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Focusing course by Skype

focusing skills certificate Course

Starting October 2016. Ends June 2017.

You do not have to live in the South West of England to take this course. You...

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Starting October 2016. Ends June 2017.

You do not have to live in the South West of England to take this course. You can be anywhere in the world. An online course for people who cannot travel, or do weekend courses. The Focusing Skills Certificate Course leads to a Certificate in Focusing skills and is the foundation for professional training. It is divided into a series of 4 x half-days of 3 hours each. Then there is a break for 5 weeks for you to practice and to integrate what you have learned. There follows another series of 4 weekly seminars, which comprise the next Level or module. There are five modules in total, so the course takes several months to complete. Focusing works best when you learn and absorb slowly, over a period of time. Specific course dates and times will be decided according to participant availability. Choose from Monday 10am - 1pm, or Wednesday 2pm - 5pm

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3 Oct 2016 - 5 Jun 2017

skype worldwide

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Focusing skills course – online/in-person

introductory Course

This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their...

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This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their experience. The course will be largely experiential - an opportunity to explore Focusing at your own pace and to connect with others in a friendly, welcoming setting. Maximum group size: 5 participants. The format of the course is a combination of online seminars and one in-person workshop. Participants can choose to cover the whole course online if preferred. Zoom seminars will be on Mondays at 6-8pm. The first block of four weekly sessions will be held on Jan 16 - Feb 6th. There is no obligation to commit to the whole course in advance, so please feel free to sign up for the first four calls as a starting point. Please contact Kay for further details.

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16 Jan 2017 - 31 Jul 2017

skype worldwide

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Focusing skills course

focusing skills certificate Course

This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their...

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This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their Focusing experience. The course will be largely experiential: an opportunity to explore Focusing at your own pace and to connect deeply with others in a spacious, welcoming setting. Maximum group size: 5 participants. The format of the course is a combination of online seminars and one in-person workshop. Participants can choose to cover the whole course online if preferred. Zoom seminars will be on Wednesdays at 6-8pm. The first block of four weekly sessions will held be on Jan 18 - Feb 8th. There is no obligation to commit to the whole course in advance, so please feel free to sign up for the first four sessions as a starting point. Please contact Kay for further details.

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18 Jan 2017 - 31 Jul 2017

skype worldwide

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Recognising the language of the blocking,breventive and standstill parts in me – Responding from presence to my faultfinder(s)

focusing skills certificate Course

Level III : Recognising the language of the Blocking, Preventive and...

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Level III : Recognising the language of the Blocking, Preventive and Standstill parts in me. Through my presence introducing a new language -ing and dialogue. 

Level IV :Responding from Presence to my faultfinder(s) A new relating to my inner critic(s) : relating to my FaultFinder through Focusing in Thinking at the Edge mode.

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1 Apr 2017 - 4 Apr 2017

Liverpool, north west

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Navigating a life: Free online seminar

introductory Course

Navigating a life How can we navigate the myriad decisions of life from a deeper place - not just from scared...

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Navigating a life How can we navigate the myriad decisions of life from a deeper place - not just from scared or driven parts of ourselves. How can we tune into what we deeply value and love and navigate our life from that place? Tuesday 4th April 7.30-830pm http://www.livingfocusing.co.uk/online_events.php

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4 Apr 2017 - 4 Apr 2017

skype worldwide

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Listening to your inner wisdom: Shrewsbury

focusing skills certificate Course

Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at...

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Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at home in your own body This workshop will introduce a practice known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and listening, It is a reflective practice that you learn for yourself and can be done on your own or in partnership with a friend or colleague. It can be woven into other areas of your life, such as mindfulness, healing practices and therapy.

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22 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017

Shrewsbury, west midlands

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Focusing Skills Course Workshop 2

focusing skills certificate Course

This two-day (Friday/Saturday) course is open to anyone who has already attended an introductory workshop in Focusing and listening. It...

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This two-day (Friday/Saturday) course is open to anyone who has already attended an introductory workshop in Focusing and listening. It provides an opportunity for you to deepen your own Focusing experience and to become a more connected, spacious companion. We will also look at ways of bringing the treasures of Focusing into our everyday lives.

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5 May 2017 - 6 May 2017

Cambridge, south east

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An Introduction to Focusing – Level 1

focusing skills certificate Course

An Introduction to Focusing run by Jerry Conway & Liz Orrell.  Are you feeling out of step with your self?...

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An Introduction to Focusing run by Jerry Conway & Liz Orrell.  Are you feeling out of step with your self? do you feel held back from being the person you feel you could be?  Would you like to become more accepting of yourself and others.  Then this course could help you.  The course will include how to listen to yourself or another person with acceptance and compassion and how to form a positive relationship with your inner feelings without getting overwhelmed.

