Reminder that the deadline for ‘Early Bird’ Registration and Booking is 31 January 2018
The first EFA conference programme is beginning to take shape, with an exciting variety of lectures already offered by leading figures in the Focusing world as well as a range of experiential workshops on different topics. There will also be many opportunities for Focusing and for more general networking and collaboration with European colleagues.
Presentation topics proposed so far include:
‘A new approach to understanding Focusing through “ordinary language” philosophy’
We have the pleasure to announce that in the 1st European Focusing Conference, May 10-14, 2018 at Loutraki, Greece,
the distinguished writer Campbell Purton will participate with a presentation.
His presentation will be: "A new approach to understanding Focusing"
As he describes in the abstract:
"In this talk I want to outline a new way of thinking about Focusing. Gendlin said that he developed his philosophy partly in order to understand how Focusing is possible, and his account has its roots in the philosophical tradition known as phenomenology. # My own philosophical approach is influenced more by what is called ‘ordinary language philosophy’ and approaching Focusing with this different background gives a different slant on what is involved in the practice. One advantage of an ‘ordinary language’ approach is that it does not lead us into the kind of abstractions that characterise most philosophical traditions. # By contrast, ordinary language philosophy follows our ordinary ways of speaking, in a way analogous to that in which a client-centred therapist follows a client’s way of speaking. # This new approach to Focusing can help to resolve a number of questions about the practice, such as how a felt sense is related to bodily sensations, whether felt senses have to be located in the centre of the body, why some people have felt senses without sensing anything in their bodies, and how felt senses are related to emotions."
Campbell Purton studied for an MPhil degree in the philosophy of science in London, and then completed a PhD in the philosophy of psychology at the University of Alberta. He taught philosophy at universities in Canada and Scotland for several years and then trained as a person-centred counsellor. He worked at the student counselling service of the University of East Anglia for 27 years, taught on the university’s Diploma course in person-centred counselling, and with Judy Moore set up the first Focusing-oriented therapy training course in the UK. He first encountered Focusing at a Person-Centred conference in Gmunden, Austria in 1994, and then began to study Gendlin's philosophical work. He has contributed papers and conference presentations on Focusing at a number of international conferences, and in the last ten years has been involved in establishing Focusing-oriented therapy training courses in China.
He published Person-Centred Therapy: The Focusing-Oriented Approach in 2004. This book has been translated into Greek and Japanese, and outlines a focusing-oriented approach to therapy within a broad context of the person-centred approach.
He published The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer in 2007, which is a brief introduction to focusing-oriented therapy, translated into Japanese and Chinese. He has become increasingly interested in the philosophical foundations of Focusing, and is developing a way of thinking about Focusing that differs in some ways from Gendlin's own approach.
This re-thinking led him to reconsider the foundations of all the major approaches to therapy, and the results of this work appear in a book The Trouble with Psychotherapy: Counselling and Common Sense, which is currently being translated into Chinese.
He is now retired from his counselling and teaching work, but continues to write on philosophical themes related to therapy.
The European Focusing Association (EFA) is pleased to invite you to attend the first European Focusing Conference
Facets of Focusing May 10-14, 2018 Loutraki, Greece
This, our first European conference, will provide an opportunity to gather to celebrate the life and work of Eugene Gendlin and to experience some of the many ‘Facets of Focusing’. We invite you, whatever your Focusing background – relative beginner, Focusing teacher, therapist – to join with us to share knowledge and focus together in the beautiful seaside resort of Loutraki. Our aim is to be inclusive of all ‘facets’. You might be inspired by how Focusing can filter into different aspects of life. You might be new to Focusing and want to learn more about how it can be taught and practised at a basic level. You might want to explore how Focusing can become a force for change in such areas as politics, art or social work. You might want to reflect on how it can be integrated into the practice of different therapies or into other professional trainings, such as Coaching. You might wish to share your fascination with the philosophical foundations of Focusing or its origins in the Person-Centred Approach. Whatever your level of interest, we hope that we can together create an enjoyable, enriching and inspiring learning environment.
A full conference timetable will be sent out in the New Year and will include workshops, lectures, discussion panels- and, of course, time for focusing exchange.
Registration will be between 14:00-17:00 h on Thursday 10th May and departure after midday on Monday 14th May.
Language As well as honouring the different ‘facets of Focusing’ we want to acknowledge the language differences within our European community. Although the language of the conference is English, we hope that language barriers can be overcome by volunteers who are prepared to offer translation for their own language group.
EFA For those who wish to take part in carrying the European Focusing Association forward into the future all are invited to participate in the EFA General Assembly that will take place towards the end of the conference. Time will also be made for EFA project and interest groups throughout the conference.
