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Brainspotting with Kids & Adolescents

This registration is for CE ONLY.
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Brainspotting can be used effectively with children, using simple, creative adaptations. This lively and experiential training will review the Brainspotting principles of “Uncertainty” and “The Dual Attunement Frame” in the context of the variability childhood and adolescent development, trauma responses, and attachment styles. The workshop will teach techniques and strategies for making age and developmentally appropriate adaptations to the core Brainspotting “Set-ups” for Outside Window, Inside Window, and Gazespotting. The workshop will also teach ways to integrate Brainspotting into established methods of child therapy (e.g., play, art, sand-tray therapies).

The workshop will review relevant aspects of child development (neurological, physical, social, intellectual, emotional) and their behavioral correlates, in the systemic context of 1—Anna Freud’s “Developmental Lines; and 2--the intersecting spheres of children’s lives (family, home, school, immediate neighborhood, and larger community settings.)

Additional topics relevant to Brainspotting with children, such as existential trauma, and community and group Brainspotting, will also be discussed. Brainspotting Phase 1 Training is a pre-requisite for this training.

5 –7 Bullet points summarizing main points of workshop.

  • Brainspotting can be used effectively with children and adolescents
  • Therapists who want to integrate Brainspotting into their work with children and teens need to be well-trained in 1--general principles of and approaches to child and family therapy; and 2--Brainspotting
  • Children are therapists’ best teachers about the Brainspotting principles of “Uncertainty” and “Dual Attunement”
  • Brainspotting with children and teens requires adaptations of the Brainspotting “Set-up” that are developmentally appropriate to each child
  • Children and teens engage spontaneously in Brainspotting when engaged in therapeutic activities such as play therapy, sand-tray, therapy, art therapy, etc.
  • Therapist creativity and spontaneity are essential in using Brainspotting with children and teens

  • This registration is for CE ONLY. To register for this course click here.





Day 1:
  • Introduction to the workshop
  • PowerPoint Lecture 1 & videos
  • Topics
    • attitude of the therapist
    • Scope of Brainspotting practice with kids
    • Developmental issues, challenges, and adaptations
    • Introducing Brainspotting to kids & teens
  • Q/A


  • Tools & Techniques 1
    --Demonstration & experiential excercises
  • Q/A
  • PowerPoint Lecture 2 & videos
    Topics – Uncertainty & the Dual Attunement Frame in Brainspotting with kids
    -- “Frames in Frames”
  • Q/A
  • Tools & Techniques 2
    -- Demonstration & experiential exercises
Day 2:  
Morning: PowerPoint Lecture 3
Topics – Neurodevelopmental issues
-- Developmental age / “Lines of Development” (A. Freud)
-- Symptoms & Brainspotting strategies
-- Creativity, part 1
-- Children & child parts of teens & adults
  Tools & Techniques 3
-- Demonstration & experiential exercises
Lunch Break  
  PowerPoint Lecture 4
Topics – Community settings for Brainspotting
-- Children & existential trauma
-- Creativity, part 2
  Tools & Techniques 4
-- Demonstration & experiential exercises –