Advanced Untangling Demonstrations Course

Advanced Untangling Demo Course

Listen in as Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin guide students through Untangling sessions.

Are you ready to go further with developing your Untangling skills?

Are you looking for a way to explore the Untangling process when it’s actually applied in live sessions? If you want to get better at facilitating a complex, multi-layered process like Untangling, perhaps the best way is to observe the creators of the method in action.

This is a rare opportunity being offered only to those who’ve taken Getting Free: A Year of Untangling, or an Untangling retreat, or are in our Certification program. Because of that shared background, Barbara and Ann will be able to describe what they are doing and thinking at an advanced level.

When you participated in Untangling with Ann and Barbara, you watched them demonstrate each step with each other. You probably wondered what it would be like to see them work with other people. This Advanced Untangling Demo Course is your chance.

What will happen in this course

In each meeting of this 8-week course, Ann or Barbara will facilitate an Untangling session with one of the course participants.

We will then discuss the session, exploring questions such as:

  • How did the facilitator support Self-in-Presence for the Focuser, especially when it was hard to be Self-in-Presence?
  • If there were two Parts, did you recognize what type of Part each one was, and did you notice the facilitator supporting the Focuser in treating them differently?
  • How did the facilitator intervene if the Focuser got identified with a Part that was trying to understand or figure out the Tangle?
  • When the Focuser was identified with an unacknowledged Part, what did the facilitator do in response?
  • As new feelings and meanings emerged, how did the facilitator help the Focuser distinguish between “whole self” experiences and “partial self” (Parts-y) experiences?
  • And many more!

There’s so much we’d love to show you about how to take someone through Untangling.

Hope to see you there!


About the Teachers

Ann and Barbara

Ann Weiser Cornell

Ann Weiser Cornell struggled with painful addiction, anxiety in social situations, and an inability to do the thing she most wanted to do – write.

Ann created Inner Relationship Focusing with her long-time colleague, Barbara McGavin, to help alleviate the thinking and feeling cycles that kept her stuck in hard places. It changed her life, and it became her mission to help others create quiet miracles in their lives too.

For over 35 years now, Ann’s been teaching this practical, revolutionary process to people all over the world.

Barbara McGavin

Barbara McGavin’s greatest joy is exploring the frontiers of the Focusing process – what it is and how it can be applied in daily life.

Since 1991, she has been developing Inner Relationship Focusing with Ann Weiser Cornell. Since 1994, the two of them have been exploring Focusing in some of the most difficult areas of life. Untangling™ has grown out of this and is the core of Barbara’s own Focusing practice.

Barbara’s other great interest is in how Focusing can be used in the creative arts. She has developed a process called From Spark to Beacon to help people develop and release their creative capacities.


Choose to pay in full or pay in 6 installments.

Registration is closed. Please email Allison to be added to the waitlist.

Additional Information

How Online Courses Work

We use Zoom, an online video conference platform, to connect you to other students and the teacher. Before the class starts you will receive a Zoom link to use each time the class meets. You can join us via your camera-equipped computer, tablet, or smart phone. Prefer not to be on video? You can turn off your camera. Don’t want to call via computer? You can call in by phone. Zoom is free and easy to use. You will be able to sign on in advance to make sure you can access it, but we’ve had very few problems with it. Students also receive access to a private webpage where course materials can be found.


This is advanced Untangling training: The prerequisite for this course is Getting Free: A Year of Untangling, or an Untangling retreat, or our Certification program.

Continuing Education Credit& Record of Completion

Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Focusing Resources, CAMFT Approved CE Provider #62524.

Focusing Resources is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Focusing Resources maintains responsibility for this course and its content.

There is a $25 administrative fee for CE Credits. Records of Completion are awarded at the end of the course upon completion of all requirements and the course evaluation. (If you don’t want CE Credits but would like a Record of Completion, the $25 fee does still apply.)

Eligibility for CE Credits requires at least 80% live attendance. Missed classes must be made up.

Cancellations, Changes & Refunds

Up to 14 days before the first day of class: Just let us know and we'll refund your course fee. Or you can choose to apply the entire course fee towards a future class with us.

Cancellations received 13 days or fewer before class begins: No refund, sorry.

When Something Doesn't Go As You'd Hoped...

We are always open to discussing experiences with our courses that didn’t work for you or didn’t go the way you expected. Depending on the circumstances, you may want to email your course instructor, the staff member in charge of your course, or Ann Weiser Cornell. Email addresses for all these people will be supplied on registration. We will work with you to find a way to meet your needs.



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