Past FOAT® Trainings and Workshops

General FOAT® Training

April 19 - May 10, 2021

FOAT® Tools II: Working with Challenges and Accessing our Body's Creative Wisdom

Faculty: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC  |  Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT  |  Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP  |  Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC  |  Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR

FOAT® Tools II builds on the resilience-enhancing FOAT® exercises taught in our foundational courses and teaches new FOAT® exercises that help to befriend the more challenging or stressful felt senses that are part of our everyday lives. During this series, we will introduce you to the following exercises: FOAT® Check-in and What it Needs, Inner Advisor, and Self-Care. Together we will co-create a supportive community to learn and practice these tools for deepening into our authenticity, presence, and creative wisdom - and identify steps toward growth, healing, and change. There will be opportunities to support our connection and deepen our skills of compassionate presence and listening through small and large group sharing. This group is open to people who have taken at least 1 FOAT® workshop or training or who have completed a Level 1 Focusing training. This course is approved for 7 CE hours.

General Expressive Arts Event

Sunday, April 18, 2021    7:30AM - 10:00AM PDT

Celebrating the National and International Impact of the Integration of the Arts Within the Intersection of Health, Education, and Therapy

Offered by Lesley UniversityFeatured panelist: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC

Join us virtually for the 12th Annual Arts and Healthcare Conference. This conference will explore aspects of the full integration of art and the creative process into education, mental health, community, health and human services around the world. Presenters will talk about their process of utilizing the contagion of art and the creative process with depth and discipline and will share some of their approaches, creative transformations, program development activities, and arts-based research. The intersectionalities and integration of the arts will be explored as a process that includes all of the senses and all modalities of expression. This approach relates to working with the whole person through all of the art forms and engaging others with "everything they" have within the context of creativity. This event is free and open to the public!

Levels 3 + 4 FOAT® Training

March - April 2021

FOAT® Levels 3 and 4 in Hong Kong

Faculty: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT. REAT, ATR-BC  |  Grace Chan, MA, ATR-BC  |  Katherine Kwok, MMus, LTCL

 

The content of Level 3 includes refining the skills and competencies in presence, Focusing skills, Focusing Attitude, experiential listening, self-guiding, guiding others, the basic methods and three approaches of FOAT®. Level 4 includes clinical and non-clinical applications to the trainee’s interests (e.g. psychotherapy, coaching, body-work, spirituality, etc.). Trainees develop the application of FOAT® to their area of interests - designing a FOAT® plan for a population and presenting it for supervision and feedback. Training structure includes six group Zoom meetings, self-study, small group work, FOAT® partnerships, and two individual supervision sessions.

General FOAT® Training

Mondays, February 22nd - March 15th, 2021

FOAT® Tools I : Foundations for Enhancing Resilience

Faculty: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC  |  Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT  |  Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP  |  Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC  |  Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR

This course includes 4 weekly sessions. 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. Recordings will be available if you are unable to attend the live workshop. This group is open to people who are new to FOAT® as well as those with previous FOAT® experience.

General FOAT® Workshop

Friday, March 5, 2021    1:00 - 3:00 PM PST

Cultivating Your Resilience through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Offered though CoronaPlaza.Life and Focusing Initiatives International

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) helps us to find an inner place of stability - and to access our body’s knowing and creative wisdom. In this workshop, we will begin with a centering  exercise to ground ourselves and connect with the larger community. Next we will do a Focusing exercise to access a “source of strength” - letting a felt sense emerge from it. Through a user-friendly approach, we will find a way to express our felt sense into a creative expression - which might come as a color, shape, image, word, phrase, gesture or sound. We will also identify a small step to carry this inner strength into our daily life. As we bring into awareness a source of strength and externalize it through creative expression, our resilience becomes enhanced. Sharing in community supports and nourishes carrying this strength forward in our lives. No experience necessary in Focusing or the arts.

General FOAT® Event

Friday, Jan. 8th, 2021

FOAT® Community Gathering, Intentions and Actions Steps 2021

Online gathering to bring together our beautiful international community and support each other into 2021!

Levels 3 + 4 FOAT® Training

November - December 2020

Advanced Practice Skills and Supervision in FOAT®

At Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

General FOAT® Workshop

October 2020

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) as a Trauma-Informed Approach: Overview and Demonstration

Panel: Engaging the Felt Sense through Dreams, Imagery and Positivity with Leslie Ellis,  Joan Klagsbrun, and Laury Rappaport. Moderated by Serge Prengel.