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13 May 2017 - 14 May 2017

Kenilworth, Warwickshire, west midlands

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Introduction to Focusing – Improving our relationship with ourselves

introductory Course

Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that...

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Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that we attend to our experiencing. It can help us to step out of our habitual ways of relating to ourselves, others, situations and into a way of experiencing that is more nuanced, rich and alive. Focusing is a natural skill that anyone can develop and Focusing-listening partnerships are a brilliant resource for supporting our wellbeing and ongoing self exploration. Focusing could be seen as an antidote to the fast driven ways of the modern world – and perhaps can help us steer a calmer path through it! Learning Focusing can help

  • developing more of a connection with your body
  • improving your relationship with yourself
  • improving your self esteem
  • supporting you with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety
  • connecting with your intuition
The workshop will be highly experiential and will include plenty of opportunity to practice the Focusing process. There will be time to explore the concept of the ‘felt sense’ and the particular way of Focusing listening, as well as how Focusing can be used in day to day life. There is the option to complete a second workshop, then potentially four more weekend workshops which lead to a BFA Certificate in Focusing Skills. Once you have learnt this valuable process you can practice Focusing on your own or in a Focusing-listening partnership. Practising Focusing can be a lifelong skill for self awareness and support. For more information or to book visit www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396

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13 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF, south east

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 2

focusing skills certificate Course

Level Two - Self-in-Presence We will be working with Gene Gendlin’s six Focusing steps, and Self-in-presence developed by Ann Weiser Cornell...

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Level Two - Self-in-Presence We will be working with Gene Gendlin’s six Focusing steps, and Self-in-presence developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara Mc Gavin. Being Self-in-presence can help you to experience your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. During Level Two we will also look at examples of Focusing with pain. You will practice Focusing in pairs, taking turns to focus and to companion each other. Exercises are designed to support working at a deeper level. At the same time you are always in charge of your session and each person is encouraged to work at their own pace. There will also be an introduction to Wholebody Focusing and the work of Kevin McEvenue. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/

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22 May 2017 - 23 May 2017

Stanmore, Harrow, london

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Heal Differently: Mindfulness Based Retreat with Horses

specialist Course

We believe that horses can become our partners in healing by allowing us to experience the serenity of the present...

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We believe that horses can become our partners in healing by allowing us to experience the serenity of the present moment and provide us mirrors of our own emotions, ways of communicating and challenges in relationships. 'HEAL DIFFERENTLY' programme was carefully designed to provide you with a unique approach to personal health and growth involving the horse-human relationship. It promotes emotional growth and learning, psychological exploration, enhanced relationships, awareness of the present moment, improved communication and encourages insight and healing. You will learn to: - Practice mindfulness formally and in your daily life - Cultivate the attitudes of mind that incline you toward compassionate engagement with yourself and the world - Handle emotions and challenging situations with greater ease - Be more embodied and connected to yourself and the world around you - Support yourself at times of difficulty or failure - Take steps towards appreciating yourself - Be less judgemental of yourself and others - Work with emotions skillfully in a body-oriented way Other features will also entail being able to: - Introduce yourself to and interact with horses - Participate in unique experiences based on Equine-Assisted Therapy and designed around your specific needs and those of the group - Become more aware of your social and emotional patterns - Develop a bond with a particular horse if you wish to - Explore your learning with the group or individual facilitators - Experience farm-life first hand and engage in some tasks, such as feeding the horses For more details please visit www.mind-reframed.com/retreats.

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23 May 2017 - 29 May 2017

Hamlet Luxury Farmhouse, english speakers abroad

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Focusing Retreat

specialist Course

Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in...

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in shorter forms for a very long time and I finally decided to offer it as a weekend at very low cost (including accommodation) to get it off the ground in longer form. I welcome anyone which basic Focusing skills who is interested in exploring this together. What We Will Explore: (In Interconnected felt-sensing circles and in Focusing partnerships)

