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Welcome to the European Focusing Association (EFA).

What we do

Welcome to the European Focusing Association (EFA).

EFA is a European network for Focusers, Focusing professionals and Focusing practitioners,
who wish to develop Focusing and the Experiential Approach through collaboration, openness and mutual support.
You don’t have to be a member of any other Focusing organization to be a member of EFA.

Here, in this website, you can say something about your interests (by adding details in your professional profile), and how you might want to contribute to EFA, ​as well as what you want from EFA.

The aim of EFA is to provide a European-wide network for those Focusers and Focusing Professionals engaged in research and practice who:

  • have a commitment to the primary importance of the philosophy of Focusing, its attitude and ethics.
  • recognize the centrality of the ‘felt sense’ in their practice.
  • embody in their work those Focusing attitudes as first postulated by Eugene Gendlin.
  • have an openness to the future development of Focusing in the light of research and evolving practice.

EFA has the following goals:

  • To promote continuing dialogue and good practice between the European Focusers and Focusing Professionals.
  • To be a network for exploring different ways of teaching, researching and using Focusing.
  • To provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities to individuals trained in Focusing and to European local and national Focusing organizations.
  • To promote the Focusing paradigm, to support and encourage scientific study in all fields of application.
  • To engage in socio-political processes to ensure the continued contribution of Focusing in health, social insurance, education, academic contexts, etc.
  • To foster the exchange of research, theory and practice among a variety of language groups.
  • To make use of our intercultural diversity, to learn from one another, to improve the practice of Focusing and the Experiential Approach.
  • To develop training programmes that are appropriate to the multi-cultural and multi-lingual European context.
  • To validate and accredit/recognise European Focusing-oriented training programmes.
  • To work together closely and to exchange ideas with other European and world associations and institutions.

EFA will be carried forward by a steering group, which will include representatives of specific task groups.

EFA aims to make sure that the workings of the association are in harmony with the processes of Focusing itself. Structures and task groups evolve as the need arises (e.g. a training group, an Internet group). Membership of these groups is on a rotational basis, ideally representing European diversity by the multinational composition of its members.

An eventual need for paid administration and for the support of web-based resources is recognized. This will mean the eventual payment of a subscription once the organization is firmly established.

EFA will discuss development of the Association at an annual meeting, the General Assembly, to be held in Europe. This meeting will also facilitate the formation of project groups that can be continued through web meetings. Specific interest groups will organize events throughout the year to demonstrate and develop new directions in Focusing. We will make use of Internet options (e.g. the European Focusing WebsiteFacebook) to share information and to promote training programmes and workshops.

All members of the Association may attend the General Assembly. Members who are unable to attend in person, can have their views taken into account. They can use email or other online means to communicate their views. We make all our decisions by consensus.

Each small group, including the steering group, follows the following principles:

  • All members have equal say in how the group is run.
  • All members have equal access to information.
  • All members consult with their inner sense of an issue to help find a way forward.
  • All members undertake to listen to their own felt sense and to the felt senses of others when reaching decisions.

The multi-national and multi-lingual nature of the organization and the fact that different individuals are likely to come together in different permutations means that there needs to be a commitment not to ‘reinvent the wheel’ or undo the work of previous groups, while respecting the groundwork provided through the work of others.

EFA accepts that working with Focusing can never be reduced to rules and regulations or detailed criteria and standards. Instead we will have guidelines and principles to be developed in detail at a later stage. Each person has the freedom to develop their work in ways that feel right with their inner felt sense and to develop their work according to their sense of responsibility for the content and process of their teaching or professional practice.

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Just some remarks …

You can select the language in which this website displays. To do so, go to the dropdown menu “select your language” in the blue top-toolbar.

Unfortunately, we had to give up our old website as the software was outdated and the website became more and more unstable and was offline many times.
The old website is full of knowledge and information, and you have the opportunity to volunteer to transfer interesting articles and resources to the new site. Let us know if you are interested.
The old website is accessible occasionally, please click here. But even if the link does not work, content can be transferred.

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Event listing

  • 18th June 2024 Haus Neuglück – Siebengebirge – Deutschand (nahe Bonn)

    Focusing & Authentic Movement – Bei Dir Selbst Ankommen 

    Other

    In 2024, this is a retreat will be held in the German language but has been offered, and can again be offered in English. Click here for more in English (Retreat held in 2019 –…

  • 17th July 2024 Friesland The Netherlands

    Being Seriously Playful 

    Professional Training

    a 5 days intensive training in the Netherlands; part of the TIFI recognized Children Focusing training; Children Focusing provides adults with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that allows them to be with ~ and work with children, using the tools,…

  • 7th September 2024 The Study Society. London, 151 Talgarth Road, W14 9DA

    BETWEEN YOU AND ME. From Intrapersonal to Interpersonal with Social Oriented Focusing 

    Other

    BETWEEN YOU AND ME From intrapersonal to interpersonal with Social Oriented Focusing (SOF) With Yehudit First, Founder of SOF IN-PERSON | SEPTEMBER 7-8, 2024 Venue: The Study Society ,151 Talgarth Rd, London W14 9DA (next…

  • 20th August 2025 Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK

    Focusing School 2025 

    Other

    We are excited to announce the opening of the registration for the Focusing School 2025 which will take place in the West Midlands, UK, on 20th-24th August 2025. Whether you’re looking to deepen your experience…

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