Optional Excursions We want to make sure that participants have the opportunity to visit the sites of this beautiful part of Greece and (if there is enough interest) half-dayexcursions may be arranged to:
Argolis (Mycenae – Epidaurus) and/or Nafplio
The ancient city of Mycenae (a world heritage monument and archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon) was a major centre of Greek civilization.
The ancient theatre of Epidaurus (a Unesco world heritage listed monument) is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios, the healer, and was the most celebrated healing centre of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics.
Nafplio is a very beautiful city. It was the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress (Palamidi) and the fortified islet of Burtzi.
(or) Tour through the Corinth canal
Participation in these excursions is optional and the cost for them is not included in the conference fee. We will try, however, to keep costs as low as possible and more details will be sent out later.
A ‘Greek evening’ will most probably be incorporated into the Programme.
Registration Registration needs to be done in two stages
First of all, you need to register for the conference with the Hellenic Focusing Center:
Early Bird Rates (before 31 January)
Regular Conference fee (before 31 January)200 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
For Students or the Unemployed (before 31 January)*140 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
One-day participation (before 31 January)70 Euros: Includes conference fee for one day and materials.
Conference Fees after 31 January
Regular Conference fee (after 31 January)250 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
For Students or the Unemployed (after 31 January)*180 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
One-day participation (after 31 January)80 Euros: Includes conference fee for one day and materials.
*For Students and Unemployed Participants proof of their current studies or unemployed status is required.
For any questions, regarding your registration to the conference, please contact the Hellenic Focusing Center (HFC) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Then you need to book separately with the Hotel Pappas, who have offered very favourable rates for conference delegates.
The price given below covers accommodation for all 4 nights of the conference. The cost of accommodation with Hotel Pappas is a special offer made to us for the conference and is a very good deal. If you wish to stay for less than the four nights of the conference then the hotel’s usual rates will apply, such as those to be found through booking websites (e.g. Booking.com). Additional nights may also be charged at the hotel’s usual rates. You will need to make your own arrangement directly with the hotel. Single Room180 Euros per person Double Room132 Euros per person Triple Room120 Euros per person The cost includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, evening meal.
The price for tea/coffee during breaks is an extra16 Euros for the whole conference. (i.e. this is on top of the fees quoted above, to be paid on arrival at the Hotel or as agreed with the Hotel).
The name of the conference (‘European Focusing Conference’)
Whether you wish to occupy a single/ double/ or triple room
The number of people who will occupy the room
The cost of the room for the 4 nights of the conference (as stated above) (you need to arrange fewer nights or additional nights directly with the hotel)
Then the Hotel will guide you through the rest of the booking process.
Important: Please do NOT use the Hotel website ‘contact form’ and do NOT press the ‘Book now!’ Button. These do not work and are not needed for the booking process. The Hotel Pappas website is www.hotelpappas.gr
(The ‘Early Bird’ rate and cancellation fees apply only to registration wich will be handled by the Hellenic Focusing Center. EFA and the Hellenic Focusing Center are not responsible for the hotel or its policies and procedures.)
This is a ‘not for profit’ conference and we have tried to keep costs as low as possible to make sure that it is an affordable and inclusive event.
Many leading practitioners have already committed to be present at the conference, including Campbell Purton whose Person-Centred Therapy: The Focusing-Oriented Approach has recently been translated and published in Greek.
We are calling for presentations from participants to share our experiences, practices, hopes and ideas. We ask you to submit your abstract as soon as possible or by the end of 28 February 2018. Abstracts may be accepted up until the end of March 2018, if there is still room in the conference timetable.
Facets of Focusing ORGANIZING TEAM Local Committee Patricia Foster (Greece/UK), Anna Karali (Greece) Nikos Kypriotakis (Greece), Dimitris Portokalis (Greece), Pavlos Zarogiannis (Greece) European Committee Hejo Feuerstein (Germany), Maria Emanuela Galanti (MEG) (Italy) Judy Moore (UK), Edit Selmeczi (Hungary)
an EFA event In collaboration with and with the support of the Hellenic Focusing Center, Focusing as a Life Skill, EFocusing.be, Focussen Vlaanderen, Vlaamse Vereniging voor Cliëntgericht-Experiëntiële Psychotherapie en Counseling, and many more (which will be added later)
The First European Focusing Conference Facets of Focusing
Thursday 10th May - Monday 14th May 2018
The European Focusing Association (EFA) is pleased to invite you to:
The First European Focusing Conference:
Facets of Focusing Thursday 10th May - Monday 14th May 2018 Loutraki, Greece
This conference is an opportunity for us to celebrate the life of Eugene Gendlin, to gather and reflect on the different facets of focusing, through workshops, lectures and interest groups.
We will also have plenty of space to enjoy being together in a more leisurely way.
The venue is a hotel in the beautiful seaside resort of Loutraki, with a direct suburban rail link to Athens airport.
Single, double and triple rooms will be available.
Check this website again soon to be updated with further details.