You don’t need to be a therapist or have other formal credentials in order to become a Focusing Teacher/Practitioner.
You just need to go through the training process and demonstrate your ability to provide safe and empowering Focusing experiences for others, both one-to-one and in groups.
At the end of the program – having met the requirements – you will receive Certification as a Focusing Professional from The Focusing Institute, the international nonprofit organization. Ann Weiser Cornell and Focusing Resources are authorized to offer this certification.
This program is offered once yearly starting in October, days of the week and times vary. The prerequisite for entering certification training is Path to Lasting Change Parts One and Two (or the equivalent) with an Inner Relationship Focusing teacher.
Although this is the planned schedule, it is not guaranteed that a particular teacher will teach the week listed. Topics are also subject to change. Click the “+” or “-” to expand each year.
In addition to the classroom meetings described below, Year One includes:
- Demonstrations of Facilitating Focusing, a 3-week phone class taught by Ann Weiser Cornell (can be taken any of several times during the year)
- Assisting at Focusing classes taught at Focusing Resources or by other teachers
- Beginning to work with practice clients and receive supervision and feedback
- Beginning to receive six guided sessions from mentors (three with each mentor over the whole training)
- Treasure Maps to the Soul retreat or Getting Free course (usually begun or scheduled by the end of the first year)
Year One: October 2023 – June 2024
October 12. Led by Ann with other Teachers and Co-Mentors.
Introduction to the program. Introduction to each other. Setting intentions. What do you bring to the program? What is your passion around Focusing?
Participants will pair for Focusing partnership each week with a different trainee from the course until each trainee has met with each other trainee. Consultative support triads will then be formed.
October 19. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
October 26. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
November 2. Led by Barbara McGavin
November 9. Led by Barbara McGavin
November 16. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
November 30. Led by Barbara McGavin
December 7. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell and Helene Brenner
December 14. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
January 4, 2024. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
January 11. Led by Emily Agnew
January 18. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell and Lee Miller
Focusing-oriented supervision/consultation. How to do your own Focusing on (and learn from) doing practice client sessions. How to give each other support in triads.
January 25. Consultative Triads meet
February 1. Led by Barbara McGavin
February 8. Consultative Triads meet
February 15. Led by Emily Agnew.
February 22. Consultative Triads meet
February 29. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
March 7. Consultative Triads meet
March 14. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
March 21. Consultative Triads meet
March 28. Led by Emily Agnew
April 4. Consultative Triads meet
April 11. Led by Helene Brenner
April 18. Consultative Triads meet
April 25. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
May 2 Consultative Triads meet
May 9. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
Focusing Teachers Need to Know about Gendlin’s Philosophy. Focusing is based on Gene Gendlin’s “Philosophy of the Implicit.” We will explore concepts like carrying forward, life-forward direction, stoppage, and felt sense – with special emphasis on how these concepts help us teach and explain Focusing.
May 16. Consultative Triads meet
May 23. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
May 30. Consultative Triads meet
June 13. Consultative Triads meet
June 20. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
In addition to the classroom meetings described below, Year Two includes:
- Carrying out a Focusing Project to explore some aspect of Focusing (eg Focusing in schools, Focusing and creativity, Focusing and chronic pain, Focusing combined with some other method)
- Teaching a Level One (12-hour) Focusing class
- Developing materials for communicating with one’s intended audience
- Continuing to work with practice clients and receive supervision and feedback
- Continuing to have sessions with Mentors
Year Two: September 2024 – May 2025
September 19, 2024. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
September 26. Consultative Triads meet
October 3. Led by Barbara McGavin
October 10. Consultative Triads meet
October 17. Led by Emily Agnew
October 24. Consultative Triads meet
October 31. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
November 7. Consultative Triads meet
November 14. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
November 21. Consultative Triads meet
December 5. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
December 12, 2024. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
January 9, 2025. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
January 16. Consultative Triads meet
January 23. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
January 30. Consultative Triads meet
February 6. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
February 13. Consultative Triads meet
February 20. Led by Nina Joy Lawrence
February 27. Consultative Triads meet
March 6. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
March 13. Consultative Triads meet
March 20. Led by Emily Agnew
March 27. Consultative Triads meet
April 3. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
April 10. Consultative Triads meet
April 17. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell
April 24. Consultative Triads meet
May 1. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell and Co-Mentors
May 8. Led by Ann Weiser Cornell and Co-Mentors
May 15. Consultative Triads meet
May 22, 2024. Led by Ann with other Teachers and Co-Mentors.
Completion of the program:
In addition to completing the classroom two-year program, trainees also need to complete other requirements, and this can take longer than the end of the classroom program in accord with individual needs. There is no need for everyone to “graduate” together.
