Meeting at the Edge of Change

A Six-Month Core Skills Program in Focusing-Oriented Therapy

46 CEUs

How do people make real and lasting psychological change?

How can we better help our clients get past their stuck places, their despair, their confusion, blame and self-judgment, to feel better about themselves and make positive changes in their lives?

While Focusing-Oriented Therapy looks and sounds for the most part like conventional “talking” therapy, in many subtle ways it is quite different. Focusing-Oriented Therapy takes your client — and you as the therapist — out of the realm of content, out of the realm of fixing problems and “what’s wrong with me” or “what’s wrong with them,” into the realm of process, the realm from which all the thoughts, emotions, behaviors and life stories emerge. The reason for this is that, whether we’re aware of it or not, this realm is always going on. Below the level of words, below even the level of formed thought, it is always reacting and responding to our environment and looking for a way to “move forward,” trying to meet and fulfill our needs as inexorably as a flower turning toward the sun. If we can connect with our clients — and ourselves — right in this place, old patterns that no longer work can shift, and change can happen.

Of course, you already do this for your clients — otherwise you would not be a therapist. Focusing-oriented Therapy will help you do it more often and more consciously.

Meeting at the Edge of Change is a six-month long program to learn both Focusing for yourself, and the core skills of Focusing-Oriented Therapy for working with your clients. It is a journey of discovery into the power of radical acceptance. In this program you will experience how no exhortation to change, no matter how “nicely” or skillfully it is communicated, is as powerful as connecting with, listening to and understanding the self that moves us and our clients from within — the self that in fact is willing to communicate with us all the time if we are willing to direct our attention to it.

You will discover how much change can occur by not trying to fix, change or even “correct” anything. You will develop a more accepting and empathic relationship to yourself, your clients and others in your life, and learn to listen and respond to yourself and your clients more deeply than ever.

FOT elicits and creates the “right-brain-to-right-brain implicit communication” that renowned author, neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Dr. Allan Schore calls “a central mechanism of the therapy change process.” FOT creates therapeutic moments when cognitive-emotional-neural internal representations and “maps” can be examined and revised, relational patterns can be repaired and new abilities to regulate affect can be developed.

Join us for a personally and professionally enriching experience like none other. We look forward to meeting you!

At A Glance

  • Certified course in Focusing-Oriented Therapy
  • Six workshop days and three 90-minute teleconferences
  • 46 CEUs
  • Ongoing support between workshops
  • Learn and use the mind-body process of Focusing for personal growth
  • Systematically elicit and capture moments of therapeutic change
  • Harness the power of “right-brain-to-right-brain implicit communication” in your therapy practice

2015 -16 Training Dates

September 26 and 27
Sat. 9:30 – 5:30 Sun. 10:00 – 4:00

November 14 and 15
Sat. 9:30 – 5:30 Sun. 9:30 – 3:30

January 30
Sat. 9:30 – 5:30

March 19
Sat. 9:30 – 5:30


Friday, Oct 23
12:00 – 1:30

Friday, December 11
12:00 – 1:30

Friday, February 19
12:00 – 1:30


TBD. The training program will be held in a location convenient to most participants.

What You Will Learn

Basic and intermediate skills of Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF), the method of Focusing developed by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

  • How to make contact with a felt sense, establish an empathic relationship to it, and follow it through to resolution.
  • How to work through common blocks as they arise in the Focusing process.
  • How to deal with either overwhelmingly strong affect, or too little affect, in the Focusing process.
  • How to work with critical and self-judgmental thoughts and emotions that arise during the Focusing process.
  • How to guide the Focusing process in another Focuser at an intermediate level and be able to help facilitate it when the Focuser gets “stuck.”

Core Skills in Focusing-Oriented Therapy

  • Assessing clients from an FOT perspective
  • Why the process of what the client is experiencing in the present moment is more important for therapeutic healing than any content issue.
  • How to foster an inner awareness in your clients that slows down reactivity, reduces anxiety and depression, and helps them develop a stronger sense of self.
  • How to balance the internal with the external, deep inner work with present-day problem-solving, and the intrapersonal with the interpersonal in therapy
  • The principles of non-counteraction and radical acceptance
  • How to stay closely attuned and responsive to moment-to-moment nonverbal signals in your clients, especially those who are not self-aware, in a way that facilitates their own discovery of their inner truths
  • How to elicit and capture deep moments of inner body-mind awareness, where internal shifts in the framing and experiencing of an issue are possible
  • How and when to use the therapeutic relationship to reinforce an internal shift
  • Responses and interventions that help your clients stay in an empathic, healing relationship with their inner experience


$ 1650

One Time Fee

  • 46 CEUs
  • Early Registration (before June 30) $1475.
  • Payment options available

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  • Open to all mental health professionals
  • Date: To Be Announced
  • Address: The Common Market, 5728 Buckeystown Pike,
    #1B, Frederick, MD 21704
  • Register early. Space is limited!

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What We Will Be Doing

  • Six workshop days (two two-day workshops and two one-day workshops, a total of 44 hours) over a period of six months
  • Three 90-minute conferences (held either in person or by phone and Skype) scheduled between workshops to discuss the material and any difficulties that may be experienced in applying it.
  • Regular partnering with fellow participants in the program to practice Focusing skills.
  • Ongoing support between classes

What if I already know Focusing?

If you are a beginning Focuser (having taken one or two workshops in it), this program will immeasurably enrich your Focusing experience and give you many new ways to make it useful to you. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice your Focusing and guiding skills by trading Focusing sessions weekly with the other participants in the program. Help will be offered to work through whatever impasses you might encounter in the process of either Focusing or guiding. Focusing can shift from being an occasional self-help tool to an integral part of the way you take care of yourself emotionally, as well as provide you with a gentler, more compassionate way of looking at yourself and others in your world.

If you’re an experienced Focuser, about half the program will be devoted to learning Focusing-oriented therapy. As for the Focusing training, unless you’re already trained in Inner Relationship Focusing, you will learn new methods and a new way to understand and experience the Focusing process. Meanwhile, this is a rare opportunity to partner on a weekly basis with fellow Focusing therapists in an intimate, shared six-month journey.

Training for Certification in Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Sponsored by The Focusing Institute

Pre-requisite: Meeting at the Edge of Change

Year Two will consist of 5 one-day workshops and 4 two-hour meetings in person or through telephone and Skype over an eight-month period.

The focus of the year will be on utilizing and including Focusing-oriented methods and concepts in the specific treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions and compulsions, and adult ADHD. It will also center on integrating both attachment theory and a strength-based relational approach into FOT. Case examples and video  and audio recordings of therapy sessions will be extensively used, and participants will be requested to bring in their own for discussion. Cross-germination of ideas and approaches from other modalities in which participants have training will be greatly encouraged!

Participants will be required to continue to hone their Focusing and guiding skills through bi-weekly (every other week) partnering with fellow participants.

Participants who have completed the program will be certified as FOT therapists through the Focusing Institute after demonstrating their Focusing guiding skills with a beginning or intermediate Focuser, submitting a video recording of a therapy session where FOT theory and methods were applied, and discussing and writing case studies of two cases where FOT was used.

Course is being presented in collaboration with The Focusing Institute.


Training for FOT Certification $1450 for the eight-month program + $225 for the certification process. Payment plans are available, including monthly or quarterly, with no additional fee.