Presentation Description 

Monday, November 7th, 2022   1:00PM - 3:00PM PST  /  4:00PM - 6:00PM EST
For Asia: Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

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Dr. Mitchell Kossak will share about his 1980 meeting of Paolo Knill, Ph.D. (pioneer of intermodal expressive arts)— including reflections about Paolo's profound inspiration in the field worldwide. After, Mitchell will present his research on rhythmic attunement and how engagement in expressive arts can lead to flow states— or what is referred to as unitive experiences, sometimes amounting to a felt sense of union with other people, other life forms, objects, environments, the divine, or the universe itself.

Therapeutic attunement can be viewed as being based on an embodied awareness of rhythmic flow, and on mutual connections that occur when there is an intense process of deep listening, kinesthetic awareness, and deep attention to what is occurring in the moment—which can be thought of as mindfulness attention. This presentation will introduce the basic underlying principles of therapeutic attunement— including concepts of resonance, rhythm, misattunement, embodied empathy, attachment, entrainment, and interpersonal neurobiology that affects us personally and interpersonally. Experiential exercises are included.

If you cannot attend the Live Presentation via Zoom, the recording will be available for you to watch at your convenience for up to 2 months.

About the Presenter

Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy and a professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed mental health counselor since 1994. He is the past President/Executive Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health. His clinical work combines expressive arts therapy with body-centered approaches with a variety of populations addressing issues such as chronic pain, recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationships. Dr. Kossak has trained in a variety of mind body modalities including Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, and Bioenergetics. He studied Sound Healing with pioneers in the field of sacred sound and transformation of consciousness. In addition, he has studied and practiced energy based healing forms such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Vispassana meditation, and Iyengar yoga for over 30 years. Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 35 years in the Boston area. 

CE Information

CE hours are only eligible for those that attend the Live Zoom Presentation.

This presentation is approved for 2 Continuing Education (CE) hours through R. Cassidy Seminars! Click here to learn more about CE information and purchasing.

Registration Details

Cost: $25

Registration Deadline: November 4th, 2022 (Asia: Nov. 5th)

Please register with your preferred contact email  - we will be sending all communication, including the Zoom information, to the email address you provide. If you have taken a course through our FOAT Online School, please register with your existing account!

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This offering is open to those new and experienced in Focusing, Expressive Arts, and FOAT!


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    $25.00Rhythmic Attunement in Expressive Arts: Attachment, Embodied Empathy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology

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