British focusing association certificate in focusing skills 2017
Focusing is a special way of listening to your inner self and allowing deeper insights and understandings to emerge. It enables you to pay attention to your feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them. The focusing certificate is for people who are in a profession where self-awareness is important for example counselling, and for People who are interested in self-development and emotional healing. You do not need to have had any Focusing experience to start, the certificate is designed to gently reinforce and further your development as a focuser and companion.
About the certificate
The certificate is ten days divided into five two-day workshops or levels. It is taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith, we aim to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for your learning.
Each level includes focusing practice, theory and discussion. Between each workshop, we suggest that you practice focusing in pairs. This can be by phone, Skype or face to face. We will give you our contact details so that you can be in touch with us if any questions arise.
Each day begins at 10am and ends at 4pm. There will be refreshments provided during breaks and you will be given folders with reading materials and exercises. We suggest that you bring a packed lunch.
Levels one to five
Since we are continuously updating our workshops and taking account of participants' feedback there might be some changes to the content below.
Learning to sense inwards is at the basis of focusing. During level one the emphasis is upon noticing messages that your body gives you and accepting everything that you become aware of. Focusing is very natural and gentle and at the same time you might find that working at this level is powerful and revealing.
Participants practice focusing in pairs, taking turns to focus and to companion each other. Topics include 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 look at examples of focusing with pain and ailments.
We explore 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 also look at focusing language and its benefits at each stage. There will be group discussions, experiential work in pairs and whole body focusing exercises.
Level four is an opportunity to explore challenges which you might encounter as focuser and companion. There will also be a topic on understanding and working with the inner critic. This is an inner voice that you might have noticed, perhaps it criticises your actions, maybe it tells you that you are not capable enough to try something new. On the second day, we look at symbols and images including focusing with dreams. Participants will be invited to work with their own dream in a group exercise.
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 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.
Certificate dates for 2017:
- Level one – February 6th and 7th.
- Level two – March 20th and 21st.
- Level three – May 22nd and 23rd.
- Level four – June 12th and 13th.
- Level five – July 10th and 11th.
For further information please visit: www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk.
About Paula Newman
The certificate is taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith. We are both registered teachers with the British Focusing Association (BFA) and experienced counsellors and supervisors accredited by the BACP.