Inner Relationship Focusing

Inner Relationship Focusing is a gentle technique of accessing and developing relationships with our inner states.  First learned in our own bodies, this technique can be integrated into psychotherapy practices to develop greater awareness and compassion for our own and our clients states.
This method was developed by Ann Weiser Cornell as a result of her work with Eugene Gendlin.

Training

Inner Relationship Focusing classes are offered by Zoom, in 6 week modules of 2 hour classes.

IRF Part 1

Part 1 of Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) is aimed at developing and deepening an embodied relationship with the felt sense, originally described by Gendlin with additions and refinements by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. IRF is based on Gendlin’s work, and adds the dimensions of working with feelings, sensations and experiences we merge with, supporting us to disidentify from those states, developing a relationship with an observer that can support these states. IRF posits that what is missing is Inner Relationship, a being with all states without judgement or the demand of change.

This course is approved for 12 CE’s, which can be obtained through R Cassidy for a fee of $40.

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PART ONE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe bodily felt experiences without labeling them
  • Use phrases “I am sensing” and “something in me” to describe emotional states without judging them
  • Set aside what you assume and sense freshly for what is in the body in the present moment
  • Start with a life issue and get a felt sense of it in the body in the present moment
  • Stay with what is unclear in the body without making meaning of it prematurely
  • Use presence language to come into the present moment
  • Reflect what another person is saying and say it back without adding anything
  • Lead another person into a body mapping exercise
  • Slow another person’s process down by sensing in the body
  • Notice when a client is identified with their internal state
  • Offer support to move from identification to being with states from an observer position
  • Reflect back clients words in a way that supports being with present experience as opposed to reported narrative

IRF Part 2

In Part 2, deepens into working with states of Presence, Partial Self States, and Blocks to Process, including working with Inner Critics and criticized aspects of self.

This course is approved for 12 CE’s, which can be obtained through R Cassidy for a fee of $40.

For upcoming class dates, click the button below.

PART TWO LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe and discern between the three ways of starting a session; from an issue, a feeling or a body
  • Demonstrate aware reflecting using body states to time interventions
  • Identify the differences between reflections and reminders, and know to add cushions to reminders
  • Utilize reflections to mirror current states and reminders to suggest a next step without insistence
  • Identify how to sense in the body for feelings about feelings
  • Discuss how to encourage clients to differentiate and stay with feelings from feelings about feelings ie, being angry and not wanting to be angry
  • Explain how to support a client to stay with and deepen distant processes, where client has difficulty identifying their feelings and states
  • Explain how to support a client to stay with and deepen distant processes, where client has difficulty identifying their feelings and states
  • Discuss how to notice when a client slips into a protective partial self state and encourage the client to explore this state from an observing state with the phrases “Something in me is feeling…” and “I am sensing something in me is…”
  • Distinguish how to invite critical states without judgment and identify underlying worry and concerns of protective partial self states
  • Practice how to reflect back client’s words in a way that supports being with present experience and identifying what partial self states want and don’t want for a person
  • Tell how to support a client to stay with a blocked process to identify underlying states including fear and overwhelm

IRF Part 3

In Part 3, we will begin to talk about integrating IRF into your clinical practice.

This course is approved for 12 CE’s, which can be obtained through R Cassidy for a fee of $40.

For upcoming class dates, click the button below.

PART THREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe and discern between Presence and Partial Self States
  • Demonstrate how to move and reframe critical, angry states into underlying fear and worry
  • Discuss how to create relationship with worried states, hearing and integrating expressed concerns without minimizing or dismissing
  • Identify defensive states as partial self states in need of attention
  • Distinguish how to stay with what is unclear in the body without making meaning of it prematurely
  • Identify how to sense in the body for overwhelmed or frightened states
  • Review how to encourage clients to stay with difficult states by providing support and resourcing
  • Demonstrate how to support a client to create compassionate relationships with partial self states without gratifying or aligning with states
  • Specify how to slow another person’s process down by sensing in the body, encouraging lengthier embodied process
  • Detect when a client slips into identifying with their internal state and encourage the client to return to presence with phrases such as, “Something in me is feeling…” and “I am sensing something in me is…”
  • Identify how to offer to support a move from identification to being with states from an observer position with multiple partial self states
  • Practice how to reflect back clients words in a way that supports being with present experience with multiple co-occurring states (eg, criticizing self state, criticized self state and defensive state) as opposed to reported narrative

Inner Relationship Focusing Inquiry