10 month Course: IFI offers a 10 month course after
the initial workshop including workshops, partnership coaching, practice
with a peer, and practice in community Focusing groups if available.
This course can be adapted to the needs of an organization, or to the
needs of a particular group where partnership skills are learned in
relation to realizing a particular objective.
Example 1: psychology students can do a 10 month program for mastering
Focusing Partnership while building skills for clinical or other psychology
Example 2: a school teaching spanish as a second language can have a
10month program for mastering partnership with the objective of developing
Example 3: A business consulting firm can do a 10 month program for
mastering Focusing partnership with the objective of using Focusing
The Interamerican Focusing Institute, in collaboration with the Focusing
Institute in New York (www.focusing.org),
offers certification programs for professionals and
for psychotherapists. These programs are for people who want to use
focusing in their work and/or to teach focusing, and/or to go deeply
into understanding focusing for themselves and others. A person may
enter these training programs immediately after an initial workshop
or later after many workshops. When possible, the professional training
program will be specified further as it is for the psychotherapists
—e.g. a professional focusing training program for teachers, or
for philosophers, for doctors, for parents, for development of supportive
community. In other circumstances, the training programs may combine
some of these various groups of psychotherapists, professionals, and
persons committed to self-help personal growth. The programs usually
last a little more than 2 years.
Post Trainer Program: Robert Lee is currently running
a pilot post-trainer program in New York City. The purpose of this program
is to enable each trainer to teach a 10 month course in Focusing Partnership
or the equivalent in their profession or area of interest.
Training program in an organization may be for one particular group (engineers, consultants, human resource people) or it may combine different groups within an organization. For example, a research and development company might want to combine the scientist researchers, the people building the projects in the field, and the salespeople so as to facilitate better communication between these groups.
Ongoing Facilitated Groups: For some people or for some organizational contexts, initiating and maintaining an independent Focusing partnership is challenging. For these people and contexts, IFI offers ongoing facilitated groups, and partnership is developed as part of that group commitment.