FOAT® Trainings and Workshops

FOAT® Calendar

FOAT® Events 2019

DISTANCE AND IN-PERSON

Date                     Course                                                                                                                      Level

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General

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Level 1 FOAT® Courses

The following courses + Introduction to Expressive Arts meet partial requirements toward a Level 1 FOAT® Certificate of Completion. Additional reading and practice required. Click here for the training overview.

Introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts  (Telecourse)

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This course provides an introduction to Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®) including: the history and development of FOAT®; a brief overview and evidence-based research of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing; overview of expressive arts; introduction to core Focusing and FOAT® concepts: Foundational FOAT® principles; Focusing attitude; felt sense; symbol; felt shift; and the basic FOAT® step—accessing a felt sense and expressing it through the expressive arts.

 

Focusing Basics  (Telecourse)

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May be waived with Focusing experience. This course teaches the fundamentals of Focusing: the development of Focusing by Eugene Gendlin; Focusing approaches; and main skills of presence, Focusing Attitude, felt sense, asking + receiving, and felt shift.

FOAT® Fundamentals and Approaches  (Telecourse)

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Introduction to core FOAT® practices and skills; overview of the main FOAT® approaches: Basic FOAT® Step; Theme-Directed FOAT®; Clearing a Space with the Arts; Working on an Issue; Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy Process.  Didactic with experiential practice of Focusing and FOAT® Basic Step.

Theme-Directed FOAT® and Mindfulness  (Telecourse) 

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Applications of Theme-Directed FOAT®. This training will address the use of themes with groups, individuals, couples, and families, as well as for education, organizations, spiritual groups, etc. Mindfulness practice with FOAT® as a Theme-Directed approach will be included. Didactic and experiential.

Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts  (Telecourse)

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The training introduces an exercise, "Clearing a Space with Expressive Arts". It provides many benefits including: stress reduction; accessing an inherent place within the self for well-being and emotion regulation. It can be used as a daily wellness practice.

Level 2 FOAT® Courses

The following courses meet partial requirements toward a Level 2 FOAT® Certificate of Completion. Additional reading and practice required. Click here for the training overview.

Note: Level 2 Telecourses require two additional meeting times per month (about 1 hour and 1/4) in addition to the telecourse. You will have one meeting with a FOAT® partner and one with a FOAT® coach.

FOAT® and Compassionate Listening  (Telecourse)

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This training teaches the fundamental skill of pairing compassionate listening with Focusing and the expressive arts processes. Compassionate listening helps to cultivate safety, deeper understanding, and is essential for the moment-to-moment processing of working with Focusing and the expressive arts.

 

FOAT® Partnership with Practice I - FOAT® Check-in and Blocks to FOAT® (Telecourse)   

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FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice. Focus is on FOAT® Check-in and blocks to Focusing. 

FOAT® Partnership with Practice II - Working on an Issue (Telecourse)

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FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice relevant to "working on an issue."

FOAT® Partnership with Practice III - Inner Critic (Telecourse)

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FOAT® Partnership Practice: This training teaches the fundamental skills and guidelines for FOAT® Partnership Practice relevant to the "inner Critic."

Levels 3 + 4  FOAT® Courses

The following courses are taught together as a 5-day intensive in-person (location TBD). Click here for the training overview.

Level 3: Advanced Practice Skills and Supervision in FOAT®

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The content of Level 3 includes the development and competency in presence, Focusing skills, Focusing Attitude, experiential listening, self-guiding, guiding others, the basic methods and three approaches of FOAT®.  Blocks to Focusing and the expressive arts are explored, including awareness and working with the “inner critic.” Participants work in partnerships and trios with FOAT® supervision and feedback for gaining competence.​

Level 4: Applications of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Art

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The content of Level 4 includes applications to the trainee’s interests. Specialty needs are considered, such as working with trauma, addictions, severe mental health, chronic pain, health and healing, spiritual dimensions, etc. Training occurs with supervision and feedback as trainees begin applying FOAT® to their areas of interest.

 

Levels 5 + 6 FOAT® Advanced Practice and Certification

The following courses are all conducted by live teleconference monthly. Levels 5+6 require 2 additional meeting times per month with a FOAT® partner (about 1 hour and ¼) in addition to the teleconference. Click here for the training overview.

 

Begins September 2018. (Dates TBD)

 

Level 5: Advanced FOAT® Training and Supervision

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Completion of Level 5 and successful evaluation of competence leads to Certification as FOAT® Practitioner or Facilitator granted by the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute.

Level 6: Train-the-Trainer Course

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Completion of Level 6 and successful evaluation of competence leads to Certification as a Certified Focusing Trainer: Specialization in Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) (www.focusingarts.com) granted by The International Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org).