Learn about changing old habits through focusing

DO YOU know people who seem trapped in the same emotional habits, telling the same stories, using the same labels and categories for what happened and what it all means, over and over?

University of Southern Queensland lecturer Nathan Beel said focusing, a technique developed from Gene Gendlin's research, would be explored during an online workshop hosted by USQ Fraser Coast on Saturday, March 14.

"Mere intellectualising or talking about problems can keep clients stuck in their old patterns of behaviour," Mr Beel said.

"Focusing introduces the concept of the felt sense, a moment in process when there is a potential to experience more than is already known and to break through old, frozen, stuck patterns."

American author, educator, and worldwide authority on focusing, Anne Weiser Cornell, will present Saturday's online workshop designed for human service professionals.

"In her presentation, Dr Cornell will explain how focusing is a natural client process that can be facilitated by the therapist's way of being and by empathic prompts and non-intrusive suggestions.

"She will give practical methods for bringing focusing seamlessly into any modality of therapy, supporting clients to become inwardly stronger, more self-compassionate and able to behave in new, life-affirming ways."

Dr Cornell has taught focusing in more than 20 countries since 1980 and written several books including The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing, The Focusing Student's and Companion's Manual, and Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.

She has developed a system and technique called Inner Relationship Focusing.

Dr Cornell is also a past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology.


  • What: Workshop titled Focusing in clinical practice: The essence of change
  • Where: Online and USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba
  • When: 10am to noon, March 14
  • RSVP: 10am, March 13, www.usq.edu.au
  • Cost: $20 (USQ students $10)

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