This programme provides a rigorous pathway towards recognition or certification with The International Focusing Institute (TIFI). TIFI is an international, cross-cultural organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and groups worldwide who are practising, teaching and developing Focusing and its underlying philosophy. The International Focusing Institute is committed to the promotion of Focusing and encourages a wide variety of Focusing-based applications and educational methodologies. It also serves as a catalyst for Focusing research, an information hub and custodian of Focusing-related literature, and provides physical and virtual meeting spaces for education, dialogue and interaction. In these and other ways, the International Focusing Institute is committed to sharing and advancing the work of its founder, Eugene Gendlin, and those who have built on his legacy.

The Diversity Statement, approved by the Board of Directors in 2009 is worth quoting in full as it speaks to the relational, organic nature of this course and the institute as a whole in affirming humanity, life and diversity over mechanical, technocratic and bureaucratic standardisation. This underpins our journey from the very beginning as we navigate how to work together over the coming two years.

TIFI Diversity Statement

Focusing is a practice that honours what arises freshly in the moment. Frozen structures of any kind are antithetical to the ethic of Focusing. Therefore, The International Focusing Institute takes as a core value the principle that the practice of Focusing, how it is taught by certified Focusing teachers, and its application in different fields will not be standardised. Diversity of approaches will be protected. Constructive critiques among Focusing Trainers or between the Institute and individuals presenting or applying Focusing are welcome and should be offered by means of open, respectful communication. The Institute itself will seek to honour the values of non-standardisation in its operations while recognising that tension can arise between maximum diversity and the need for effectiveness and efficiency in meeting its goals.

I’m a registered Focusing-Oriented Therapist and Trainer. You can learn more about me, see my qualifications and learn about my world view by reading the articles that write.

Here are some preliminary details about the course.

More details can be found in the program outline below.

1. Dates & Times

The exact dates and times will be arranged as a group, you can see the general schedule below. 

Tentative times

New Zealand: 7pm – 10:30pm
Melbourne / Sydney: 5pm – 8:30pm
Tokyo: 3pm – 4:30pm
Hong Kong: 2pm – 5:30pm
Dubai: 10am – 1:30pm
Moscow: 9am – 12:30pm
London: 6am – 9:30am

2. Schedule

First Year

  • Before the year starts, we will meet together for a 1-1 focusing session.
  • Once per month, we will meet as a whole group for 3.5-4hr call.
  • Once per month, you will meet with your “small group” practise group.
  • Once per week, you will have a dyad with your focusing partner. Partners will change every 6 months.

Second Year

  • Before the second year starts, we will meet together for a 1-1 focusing session.
  • Once per month, we will meet as a whole group for 3.5-4hr call. (10 total)
  • Once per month, you will meet with your “small group” practise group.
  • Once per week, you will have a dyad with your focusing partner. Partners will change every 6 months.
  • Once throughout this year, you record a session with a client and submit it for assessment.
  • At the end of the second year, we will meet together for a 1-1 wrap up of the program and share feedback.

There will be a 4 week break in both June and December of each year.

3. Attendance

Attendance is mandatory, but sometimes things happen. You can miss one session per year if absolutely necessary.

If you miss more than one session an additional individual ‘catch-up’ session with me is required for each absence. This will be charged at my standard hourly rate. This is to ensure you don’t fall behind the program and maintain standards for other participants.

4. Fee Breakdown

The fees for a 2 year program can be complicated to understand but I’ve tried to explain it clearly below. If you have any questions, please get in touch. There are 3 seperate fees:

  1. Program fees for the organisation, facilitation and administration of the program, paid directly to me.
  2. Trainee membership fees paid directly to the Focusing Institute (annual).
  3. Certification fees paid directly to the Focusing Institute.

  1. Program Fees

NZ$ 6,000.00 for the full program (including GST) and is payable in two instalments of 3,000.00 at the start of each year. 

Discounts: I can offer A $200 discount if the full program fee is paid 30 days prior to the course start.

Payment Methods: I can accept bank transfers in NZD, AUD, EUR, USD, GBP, and other currencies, just let me know when you register.

  1. Trainee Membership Fees

NZ$80 (approx.) paid directly to the Focusing Institute annually.

This is the fee for those in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the UAE. Find out more.

  1. Certification Fees (optional)

NZ$560 (approx.) paid directly to the Focusing Institute upon certification.

This is the fee for those in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the UAE. Find out more.

Certification is optional if you wish to become a Certified Focusing Professional. It requires an additional 6 Supervision sessions with an accredited FOT. Fees for this are not included in the program. You’re welcome to find your own FOT supervisor but I can recommend some that work on a sliding scale if needed.

Certification at the Weeklong (Optional)

There is a Weeklong gathering held in different locations around the world. While It’s not necessary to attend this, it’s recommended as a wonderful culmination of the program and a great excuse to see a new part of the world. The Weeklong fees include the certification fee and is marginally more expensive.

5. Focusing Accreditations
  1. Focusing Professional 
    • Someone who has completed the course achieved certification.
  2. Focusing Oriented Therapist 
    • Someone who has achieved certification and belongs to a national counselling/psychotherapy organisation with a published code of ethics and accountability procedure.
  3. Focusing Trainer 
    • Someone who has achieved certification and has organised a teaching practise for 2+ students over 3+ sessions and provided a write-up to me for assessment.

Download Program Outline

All of these details are subject to change and will be provided in full prior to the course start. Check this page regularly, as I will update it with more information as it comes available. I’m targeting this to begin in January 2021, however, the dates are flexible depending on the schedules of registered participants. If you are interested in taking part, please let me know by filling in the form below.

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  • Date: 14 Mar 2021 - 20 Dec 2022

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