Upcoming FOAT Trainings, Workshops, and Events
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
Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT and FOAT Faculty
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.
FOAT® Series: Roots, Branches, and Wings
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT / 3:00PM - 5:00PM EDT
Revolutionizing Trauma and Addiction Treatment with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™
Presented by Jan Winhall, MSW, RSW, FOT
The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm of trauma and addiction to a strengths-based approach– providing a foundational framework that offers a clear and powerful way to integrate embodiment into practice. This model integrates Eugene Gendlin’s Felt Sense with Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, offering an appreciation of trauma and addictive behaviors as adaptive responses to maladaptive environments.
This workshop provides an overview of Jan’s book, Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (Routledge, 2021). Jan will discuss the creation of the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM), developed from over 40 years of clinical practice. The presentation includes: a description of the FSPM theoretical framework, an introduction to The Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™, and Carnes Three Circle Harm Reduction Practice. Participants will also learn about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense somatic practice.
Didactic information, experiential exercises, and case examples are included. This workshop will be informative for those new to the field of trauma/addiction as well as seasoned practitioners.
About the Presenter: Jan Winhall, MSW, RSW, FOT, is an author, teacher, and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she teaches a certification course based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (Routledge, 2021). She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.
Updates for FOAT® Training Program:
Introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) Self-Study is available for those who would like to learn more about FOAT! Completion fulfills the prerequisite for Level 1.
Level 1: Foundations and Approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) is open for enrollment! LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE