This article describes the provision of focusing training courses in the special youth care to foster the development of emotion regulation skills. The effectiveness of training programs in focusing in residential care versus outpatient counseling (private practice) is examined by means of a pre-post design without control group. The results show a tendency that especially the outpatient group benefi ted from the focusing training in regard to self-esteem, resilience and coping style. Scores on the Focusing Check List for Adolescents illustrate an improvement in body awareness and the ability to refl ect on emotions. The experiences with this project and recommendations for further research are elaborated upon.
The tPeP (Journal Person-centered experiential Psychotherapy) is the scientific journal for Dutch and Flemish psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, that work from, or are interested in a client-centered perspective.