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Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research
in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology

An Initiative of the International Focusing Institute

Saying What We Mean:
A Symposium on the Works of Eugene Gendlin

October 30-November 1, 2020
Seattle University, Seattle WA USA

The Departments of Psychology and Philosophy at Seattle University, in partnership with The Gendlin Center of the International Focusing Institute, are proud to announce a symposium advancing the work of Eugene Gendlin. We invite participants to explore the implications of Gendlin’s posthumous collection Saying What We Mean: Implicit Precision and the Responsive Order (2018). This extraordinary collection, edited by Edward Casey and Donata Schoeller, brings together a series of essays demonstrating Gendlin’s creative and insightful ability to balance conversations across a wide range of voices in philosophy and psychology.  We are delighted that Dr. Schoeller will be one of our featured speakers.

Gendlin had a unique capacity for thinking “at the edge” of conceptual formulations. He was able to discover, in words and concepts, an evasive connection between idea and experience. Gendlin sought to open up phenomena by exploring ideas that can only be thought in the mode of embodied practice. Gendlin’s hope was that he might awaken an appetite in his readers, a yearning to understand how “the experiential side always exceeds the concepts.” In this regard, Gendlin invites expansive efforts to explore embodied thinking and experiencing.

In Saying What We Mean, Gendlin leaves for us a collection of intriguing enactments of this embodied thinking, with essays ranging across the spectrum of his adventurous thinking. Though all paper proposals working with Gendlin’s thought are welcome, we particularly solicit investigations into the four main themes of Saying What We Mean:

  • Phenomenology of the Implicit
  • A Process Model
  • On the Edges of Plato, Heidegger, Kant and Wittgenstein
  • Thinking with the Implicit

If interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by June 30, 2020.  Please include your name, institution, degree, specialization, and contact info on a separate document, as well as any audio-visual equipment you may require. Presentations should be approximately 40 minutes in length, and presenters should anticipate facilitating conversation after their paper is given. Registration will be through The International Focusing Institute ( Information on registration and suggested hotels will be available soon there as well as on the Seattle University Psychology department homepage (


For more information, you can write the Gendlin Symposium committee
at or contact The International Focusing Institute.


August 2019: Announcement

Gendlin Grant for Original Research in Psychology

Award Year: 2020
Award Amount: Total award(s) up to $5,000

The Gendlin Center grant is a competitive award for promising original research advancing the Focusing process as an evidence-based practice. We are looking for quantitative research proposals. Priority is given to research design that has high potential for publication in a quality peer-reviewed journal. Depending on the needs of applicants, there may be several smaller awards or one award, for a total distribution of up to $5,000. Therefore, grant requests of any amount up to $5,000 are invited. Grantees will be expected to provide regular reports of progress; frequency of reports will be based on the expected timeline and determined at the time of the award. Evidence of publication within 3 years is expected, unless otherwise agreed upon. Depending on the specifics of the grant, funds may be distributed over time or in one lump sum.

Applicants should include:

  • a detailed project description (up to 1,500 words)
  • an abstract (up to 300 words)
  • a timeline and budget
  • the researcher's institutional affiliation and major supervisor, if appropriate
  • at least one letter of support from home institution
  • current CV/resume of the principal researcher(s)

Please email documents to We prefer that applications be sent by email; however, hard copies may be sent to:

The International Focusing Institute / Gendlin Center
15 N. Mill St., suite 210
Nyack, NY 10960

We invite inquiries in advance of the application. If you have questions please contact

Applicants will be notified of receipt of completed application.

The Gendlin Center Steering Committee may request more details or an interview with the applicant(s). Completed applications are due by February 1, 2019.

Notification of award or rejection can be expected March 30, 2019.

February, 2018: An introduction to the Gendlin Center by Kevin Krycka, the Chair of the first Steering Committee

On May 10, 2017, just a short while after Gene's death, the Board of the Institute passed a resolution to create a new research center at the Institute in Gene's honor: The Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology. At that meeting, the Board asked Executive Director Catherine Torpey to convene a group of academics, as the resolution states, who are "versed in Gene's thought to move the idea forward."

Catherine drew together five of us from across the globe to be the first Steering Committee of the Gendlin Center. We are:

  • Kevin C Krycka, Chair, Professor of Psychology at Seattle University, USA
  • Akira Ikemi, Professor of Psychotherapy, Kansai University, Japan
  • Mary Jeanne Larrabee, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, USA
  • Rob Parker, Private Practice, White Plains, USA

(Read more about each of us)

It has been seven months since that resolution was passed and I am writing now to give you a quick update on what we have been up to. First, we meet monthly. At this point our time has been spent on developing a mission statement and further defining the ways in which the Gendlin Center and the Institute can promote Gene's philosophy and psychology. Our second major activity has been to create The Gendlin Prize; one in the area of philosophy and another in psychology. Right now, two subgroups of the Steering Committee are working hard to define the focus of the prizes. We hope to be able to announce more details about the Prizes very soon, along with the scope of each, criteria for application, award amount, and timeline (update: the psychology grant has been announced -- see above or click here to learn more). Thirdly, we are just now beginning to think of how we can present the Gendlin Center and its future works on social media, the web, etc. Finally, we are co-sponsoring with Seattle University, a fall 2-day symposium entitled, "Saying What We Mean."  The exact dates and costs are being confirmed, but most likely, this meeting will be sometime in October, 2018.

I want to make special mention of thanks to all those who contributed to the Gendlin Center in 2017 and to its two prizes. So far, your generous donations have totaled $9,151.  Our plan is to make an annual report, posted to the Institute website, that breaks down our activities, accomplishments, budget, and awards. We are very open to your good ideas and help as we begin this important work. 
To donate directly to the Gendlin Center, visit this page 
and click on "make a regular donation," then "direct my donation to a special program."

The Gendlin Center Steering Committee

Kevin Krycka

Kevin Krycka

Akira Ikemi

Akira Ikemi

Mary Jeanne Larrabee

Mary Jeanne Larrabee

João Carlos Messias

João Carlos Messias

Rob Parker

Rob Parker

2017 Donors

Thank you all!

To donate directly to the Gendlin Center, visit this page 
and click on "direct my donation to a special program."

Charter Donors (gave $500 or more)

The Gendlin Care Fund
Mary Armstrong
Doralee Grindler Katonah
Marcella Calabi
Bala Jaison
Ina Bransome
Jan Winhall
Paula Nowick
Susan Lennox
Jan Roggeveen

General Donors

Christine Rehbock
Joan Klagsbrun
Judith Cobb
Mary Howard
Aaffien de Vries
Arlene Kahn
Cynthia Callsen
Barbara Chutroo
Tish-Anna Allyah Clarke Martin Cohen
Charles Herr
Joan Lavender
Katherine Sullery
Naomi Glicken
Sharon Murphy
Susan Rudnick
Lee Miller
Betty Szatkowski
Maria Skoufas
Mary Elaine Kiener
Patricia Manessy
Susan Deisroth
Susan & Paul Harris
Suzanne Noel
Kimiko Nita
Alyana Phyllis Stern
To donate directly to the Gendlin Center, visit this page 
and click on "direct my donation to a special program."
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