This presentation includes an overview of the development of FOAT® along with its main approaches—Expressing a Felt Sense through the Arts, Clearing a Space with the Arts, Theme-Directed FOAT®; and “Working on an Issue.” ​A demonstration of FOAT® ​with a volunteer client is included that illustrates FOAT® as a Trauma-Informed 3-Phased Model. 

Graduate FOAT® Course

July 2020

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy Course at Lesley University, Expressive Therapies Program

This course introduces the theory and practices of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®). FOAT® is a mindfulness-based, somatic approach to the expressive arts rooted in psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin’s evidence-based research on Focusing. In this course, you will learn: the history of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts; the main concepts of Focusing; the main approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts; and the application to a variety of clinical issues (e.g. trauma, severe mental illness; medical issues; anxiety, depression, and wellness) and populations (e.g. adults, adolescents, children, individuals and group).

General FOAT® Training

Monday, May 18th, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: Self-Care.

Facilitators: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director with Doreen Meister, Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in FOAT®

 

We will share a guided FOAT ® exercise to explore what we are needing for self-care; what’s in the way; and what’s a small step to take. Focusing and the arts are integrated into the experience. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

General FOAT® Training

Monday, May 11th, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: Source of Strength

Facilitators: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director with Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in FOAT®

 

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. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

 

General FOAT® Training

Monday, May 4, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: FOAT® Check-in

Facilitator: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director

A FOAT® Check-in provides an opportunity to see what is there— what we are carrying in our body-spirit-mind in the present moment. It is different from the structured Theme-based topics (e.g. peaceful place; source of strength; etc.) as a FOAT® Check-in invites us to whatever is there— which may be challenging feelings, as well as grounded, resilient felt senses. If you are new to FOAT® or Focusing, we advise taking one of the other Theme-Directed weeks first. If you know you feel too vulnerable to allow the more challenging felt senses to have a place to arise, it is advisable to take one of the more structured Theme-Based weeks (such as Source of Strength, Peaceful Place, Self-care, etc.).

During the FOAT® Check-in, we will take time to center and ground ourselves, followed by checking in with our felt sense to see how we are now.  After, we will get a symbol (a word, phrase, image, gesture or sound) and express It through the arts and/or journal. We will then do another Focusing step, and ask it if it needs anything. We will form small breakout groups for sharing and listening to our partners. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

 

General FOAT® Training

Monday, April 27, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: Clearing a Space with the Arts

Facilitators: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director with Lynn Pollock, Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in FOAT®

 

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. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

 

General FOAT® Training

Monday, April 20, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: Peaceful Place

Facilitators: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director with Marise Lariviere, Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in FOAT®

 

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. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

 

General FOAT® Training

Monday, April 13, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: The “Focusing Attitude": Being “Friendly” to Your Inner Experience

Facilitators: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director with Doreen Meister, Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in FOAT®

 

This teleconference offered an exercise on the “Focusing Attitude”—which helps us to be curious, welcoming and “friendly” toward our inner experience and creative expression. During this time of increased uncertainty, anxiety, fear and other feelings, it is especially helpful to learn about and practice the Focusing Attitude. We can find a place within us that can be available for the challenging feelings and experiences— and that being present with them can lead toward a positive integration and shift. Over time, the Focusing Attitude and friendly, welcoming curiosity deepens into greater self-compassion. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

General FOAT® Training

Monday, April 6, 2020

FOAT® Tools for Challenging Times 2020: Mindful Breathing, the Pebble Meditation (based on Thich Nhat Hanh) and FOAT®

Facilitator: Laury Rappaport, Founder/Director

 

This teleconference provided an introduction to FOAT® with an opportunity to practice mindful breathing and the Pebble Meditation together, based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindful breathing can help us to find the still place within—while noticing the swirling of feelings, thoughts, sensations, etc.  Focusing was integrated to get a felt sense of what we want to carry with us, and then express it through writing, art or movement. Part of our 2020 free teleconference series!

