There is a growing interest world-wide in this form of psychotherapy, but opportunities for training have until now been very limited. The Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy has been designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who seek to extend their expertise into this area. Basic knowledge and understanding of person-centred therapy is assumed, but the course is equally open to practitioners who have trained in other traditions and wish to integrate the focusing/experiential dimension into their own practice.
The teaching input will take place over six weekends between September and May, involving approximately twelve hours input. The sessions will include both theoretical input and experiential learning. Participants will be expected to work in focusing partnerships in the period between sessions. Lessons will also be delivered in lectures and seminars, group discussion, reading, role-plays, and use of audio and video demonstrations. Assessment will be based on written assignments, with some focus on sessions with colleagues or clients, and some on theoretical aspects.
This programme draws on a long-standing innovative research culture in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and on its excellence in professional education and training. The School is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level with a diverse community of practitioners, scholars and academics who teach, research, and provide professional development.
The Focusing Institute in New York certifies the Course as leading to their Certificate as a Focusing Trainer. UEA graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects. A high proportion of our Masters graduates occupy senior posts in schools, universities and ministries all over the world. UEA also provides a professional Careers Centre and School Academic Careers Adviser.