FOAT® Trainings, Workshops, and Events 2022

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

April 29, 2022

 

FOAT® and SoulCollage® for Self-Discovery

With Lynn Pollock, LMHC, REAT and Marise Lariviere, LMFT, ATR, SoulCollage® Facilitator

June 6, 2022

Natalie Rogers: Person-Centered Expressive Arts and Application with Teens

Presented by Anin Utigaard, MA, MFT, REAT

Watercolor Leaves
August 1, 2022

 

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) as a Trauma-Informed Approach (Virtual)

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

Watercolor Leaves
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

Watercolor Leaves
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly meetings on Fridays from April 29 - May 20, 2022   Starts at 6:30PM EDT

FOAT® and SoulCollage® for Self-Discovery

With Lynn Pollock, LMHC, REAT and Marise Lariviere, LMFT, ATR, SoulCollage® Facilitator

Offered by the Expressive You Online School

FOAT® Trainers Lynn Pollock and Marise Lariviere invite you to join them for a 4-week online workshop centered around the theme of self-discovery. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the creative and intuitive approach of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®). Focusing, a form of felt-sensing, is a practice of allowing our bodies to guide us to deeper self-knowledge and healing. Each week, you will be guided through a FOAT® invitation to delve into parts of your many-faceted self and illustrate your experience through the creation of a SoulCollage® card. The SoulCollage® process is highly conducive to awakening your intuition and empowering inner wisdom. The goal is for participants to: access their inner wisdom, build self-awareness, develop self-compassion, and practice self-care. Register before April 17th with code EARLYBIRD for a $20 discount!

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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, June 6, 2022    1:00PM - 3:00PM PDT / 4:00PM - 6:00PM EDT  (Click here for your time zone)

Natalie Rogers: Person-Centered Expressive Arts and Application with Teens
Presented by
Anin Utigaard, MA, MFT, REAT

  

Anin Utigaard, MA, MFT, REAT, met Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., pioneer of Person-Centered Expressive Arts in 1988. Natalie Rogers was the founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute (PCETI), and the daughter of Carl Rogers— a humanistic psychologist who developed the Person-Centered (and Client-Centered) approach to counseling and psychotherapy. Anin will share highlights of what she learned from Natalie through her experiences in many roles (i.e. student, co-facilitator, mentee, colleague, and friend)— and from the legacy that Natalie left to the field and global community.

 

After, Anin will present the philosophy and foundation with the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Approach and how it can be applied to working with clients, groups, couples, families, and children. She will discuss how the Person-Centered methods assisted her in working with adolescents in a treatment center and private practice. Additionally, Anin will illustrate how the expressive arts helps teens to move through resistances while providing a safe place to express and process their inner life. The presentation includes a Person-Centered experiential exercise, along with opportunities for sharing, reflections, and Q&A.

Bio: Nina “Anin”' Utigaard is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). She works with individuals and groups of all ages and cultures. She was a founding Executive Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and continues to be on the Advisory Council for the organization. Anin was a faculty member with Natalie Rogers’ Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over ten years, and uses the Person-Centered approach in her work with clients. She has presented her work nationally and internationally since 1992. Her work with trauma, addiction, and adolescents began in 1991 at ThunderRoad in Oakland, California, where she used the PCEXA therapy with teens. Anin has a fine arts and professional music background, which she combined with psychology and the humanistic approach in psychotherapy. She believes that the arts are a transformative power that can change the world we live in.

Single Registration Option:

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Discounted Bundle Options:

Click here to register for Bundle: Anin + Ann

Click here to register for Bonus Bundle: Anin + Ann + Mitchell

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.

Single Registration Option:

Click here to register for Ann Weiser Cornell Only

Discounted Bundle Options:

Click here to register for Bundle: Anin + Ann

Click here to register for Bonus Bundle: Anin + Ann + Mitchell

 

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.

Single Registration Option:

Click here to register for Mitchell Kossak Only

Discounted Bundle Option:

Click here to register for Bonus Bundle: Anin + Ann + Mitchell

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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:

Levels 1 - 6 FOAT® Training

Coming Soon (2022 Launch)!

FOAT® Levels 1 - 6 Training Program

We will be launching our NEW Online FOAT® Levels 1 - 6 Training Program. If you would like us to send you updates about this program, including content, registration, and fees, please use fill out the form here.

 

For information about our existing training program content, please view our training overview.