 

General FOAT® Training

July 15 - 19, 2019

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts with Adults Course at Lesley University, Cambridge Massachusetts

with Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT

 

General FOAT® Training

May 27 - June 1, 2019

Intervention with Expressive Arts Course, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

with Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT

General FOAT® Training

May 17 - 19, 2019

Integrating Focusing and Art: Expressing the Felt Sense through FOAT® (A Theme Directed Approach to FOAT®)

at The Felt Sense Conference, New York City

with FOAT® Practitioner Grace Wing Yee Chan
 

General FOAT® Training

March 28 - 31, 2019

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®): Enhancing Resilience & Compassion (on Sunday, 3/31)

Expressive Therapies Summit, Los Angeles CA

with FOAT® Practitioners Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR and Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT

 

Level 3 + 4 FOAT® Training

July 13 - 17, 2018

Levels 3+4 Training Intensive, Berkeley, CA

Level 3: Advanced Practice Skills and Supervision in FOAT®

The content of Level 3 includes the development and competency in presence, Focusing skills, Focusing Attitude, experiential listening, self-guiding, guiding others, the basic methods and three approaches of FOAT®.  Blocks to Focusing and the expressive arts are explored, including awareness and working with the “inner critic.” Participants work in partnerships and trios with FOAT® supervision and feedback for gaining competence.​

Level 4: Applications of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Art

The content of Level 4 includes applications to the trainee’s interests. Specialty needs are considered, such as working with trauma, addictions, severe mental health, chronic pain, health and healing, spiritual dimensions, etc. Training occurs with supervision and feedback as trainees begin applying FOAT® to their areas of interest.

 

General FOAT® Training

April 23, 2018

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: A Mindfulness-based Somatic Approach

Expressive Therapies Summit, Los Angeles, CA

This 6-hour Master Class provides a combination of experiential learning and didactic material, starting with a basic overview of FOAT®, the Focusing attitude of "being friendly" to the felt sense and creative process, and how to access a felt sense and symbolize it through artistic expression. An overview of three main approaches: Theme-Directed FOAT®; Clearing a Space with Arts: and FOAT® Psychotherapy Process will be presented. The workshop includes an intermodal experience of FOAT® integrating movement, visual art, and writing, along with examples from psychotherapy/expressive arts and community settings. We will demonstrate applications for use with individuals and groups that can be adapted for all ages and populations. 

Level 2 FOAT® Training

April 15, 2018: Online video conference 

FOAT® Partnership with Practice III - Inner Critic

FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice relevant to the "inner Critic."

 

Level 2 FOAT® Training

March 18, 2018: Online video conference 

FOAT® Partnership with Practice II - Working On An Issue 

FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice relevant to "working on an issue."

 

Levels 1 + 2 FOAT® Training

August 3 - 7, 2020           

Level 1-2: Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts           

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

June 15 - 20, 2020                

Level 1: Intervention with Expressive Arts                                                                                  

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

   

Levels 1 + 2 FOAT® Training                                                                  

March 5-9, 2018

FOAT® Levels 1 + 2 at Centre on Behavioral Health, University of Hong Kong

Level 2 FOAT® Training

February 11, 2018: Online video conference 

FOAT® Partnership with Practice I - FOAT® Check-in and Blocks to FOAT® 

FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice. Focus is on FOAT® Check-in and blocks to Focusing.  

Level 2 FOAT® Training

January 21, 2018: Online video conference 

FOAT® and Compassionate Listening

This training teaches the fundamental skill of pairing compassionate listening with Focusing and the expressive arts processes. Compassionate listening helps to cultivate safety, deeper understanding, and is essential for the moment-to-moment processing of working with Focusing and the expressive arts.

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

December 10, 2017: Online video conference   

Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts

The training introduces an exercise, "Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts". It provides many benefits including: stress reduction; accessing an inherent place within the self for well-being and emotion regulation. It can be used as a daily wellness practice.

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

November 19, 2017: Online video conference

Theme-Directed FOAT® and Mindfulness    

Applications of Theme-Directed FOAT®. This training will address the use of themes with groups, individuals, couples, and families, as well as for education, organizations, spiritual groups, etc. Mindfulness practice with FOAT® as a Theme-Directed approach will be included. Didactic and experiential.

Level 1 FOAT® Training

September 16, 2017: Online video conference

FOAT® Fundamentals and Approaches  

Introduction to core FOAT® practices and skills; overview of the main FOAT® approaches: Basic FOAT® Step; Theme-Directed FOAT®; Clearing a Space with the Arts; Working on an Issue; Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy Process.  Didactic with experiential practice of Focusing and FOAT® Basic Step.

