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1st International Brainspotting Conference.

Mini Course | Brainspotting in the treatment of ego states and dissociation

Show a work system to focus on treating people with high level of EGO fragmentation, treatment of defensive parts and parts reminiscent of emotional trauma. The basic procedure will be explained to frame the work with internal fragmented systems (ego states), a basic methodology language will be exposed to stimulate the internal connection between the Observer Ego and the different ego states involved in the problem. Let’s present a demonstration video of a therapy session. We will complete the workshop with a question and answer process.

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Conference’s closing session

At the closing session of the 1st International Brainspotting Conference, David Grand, creator and developer of Brainspotting and Cristiane Ramos, president of the Brazilian Association of Brainspotting, gave the last words. Grand thanked all the staff who worked at...

Session 25 | David Grand e Randy Weled | Parts 1, 2 e 3

This video begins with the presentation of a video of a care given by Dr. Grand eighteen months prior during a training conducted in the United States. He emphasized that this was one of the most phenomenal demonstrations he had ever done in a training anywhere in the world and one of the most significant for him.
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Session 24 | Heal in the space between the words; exploring the intersection of Brainspotting, neurobiology, and quantum physics

Susan Pinco, Integrative Psychotherapy, LLC, USA
Brainspotting, Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP and Social Psychology teach us the impor- tance of meta-communication and the power of tone, tempo, and numerous other para-verbal elements. This seminar will focus on a particular element of meta-com- munication; silence. Silence as it occurs within the context of speech and within context of our sessions. In attending this seminar, participants will experience new ways of thinking about, eliciting and utilizing silence drawing from elements of Brainspottingtm, Ericksonian Hypnosis, mindfulness, quantum physics, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatically oriented therapies. Attendees will: be encouraged to rethink their relationship to the space between words and to develop techniques that enhance their own palette and that of their clients; amplifying effectiveness both in and between sessions; be able to differentiate between structured and unstruc tured silence and demonstrate two ways to utilize both structured silence within the context of Brainspotting; expand their understanding of how silence can be used to promote relationship both between therapist and client and within the client system (ie: between ego states) and be able to identify the techniques that can be utilized to facilitate this process and articulate why they are effective.

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Session 21 | In sync: The influence of senses, coherence, and HRV on relational attunement

Steve Sawyer, New Vision Wilderness Therapy, USA
Objective: Increase therapist skills for creating attunement through modern sci- ence findings. This presentation simplifies modern scientific findings relating to how the practitioner influences a client’s inner stability and nervous system. We will examine the nervous systems response to stress as well as the key messages our nervous system integrates to determine safety and/or stability in relationship. This seminar’s science is integrated from a combination of research findings from the Institute of Heartmath, the Trauma Center Boston, the Poly-Vagal Theory of Porges, and the concepts from Brainspotting International. We will examine a practitioners role through the 5 senses and other theorized sensory inputs that can be accessed to more effectively establish a therapeutic window known as coherence. We will also examine the impact the therapist can play with key variables when out of sync. There will be an examination of influencing issues like dissociation and interpersonal hypersensitivity. A collection of well-timed in session measurements of Heart Rate variation, EKG measures, and live demonstrations of HRV measurement will be used to demonstrate more effectively accessing attunement in therapy.

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Session 20 | Brainspotting and Personal Mythology – The Sacred Sex

Bernardo Castro, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
The goal will be to present Brainspotting as a tool for a personal mythology workshop that deals with the theme “The Sacred Sex”. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about some myths that deal with Sacred Sex. At the same time, personal experiences related to this theme can be accessed through a dynamic that uses Brainspotting resources. The main myths come from Christianity, Hinduism and Taoism. Participants will be able to revisit their experiences of sexuality and sacredness, as well as have a new reference for the use of Brainspotting.

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Session 19 | Working with Brainspotting and theraplay (with attachment theory)

Glenda Villamarin, Brainspotting Ecuador, Ecuador
In this presentation I will: share the work that I have been doing with Brainspotting and Theraplay; share the Theraplay theory and how it works with Brainspotting; show how to work with attachment and Brainspotting.
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Session 18 | Brainspotting in comparative religious and spiritual perspective

Martha Jacobi, Brainspotting Happens!, USA
Participants will: learn how towork with clients having religious/spiritual convictions, especially when the client’s beliefs differ from those of the therapist; learn how to identify and use Brainspotting to help clients process religio-spiritual traumas and life issues, including loss of faith, abuse by religious/spiritual professionals, and life/vocational discernment; become familiar with Comparative Theology and the Comparative Pastoral Theological method developed by the author; explore ways of integrating Brainspotting into local settings of religious/spiritual caregiving, in light of theoretical and theological parallels and dissonance. Therapy clients, from many religious and spiritual paths, often report transformational change that is spiritual as well as emotional, psychological, and physical. This participatory workshop, rooted in the author’s pastoral psychotherapy practice, will compare Brainspotting’s “focused mindfulness” with contemplative practices, and explore ways of using Brainspotting in working with religio-spiritual concerns that arise in psychotherapy. The workshop will introduce the comparative pastoral theological method developed by the author, and report and extend her research into applications of Brainspotting in the caregiv- ing praxis of religious/spiritual traditions.

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Session 17 | Mindfulness – Based emotional processing (MBEP) – An essential tool in the practice of Brainspotting

Robert Weisz, Brainspotting & Hypnotherapy Clinic, Milton Erickson Institute of New Mexico, USA
The three pillars (essential components in the functional structure of BSP) are: 1. Felt sense attention of the somatic experience of emotional activation, 2. The attuned supportive, empathic relationship between therapist and client, and 3. The location and maintenance of an eye position (Brainspot). MBEP harnesses the right – hemisphere subcortical activation generated by the client’s singular, sustained, focused, mindful attention upon his/her sensory experience of the emotional acti- vation, and the interpersonal and neurobiological support of the attuned relationship – two of the three pillars BSP. MBEP is a useful resource for every BSP practitioner who is interested in expanding his or her range of options in the application of BSP with a wide range of clients. It can be used as a stepping – stone in the introduction of BSP to new clients, and as a safe, contained way for effective titration of stimulation and activation, while maintaining the flow of emotional processing. This presentation will allow participants to learn the practice of the basic MBEP structure, the psychodynamic, behavioral, and neurobiological components of MBEP, and to experience a 30 minute demonstration of MBEP with a volunteer.

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Session 16 | How to direct and identify processing focuses in Brainspotting in parenting and caregiver work

Daniel Gabarra, Associação Brasileira de Brainspotting, Brazil

The goal will be to present the Neurolinguistic Programming Hierarchy (NLP) model as the driver of the parent and caregiver orientation process to facilitate and direct the identification of Brainspotting processing needs, focusing on improving the child or adolescent’s treatment. The first stage develops psychoeducation of the parents in the therapeutic process of the child. The second step is the training of these parents as co-therapists based on the family relational evaluation guided by the NLP hierarchy modeling. The third step is when we identify and reprocess traumas and parental activations that prevent or hinder family alignment. Until then the focus of the intervention is with parents and / or caregivers, aiming at a systemic-family stability more favorable to the child’s development. In the fourth stage, the initial complaints are reassessed and the need for intervention with the child / adolescent is verified. The power of systemic-family reorganization of the parents is greater than that of the child (ren) s. The process of psychoeducation is crucial for parents to engage effectively and understand how they, as co-therapists, can help their children much more day-to-day, and in the long run, than a professional once a week.

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