Checklist of final requirements:
- Complete 50 practice sessions, at least half of which have been reported on to Mentors
- Teach a Level One course
- Complete Focusing Project
- When all other requirements have been completed, have the final Milestone Session with the two mentors
Note: these are final deadlines. There are great benefits to completing the steps well before these deadlines.
Schedule a chat with Ann by or before this date to explore whether the program meets your needs and access the Application form in time to complete it before the early enrollment deadline below.
Early Enrollment Application Deadline – get in your application by this date to enroll early, securing your spot and getting access to program materials in advance
Final Application Deadline – Must have a chat with Ann in order to receive the application form.
Registration Closes – final payment deadline
Want a free taste of our program?
Join us June 22nd at 4pm Pacific time for a free 90-minute webinar with Ann Weiser Cornell, Barbara McGavin, and the other teachers of this program. You’ll:
- Meet and interact with many of the teachers of the certification program
- Learn about the different components of the program and how they integrate
- Get a chance to share your own goals and questions
- Enjoy the exciting prospect of this new group forming
Step 1. Have a 20-Minute Chat
Ann can help you explore whether the program meets your needs.
Step 2. Complete Your Application
A link to our program application is provided after you have your chat with Ann.
Step 3. Click Here to Register or See Course Details (do not register until you've completed Steps 1 and 2)
Certification as a Focusing Professional
Dates: October 12, 2023 to May 22, 2025
Time: Thursdays; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific
Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell and Additional Program Faculty
Payment and additional details
- Pay in full
- 8 payments of $956, includes $148 processing fee
- 15 payments of $530, includes $450 processing fee
Don’t Miss Out: The last day to register is September 7
Prerequisite: Completion of Level Four or Your Path to Lasting Change, Part Two Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) Training. Application approved by the Training Coordinator.
What is Included in Your Program Fees
- Year One Course (includes facilitating one-to-one Focusing sessions with people who know Focusing and new people)
- Year Two Course (includes Teaching Groups and Communicating about your work)
- Demonstrations of Facilitating Focusing
- Mentor & Co-Mentor Fees (includes 3 milestone sessions)
- 3 Mentor Sessions with Ann
- 3 Mentor Sessions with Co-Mentor
- Help in finding Practice Clients
- Practice Client Feedback
- 3 Observations of Sessions with Focusing clients
- Support forming Peer Partnerships for Consultation, Marketing & Teaching
- Additional Support & Training for Path to Lasting Change, Part One Assistants
- Teacher’s Manual (digital download, PDF files)
- Focusing in Clinical Practice book
- Treasure Maps to the Soul or Getting Free course
- Focusing Institute Fees
- Travel costs for in-person workshops
- Phone charges
- Membership in Zoom.us
Continuing Education Credit & Course Completion Certificate
Two-year program meets the qualifications for 78 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. 44 CE Credits are awarded for completion of Year One, and 34 CE Credits are awarded for completion of Year Two. (Demonstrations of Facilitating Focusing class and the Treasure Maps to the Soul retreat also award CE Credits when taken.)
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. Course completion certificates are awarded at the end of each year of the program upon completion of all requirements and the course evaluation for that year. (If you don’t want CE Credits but would like a completion certificate, the $25 fee does still apply.)
Program Cancellation Policy
Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the first training class meeting and receive an eighty (80) percent refund of the tuition. This refers to the total tuition payable including by installment plan. No refunds will be granted after the first week of training.
Students will be held to this agreement, regardless of future attendance and/or completion of the training. In extraordinary circumstances,we will consider requests for refunds or release from the payment contract. However, the final decision in such matters will rest with Focusing Resources, Inc.
Regular attendance is a requirement of the program. Participants should plan to attend 80% of the scheduled classes for Year One and Year Two curriculum.
This roughly translates into being able to miss no more than 8 class meetings over the course of two years.
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.
Is this a training for therapists?
No, it isn’t a training for therapists, although therapists may find it valuable. The curriculum centers on facilitating sessions that are explicitly Focusing sessions, and teaching Focusing to groups, and does not include bringing Focusing into other kinds of practice.
I am not sure I can make the class times. Can I take the course another way?
No, sorry, this is an intensive program with a high commitment to your own training and to the other students, your cohort. If you don’t think you can make at least 80% of the classes, better to find a different program.
How is this different from the certification offered by the International Focusing Institute?
Actually, this IS a certification offered by the International Focusing Institute. We are one of the organizations that they have authorized to give their certification. Specific programs will differ and it’s good to interview the directors of any two programs that you are deciding between. We’ll be happy to tell you all about ours… but we are not experts in theirs… so do ask them!