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9th International Children Focusing Conference

New Horizons in Children Focusing 26 - 30 October 2016

Athens (Mati), Greece

Programme Presentations & Workshops


http://new.focusing.gr focusinghellas@yahoo.com Workshop Harriët Teeuw Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:00

Dinner

Encountering/Sharing

19:00 - 20:30

20:30 - 22:30

18:30 - 19:00

Welcome Evening

Personal time

14:00 - 15:00

Personal Time

Dinner

and Dinner in Athens

Personal Time

Workshop Kie Yano

Coffee break

Personal time Workshop Elli Coumoulos Marika Rellou

with Lunch

Sight seeing

Mini Workshop Teresa Dawson

Lunch

13:00 - 14:00

17:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 18:30

Presentation Zambelli Monica

12:00 - 13:00

Registration

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

Greek night

Dinner

Personal Time

Workshop Ria van Hage

Coffee break

Workshop Atsmaout Perlstein

Personal time

Lunch

Mini Workshop Elli Coumoulos

Coffee break

Workshop Rene Veugelers

Workshop Calliope Callias

10:00 - 11:30 Excursion to Cape Sounio (optional)

Home group

Home group

Breakfast

Saturday 29 Oct 2016

9:00 - 10:00

Breakfast

Friday 28 Oct 2016

Breakfast

Thursday 27 Oct 2016

8:00 - 9:00

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016

Lunch

Results, Discussion, Pannell: “The Future of Children Focusing”

Coffee break

Workshop Heidrun Essler

Mini Workshop Marika Rellou

Breakfast

Sunday 30 Oct 2016


9th International Children Focusing Conference «New Horizons in Children Focusing»

26th to 30th October 2016

at Cabo Verde Boutique Hotel, Athens (Mati), Eastern Attica. ​

Dear all, We are delighted to welcome you and are eagerly looking forward to share our experiences, visions and ideas with you, so that we all may expand our perspectives and knowledge. Let’s hope that through our interaction with different cultures, fields and roles ‘something’ new and fresh may unfold that would move us forward.

Welcome our dear friends! The felt sensing trip has already started… ​

Anna Karali Pavlos Zarogiannis

Hellenic Focusing Center

hellenic center


Wednesday 26 October 2016 16:30-18:00 Registration 18:00-19:00 Welcome Evening

Thursday 27 October 2016 8:00-9:00 Home Group 10:00 - 11:30

Workshop Calliope Callias

12:00 - 13:00

Presentation Zambelli Monica

(we may be back even later)

15:00 - 16:30

Workshop Harriët Teeuw

Sight Seeing in Athens

17:00 - 18:00

Mini Workshop Teresa Dawson

18:00 - 22:30

Calliope Callias, (New York USA)

“Cultivating Compassion for Our Inner Children”

Workshop Abstract: At the Heart of Focusing lies Compassion. Compassion for our inner little ones, compassion

for our fellow life travelers, compassion for the life we are. In this focusing conversation/workshop we will explore the definition and nature of compassion and self-compassion and discuss the research that supports the importance for the individual and for society to treat ourselves compassionately. We will also practice experiential exercises that are drawn from a combination of Focusing, Spirituality, Positive Psychology, and Non-Violent Communication, and are designed to cultivate Self-Compassion. Even though these exercises are designed for adults they can be easily adjusted to also be used with children. Professional Portrait: Calliope Callias, PhD is a clinical psychologist in New York City. She holds a Masters degree in Community Psychology from NYU, and a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. She has extensive training in a number of psychotherapy orientations and practices, and has worked in various clinical settings for more than 25 years. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer, and a Coordinator In Training at The International Focusing Institute. She is also certified in Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology. She is in private practice and is an adjunct clinical professor in psychology at Adelphi University. Her interests include using focusing in groups and for community wellness, as well as focusing research. Calliope resides in the US for more than 30 years yet retains strong ties to Greece, her motherland. She can be reached at: info@calliopecalliasphd.com

Zambelli Monica (Italy)

“Experiences with Children Focusing in the hospital ( Pediatrics ) and schools in Ravenna-Italy”

Lecture / Presentation Abstract: I would like to share with you my experience of focusing children in Italian schools. I proposed

workshops focusing on primary schools and kindergartens for children and teachers. I conducted both individual seminars workshops of 10 meetings. In June 2015 I started working as a trainer focusing children in the pediatric ward of Ravenna, thanks to the personal interest of prof. Marchetti, the primary department. I was able to experience the children focusing on the symptoms by working with young patients in the pediatric ward, and with their parents, often finding strong correlations between the child's symptoms and the emotional experience of the parent. This collaboration with Hospital of Ravenna, was born on training project focusing on nurses and doctors as the humanization in support update treatments that will start in September 2016.


