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  • Brainspotting Phase 1 (In Person)
     April 26, 2024 - April 28, 2024
     9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Brainspotting is a revolutionary therapeutic approach that delves deep into the complexities of the brain and body, offering a unique and powerful method for processing trauma, emotions, and psychological distress. In this multifaceted therapeutic process, we embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing, guided by the belief that where we look affects how we feel, and within our eyes, we can uncover the profound connections between our experiences and our internal landscape. Brainspotting’s Phase 1 is the foundational step in this transformative process, a doorway to understanding and healing the intricate workings of the brain and body. In this introductory phase, we explore the fundamental principles and techniques of Brainspotting, setting the stage for a profound and deeply personal therapeutic journey that will uncover the mysteries of the human capacity for transformation and provide a path towards profound healing and personal growth.

Our Brainspotting trainings strive to create a warm and supportive learning environment.  Using live demonstrations, experiential practicums, and PowerPoint presentations throughout the training to create a rich training environment.  Past participants describe their experiences with Brainspotting trainings being some of the best trainings they have experienced in their career.



Learning Objectives:

1.   Define the components of Brainspotting

2.   Demonstrate and utilize the core components of Brainspotting:

·         Outside Window

·         Inside Window

·         Gazespotting

·         Resource Model

3.   Define how Brainspotting can be applied to:

·         Trauma

·         Dissociation

·         Somatic Conditions

·         Broad range of Psychological Conditions

4.   Explain the theory and core concepts of Brainspotting including:

·         Where you look affects how you feel

·         Dual Attunement frame

·         Uncertainty principle

·         WAIT

·         Staying in the “Tail of the Comet”

5.   Discuss limbic countertransference

6.   Summarize the research that supports the hypothezied way in which eye positions activate midbrain activity

7.   Discuss effective ways to apply Brainspotting in various practice settings with various populations

8.   Provide a supports and collaborative learning environment


Location of Training:

Carondelet Center (located in St. Catherine University)

1890 Randolph Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55105


Agenda: Time Zone is CST

Day One

9:00-10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:30 Powerpoint presentation

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 OW Demonstration

2:30-3:00 Debrief

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Dyads

4:45-5:00 Debrief in small groups

5:00-6:00 Debrief in large group

Day Two:

9:00-9:30 Check in

9:30-10:30 IW Demonstration

10:30-10:45 Debrief

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 IW Dyads

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:45-2:00pm Check in

2:00-3:00 GS Demonstration

3:00-3:15 Debrief

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 GS Dyads

5:00-5:15 Small group debrief

5:15-6:00 Large group debrief

Day Three:

9:00-10:00 Check in

10:00-10:30 Powerpoint

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:45 Powerpoint

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 RM Demonstration

2:45-3:00 Debrief

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 RM Dyads

4:45-5:00 Debrief

5:00-6:00 Return to practice discussion


Receive 21 CEs for this training:

If you would like to purchase continuing education for the training then please click here to pay an additional $35 fee for NAADAC certified CEs.  This training offers 21 CEs for the training that are provided through NAADAC as the authorizing provider.  Does not require the individual to be an addiction oriented provider receive CEs through NAADAC.

CE’s authorized by CE Learning Systems which is approved by these national organizations, and by many state licensing boards nationwide.

For more information about continuing education licensure requirements, visit: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/


Hotel Information


The Davidson



Best Western Como Park



Intercontinental St Paul Riverfront Hotel



Covid policy for training:

This training will be in person. Please notify Jeff Ryan or Steve Sawyer if you have active symptoms of Covid or have tested positive during or immediately before the training.


Brainspotting trainers:

Jeff Ryan LPC,CSAC  is a Brainspotting (BSP) consultant and trainer from Wisconsin. He is the owner of Advanced Counseling and Consulting Services in Neenah, WI where he provides direct clinical services and consultation. Along with doing Phase 1 and 2 BSP trainings, he has created an advanced BSP training for working with addictions called Working with Addictions – Brainspotting Centered Approach

Steve Sawyer  LCSW,CSAC is a highly expereinced clinician and trainer with a wide span of experience in settings spanning Outpatient, Residential, School and Wilderness therapeutic rhealms. He is the Chief Clinical trainer for Calo Programs group of ten residential treatment settings. He has completed all phase of Brainspotting and is experienced in completing Phase 1 and 2 trainings.

Cancellation policy:
Refunds for registration will be honored up to 30 days prior to the training.  Please contact Jeff Ryan to discuss any refunds or challenges with attending at jeffr.accs@gmail.com.