Developing your professional practice
The training programme provides a solid base for guiding and teaching Focusing. It encourages you to be self-directive in your learning and it invites you to explore Focusing areas that you feel drawn to. You will be supported in developing your own style as a Focusing practitioner.
Introducing a new person to Focusing
Offering individuals guided Focusing for payment
Teaching Focusing one-to-one
Bringing Focusing into professional work, such as counselling and coaching
Before starting the training, you will need to have completed the BFA Skills Certificate. During a free consultation we will meet online and sense together your readiness for the training. Completing the Focusing Practitioner Programme is at your own pace and usually takes a year to 18 months. Certification is awarded following an assessment session.
Throughout the training, regular Focusing and Companioning practice is an essential part of your learning. Focusing with the same partner might feel more personally supportive, whilst practice with a variety of partners can teach you a great deal about Focusing process.
About the training
There are nine training days, divided into three modules:
Module 1 Experiencing and describing Focusing
Module 2 Introducing new people to Focusing and guiding
Module 3 Teaching Focusing and professional applications
After each module I will lead the group in a peer consultative support meeting. This involves sensing into how your Focusing activities are going and noticing any areas that need extra attention. Meetings will be ninety minutes long, at mutually agreed times.
Areas covered on the programme include:
Developing a solid base for guiding and teaching by exploring your relationship with Focusing and its place in your personal and professional life, plus expanding your knowledge and your experiences of Focusing.
Wholebody Focusing, spirituality, Focusing and nature, Focusing and Companioning, Focusing by writing, dipping in and out of Focusing and Focusing with decisions.
Describing the benefits of Focusing and online networking.
Introducing a new person to Focusing, teaching and guiding one-to-one and bringing Focusing into professional work, such as counselling and coaching. Working with guiding and teaching challenges.Downloadable pages are designed to accompany your learning. They include plenty of spaces for personal notes and can be kept as a record of your work. You will also find group and individual exercises, suggestions to further your development and power points.
Downloadable pages are designed to accompany your learning. They include plenty of spaces for personal notes and can be kept as a record of your work. You will also find group and individual exercises, suggestions to further your development and power points.
Attending Focusing workshops, reading relevant books and articles and watching talks about Focusing on YouTube are ways to support and further your learning and development. I recommend attending at least two Focusing workshops, courses or events. You might like to repeat some or all of the Focusing Skills course. There is information about training and workshops on the BFA website. See what feels relevant and appealing to you.
Assignments and practice
As part of the training there are two assignments. I hope that they will be of benefit to you personally and professionally and that you will enjoy them.
To be completed by the end of Module 1. The purpose is to reflect upon your learning and your process as you go along. You are welcome to use words and illustrations and to go about this in any way that you choose, as long as your journal is in a form that you can send to me. If there are recordings, please make sure that the sound is clear.
You can start your project at any point during the training. It needs to be completed and sent to me in order to qualify. The project written up will be 3,000 to 5,000 words. You are welcome to include graphics, poems and artwork. It can be on any Focusing related area that is of interest to you.
Take some time to sense inwards, see what interests and excites you. Your project gives you scope to gain new insights and understandings.
Practice - Introducing people to Focusing
So that you can develop your skills and feel confident in your practice there is a requirement during Modules 2 and 3 to introduce at least ten people to Focusing and to continue for two more sessions with as many people as possible. I will ask you to record some of the sessions and to complete a training log which we will study as part of your training.
My role as your Primary Mentor is to accompany and support you in your learning and development as a Focusing Practitioner. During individual meetings we work together in a collaborative way. Sessions can include Focusing, discussion, aspects of your training, exploring challenges and sensing into next steps.
Your Supporting Mentor offers further support and may be able to provide extra input in a Focusing area that is of interest to you. Supporting Mentors can be either a BFA recognised Focusing Teacher or a Focusing Institute certified Focusing Trainer.
The requirement is to have regular individual sessions with your Primary Mentor (twelve are included in the price - should you continue for longer than a year, more will be required) and at least three sessions with your Supporting Mentor.
Initial consultation ~ Free of charge
Twelve mentoring sessions (1 hour each) ~ £50 per hour ~ £600
Ending assessment session (1 hour) ~ £50
Nine training sessions ~ £65 each ~ £585
Three peer consultative support meetings ~ £20 each ~ £60
Admin, reading course work etc ~ £115
Total ~ £1,410
*Supporting mentors charge their own rate
A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required upon registration. The remaining fee can be paid monthly, quarterly or as a lump sum. If you leave the training before completion, you will only be charged for elements that you have attended and the deposit.
You are most welcome to Contact Paula to discuss the training