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Thursday, May 23rd 2019 - Saturday, May 25th 2019

Brainspotting Phase 1: 3-Day Certification Training

David Grand, PhD, Developer of Brainspotting
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

“David Grand is one of the most important and effective psychological trauma therapists now practicing, and his development of Brainspotting is a very important leap forward in helping people resolve trauma. Brainspotting is a remarkable, sophisticated, flexible addition to the therapeutic toolkit of any psychotherapist.”

— Norman Doidge, MD (author of The Brain That Changes Itself)

In this three-day training with David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting, you will learn to identify, process and release the deep brain mechanisms of trauma, dissociation and other challenging psycho-emotional symptoms through harnessing eye movement. This training will equip you to apply Brainspotting in clinical settings upon completion.

Brainspotting simultaneously diagnoses and treats by working with activated eye positions called Brainspots. Located through either one or both eyes, Brainspots are observed from the “Inside Window” of the client’s felt sense and/or the “Outside Window” of the client’s reflexive responses (i.e., blinking, 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 techniques for identifying and processing Brainspots.

Through lecture, live demonstration and small group practice, the emphasis will be on the integration of Brainspotting into ongoing treatment including work with highly dissociative clients. Brainspotting is adaptable to almost all areas of specialization. It will provide you with powerful tools to enable your patients to quickly and effectively focus and process the neurophysiological sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.

Participants who complete Phase 1 can begin using Brainspotting immediately. For more information about further training, please visit

Registration fees include David Grand’s Brainspotting book, a Brainspotting pointer and a Phase 1 Brainspotting manual.

You will learn —

The components of Brainspotting
About the Dual Attunement frame which includes relational and neurobiological attunement
How to use the techniques of “Inside Window,” “Outside Window,” Gazespotting, and Resource Brainspotting
How to apply Brainspotting to trauma, dissociation, sports psychology and other somatic conditions
Strategies on how to integrate Brainspotting into your current practice

About the Presenter:

David Grand, PhD, is a psychotherapist, writer, lecturer, performance coach and the developer of Brainspotting and BioLateral Sound. Known for his groundbreaking discoveries in the arenas of healing trauma and enhancing performance and creativity, he has delivered professional training worldwide to thousands of therapists looking to break through the limitations of talk therapy. Committed to the use of Brainspotting as a tool to ease human suffering, he is the clinical director of the Faithful Response program which treats 9/11 survivors and returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan and has organized many charitable missions to provide service in critical situations such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Sandy Hook/Newtown. Dr. Grand maintains a private psychotherapy and performance enhancement practice in Manhattan and Long Island, New York.



Introduction 9:00am-9:15am

The Story of Brainspotting 9:15am-10:45am - The Story of Brainspotting. Overview of Brainspotting research studies. How BSP was discovered. Overview of Inside Window, Outside Window, Gazespotting.

Break 10:45 am - 11:00 am

What is a Brainspot? 11:00am-12:30pm - What is a Brainspot? What is the BSP Dual Attunement Model? The 2 Models of BSP: Activation Model/Resource Model. Parts of the brain that are activated during BSP/How BSP heals. How BSP makes use of neuroplasticity. How trauma is held in the brain. Brainspotting and the Uncertainty Principle.
Q&A 12:30pm-12:45pm

Lunch break (on your own)12:45pm-2:00pm

Outside Window Brainspotting 2:00pm-3:00pm - Review of Outside Window. How to locate a Brainspot with Outside Window.
Demo of Outside Window 3:00pm-3:45pm Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Outside Window.

Afternoon break 3:45pm - 4:00pm

Practicum 4:00pm-5:30pm - Attendees, in pairs, use Outside Window as therapist and client
Q&A and discussion 5:30pm-6:00pm - Q&A and discussion, de-brief of demo and practicum experiences. Q&A about day’s content and Outside Window.


Inside Window Brainspotting 9:00am-10:45am - More Q&A about previous day’s content, reactions overnight. Review of Outside Window from yesterday. What is Inside Window? How to locate a Brainspot with Inside Window. Review of Dual Attunement Model.


Demo11:00am-12:00pm - Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Inside Window
Practicum12:00pm-1:00pm - Attendees, in pairs, use Inside Window as therapist and client

Lunch (on your own) 1:00pm-2:00pm

Gazespotting 2:00pm-3:00pm - What is Gazespotting? How to locate a Brainspot with Inside Window. Review of Dual Attunement and Uncertainty Principle.
Demo 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Gazespotting

Break3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Practicum 4:00pm-5:30pm - Attendees, in pairs, use Gazespotting as therapist and client.
Q&A and Discussion 5:30pm-6:00pm - Review of day and debrief of practicum sessions


Brainspotting Resource Model Presentation/Extremely Complex PTSD, DID, severe attachment disorders 9:00am-10:45am - Brainspotting Resource Model Presentation: What is the BSP Resource Model? Homeostasis with the Resource Spot. Simple/Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. Who is outside the BSP Window of Tolerance? Extremely Complex PTSD, DID, severe attachment disorders: The modified, expanded, integrative BSP Resource Model. Focused mindfulness in BSP. Review of set-ups for finding Brainspots. Set-up for Resource Model BSP.

Break 10:45-11:00am

Demo 11:00am-12:00pm - Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Resource BSP
Q&A 12:00pm-1:00pm - Discussion of BSP Resource Model, debrief of Resource demo

Lunch (on your own)1:00pm

Practicum 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm - Attendees, in pairs, use Resource BSP as therapist and client

Break 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Q & A 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Debrief and Q & A about practicums, Resource Model, how to work with those who are outside the window of tolerance
Review and discussion 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Review of three days of learning, review of Inside Window, Outside Window, Gazespotting and Resource BSP. Review of Dual Attunement and the Uncertainty Principle. Q & A about how to use BSP with special populations. Evaluations and goodbyes.


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