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CE Information Pages: Roots, Branches, and Wings

Continuing Education for 2021 - 2022 Offerings

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Exploring the Fundamentals of Focusing: Experiencing and Crossing

Akira Ikemi, Ph.D.

Overview and Requirements

This presentation is approved for 2 Continuing Education (CE) hours and is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. 


To obtain the CE hours and certificate, participants must:

Note: Unfortunately, watching the recording is NOT approved for the CE attendance requirement. Partial credit is also not available. No exceptions will be made.

  • Complete the evaluation after the Live Zoom meeting


How to Purchase CE Credits

  1. You must first register for the presentation. The registration deadline is November 7, 2021. Click here to register. 

  2. The 2 CE credits are offered through R. Cassidy Seminars for a $10 fee. You may purchase them at any time. Certificate will be available after meeting the above requirements.

Click this link to purchase CEs

Course Description

Dr. Akira Ikemi first met Gene Gendlin in 1979, then became a graduate student at the University of Chicago where Gene was a professor.  The first part of this workshop will begin with Akira Ikemi’s personal reflections about what was inspiring about Gene. Listening to stories like these helps to illuminate and carry forward deeper understandings of the living roots of Focusing and its philosophy— which continues to unfold in new ways today. 

Akira Ikemi will then share about the influences of Wilhelm Dilthey’s hermeneutics on Focusing, a method which Gendlin developed. After, Akira Ikemi will lead a Focusing exercise that he created— Crossing with Animals— which helps to teach two concepts of Gene’s philosophy, Experiencing and Crossing.  Participants will then learn to apply the principles of Experiencing and Crossing to art images or expressions. This will also enrich the understanding and practice of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts.

Presenter (Bio)

Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago around the time the book Focusing was published. He has taught full time at universities in Japan, and is currently professor at Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology. Akira is a Certifying Coordinator of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) and has served as a board member of that institute, as well as of other academic organizations, including the World Association for Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling, and the Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology. He is one of the founders and past-presidents of the Japan Focusing Association. Dr. Ikemi has written many articles and books in Japanese and in English, and teaches internationally online. He was named a “Living Luminary” by the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (USA) and he is the fifteenth person to receive the prestigious Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology Award.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Educators, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Nurses.

The course content level: Introductory/Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced level


All times are given in PST.

  4:00 - 4:15: Introduction and Overview of Eugene Gendlin and his development of Focusing
  4:15 - 4:30: Didactic Overview of Gendlin’s philosophy and concepts: Experiencing, Crossing, and the Hermeneutic Circle
  4:30 - 5:10: Crossing with Animals Experiential with Applications of Experiencing and Crossing
  5:10 - 5:50: Crossing with Art with Further Applications of Experiencing and Crossing
  5:50 - 6:00: Integration of Material; Q + A

Course Objectives

  1. Name 3 fundamental concepts of Focusing-Experiencing, Crossing, and the Hermeneutic Circle.

  2. Apply the fundamental concepts of Focusing through the experiential exercise Crossing with Animals.

  3. Summarize the method of “crossing” with art images or expressions

Satisfactory Completion for CEs: This offering is approved for 2 CE hours. Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. Evaluations/Certificates will be available online following course completion at  Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. 

Location: This live interactive webinar will be held via Zoom.


Date and Time:

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021   4:00PM - 6:00PM PST  /  7:00PM - 9:00PM EST
For Asia: Thursday, November 11th, 2021
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Presentation Cost: $25

Registration Information: Deadline to register for this offering is November 7, 2021. Click here to see full registration page.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel 5 days before the first class start date. Cancellations 4 days or less before the class start date are non-refundable. You have the option to apply the tuition fee toward another current or future course (Note: You can only take a course that you meet the prerequisite requirements for or have the instructor's express permission). Dates and fees subject to change.

The Focusing and Expressive Arts (FOAT) Institute and FOAT Online School reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule a course for insufficient enrollment (to be determined by or upon the close of registration) or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases, you will be given the choice of applying your tuition toward another current or future course, or receiving a reimbursement of the full enrollment fee.

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Disclosure Statement: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

For the approved professionals list, please click here to visit the R. Cassidy Seminars CE page for this offering

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