For your sake and mine I shall try to be brief. If I'm too brief, let me know.
In Scotland, the SCOTTISH FOCUSING ASSOCIATION has made a set of 6 training programmes, each with its own certificate.
These are attendance certificates at present. They can be converted into a formal accreditation to work professionally with Focusing through the International Focusing Institute in New York.
We are closely linked with the Focusing Institute, as I am the institute's Focusing Co-ordinator in Scotland.
Here I am just going to describe the plan we have finally come to. Out of 100 days of training planned, we are currently able to offer 62 in one year or another. There are 100 training days in our plan, because there is overlap between programmes.
These attendance Certificates are:-
This programme is a preparation for Focusing and Listening in a partnership or Changes group.
This programme is a preparation for training people in a one to one situation, and is intended to be particularly flexible.
This programme is a preparation for training people in a group situation.
This programme is a preparation for working with people in whatever kind of work you are both already doing. I mean, if I am teaching the piano, the Consultant's training will enable me to bring Focusing in there. If I am offering therapy, this training will enable me to bring Focusing in there. If you are writing a book, this training will enable me to enable you to bring Focusing in there. If you are running a business ....
This does not make me your psychotherapist, that I help you to write your book! Many therapists and counsellors learn Focusing, I am happy to say, but teaching and learning Focusing is not in itself a therapy, even though it will have therapeutic effects.
We want to have Focusing people with good relevant training, who are able to work one to one with people in any field of work, bringing the special power of Focusing to bear.
We want to emphasize that there are many places in society for the Focusing Consultant. Special training for working one to one should be aimed at all kinds of one to one, and not just at therapists.
It is true, of course, that you can never altogether separate working process from personal process.
This programme is a preparation for being able to facilitate the integration of experiential and logical process, and aims to put a big helpful theoretical-experiential background behind people working with Focusing.
It is essential that there should be some Focusing people around who have essayed the philosophy; and that (for the health of our Focusing community as a whole) we should aim to draw some philosophers in to the Focusing world. Otherwise the intellectual wellsprings of Focusing would quickly go dry. Gene Gendlin wonderfully provides our community with a philosophical underpinning in living thought, which is subtle but crucial. If all we had were writings, then the thought would die, and part of our deep life with it ....
In other words, if a person manages to complete everything we hope to have on offer, we will have a piece of paper for them, to celebrate.
This programme is what we are able to offer, here in Scotland, and is thus the fullest training for using Focusing in all contexts, which I could imagine us being able to put in place.
It carefully avoids presenting Focusing as a psychotherapy at any time, because we prefer to think of what we do as teaching, and of the process as educational (just as the Alexander teachers do, for example).
Many of the people who come are psychotherapists or counsellors, of course: who seem to value the educational model, and the discussion of how something taught can be integrated into something lived.
Of course it would be nice to be able to offer also (7) a programme in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy at some time in the future. Greg Madison, a Focusing Co-ordinator in London, is currently planning just such a training programme
1st December 2001
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