FOAT® Trainings and Workshops

FOAT® Events 2021

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

Sunday, April 18, 2021    7:30AM - 10:00AM PDT  (click here for your time zone)

Celebrating the National and International Impact of the Integration of the Arts Within the Intersection of Health, Education, and Therapy

Offered by Lesley UniversityFeatured panelist: Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC

Join us virtually for the 12th Annual Arts and Healthcare Conference. This conference will explore aspects of the full integration of art and the creative process into education, mental health, community, health and human services around the world. Presenters will talk about their process of utilizing the contagion of art and the creative process with depth and discipline and will share some of their approaches, creative transformations, program development activities, and arts-based research. The intersectionalities and integration of the arts will be explored as a process that includes all of the senses and all modalities of expression. This approach relates to working with the whole person through all of the art forms and engaging others with "everything they" have within the context of creativity.

This event is free and open to the public! For more information and registration, click here.

April 19 - May 10, 2021

FOAT® Tools II: Working with Challenges and Accessing our Body's Creative Wisdom

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

FOAT® Tools II builds on the resilience-enhancing FOAT® exercises taught in our foundational courses and teaches new FOAT® exercises that help to befriend the more challenging or stressful felt senses that are part of our everyday lives. During this series, we will introduce you to the following exercises: FOAT® Check-in and What it Needs, Inner Advisor, and Self-Care. Together we will co-create a supportive community to learn and practice these tools for deepening into our authenticity, presence, and creative wisdom - and identify steps toward growth, healing, and change. There will be opportunities to support our connection and deepen our skills of compassionate presence and listening through small and large group sharing. This group is open to people who have taken at least 1 FOAT® workshop or training or who have completed a Level 1 Focusing training. 

For more information and registration, visit our FOAT® Tools II course page.

May 2021

FOAT® Levels 1 and 2 Training

Offered by Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (University of Guatemala)

Monday, June 14th, 2021    3:00PM - 5:30PM PDT  (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, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC

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

Offered by Lesley University's Expressive Therapies Program, Taught by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, ATR-BC

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, wellness) and populations (e.g. adults, adolescents, children, individuals, and group). Registration link coming soon! If you have inquiries into this course please contact us.

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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