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Requirements for FOAT® Certification as Practitioner or Facilitator

1. Training

  • Completion of FOAT levels 1-4 or equivalent

  • Advanced FOAT supervision course

  • Watch at least 2 videotapes and/or attend conference and/or teleconference with Dr. Eugene Gendlin. 

  • Learn Focusing with at least 2 other Certified Focusing Trainers.  This can be accomplished by attending in-person or teleconference workshops, trainings, conferences, etc. sponsored by The Focusing Institute or Certified Focusing Trainer; watching DVD’s from The Focusing Institute; etc.; documenting your learning.

  • Readings:  Basic readings on Focusing and FOAT® (see syllabus) as well as additional readings based on your interests.

  • Other Focusing training resources:  become familiar with various Focusing websites, approaches, videos, DVD’s, and/or audiotapes of other Focusing Trainers.  (See resource list).


2. FOAT® Practice

  • Solo FOAT:  30 sessions—documented in FOAT® Journal Solo Practice

  • Partnership Practice:  30 sessions (can be phone, Skype, in-person). Documented in FOAT® Journal Partnership Practice

  • Practicum (200 hours): application to your area of interest (your current work, etc.) with 25 hours individual or 50 hours group (or combination) of supervision (Trainee may begin practicum with permission of FOAT® Trainer during any part of training program; supervision hours counted in total).


3.  FOAT® Supervision

  • Supervision includes group supervsion course and must include a minimum of 3 individual supervision sessions with Dr. Laury Rappaport; in-person or Skype.


4.  Documentation and Projects Demonstrating Proficiency

  • Completion of FOAT Journal demonstrating 30 solo FOAT sessions

  • Completion of 30 FOAT Partner sessions with at least 2 different partners.

  • Documentation of your learning from of at least 2 DVD’s or teleconferences with Dr. Eugene Gendlin (or 1 DVD and 1 teleconference).

  • Documentation of learning Focusing from at least 2 other Trainers/Teachers:  attend training, class (teleconference), Focusing conference, or Summer School with other Focusing teachers; and /or watch DVD.

  • Presentation of FOAT application to Supervision Group: Create a 15-minute presentation highlighting application of FOAT in your professional or personal life.  PowerPoint or Keynote suggested. For client art-work, be sure to have consent form (see handout).


5. Final Evaluation Demonstrating FOAT Competency

  • Videotaped or live observation of FOAT® session (not longer than 60 minutes). It does not need to be with a client. Be sure you have permission/consent to show it to the group (see handout).

  • Summary  (minimum 4 double spaced pages):

    • How has Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts impacted you personally and professionally?

    • What did you gain from learning Focusing from Eugene Gendlin and other Focusing trainers?

    • What did Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts give to you that is different from other trainings?

    • How would you describe Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts or FOAT® ?

    • What do you think is important for others in your field to know about Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts? 

    • How do you see yourself incorporating FOAT® in your life personally and professionally?  

    • Would you like to take any next steps?

    • What support do you need or would you like to continue FOAT® in your life?

    • Add in anything else that is important for you.

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