Focusing & Art Therapy Session at the Expressive Therapies Summit
Accessing Body Wisdom Through Creative Expression: Focusing is the process of accessing the body’s wisdom by turning inward and being present to its inner sensations. It was developed by Eugene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. According to Gendlin, conscious thoughts emerge from the intangible inner awareness that he called the “felt experience,” which holds the key to psychological resolution. Art therapy is a way of externalizing that experience. In this daylong master class, participants will be guided through the process of focusing and expressing their felt experience through artmaking so that they can incorporate this effective approach into their clinical practices. Using Laury Rappaport’s interdisciplinary approach called Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT®), creative arts therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists of all persuasions will learn how combining artmaking with focusing can be a powerful therapeutic approach for teaching stress reduction, managing emotional regulation, and attaining general well-being for a variety of populations in any number of clinical situations.
For more information please visit the Expressive Therapies Summit website.
Liz Baring to speak on Focusing at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Continuing Education Program
Mental Health counselors and psychotherapists will learn how Focusing can be a powerful therapeutic approach for teaching stress reduction, managing emotional regulation, and attaining general well-being for a variety of populations in any number of clinical situations.
For more information, please visit the NYMHCA website.