Brainspotting

Brainspotting (BSP) is a finely-tuned and individualized way of addressing trauma and other psychological issues. Discovered and developed in 2003 by Dr. David Grand, a master EMDR facilitator, BSP 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 symptoms. BSP has been proven to lead to transformational change that is emotional, psychological, and physical.

A Brainspot is the eye position that relates to the energetic/emotional activation of an emotionally-charged or trauma-related issue within the brain. Dr. Grand observed, through the use of extremely slow eye movements, that “where his clients look affects how they feel.” He found that — unlike eye movements — stationary eye positions (Brainspots) create a direct connection to the neural networks that carry specific trauma.

Enhanced with BioLateral sound, BSP is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment that is deep, direct, powerful, yet focused and containing. Differing from EMDR, both philosophically and technically, BSP is well researched for efficacy and has a growing reputation for rapid healing. With thousands now trained in 29 countries, it is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after therapy treatments available today.

Conscious DevelopmentSM is introducing Brainspotting Phase 1 Training & Certification for the first time in India.

The 3-day Brainspotting Phase 1 Training includes (main points):

1. The discovery of Brainspotting (BSP)
2. The underlying philosophy of BSP
3. The neurophysiology of BSP
4. Outside Window BSP
5. Inside Window BSP
6. The Gazespotting Model of Brainspotting
7. The No-Assumptions Model
8. BSP Dual Attunement Frame
9. BSP-focused activation leading to Focused Mindfulness
10. The Resource Model of BSP (Resource Brainspotting)
11. The Integration of BSP with other treatment modalities

Successful completion of this 3-day module leads to Certification as a BSP 1 Practitioner. Advanced Certification (requiring BSP Phase 2 Training & Supervision) will be offered in India at a later date.

On successful completion of the BSP Phase 1 Training, participants will:

1. Understand the brain research and neurophysiology of Brainspotting.
2. Be able to confidently practice Brainspotting with clients and immediately apply all basic level BSP techniques in their clinical / organizational contexts.
3. Be able to integrate Brainspotting into any treatment model they are currently using.
4. Be able to successfully use Outside Window and Inside Window Brainspotting, Gazespotting and Resource Brainspotting.
5. Understand how the Brainspotting process is facilitated by observing sequential internal experience.
6. Understand and apply the dual attunement frame which includes relational and neurobiological attunement.
7. Understand how to use Resource Brainspotting to treat severe dissociative or attachment disorders.

Brainspotting is useful to helping professionals in any setting committed to reducing human suffering, resolving trauma, and/or enhancing performance. Brainspotting Training is open to:

• Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Social Workers, Doctors, Nurses, other Helping Professionals and Students in the fields of mental health and the healing arts.
• Life Coaches, Performance Coaches and Business / Executive Coaches if they have prior training and experience working with trauma.

Program Fee: $ 745/- per person (INR 50,500/-) + 15% Service Tax
Early Bird Offer (till 31 January, 2017): $ 695/- per person (INR 47,000/-) + 15% Service Tax
Program Dates:
• Delhi: 3 – 5 March, 2017. Venue: TBD
• Mumbai: 10 – 12 March, 2017. Venue: TBD

Christine_Ranck
Dr. Christine Ranck, PhD, LCSW is a New York based Senior Brainspotting Supervisor, Trainer and Therapist, an EMDR approved therapist and consultant, and psychoanalyst. She is a close colleague of Dr. David Grand, who discovered and developed Brainspotting.

A Brainspotting pioneer, Christine participates in a monthly BSP consultation group with Dr. Grand. She specializes in working with survivors of profound trauma, and in creativity and performance enhancement for artists and performers. An internationally known seminar leader and speaker, she is co-author of the bestselling book, Ignite the Genius Within: Discover Your Full Potential.

Brainspotting (BSP) is a powerful, brain-based treatment modality that bridges the gap between mind and body. It is an approach to healing and wellness that is deeply rooted in the body’s nervous system. Many people from various religious/spiritual traditions report profoundly changed spiritual perspectives from their BSP experiences.

Discovered in 2003 by psychotherapist Dr. David Grand, BSP accesses the brain-body’s innate self-scanning and self-healing capacities in the context of a neurobiologically and relationally attuned clinical relationship. It works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system.

BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. In BSP, a person’s brain-body activation around a particular issue is paired with a relevant, stationary eye position, called a Brainspot. As the client is “activated” around an issue, the relevant Brainspot is located by the therapist’s or client’s observation of reflexive body responses while held on a particular eye position. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal that the source of the problem has been found. There are a multitude of reflexive responses, including eye twitches, wobbles, facial tics, sniffs, swallows, yawns, coughs, head nods, foot and hand signals, body shifting, and reflexive facial expressions that are powerful indicators of Brainspots.

Brainspots provide access to the neurophysiological systems that hold emotional and physical experience in an often wordless but felt form of memory. In the context of a highly attuned clinical and neurobiological relationship the Brainspot opens these memory “files” (neurophysiological systems) allowing the brain-body system, as a whole, to re-regulate and re-orient in an adaptive manner to the present. This process appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, activating the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. When this happens, the prior activation eases; the person feels—and functions—better.

BSP helps find and strengthen one’s natural resources and resilience. It is a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many healing modalities and performance and creativity enhancement.

Brainspotting Video Links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm3Plvaf3UE – Dr. David Grand on Brainspotting
https://vimeo.com/186019577 – What is a Brainspot?
https://vimeo.com/187492731 – Who does Brainspotting work with?
https://vimeo.com/187493121 – As a client, why choose Brainspotting?
https://vimeo.com/187494155 – As a therapist, why train in Brainspotting?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnt9EE_ovzo – Dr. Robert Weisz on Brainspotting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlJ4MwY5phI – Brainspotting and Mental Health Stigma

Bibliography:
Corrigan F, Grand D, Raju, R. (May 2015)Brainspotting: Sustained attention, spinothalamic tracts, thalamocortical processing, and the healing of adaptive orientation truncated by traumatic experience. Medical Hypotheses.

Doidge, N. (2007) The Brain That Changes Itself. Toronto: Penguin Books.

Grand, D. (2013)Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change. Louisville, CO: Sounds True.

Hildebrand, Grand, Stemmler (2015)A preliminary study of the efficacy of Brainspotting – a new therapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal for Psychotraumatology, Psychotherapy Science and Psychological Medicine.

Panksepp, J. (1998) Affective Neuroscience. Oxford Press: New York.

Scaer, R. (2005) The Trauma Spectrum, Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency. New York: Norton Books.

To register / for more information, please email info@conscious-development.com, stating“Brainspotting” in the subject line, and provide your name, occupation, contact details and preferred location. Or call 91 9920816811 (Mumbai) or 91 9810276077 (Delhi).