To share my experiences using the support of video of school projects and photographs of the sick children drawings feelings before and after the focusing process. Being a children focusing trainer for me means not only working with children but also with the inner children of parents/adults. Thank you for your attention and interest to me is very important to be able to share my work. Professional Portrait: Zambelli Monica, trainer in focusing adults and children certified by the Focusing Institute of New York, mother of two wonderful children, graduated in mathematics and lover of quantum physics. In 2014 he founded the Association CerchioAmico in Ravenna to spread the focusing of public and private organizations. She experimented with various types of body and communication approaches (CNV Rosenberg) and dance since childhood as a way of expression of their own emotional experience through the body. From 2014 she conducted the workshops focusing in some preschools and elementary and the province of Ravenna. Thanks to the interest of prof. Marchetti, chief of pediatrics of Ravenna, she could experience focusing on children with symptoms of young patients on the ward ... every time a gift of empathy and connection. She cooperates with the hospital in Ravenna from June 2015. From September 2016 will form the focusing of the experimental groups of nurses and doctors for the humanization of care in the hospital. She just shared her experience during the Italian conference focusing "Changes Abano 2016" in which Catherine Torpey was also presented.

Harriët Teeuw (Netherlands) “Self-Boundary Awareness”

Workshop Abstract: Self Boundary Awareness is a model (Dr Nick Blaser) which helps us better understand interper-

sonal interaction. In this workshop we will experience to symbolize the Self-Boundary- Awareness. From the Felt Sense we know very specific how the architecture of the Self-Boundary looks like. Have you ever heard yourself say: “She went much too far this time”;” I should have stopped more early”; “I went too far, I can’t take any more of this”. Expressions referring a knowing of a Self-Boundary The Self-Boundary is developed in interaction with our environment. What happens with the Self-Boundary if adults don’t respect the boundary of the child? How can we help them build a healthy Self-Boundary? In the workshop we will seek answers to these questions. Professional Portrait: Harriët Teeuw (1962): Harriet has a working practice as a Focusing Oriented Art Therapist. She first learned about Focusing from Erna de Bruin and Christine Langeveld in 2000 and has worked as a Focusing trainer since 2005 specializing in teaching parents, teachers & therapists Children Focusing. She works with children & adults dealing with bereavement and trauma to build resiliency, while giving workshops on a regular basis in a center for families confronting cancer. She is currently a Focusing coordinator in training, mentored by Marta Stapert. In 2006, together with René Veugelers & Jos van de Brand, she co-founded the KinderFocussen Foundation and was part of the organizing team for the Children Focusing Conference in Heemskerk (The Netherlands) in 2010. www.deruimte-info.nl

Teresa Dawson (Switzerland) “How Focusing attitudes can be used for: how to listen so children would talk & how to talk so children would listen”

Mini Workshop Abstract: Do you get tired sometimes of repeating things to children countless times? Do you sometimes

get tense in giving orders to children in such a way that it spoils the atmosphere and has little effect? I assume it’s the same in different countries, cultures and languages. Daily and ordinary interaction experiences lead to structure bound characteristics, shape views of life and behavioral strategies. * Focusing attitudes offers unpretentious communication that would loosen up annoying kinds of everyday interaction between adults and children of any age. * Focusing attitudes support and guide a natural process in every child for learning and growing within a social context. * Focusing attitudes fit unobtrusively into conversations, mainly those which concern needs, wishes, expressions of unlovely feelings, reactions of refusal and disobedience. In this workshop we will work with examples from the participants and exercises suitable to demonstrate how Focusing attitudes could be put into practice.​ Professional Portrait: Teresa Dawson has been a Certifying Coordinator of the International Focusing Institute for more than 20 years now. She works with clients as a psychotherapist with clients in Zurich, teaches Focusing trainings, dream work and TAE in Switzerland and abroad. For many years she taught this communicating topic to parents in evening classes to parents. She herself is a mother and a grandmother and knows how tiring daily routine with children can be.

