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FOAT® Tools I: Foundations for Enhancing Resilience

First of our 2021 FOAT® Tools Series!

FOAT® Faculty

This course includes 4 sessions hosted by facilitators that are Certified Focusing Trainers: Specialization in FOAT®:

  • Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC *

  • Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT

  • Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP

  • Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC, REAT

  • Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR

* Note: Laury will attend and co-facilitate the first session. The remaining sessions will be co-facilitated by the FOAT® faculty - Doreen, Grace, Lynn, and Marise.


Regular course rate:  $125.

This price includes all 4 workshop sessions. Individual sessions not available for purchase.

Registration and Payment

To register for this course, click the button below to go to our FOAT Online School.

If you are new to the site, you will be asked to create a new account to register for this course.

Note: There are a limited amount of partial scholarships and work study positions available. 

Please contact us to request an application.

Course Overview

We are excited to offer this 4-week series! Our goal is to co-create a supportive group that will meet to practice specific FOAT® exercises to enhance resilience, cultivate self-compassion and compassion toward others. Each week will include one main Theme-based FOAT® integrating Focusing with user-friendly methods for arts expression. Through this weekly FOAT® practice group, small steps towards wellbeing, positive change, and growth will be nourished and supported. 


This group is open to people who are new to FOAT® as well as experienced in FOAT®.

Note: To learn more and register for FOAT® Tools II, click here!

Detailed Session Information

February 22: The Focusing Attitude: Being “Friendly” to Your Inner Experience

Facilitators:  Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC and Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT with FOAT® faculty

The “Focusing Attitude” teaches us to bring a curious and “friendly” toward our inner experience and creative expression - and helps to transform our inner critic. We will practice the Focusing Attitude - and then find a new “attitude” that we would like to bring into our lives (such as kindness, gentleness, compassion, etc.). 


March 1: Peaceful Place

Facilitators: Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR with FOAT® faculty

Taking the time to focus on a peaceful place (a place you know or make up in your imagination) helps the body to relax and restore - which is helpful during times of stress. Focusing and the arts are integrated into the experience.

March 8: Clearing a Space with the Arts

Facilitators: Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC, REAT with FOAT® faculty

Clearing a Space with the Arts is an exercise that teaches how to identify stressors and to imagine setting them at a distance, outside of your body. It is based on Eugene Gendlin’s Clearing a Space exercise which has been researched showing its benefits for stress reduction. The exercise also helps us to access an inherent place of wellbeing that is always there. The arts are used to concretize and carry forward the benefits from the experience.


March 15: Source of Strength

Facilitators:  Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP with FOAT® faculty

This FOAT® exercise helps to become aware of something in your life that is, or has been, a source of strength or support. We will take time to Focus on the source of strength, get a felt sense and symbol (a word, phrase, image, gesture, or sound) and express it through writing, art, movement, or sound. This Source of Strength can continue to nourish you in an ongoing way.

For additional information or if you have any questions about this course, feel free to contact us here.

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