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Upcoming FOAT Trainings, Workshops, and Events

September 18 - December 18, 2023
 
Level 1: Foundations and Approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)
Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty
January 8, 2024

 

FOAT Community, Intentions, and Action Steps 2024

Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty

January 29 - June 3, 2024
 
Level 2: FOAT Facilitation and Partnership Skills
Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty
Event 1
FOAT® Training Program
8 Group Meetings • Mondays, September 18 - December 18, 2023
3:00pm- 6:30pm PT  /  6:00pm - 9:30pm ET  /  Click here for your time zone

Level 1: Foundations and Approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty

Prerequisite: Completion of Introductory level FOAT (including Introduction to FOAT® Self-Study, equivalent courses, or permission of Training Director)

Level 1 provides a solid foundation of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) with an emphasis on deepening one’s embodied knowing of the main FOAT approaches– Focusing Attitude, Theme-Directed FOAT®, Clearing a Space with Arts, FOAT® Check-in, Working on an Issue, Self-Focusing, and Compassionate Listening.  Trainees will also expand their understanding of the core concepts, skills and philosophy of Focusing, developed by Eugene Gendlin– felt sense, symbol/handle, felt shift, and life forward direction.  


Learning FOAT and Focusing in Level 1 emphasizes learning the exercises for oneself– in order to understand deeply how the felt sense, creativity, and the body’s wisdom interacts and unfolds, while also being grounded in FOAT theories.  The FOAT Partnership and small group practices during Level 1 open the doorway to learn about others’ processes and also provides a foundation for facilitation skills that are continued in Level 2.

Event 2
FOAT® Community Gathering
Monday, January 8, 2024  2:00pm - 4:00pm PT  /  5:00pm - 7:00pm ET  /  Click here for your time zone

FOAT Community, Intentions, and Action Steps 2024

Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty

During this gathering, we will take some time to become aware of a wish or intention for ourselves and for the world in this new year. Through the healing power of community, heartfelt vision, externalization, and an action step, our intentions are supported to take root and manifest.

 

We will begin with a Focusing Attunement to ground ourselves, arrive into the present moment and connect with each other through the beauty of stillness and mindful breathing. After, we will take some time to Focus on what we are each wanting to bring into our lives this year… and also something for our world.  Through a user-friendly approach, we will express these intentions through colors, lines, shapes, images, words, gestures, or sounds.  We will then listen within to see if there is a small action step that feels right to water the seeds of our intentions.  There will be time for sharing in small groups and in the larger group.

Event 3
FOAT® Training Program
​10 Group Meetings • Mondays, January 29 - June 3, 2024
3:00pm- 6:30pm PT  /  6:00pm - 9:30pm ET  /  Click here for your time zone

Level 2: FOAT Facilitation and Partnership Skills

Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 FOAT course (or equivalent at educational institutions) or permission of Training Director.

Level 2 teaches the foundational skills for facilitating others in the main FOAT approaches learned in Level 1. Skills and methods include: FOAT Partnership, Compassionate Listening (Intermediate), Theme-Directed FOAT, FOAT Check-in, Clearing a Space with Arts, Inner Critic, FOAT with Steps, and Working on an Issue.

 

A core practice within Focusing and FOAT training programs is the Partnership. Trainees will rotate partners to practice facilitating the fundamental FOAT exercises learned in Level 1. Challenges and blocks to FOAT/Focusing will be addressed. The training includes didactic material, videos, readings, demonstrations, experiential practice, FOAT coaching and supervision.

Updates for FOAT® Training Program:

 

  

FOAT® Training Program

We are excited to launch our newly updated FOAT® Training Program! The training includes all of the previous content but it is now streamlined into 5 levels instead of 6. There is additional supervision and FOAT Coaching to strengthen the online learning format. In addition, awards and Certifications can be earned after Levels 2, 4, and 5.

 

For more information, including course descriptions, costs, and dates, visit our FOAT® Training Program Page!

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