A Focusing Approach to Positivity:
Focusing on What You Love and What Matters Most

Joan Klagsbrun


Monday, April 4th, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM PST

For Asia: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

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Approved for 2 CE credits!

CE Information: You must register for the presentation first! If have already registered and are interested in obtaining CE hours, please click here for more information.

Registration Details:

Cost: $25

Deadline: April 1st, 2022

Save 10% when you bundle with Judy Rubin's presentation! Bundle Deadline is February 4th.

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Presentation Description:

Joan Klagsbrun met Eugene Gendlin in 1976 and maintained a close connection with him through his life, as well as with his wife Mary Hendricks-Gendlin.  After Joan shares stories that illuminate what was inspiring about Gene and his teachings, she will present how to integrate Focusing with Positive Psychology.

Focusing, developed by Eugene Gendlin, is an evidence-based approach and an intrinsically optimistic method. It can help us to discover and savor the positive aspects of our Iives.  By Focusing on our good experiences, we not only get to the essence of what was so pleasurable or so meaningful, but we deepen our sense of wellbeing and invite it to grow.

Research affirms this wisdom of placing attention on positive experiences and feelings.  Positive emotions build inner resources to help us become more resilient.  People who have a higher ratio of ‘positivity’ to ‘negativity’ also have more energy, more creativity, and better health.  Most of us reflexively dwell on our problems and concerns.  When we are able to feel gratitude, contentment, or enjoyment, for example, we can actually elevate our mood and think more effectively.  

Joan’s presentation will also include an experiential component that includes time to Focus on some pathways to happiness that can strengthen a sense of wellbeing and enrich our lives.


If you cannot attend the Live Presentation via Zoom, the recording will be available for you to watch at your convenience for up to 2 months. (Note: CE is only approved for attending the Live Zoom Presentation). 

About Joan Klagsbrun:

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D. is a psychologist, a Certifying Coordinator in Focusing, and a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy Trainer who has been practicing for the past 40 years.  Joan also is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, where she has taught Focusing and integrates her long-standing interest in the intersection of spirituality and psychology.  She also taught for several years at the Focusing Summer School.


Joan has been teaching Focusing to the public and to health care and mental health professionals nationally and internationally for over three decades across six continents.  For fourteen years, she served on the Board of the Focusing Institute.  Her publications include articles in professional journals and chapters in several books.  Her most recent chapter, co-written with Julian Miller, is Acknowledging the Dark and Embracing the Light in the Time of Covid-19, published in Senses of Focusing Volume I in 2021.

This offering is open to those new and experienced in Focusing, Expressive Arts, and FOAT!

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