FOAT® Trainings, Workshops, and Events 2022

​Due to COVID-19 challenges, all events and trainings will be online until further notice.

August 1, 2022

 

Carrying Focusing Forward is a Creative Process

Presented by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

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August 11, 2022

 

Cultivating Compassion For Self And Others Through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Presented by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC

September 19, 2022

 

Cultivating Self-Compassion through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) for Self-Care

Presented by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC

November 7, 2022

 

Rhythmic Attunement in Expressive Arts: Attachment, Embodied Empathy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology

Presented by Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT

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August 11, 2022   2:00 - 4:00 PDT / 5:00PM - 7:00PM EDT  (Click here for your time zone)

Cultivating Compassion For Self And Others Through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Presented by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC

Offered through The International Focusing Institute

This presentation will provide a brief overview of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®), including its main approaches— Theme-Directed FOAT®, Clearing a Space with Arts, FOAT® Check-in, and Working on an Issue.

We will do a Theme-Directed FOAT® exercise on Gene Gendlin’s central concept, the Focusing Attitude— being curious and “friendly” to all of one’s inner experiences, whether uplifting or painful and difficult. With practice and time, the Focusing Attitude evolves in greater self-compassion and compassion towards others. This experiential exercise includes user-friendly methods for expressing the felt sense through creative expression. Externalizing the felt sense symbol (word, phrase, image, gesture or sound) helps the Focuser to see clearly what is within, unfolds the felt meaning, and can be a continuing reminder of what is wanting to be carried forward.

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Monday, September 19, 2022   7:00PM - 8:00PM PDT / 10:00PM - 11:00PM EDT  (Click here for your time zone)

Cultivating Self-Compassion through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) for Self-Care

Presented by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC

Offered through the International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) is a mindfulness-based, somatic approach to the expressive arts that cultivates self-compassion and enhances resilience. The Focusing Attitude is central to FOAT® practice and teaches how to be curious and “friendly” to all of one’s inner experiences— whether uplifting or painful and difficult. This inner attitude brings a safe holding space within— that carries with it a life enhancing energy. Over time and with practice, the Focusing Attitude evolves into greater self-compassion.
 
This presentation includes an experiential exercise on the “Focusing Attitude”— that also teaches the basic step of FOAT®: how to access a felt sense— symbolize it as an image, gesture, sound, word, or phrase— and express it through the arts. This FOAT® exercise is a self-care practice for practitioners and can also be applied to working with others.

More information coming soon to IACAET.

 

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The following presentations are offered as part of our
Roots, Branches, and Wings Series
with Pioneers and Master Teachers.

Monday, August 1, 2022    3:00PM - 5:00PM PDT / 6:00PM - 8:00PM EDT  (Click here for your time zone)

Carrying Focusing Forward is a Creative Process
Presented by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

Ann will tell the story of meeting and learning Focusing from Gene Gendlin 50 years ago, when she was 22— and how Gene encouraged her to develop her own ideas about teaching Focusing, saying “Keep going!” It’s a part of Gene’s philosophy that the only way to be true to an idea or a method is to bring it through your own body and make it your own. After, Ann will share about the development of Inner Relationship Focusing, and how it grew from seeds planted while she was assisting Gene with his first Focusing workshops. 

 

Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) is an approach to Focusing based on cultivating an inner state of calm, curious acceptance toward all aspects of the self, including stressful and judgmental thoughts and all sorts of emotions and body sensations. An important principle is the “radical acceptance of everything,” the assumption that there are no enemies inside, and everything in us deserves and needs compassion for how it is trying to help us. Ann will present the main highlights of Inner Relationship Focusing along with an experiential exercise.

 

Bio: Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D., is an internationally known author and psychology educator who has been teaching Focusing in twenty countries around the world for over thirty-five years. She is the founder and President of Focusing Resources, providing training and a wealth of written, audio, and video materials. Ann is the co-creator, with Barbara McGavin, of Inner Relationship Focusing and Untangling®, an application of Focusing to tough life issues. Her books include: The Power of Focusing; The Radical Acceptance of Everything; Presence: A Guide to Transforming Your Most Challenging Emotions; and Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.

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Monday, November 7, 2022    1:00PM - 3:00PM PST / 4:00PM - 6:00PM EST  (Click here for your time zone)

Rhythmic Attunement in Expressive Arts: Attachment, Embodied Empathy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
Presented by Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT

Dr. Mitchell Kossak will share about his 1980 meeting of Paolo Knill, Ph.D. (pioneer of intermodal expressive arts)— including reflections about Paolo's profound inspiration in the field worldwide.  After, Mitchell will present his research on rhythmic attunement and how engagement in expressive arts can lead to flow states— or what is referred to as unitive experiences, sometimes amounting to a felt sense of union with other people, other life forms, objects, environments, the divine, or the universe itself. 


Therapeutic attunement can be viewed as being based on an embodied awareness of rhythmic flow, and on mutual connections that occur when there is an intense process of deep listening, kinesthetic awareness, and deep attention to what is occurring in the moment—which can be thought of as mindfulness attention.  This presentation will  introduce the basic underlying principles of therapeutic attunement— including concepts of resonance, rhythm, misattunement, embodied empathy, attachment, entrainment, and interpersonal neurobiology that affects us personally and interpersonally.  Experiential exercises are included.

Bio: Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy and a professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed mental health counselor since 1994. He is the past President/Executive Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health. His clinical work combines expressive arts therapy with body-centered approaches with a variety of populations addressing issues such as chronic pain, recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationships. Dr. Kossak has trained in a variety of mind body modalities including Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, and Bioenergetics. He studied Sound Healing with pioneers in the field of sacred sound and transformation of consciousness. In addition, he has studied and practiced energy based healing forms such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Vispassana meditation, and Iyengar yoga for over 30 years. Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 35 years in the Boston area.

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Important Update for FOAT® Training:

 

Due to COVID-19, we are redesigning our training program to an online format. All program updates will be added below:

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