  • Being ourselves together - being authentically present, connected to ourselves, yet open and responsive each other, our shared field and the wider reality beyond.
  • Being open to 'The Tragic Gap'* between how the world is and how we sense/know it could be - allowing room for our authentic feelings and responses, yet not becoming lost in denial, panic, overwhelm, or hopelessness - holding our for something true forming beyond those.
  • Deepening our sense of our true contribution - open to what might be our right next step in offering our contribution - grounded in our authentic strengths and honest limitations.
*'The Tragic Gap' is a term coined by Parker Palmer a Quaker inspired educator who formed the Centre For Courage and Renewal in the USA - he has written a number of books including 'Healing the Heart of Democracy' and 'A Hidden Wholeness' Interconnected Felt-Sensing This is a group process I've been developing for several years* and have tried out in shorter form a number of times in different Focusing settings. Each time has been a unique experience, all have been encouraging and I've been learning more each time. (I also tried a day with non focusers and it was very disappointing - which confirmed that knowing Focusing is an essential starting point!) Essentially the process involves us sitting together in a circle and listening in a Focusing way to 3 levels to:-
  • what's there inside
  • what is spoken in the group
  • the vast emergent intelligence beyond (this last comes from the radical physicist David Bohm's work and crosses readily with Gendlin's philosophy of process and environment.)
And there are a few simple guidelines to help us choose when and how to speak. My experience has been profoundly moving and left me with a uniquely wide sense of connection and belonging. That's why I want to do more! The structure of the weekend Arrival - we can arrive from mid afternoon, settle and have a simple meal together (or it's fine to arrive just in time for the evening circle) Friday evening - We will gather and have a first evening circle together with an introductory overview of the weekend and the approach and some time to introduce ourselves and get started in the group together. On Saturday we will have 2 circles one in the morning and one in the afternoon, time for Focusing and rest time which could happily be spent on a walk in the lovely nearby woods. The evening will be more unstructured offerings around the fire if it's fine this can be round an outdoor fire (I'll ask you to bring a contribution - music, a poem, a story) On Sunday we will again have some time for Focusing, have a final morning circle and finish after lunch. (The format and structure are provisional and I'm open to suggestions, improvements and adjustments) The Venue Old Litten Cottage is a lovely large thatched roof cottage in the Hampshire Countryside, near Petersfield, It's modernised with central heating, an open fire in the lounge and a large kitchen/dining area. There are 6 bedrooms so the opportunity for a private bedroom each if 6 of us - or 4 private 4 sharing if there's 8. Outside there is a lovely garden with a small patch of woodland and a view of open fields and very close by are lovely old growth woodland walks (you'll need walking boots and wet weather gear) Meals The venue is self catering so we will need to bring our own food and arrange food preparation, cleaning and washing up between us. I'll offer some guideline suggestions for what is needed and what we could each do and bring (we'll keep it simple) but there'll be some flexibility to work with what people feel moved to contribute. Low Cost Because this is a new venture for me that I really want to try out I'm offering the retreat for little more than cost. So it will be £70 per person plus a contribution towards the food. In return I'd like you to be willing to offer me a fairly detailed account of your experience of the retreat and any suggestions of how it could be improved. My Background Experience & The Inspiration For This I've always been drawn to groups and group work. I started teaching and facilitating in my 20s and have sought out and trained in many approaches. In my time I've taught Re-evaluation Co-counselling, Assertiveness and Self-Empowerment, Protective Behaviours (an Anti-Victimisation Process based on trusting your feelings) and Focusing. I've facilitated many types of groups including identity liberation groups, Community Building Groups, Project Development, Work Practice Development groups and Open Space sessions for diverse and large interest groups.

The vision of this particular approach has been forming in me over the last 6 years. It's been most inspired of course by Focusing itself :-

  • that extraordinary resonance and sense of shared field many of us experience with our Focusing partners;

but also Focusing group work:-

  • Rob Foxcroft's Open Listening Circles
  • Bruce Nayowith's online Resonant Sensing for Peace circles
  • Shared Field groups
I've crossed this with a combination of;-
  • Scott Peck's Community Building approach (particularly my experience of a smaller ongoing group over several years)
  • David Bohm's Dialogue work (as introduced to me by Gill Wyatt, a Person Centred group work practitioner extending the work into the eco/synergy field)
  • Person Centred monthly community meetings (which in some ways are like a more psychological version of Quaker meetings. I had the privilege of attended a great one in my strong local Brighton Person Centred community for many years)
TO BOOK OR FOR MORE ONFO: Contact Sandy - wildbalance@gmail.com

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2 Jun 2017 - 4 Jun 2017

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, south east

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the interconnected body…focusing and interconnectedness

specialist Course

Your physically-felt body is, in fact, part of a gigantic system of here and other places, now and other times,...

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Your physically-felt body is, in fact, part of a gigantic system of here and other places, now and other times, you and other people, in fact the whole universe. This sense of being bodily alive in a vast system is the body as it is felt from inside. When we pay attention to what is alive in us, we don't just feel what's "our stuff" :- our feelings and troubles. We feel is what it is like to be alive in this world right now... and the scope of this is vast. We can sense connections to our larger world, and the issues it faces. We might sense a connection to nature. We might feel a connection to our ancestors and cultural history. On this experiential weekend we will explore both how to access this bigger connectedness, some of the obstacles on the way and some of the themes we will encounter when we do: Connections to nature and the web of life Connections to the calling of the world Connections to deeper values and callings Connections to our ancestors and unresolved trauma Open to any with at least one weekends experience of Focusing and listening Venue: Fulcrum House, 3 Grove Road, Redland, Bristol. BS6 6UJ Dates and Times: June 10-11 2017, 10am–5pm Saturday, 10am-4.30pm Sunday. Costs: £130

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10 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

south west

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Listening to your inner wisdom: Brighton

focusing skills certificate Course

Develop radical self compassion Heal emotional difficulties Find your own inner compass Learn to listen to your body’s...

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Develop radical self compassion Heal emotional difficulties Find your own inner compass Learn to listen to your body’s messages This workshop will introduce a practice known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and list2015WLBCA4ening, It is a reflective practice that you learn for yourself and can be done on your own or in partnership with a friend or colleague. It can be woven into other areas of your life, such as mindfulness, healing practices and therapy. You will learn how to: Develop the key qualities of curiosity, interest and inner kindness Be safe and respectful with yourself and others in Focusing The steps of the Focusing journey Develop self-compassion Practise Focusing on your own Practise Focusing with someone else

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17 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017

south east

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W2: A companion on the journey

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 2 of the BFA series: Exploring the skills of being a companion

1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017

south west

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 3

focusing skills certificate Course

Level Three - Focuser and Companion We will be exploring the stages of a Focusing session in more detail including suggestions...

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Level Three - Focuser and Companion We will be exploring the stages of a Focusing session in more detail including suggestions that can help the Focuser to listen inwards with acceptance, empathy and compassion. We will also look at Focusing language and its benefits at each stage. There will be group discussions, experiential work in pairs and Wholebody Focusing exercises. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/

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10 Jul 2017 - 11 Jul 2017

Stanmore, Harrow, london

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Focusing Summer Camp

specialist Course

This will be an International Gathering of Focusers in Brittany France.  The teaching will be in English and  courses will...

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This will be an International Gathering of Focusers in Brittany France.  The teaching will be in English and  courses will be offered in Wholebody Focusing, Alexander Technique, Crania-sacral work and Yoga-Focusing. The emphasis of this Focusing camp is to spend at least half the time experiencing deep body work, and then to further process the insights gained from this with Focusing. Wholebody Focusing will allow the power of awareness to awaken the wisdom of your living body. Contact the intelligence and vitality that knows how to find a way forwards in your present life situation. Transform the conflicts and blockages that prevent you expressing your full potential. Suitable for all levels. Alex Maunder is a professional Alexander Technique teacher and a very experienced Focusing Trainer .  July 31st - Aug 6th 2017.  More detailed info at:   www.wholebodyfocusing.org

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17 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017

Guilliers, 56490 France, english speakers abroad

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 4

focusing skills certificate Course

Level Four - The Inner Critic During Level Four we explore challenges that you might encounter as Focuser and Companion. This...

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Level Four - The Inner Critic During Level Four we explore challenges that you might encounter as Focuser and Companion. This includes the inner Critic and its judgments which may come to you in words and in bodily sensations such as blushing. On the second day we look at symbols and images including Focusing with dreams and Gene Gendlin’s methods. You will be invited to work with you own dream in a group exercise. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/

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11 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Stanmore, Harrow, london

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W3: A helping hand – Guiding

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 3 of the BFA skills Series, exploring deeper listening and the skills of guiding and reminding

16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017

south west

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W4: Untangling the knots

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 4 of the BFA skills series exploring how to use Focusing to explore deeper emotional tangles and difficulties

21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017

south west

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W5: The path to Wholeness

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 5 of the BFA skills series exploring how focusing can help with integration of all aspects of human experience.

25 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

south west

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 5

focusing skills certificate Course

Level Five - Trauma and Action Blocks During Level Five we explore trauma from a Focusing perspective and we work with...

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Level Five - Trauma and Action Blocks During Level Five we explore trauma from a Focusing perspective and we work with action blocks. An action block is something within you that prevents you from doing what you want to do. Examples are eating a healthy diet, writing an article or book and changing your job. As you approach the end of the certificate training we look towards your next steps as a Focuser and Companion. We will provide information about further training and useful websites. There will be time for each person to review their own process and an opportunity for therapists and counsellors to consider incorporating Focusing within their own practice. This is our final workshop as a group and we will take time for an ending. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/  

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27 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017

Stanmore, Harrow, london

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