http://new.focusing.gr focusinghellas@yahoo.com


Friday 28 October 2016 9:00 - 14:30

Excursion Cape Sounio

Excursion to Cape Sounio (optional) (extra fee applies)

Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1823). The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.

Legend

According to Greek Mythology, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus’s ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, according to the myth, the Athenians were forced to send seven men and seven women to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur. Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail on his return. In fact, Theseus had successfully overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer’s poem the Odyssey, probably composed in the 8th century BC. This recounts the mythical tribulations suffered by Greek hero Odysseus in a gruelling 10-year sea-voyage to return to his native island, Ithaca, in the Ionian sea, from the sack of Troy. This ordeal was supposedly inflicted upon him by Poseidon, to whom the temple at Sounion was dedicated. The story recounts the various Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of the ship of King Menelaus of Sparta died at his post while rounding “holy Sounion, cape of Athens”. Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours (i.e., cremation on a funeral pyre on the beach). The Greek ships were then caught by a storm off Cape Malea and scattered in all directions. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


15:00 - 16:30

Workshop Elli Coumoulos Marika Rellou

17:00 - 18:30

Workshop Kie Yano

Marika Rellou & Elli Coumoulos (Greece) “A focusing synthesis for more to come: Clearing space” Workshop Abstract:

This workshop is an experiential presentation of clearing space. Our aim is to explain what clearing space is, how it works with children and why it can be beneficial in their everyday life. The participants will have the opportunity to experience clearing space and express themselves playfully and artistically.

Professional Portrait:

Marika Rellou is a psychologist (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). She is a Person-centered & Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist. ​M.A. in Counselling from the University of East Anglia.

Professional Portrait:

Elli Coumoulos. Psychologist, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. MSc Counselling Psychology, City University, London. Psychotherapist, Person-centered and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. She works with schools and kindergartens as psychologist. Engaged in counseling parents and teachers.

Kie Yano (Japan) “Collage-Making with Mothers” Workshop Abstract:

In Experiential Collage Work (ECW), the collage maker themselves explores the meaning of their own collage. What the collage maker finds does not come only from exploring their own collage, but also from the process of making collage. Their implicit experiencing is carried forward step by step. They can create new meaning from their own collage. I have done ECW with a few mothers about seventeen years. I had an interview to mothers about experience of making the collage, and creating the meaning from it to study the changing process in the collage work. I found that mothers have experienced that accepting themselves, identifying their own lives, understanding and supporting each other, recognizing that their lives are a continuing process, and relaxing. In this workshop, I will talk about ECW, and introduce the interview of mothers. And then you will make collages and work on ECW.

Professional Portrait:

Kie Yano, Ph.D.: I am a clinical psychologist , Focusing trainer, Children Focusing trainer ,CNT and associate professor in the college. I am interested in interaction of felt sense and symbol, and the process of coming up to words. I like Collage. Collage is our living process, when I explore into the collage, I always discover new, flesh, intricate things. I think that collage carries forward our lives.

http://new.focusing.gr focusinghellas@yahoo.com


Saturday 29 October 2016 8:00-9:00 Home Group 10:00 - 11:30

Workshop Rene Veugelers

12:00 - 13:00

Mini Workshop Elli Coumoulos

15:00 - 16:30

Workshop Atsmaout Perlstein

17:00 - 18:30

Workshop Ria van Hage

Rene Veugelers (Netherlands)

“Being in REAL contact: a dynamic approach towards children with Attachment disorder"