 

General FOAT® Training

September 16, 2017

 JFK University Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy Introductory Course, Berkeley CA 

With Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC and Rashmi Chidanand, PhD.

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

August 20, 2017: Online video conference

Focusing Basics 

May be waived with Focusing experience. This course teaches the fundamentals of Focusing: the development of Focusing by Eugene Gendlin; Focusing approaches; and main skills of presence, Focusing Attitude, felt sense, asking + receiving, and felt shift.

Level 1 FOAT® Training

July 23, 2017: FREE Online video conference

Introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts

This course provides an introduction to Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®) including: the history and development of FOAT®; a brief overview and evidence-based research of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing; overview of expressive arts; introduction to core Focusing and FOAT® concepts: Foundational FOAT® principles; Focusing attitude; felt sense; symbol; felt shift; and the basic FOAT® step—accessing a felt sense and expressing it through the expressive arts.

General FOAT® Training

June 22 - 25, 2017

2017 International Focusing-Oriented Therapies Conference, Garrison NY

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Pre-Conference Workshop with Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC.

Please click here for further details.

General FOAT® Training

May 19 - 20, 2017

CreateFest 2017 (Online Webinar)

The second annual online creativity festival for mental-health professionals. As one of 12 experts in the field, Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC, will be presenting on "Accessing the Body's Wisdom and Expression with Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts" on Friday, May 19th (10:30 AM PST; 1:30 PM EST).

 

General FOAT® Training

April 2, 2107 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm

The Expressive Therapies Summit, Los Angeles CA

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: A Mindfulness and Somatic-based Approach (Workshop)

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) integrates mindful awareness, the wisdom of the body’s felt sense, and creative arts expression for healing and change. In this 3-hour workshop with Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC and Zoe Rappaport, participants will learn the history, core principles, and practices of FOAT® including: 1) The Focusing Attitude of being “friendly” toward the inner felt sense; 2) How to access a felt sense and express it through various expressive art modalities; and 3) How to integrate Focusing questions to further the arts process and access the body’s wisdom. An overview of the three primary FOAT® approaches: Theme-Directed FOAT®, Clearing a Space with the Arts, and FOAT® Psychotherapy Process will be presented. The workshop includes an intermodal experience of the Theme-Directed FOAT® approach, integrating Focusing using two modalities. Examples and application to psychotherapy and counseling, expressive arts therapies, and arts work in community settings will be presented

 

Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 

General FOAT® Training

October 9, 2016 in Belmont, CA

Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy PhD Course

At Notre Dame de Namur University

General FOAT® Training

September 18, 2016 in Berkeley, CA

Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy and Mindfulness

Laury Rappaport PhD, MFT, ATR-BC will be presenting at the Northern California Art Therapy Association Conference (NORCATA) from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This workshop will introduce the basic theoretical and practice frameworks of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT®) and how it is a mindfulness-based approach. You will learn the basic concepts of the Focusing Attitude, felt sense, and learn how they cultivate self-compassion and access to the body’s inherent wisdom. The workshop will include a Theme-Based FOAT® approach in which you will learn how to combine mindfulness practices (mindful breathing and Pebble Meditation) with Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy. Clinical examples and application to various populations included.

For more information , please click here.

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

September 17, 2016 in Berkeley , CA

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: An Introduction

This training workshop includes an overview of the history of FOAT®; the basic concepts—Focusing Attitude, felt sense and felt shift; and an introduction to the basic approaches: FOAT® Check-in; Clearing a Space with the Arts; Theme-Directed FOAT®; and FOAT® Psychotherapy Process. Case examples and experiential exercises are included.

For information: JFKU Continuing Education Calendar

 

General FOAT® Training

August 26 - 27, 2016 in Berkeley, CA

Deepening Imagery with Expressive Arts

As evidence-based practices, the expressive arts serve to concretize, externalize, and deepen healing images accessed through guided imagery. Learn how to move from guided imagery into creative arts expression using applications of intermodal expressive arts and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (felt sense). The course is didactic and experiential, with clinical application for individuals, groups and different populations.

This course was taught by Ari-Asha Castalia MFT, ATR (Certified FOAT® Practitioner) and Rashmi Chidanand PhD (Certified Focusing Trainer).

