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Level 1: Foundations and Approaches of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

Join our training and certification program • Earn 26 CEs in Level 1

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Focusing and Expressive Arts (FOAT) Institute
FOAT Faculty

Facilitated by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, REAT, and FOAT Faculty

Where & When

September 18 - December 18, 2023 • ​8 Group Meetings from 3:00pm- 6:30pm
PT (Pacific Time)

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Online Joining Information

Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the first Group Meeting date

Meeting Format

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Course Description


Level 1 provides a solid foundation of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) with an emphasis on deepening one’s embodied knowing of the main FOAT approaches– Focusing Attitude, Theme-Directed FOAT®, Clearing a Space with Arts, FOAT® Check-in, Working on an Issue, Self-Focusing, and Compassionate Listening.  Trainees will also expand their understanding of the core concepts, skills, and philosophy of Focusing.

Learning FOAT and Focusing in Level 1 emphasizes learning the exercises for oneself– in order to understand deeply how the felt sense, creativity, and the body’s wisdom interacts and unfolds, while also being grounded in FOAT theories.  The FOAT Partnership and small group practices during Level 1 open the doorway to learn about others’ processes and also provides a foundation for facilitation skills that are continued in Level 2.  For information on our Levels 1 - 5 FOAT® Training Program, leading to certification, click here.



All faculty for this program are Certified FOAT® Practitioners (FOAT Institute) and Certified Focusing Trainers: Specialization in FOAT® (TIFI).

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

Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT

Grace Brillantes Evangelista, Ph.D., RPsy, CSCLP

Lynn Pollock, MA, LMHC, REAT

Marise Lariviere, LMFT, ATR


Meeting Dates and Times

In Level 1, all eight Group Meetings will be held via Zoom. For this training series, participants must attend 90% of the Group Meetings per level (exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances with approval from the Training Director).

Dates (2023): These dates are valid for the U.S.– please use the time converter to determine if the meeting dates will be the same for your timezone!

  • September 18 
  • October 2, 16, 30
  • November 13, 20
  • December 4, 18

Time: 3:00pm- 6:30pm PT (Pacific Time) / Click here for a timezone converter


Click here to view the course page for more information and registration!


For any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Registration Information


Click here to view the registration page on our FOAT Online School

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