Brainspotting Phase 1: A 3-Day Training

Led by David Grand, PhD, Developer of Brainspotting

Thursday, May 23 to
Saturday, May 25, 2019

9:00 am to 6:00 pm
(see agenda for complete details)

“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

EarlyBird rate: $1,050 (up to April 11, 2019)

Regular Rate: $1,150 (after April 11, 2019)

Full-time graduate student fee: $495* (proof of full-time student status required)

Rate for attendees of previous Phase 1 or advanced Brainspotting trainings: $495* (documentation detailing training name, location and dates required)

*To register at these special rates, please email angela(at) appropriate documentation.

Payment Plans: If you prefer to submit four equal monthly credit card payments instead of one lump sum, please send a request to angela(at) You may also request alternative payment schedules.

David Grand  
The Story of Brainspotting

The Story of Brainspotting. Overview of Brainspotting research studies. How BSP was discovered. Overview of Inside Window, Outside Window, Gazespotting.

10:45 am - 11:00 am
What is a Brainspot?

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.

Lunch break (on your own)
Outside Window Brainspotting

Review of Outside Window. How to locate a Brainspot with Outside Window.

Demo of Outside Window

Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Outside Window.

Afternoon break
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Attendees, in pairs, use Outside Window as therapist and client

Q&A and discussion

Q&A and discussion, de-brief of demo and practicum experiences. Q&A about day’s content and Outside Window.

David Grand  
Inside Window Brainspotting

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.


Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Inside Window


Attendees, in pairs, use Inside Window as therapist and client

Lunch (on your own)

What is Gazespotting? How to locate a Brainspot with Inside Window. Review of Dual Attunement and Uncertainty Principle.

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Gazespotting

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Attendees, in pairs, use Gazespotting as therapist and client.

Q&A and Discussion

Review of day and debrief of practicum sessions

David Grand  
Brainspotting Resource Model Presentation/Extremely Complex PTSD, DID, severe attachment disorders

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.


Trainer does BSP session with volunteer using Resource BSP


Discussion of BSP Resource Model, debrief of Resource demo

Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Attendees, in pairs, use Resource BSP as therapist and client

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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Event Detail

May 23, 2019 9:00 am
May 25, 2019 6:00 pm