General FOAT® Training

August 21 - 27, 2016 in Joshua Tree, CA

Focusing Institute Summer School

Laury Rappaport was on the faculty with five other world-renowned Focusing Teachers.

Courses that were taught by Laury included:

  • Focusing and Expressive Arts: Doorways to Your Inner Knowing, Healing Wisdom and Creative Spirit

  • Electives:

    • Creative Connections through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts

    • Integrating Focusing into Psychotherapy

    • Mindfulness, Focusing and Expressive Arts

Level 3 FOAT® Training

June 24 - 28, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA

Advanced Practice Skills in FOAT®

The content of Level 3 includes the development and competency in presence, Focusing skills, Focusing Attitude, experiential listening, self-guiding, guiding others, the basic methods and three approaches of FOAT®.  Blocks to Focusing and the expressive arts are explored, including awareness and working with the “inner critic.” Participants work in partnerships and trios with FOAT® supervision and feedback for gaining competence.

Level 4 FOAT® Training

June 24 - 28, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA

Level 4: Applications of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts

The content of Level 4 includes applications to the trainee’s interests. Specialty needs are considered, such as working with trauma, addictions, severe mental health, chronic pain, health and healing, spiritual dimensions, etc. Training occurs with supervision and feedback as trainees begin applying FOAT® to their areas of interest.

Level 2 FOAT® Training

June 12, 2016: Online video conference

FOAT® Solo and FOAT® Partnership Practice       

This training has 2 parts:

FOAT® Solo: This training teaches the importance of being able to use Focusing and the expressive arts for oneself before applying it with others (Solo FOAT®). Audio and journal reflection are included to assist in FOAT® Solo Practice.

FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice. 

Level 2 FOAT® Training

May 15, 2016: Online video conference

FOAT® and Compassionate Listening         

This training teaches the fundamental skill of pairing compassionate listening with Focusing and the expressive arts processes. Compassionate listening helps to cultivate safety, deeper understanding, and is essential for the moment-to-moment processing of working with Focusing and the expressive arts.

(2 CE credit hours available- click here for more details

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

April 10, 2016: Online video conference

Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts

The training introduces an exercise, "Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts". It provides many benefits including: stress reduction; accessing an inherent place within the self for wellbeing and emotion regulation. It can be used as a daily wellness practice.

(2 CE credit hours available- click here for more details)

General FOAT® Training

March 5, 2016

Introduction to Focusing: A Somatic Approach to Psychotherapy

Co-presented with John Amodeo, Ph.D., MFT

John F. Kennedy University Continuing Education

 

General FOAT® Training

February 28, 2016

Online video Conference: General Question & Answer

with Laury Rappaport, Ph.D.

 

General FOAT® Training

February 19 - 21, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA

Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy

with Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D. and Laury Rappaport, Ph.D.

Event hosted by the Trauma Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and Learning Center.

 

General FOAT® Training

February 5, 2016

Focusing and Expressive Arts: Tools for Self-Compassion, Self-Regulation, and Accessing the Body’s Wisdom

Presentation at ReCAMFT: Redwood Empire Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapy (Santa Rosa, CA)

Level 1 FOAT® Training

January 24, 2016: Online video conference

Theme-Directed FOAT® and Mindfulness

Applications of Theme-Directed FOAT®. This training will address the use of themes with groups, individuals, couples, and families, as well as for education, organizations, spiritual groups, etc. Mindfulness practice with FOAT® as a Theme-Directed approach will be included. Didactic and experiential.

Level 1 FOAT® Training

December 13, 2015: Online video conference

FOAT® Fundamentals and Approaches

Introduction to core FOAT® practices and skills; overview of the main FOAT® approaches: Basic FOAT® Step; Theme-Directed FOAT®; Clearing a Space with the Arts; Working on an Issue; Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy Process.  Didactic with experiential practice of Focusing and FOAT® Basic Step.

 

Level 1 FOAT® Training

November 22, 2015

Introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts

This course provides an introduction to Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®) including: the history and development of FOAT®; a brief overview and evidence-based research of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing; overview of expressive arts; introduction to core Focusing and FOAT® concepts: Foundational FOAT® principles; Focusing attitude; felt sense; symbol; felt shift; and the basic FOAT® step—accessing a felt sense and expressing it through the expressive arts.

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