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Brainspotting Phase 1
All are Welcome

Addiction Counselors | Professional Counselors | Social Workers | Psychologists | Marriage and Family Therapists | Psychiatrists | Nurse Practitioners | Occupational Therapists | Physical Therapists | Executive/Life Coaches | Naturopaths | Acupuncturists | Students in a mental health related graduate degree program.


Online via Zoom

Brainspotting Phase 1

February 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2024
7:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
100% attendance required on ALL days.

Location: Online via Zoom

$745 - Standard

$525 - Pre-licensed individuals (individuals working under supervision to obtain their clinical license) - see instructions below.

$400 - Student (those actively enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program related to mental health) - see instructions below.

$400 - repeating Phase 1 - see instructions below.

If you require a special
payment arrangement, such as your employer will pay your registration fee, or you need a two-installment payment plan, please email me at

If you have one of the following listed below:
Do Not Complete the registration form.

Send an appropriately titled email to: with your specific request and await a response:

  1. Students enrolled in a mental health master's or doctoral degree program.  Student rate $400.  Email your request for the student rate and include the name of the school and program where you are currently enrolled.

  2. Canadians and those outside of the USA, please email for special pricing.

  3. Pre-independent clinical licensure. Rate: $525. Include your pre-licensure status, such as LCSWA, LFMTA, etc., state, and the name of your supervisor.

  4. Two installment payment plans are available.

  5. If you are repeating the training. Rate:$400


Again, if you have one of the above situations:-

Email: in a separate and appropriately titled email with your request.

Brainspotting Phase 1 Trainer

John R. Edwards, LCSW

International Brainspotting Trainer & Consultant

Read John's bio here

Requirements and Expectations to attend the training:

  1. If you are unable to adhere to these requirements please do not register for the training.

  2. 100% attendance is required for each day.  This means it is not acceptable to leave the training for a few hours to go attend another meeting etc and then return to the training. If you are unable to attend 100% each day then do not register for the training.  In case of an emergency, we are happy to provide a prorated refund of registration fee less administrative fees and you can take the training in the future.

  3. We continue to transition out of the pandemic along with sociopolitical issues which have caused strain in many areas, to say the least.  However, if you are not able to be fully present for whatever reason(s) please do not register for the training.  This training is highly experiential and REQUIRES your full attention and presence.  The inability to be fully present adversely impacts other attendees during experiential practicums. Opting out of practicums is NOT permitted.

  4. If you become ill during the training and are not able to be fully present we are happy to provide a prorated refund.  Just observing is not permitted.  All aspects of the training must be completed with full participation.

  5. By registering for this training you agree to the requirements and expectations


This training is approved by Brainspotting Trainings, LLC and  David Grand, PhD, Founder and Developer of Brainspotting.  This training meets the Brainspotting Phase 1 training requirement towards Brainspotting certification.


Seminar Overview

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with BioLateral sound, which is deep, direct, powerful yet focused and containing.


Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as Brainspots. Located through either one or both eyes, Brainspots are observed from either the "Inside Window" of the client's felt sense and/or the "Outside Window" of the client's reflexive responses (i.e., blink, eye twitches or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick breaths, and subtle body shifts).


Students will first learn the phenomenological approach that underpins strategies for Brainspotting, followed by strategies for identifying and processing Brainspots. Attention will be given to the utilization and integration of Brainspotting into ongoing treatment, including highly dissociative clients.


Brainspotting is adaptable to almost all areas of specialization. Brainspotting provides therapists with powerful tools which enable their patients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.


Seminar Objectives

Through lectures, live demonstrations and small group practice, participants will learn to do the following:

  • Define the components of Brainspotting.

  • Utilize the techniques of "Inside window", "Outside window" and "Gazespotting.

  • Define how Brainspotting can be applied to Trauma, Dissociation, Sports psychology, and Somatic conditions.

  • Demonstrate the theories and practices of Brainspotting.

Brainspotting Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the standards of care and professional practice of the International Brainspotting Association.

  2. Describe the hypothesized neurological underpinnings of how brainspotting works.

  3. Summarize the research that supports the hypothesized way in which eye positions activate and access midbrain activity.

  4. Explain the uncertainty principle as it relates to Brainspotting.

  5. Describe the concepts of simultaneous neurobiological and relational attunement.

  6. Explain the importance of client-therapist attunement during brainspotting.

  7. Explain how the treatment frame is set and held by the therapist.

  8. Explain the role of focused mindfulness in brainspotting.

  9. Discuss the similarities and differences between the activation and resource models of brainspotting.

  10. Explain the concept of limbic countertransference.

  11. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the outside window Brainspotting technique.

  12. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the inside window Brainspotting technique.

  13. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the gaze spot Brainspotting technique.

  14. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the resource model of Brainspotting technique.

  15. Assess the appropriate Brainspotting techniques for the treatment of Post-traumatic stress disorder, including the Dissociative Subtype, and other trauma-related symptoms.

  16. Describe two challenges to assessing and providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with Complex PTSD.


CEs will NOT be offered.

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