FOAT® Trainings and Workshops

FOAT® Events 2021

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

General FOAT® Training

February 22 - March 15, 2021

FOAT® Tools I : Foundations for Enhancing Resilience

Faculty: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC  |  Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT  |  Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP  |  Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC  |  Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR

This course includes 4 weekly sessions. Our goal is to co-create a supportive group that will meet to practice specific FOAT® exercises to enhance resilience, cultivate self-compassion and compassion toward others. Each week will include one main Theme-based FOAT® integrating Focusing with user-friendly methods for arts expression.  Through this weekly FOAT® practice group, small steps towards wellbeing, positive change and growth will be nourished and supported. Recordings will be available if you are unable to attend the live workshop. This group is open to people who are new to FOAT® as well as those with previous FOAT® experience. Click here for course information.

General FOAT® Training

March 5, 2021    1:00 - 3:00 PM PST  (click here for your time zone)

Cultivating Your Resilience through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Offered though CoronaPlaza.Life and Focusing Initiatives International

Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®) helps us to find an inner place of stability—and to access our body’s knowing and creative wisdom. In this workshop, we will begin with a centering  exercise to ground ourselves and connect with the larger community. Next we will do a Focusing exercise to access a “source of strength”—letting a felt sense emerge from it. Through a user-friendly approach, we will find a way to express our felt sense into a creative expression—which might come as a color, shape, image, word, phrase, gesture or sound. We will also identify a small step to carry this inner strength into our daily life. 

As we bring into awareness a source of strength and externalize it through creative expression, our resilience becomes enhanced. Sharing in community supports and nourishes carrying this strength forward in our lives.
Note: No experience necessary in Focusing or the arts.

To register and for additional information: Click here

Levels 3 + 4 FOAT® Training

March - April 2021

FOAT® Levels 3 and 4 in Hong Kong

Faculty: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT. REAT, ATR-BC; Grace Chan, MA, ATR-BC; Katherine Kwok, MMus, LTCL

The content of Level 3 includes refining the skills and competencies in presence, Focusing skills, Focusing Attitude, experiential listening, self-guiding, guiding others, the basic methods and three approaches of FOAT®. Level 4 includes clinical and non-clinical applications to the trainee’s interests (e.g. psychotherapy, coaching, body-work, spirituality, etc.). Trainees develop the application of FOAT® to their area of interests - designing a FOAT® plan for a population and presenting it for supervision and feedback. Training structure includes six group Zoom meetings, self-study, small group work, FOAT® partnerships, and two individual supervision sessions. For more information and registration, contact us.

Levels 3 + 4 FOAT® Training

May 2021

FOAT® Levels 3 and 4  at University of Guatemala

General FOAT® Workshop

June 14th, 2021    3:00 - 5:30 PM PST  (click here for your time zone)

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: The Felt Sense as a Doorway to Intermodal Expression

Offered by Expressive Arts Florida Institute, facilitated by Laury Rappaport

This workshop provides an overview of the history, foundational principles, and main approaches of FOAT®— and teaches how the felt sense is a doorway to all of the expressive arts modalities and intermodal expression. The workshop includes a theoretical overview along with experiential exercises to teach an introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) as an intermodal approach. For more information about the Expressive Arts Florida Institute's 2021 Professional Development Series, click here. To register for this course: here.

FOAT® Graduate Course

July - August 2021

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy Course at Lesley University, Expressive Therapies Program

This course introduces the theory and practices of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®). FOAT® is a mindfulness-based, somatic approach to the expressive arts rooted in psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin’s evidence-based research on Focusing. In this course, you will learn: the history of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts; the main concepts of Focusing; the main approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts; and the application to a variety of clinical issues (e.g. trauma, severe mental illness; medical issues; anxiety, depression, and wellness) and populations (e.g. adults, adolescents, children, individuals and group). Registration link coming soon! If you have inquiries into this course please email us at

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 September or October 2021

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.

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