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

An Initiative of the International Focusing Institute

August 2018: Announcement

Gendlin Grant for Original Research in Psychology

Award Year: 2019
Award Amount: Total award(s) up to $5,000

The inaugural Gendlin Center grant is a competitive award for promising original research advancing the Focusing process as an evidence-based practice. 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.

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

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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