Become a Certified Brainspotting Therapist.
Requirements include: Phase 1: 3 day Course, Phase 2: 3 day Course, 50 documented hours of clinical practice utilizing Brainspotting and a minimum of 6 hours of consultation by an approved Brainspotting Consultant or Trainer.
This Brainspotting Phase 2 Workshop will enable you to further enhance and develop your Brainspotting skills, helping you stay abreast of the most recent brain-based breakthroughs in treating clients with PTSD; providing you with powerful tools to process traumatic experiences as well as address and resolve emotional, somatic and performance issues.
Through Power Point Lecture, live demonstrations, Q&A and practicums participants will deepen their skills by reviewing approaches covered in Brainspotting Level 1 and learning the following:
Review and explore Outside and Inside Window and Gazespotting along with the corner stones of BSP; the dual attunement frame, and following the head of the comet.
Learn One Eye BSP, Z-Axis (3-D), Convergence BSP, Combined Outside-Inside Window, Advanced Resource Model combining aspects of One-Eye and Z-Axis, Advanced Resources for working with Clients outside the BSP window of tolerance.
Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy based on the hypothesis that specific eye positions designated as “brainspots” activate and access specific areas of the midbrain that allow for the reprocessing and releasing of core neurophysiological reactions to trauma-related and other psychological experiences.
In addition, brainspotting is built on a model that emphasizes therapist-client attunement in the healing process. As an open and integrative model, brainspotting is adaptable to many different areas of specialization and can be integrated with other treatment models.
In this intermediate level Brainspotting: Phase 2 training, participants will be given a review of the four basic brainspotting techniques learned in the Brainspotting Phase 1 training and acquire basic mastery of five more advanced brainspotting techniques.
Participants of this Intermediate level course participants will be able to:
1. Summarize the research on client-therapist attunement in in-person and online psychotherapy sessions.
2. Set and utilize the dual attunement frame.
3. Explain the way in which bilateral auditory stimulation may enhance processing during brainspotting.
4. Explain the role of the allocortex and the agranular isocortex in brainspotting.
5. Describe the oculocardio reflex and its relationship to the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system.
6. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the z-axis and vergence therapy techniques.
7. Explain how the one-eye brainspotting technique can focus and enhance processing of trauma-related experiences.
8. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the one-eye brainspotting technique.
9. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the rolling brainspotting technique.
10. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the advanced outside window brainspotting technique.
11. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the advanced resource model of brainspotting.
12. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the combined inside-outside brainspotting technique.
13. Demonstrate a basic mastery of the second level advanced resource model of brainspotting.
14. Assess how specific advanced brainspotting techniques can be used for complex PTSD and other trauma related conditions.
The Agenda is noted at the bottom of this page.
To Register for the Phase 2 course, please use this link Brainspotting Phase 2 Registration
The registration process is not complete until you pay for the training by sending in payment, as noted below.
Early Bird Registration through January 1, 2022: $695
Registration from January 2 through March 1, 2022: $745
Registration from March 2 - July 1, 2022: $795
After July 2 2, 2022: $845
Student Registration: $ 425
Interns working toward licensure, $645 through January 1, 2022, After January 2, 2022, $ 700
Cancellation policy: Refund of Fee minus $100 if canceled prior to March 15th . We ask that should you need to cancel after these dates that you either reschedule the training with this trainer at a later date or find someone to fill your spot.
To pay, you may use Zelle and send the money to [email protected] or to phone number 201-747-6789; or Venmo @Susan-Pinco. If you prefer to pay by check, please reach out to me for the address and if you wish to pay using a credit card, you may do so using Paypal but are responsible for any service fees.
NOTE: Attendees must either be a student in an accredited program in counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, coaching, ministry or medicine or have graduated from an accredited program.
Once we receive notification of your registration and payment we will send you a confirmation letter with more details.
Trainer: Dr. Susan Pinco, LCSW
CoTrainer: Deborah Antinori, MA, LPC, FT, RDT is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 29 years in private practice. She is a Brainspotting Trainer and Certified Consultant, and a member of David Grand’s NY supervision group. She has been using Brainspotting since its inception. She is beginning research on Brainspotting using EEG and Eye-Tracking equipment for her PhD through International University for Graduate Studies. Deborah is a masters graduate of NYU’s Drama Therapy Dept. As a grief therapist, she holds her FT from ADEC. She is the author of the double award-winning audiobook, Journey Through Pet Loss. Originally an actress, she earned her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and is still in the professional actor’s unions, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 908 507-4254
NOTE: Attendees must either be a student in an accredited program in counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, MFT or medicine or have graduated from an accredited program. This course is geared for all Levels.
If you have questions about the training, please feel free to reach out to me through this site or call me at 201-747-6789
For grievances or complaints, contact Laurie at 516-826-7996.
Agenda for 3 Day Brainspotting Phase 2: (all times are listed as Eastern Time)
9:00 - 10:30 AM Review of BSP Phase 1 with extensive Q & A.
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 12:45 PM Introduction to Phase 2 including PowerPoint lecture and q&a
12:45 - 2:00 PM Lunch
2- 3:30 PM One Eye BSP presentation, demonstration with extensive debrief
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 6:00 PM One Eye BSP practicum with extensive debrief
9:00 - 10:45 AM Z-Axis and Convergence Therapy, presentation, demonstration
with extensive debrief.
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 - 12:45 PM Z-Axis and Convergence Therapy, practicum with extensive
12:45 - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 -3:45 PM Combined Inside-Outside Window Brainspotting - presentation,
demonstration with extensive debrief.
3:45-4:00 PM Break
4 -6:00 PM Combined Inside-Outside Window Brainspotting - practicum with
9-10:30 AM Rolling Brainspotting, presentation, demonstration and practicum
with extensive debrief
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45- 12:45 PM Introduction of Advanced Resource Model. Demonstration of resource
aspects of One-Eye and Z Axis Brainspotting with extensive debrief
12:45- 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 -2- 3:30 PM Resource aspects of One-Eye and Z Axis Brainspotting practicum with
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 6:00 PM Part 2 of Working with clients outside the Brainspotting Window of
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars for (21)CE Hours.
This course for Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists and Chemical Dependency Counselors – All Levels
Your certificate will be available at www.ceuregistration after the course. A link will be provided to register for it.
Participants must have paid tuition fee, attended the entire 3 day seminar, as evidenced by signing in and out of each day, and completed an evaluation. Failure to sign in or out, each day, will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following the course at www.ceuregistration.com.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program
For any questions or concerns related to David Grand's Brainspotting please call (516) 826-7996.
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