FOAT® Trainings and Workshops 2021
Due to COVID-19 challenges, all events and trainings will be online until further notice.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 4:00PM - 6:00PM PST (Click here for your time zone)
Exploring the Fundamentals of Focusing: Experiencing and Crossing
Presented by Akira Ikemi, Ph.D.
Dr. Akira Ikemi first met Gene Gendlin in 1979, then became a graduate student at the University of Chicago where Gene was a professor. The first part of this workshop will begin with Akira Ikemi’s personal reflections about what was inspiring about Gene. Listening to stories like these helps to illuminate and carry forward deeper understandings of the living roots of Focusing and its philosophy— which continues to unfold in new ways today.
Akira Ikemi will then share about the influences of Wilhelm Dilthey’s hermeneutics on Focusing, a method which Gendlin developed. After, Akira Ikemi will lead a Focusing exercise that he created— Crossing with Animals— which helps to teach two concepts of Gene’s philosophy, Experiencing and Crossing. Participants will then learn to apply the principles of Experiencing and Crossing to art images or expressions. This will also enrich the understanding and practice of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts.
Bio: Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago around the time the book Focusing was published. He has taught full time at universities in Japan, and is currently professor at Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology. Akira is a Certifying Coordinator of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) and has served as a board member of that institute, as well as of other academic organizations, including the World Association for Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling, and the Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology. He is one of the founders and past-presidents of the Japan Focusing Association. Dr. Ikemi has written many articles and books in Japanese and in English, and teaches internationally online. He was named a “Living Luminary” by the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (USA) and he is the fifteenth person to receive the prestigious Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology Award.
Monday, December 6, 2021 1:00PM - 2:30PM PST (Click here for your time zone)
How Art Heals: Whole Art Expression and Going with the Grain of Nature
Presented by Shaun McNiff
Shaun McNiff created the first graduate program in expressive arts in the world, pioneering a vision of "Whole Art Expression"— that "art" includes all forms of the arts— movement, music, drama, writing, etc. Today, the expressive arts are practiced all over the world— in counseling, psychotherapy, education, health and wellness, research, creativity, and more.
This is a rare opportunity to listen first-hand to stories, practices and ideas spanning Shaun McNiff’s 50 years of developing and refining his original vision. The presentation will be interactive— a community feeling— with time for questions and reflections in response to Shaun’s presentation on various topic, such as:
How Art heals by infusing persons and communities with creative energy and by transforming difficulties into affirmations of life.
The creation in the 1970’s of an innovative expressive arts training program at a prestigious art gallery with patients who were still living in a State psychiatric hospital, some for 25 - 50 years.
How the most elemental and simple gestures and organic actions access the depths of artistic expression
Methods of engagement: such as the movement basis of expression, art as a force of nature as accessible as breath, the significance of simplicity and authenticity in quality expression, creating with objects from nature, and the use of digital media
How resistances, inhibitions, and doubts can be channeled into creative and healing expressions
How to create environments and communities that support the creative expression of others.
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Bio: Shaun McNiff is author of Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression; Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go; Art as Medicine; Art Heals; Depth Psychology of Art; Integrating the Arts in Therapy; and other books. His writings have been widely influential and translated into many languages; he has lectured and taught throughout the world.
Shaun McNiff is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health for his leadership in advancing art as research, and an Honorary Life Member Award from the American Art Therapy Association. He established the integrated arts in therapy and education graduate training programs at Lesley University from which the field of expressive arts therapy emerged— and in 2002 Lesley appointed him as its first University Professor. His lifework is committed to furthering universal access to artistic expression as a source of individual community well-being and understanding.
Important Update for FOAT® Training 2021:
Due to COVID-19, we are redesigning our training program to an online format. All program updates will be added below:
Levels 1 - 6 FOAT® Training
Coming October or November 2021
FOAT® Levels 1 - 6 Training Program
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