Workshop Abstract: Are you able to step into a child's unknown world . . . and let whatever emerges guide the next

steps you take together ? We'll practice attuning to, and empathizing with, a child's story and deeper needs using art materials and experiential process to connect with and express: our playfulness, creativity and inventiveness. My experience informs my understanding that the body carries all the important information and answers for us. It’s all in there and can remain not connected yet. So when I work with children of all ages, or clients, I stay connected with my own FS: building up safety, clear boundaries and interest in whatever is there inside the child/the client and reflecting many new an d unexpected feelings, movements or non-verbal language, shown from the child’s behavior and posture. The more that I can be with this subtle step by step process, the more a child can build up their own inner and outer connections. I never know the next step. My basic attitude is always to step gently and consciously into this unknown and unexpected territory. This brings always a fresh experience, subtlety and joy to every connection with children and with adults. Topic that will be covered: *why Focusing Works. *Listening in three directions. *Working with Emerging Body language. *Using your own FS (Felt Sense) Professional Portrait: René Veugelers’ specialty is Focusing with Children with an emphasis on the non-verbal world. He studied Art Therapy, Psychiatric nursing and group social work. René teaches parents, therapists, teachers and others, internationally, how to be with children in a Focusing way, how to (re)connect to their own inner child experiences, and how to integrate creativity and flexibility into their life and work. His experiences as an art therapist embrace an expanded richness of creative elements and support a natural unfolding of creative process. René lives and works in the Netherlands.

Elli Coumoulos (Greece) “The pleasure of disguise”

Mini Workshop Abstract: This workshop is about pleasure and disguise. One of the favorite games of young children is

dressing up as superheroes, witches, characters from fairy tales and movies, or even babies and mothers. By disguising we can ‘act out’ parts of ourselves, our wishes, our dreams, our fears. We can be bad or good, happy or sad, strong or weak. This workshop is an invitation to experience playfully the magic of disguise in a focusing way. Professional Portrait: Elli Coumoulos, Psychologist, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. MSc Counselling Psychology, City University, London. Psychotherapist, Person-centered and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. She works with schools and kindergartens as psychologist. Engaged in counseling parents and teachers. Previously she has worked in London (play therapy with children with emotional disturbances and behavior problems).


Atsmaout Perlstein (Israel) Workshop

"KOL-BE : A Transformative Human Image for Focusing and Healing" Abstract:

KOL-BE is a non gender human image that acts as a projective mirror to our rich inner life represented by felt senses of difficult and positive experiences. It is a simple yet powerful tool that facilitates a safe and friendly interaction between the focuser and his non verbal body senses. The implicit and the unknown becomes clear and explicit visual process within a short time using qualities of objects and colors to represent the felt senses on KOL-BE. The focuser experiences new steps and movements while he is still in process. He finds the right distance to contain flooding emotions and develops self empathy and compassion. The workshop is experiential and participants will learn to facilitate a process using a KOL-BE manual. Different therapeutic cases will be introduced.

Professional Portrait:

Dr. Atsmaout Perlstein is a Focusing co-ordinator who introduced focusing in Israel in 2000. Since then she certified six new coordinators. ​She is a FOT clinical psychologist for the past 30 years working with children, couples and families. Atsmaout lectures and leads workshops to psychologists, social workers and educators and has been using KOL-BE since 2011 to facilitate a self and other healing. KOL-BE has been presented in Israel and international conferences.

Ria van Hage ​(Netherlands) Workshop

“Creating New Horizons for Children with Systemic Constellation Focusing” Abstract:

How can (grand)parents help their (grand)children to live their lives forwards, instead of the past weighing the child down or holding the child back? What helps children to be who they are and to grow from their own place their own life and be supported by their family system instead of being withheld by the family system? What helps children to sense and express their inner world and have healthy relations? In this workshop we work with Family Constellations (founder Bert Hellinger) and Focusing (Gendlin). We will experience how a family constellation brings to light the hidden dynamics and entanglements in the family system and its impact on the child. The next step is to unfold in a focusing way the entanglements by exploring and following the bodily felt senses and awareness, so the family order can be restored and aligned. Everyone moves to its own rightful place and its own live forward solution and direction. That brings healing, harmony and empowerment in each generation and healthy vitality for the children and next generation. A family constellation is set up when members of a group are asked to represent members of a family and are placed intuitively in the room (by the client). It is their interrelation and presence in the Knowing Field of the family of the client that we meet the phenomenon that the representatives have access to the bodily felt senses, words, feelings, movements and other information emerging from inside and leading to a next step and carrying live forwards. Everyone taking part in Family Constellation Focusing workshops is amazed and deeply touched by what is unfolding before them as well by the intense experience when asked to represent a complete stranger. Or to see and hear the impact in a family and effect on the children! We create new horizons for ourselves, our children and the next generation!

Professional Portrait:

Ria van Hage: After living and working in Cameroun and Kenya for 7 years and working internationally in a Dutch multinational for 17 years, I was educated as a psycho-social person-centered counselor, coach and trainer and started my own practice in 2000. I have myself specialized as Focusing Trainer, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Coach, Systemic Constellation Work, Trauma Work (a.o. Somatic Experience), Carl Jung’s individuation process & depth psychology, and the classic wisdom traditions Enneagram and Yjing. Since 2014 I am a TIFI Focusing Coordinator in Training and started a Focusing education and empowerment program at Rusinga Island in West-Kenya in Africa. www.I-Focus-School.nl

http://new.focusing.gr focusinghellas@yahoo.com


Sunday 30 October 2016 8:00-9:00 Home Group 9:00 - 10:00

Mini Workshop Marika Rellou

10:00 - 11:30

Workshop Heidrun Essler

Marika Rellou (Greece)

“Pause button: Creating a safe place for children with ADHD” ​ Mini Workshop Abstract:

The workshop intends to explore a way of helping children with ADHD to find a safe place in their body using a Pause Button. The participants will have a focusing experience of creating a safe place in their body expressing it through painting and crafts.

Professional Portrait:

Marika Rellou is a psychologist (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). She is a Person-centered & Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist. ​M.A. in Counselling from the University of East Anglia.

Heidrun Essler (Germany) "Greating SAFETY"

Workshop Abstract:

We all know that “feeling safe” is essential for nurturing a Focusing oriented change process. Beside offering different techniques like safe color on a piece of paper, connecting with your favorite toy or your power animal, visualizing and painting a safe room etc. I also use the real room for finding a safe place/ space in the room. Offering safety rules and boundaries can help also creating safety. But around safety there are more issues to consider: If you like to create safety, you also invite the un-safety threw the backdoor. What to do if the child can’t find SAFETY? What to do when we are/life in an unsafe or violent environment? What do I need as a companion for me feeling safe? Can I transfer my safety feeling towards the child or parent or caretaker? Can I influence my own body or the body of the child towards safety – and is this useful? In this workshop I want to show an approach how to encourage and stimulate SAFETY by finding the right place in the room and creating safety in your body with the help of research based Embodiment techniques and Alba Emoting™.I would also like to encourage an exchange about our experiences around SAFETY.

Professional Portrait:

Heidrun Essler: I am an academic speech trainer and therapist and Focusing coordinator for adults and children. This has led me to many areas of crises in the world where the lack of safety is a big issue. Dealing with it I have been confronted with difficult emotions over and over again. I have experienced how hard it can be to use words to express bodily feelings. So I use “listening and speaking with all body senses” and helping the body to “step-out” of unbearable pain and relax again – because this is what it wants to do. My professional experiences are giving trainings since 1989 in all kind of companies and organizations. I am a lecturer at the University of Karlsruhe for body language. I also work as consultant and coach on a one-toone base. I have developed methods to teach Focusing to whole systems like kindergarten, schools, homes, camps or hospitals.

12:00 - 14:00

Results, Discussion, Pannell:

“The Future of Children Focusing”


Organizing Team

Anna Karali Pavlos Zarogiannis Nikos Kypriotakis George Tsatsas Marika Rellou Elli Coumoulos

Scientific Team Anna Karali Pavlos Zarogiannis

Support

Eirini Xanthopoulou Zoe Voulgaraki Reveka Rodopoulou Sofia Papoutsi

Many Thanks to Eva Iliopoulou

Wed administration & Digital Editing

Nikolaos Kypriotakis

Images

Cycladic (violin-shaped) body figurines (κυκλαδίτικα ειδώλεια) http://new.focusing.gr focusinghellas@yahoo.com


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