…and WE DID IT! An in-person private Brainspotting Phase 1 training in New England is in the books.
We were generously hosted by Shortridge Academy in Milton, NH for this first return-to-in-person event in 2 years and 2 months (but who’s counting…?) for me as the trainer. We have now trained ALL of Shortridge’s therapeutic staff as well as a representative from Thetford Academy (in Thetford, VT) and Mondanock Family Services (in Keene, NH).
I am quite giddy to have been able to run an in-person event. I got to tiptoe around and see all of the practicum work, adjust arms, answer questions and whisper into ears as these amazingly talented practitioners learned Brainspotting. There were hugs and handshakes, and of course the best chocolate chip cookies around.
Please join me in welcoming these very talented colleagues to the Brainspotting family.
The Winnipesaukee Lakes Region of New Hampshire is incredibly beautiful! Check out these views!! (Kara’s from the top and Katherine’s from the shore. The ice is almost all out, and yes it was cold.)
I have 6 spots remaining for the Brainspotting Phase 2 Training this upcoming February 19-21, 2021.
I like to keep my classes small and intimate and 20 is the maximum I allow. If you have taken Phase 1 and are interested in expanding your bag of tools, some play and practice with creative adaptations, and to learn more about the science behind the eye-brain connection, then join me and fabulous colleagues from across the country in learning Phase 2 science and setups.
Please note that this training will take place in Eastern Standard Time Zone, 9a-6p Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Please join me in welcoming 20 more Brainspotting Practitioners to our community!
What a 3-day weekend. 20 trainees from coast-to-coast and Canada, 17 assistants (also from coast-to-coast and Canada!) and the amazing Amanda Perez as our pilot. We faced snowstorms and power outages and embraced pets (thank you Lily!) and processing.
The overwhelm and burnout we all face is hopefully smaller and lighter as we move back into our systems and continue to support our communities in navigating these very strange and difficult waters.
The past 3 days were filled with heart and healing as we ushered in a private group Phase 1 Brainspotting training with Pathways to Healing Counseling in the Indianapolis area of Indiana.
Owner, Kristen Boice, generously and lovingly created an opportunity for her whole team to learn Brainspotting together. It was my deep privilege to be their trainer and leader in this journey.
Please join me in welcoming 10 new Brainspotting practitioners to the greater Brainspotting community! (in no particular order): Rachel Hall, Roxie Stone, Liz Howerth, Jason Tarnow, Matthew Stach, Julie Setmeyer, Renee Day, Missy Snyder, Mary Maas and Taylor Ellis. And, well, Renee’s 2 cats provided a remarkable reflection of internal processing!
And as always, this would have been impossible without my great team of support and Assistants. Giant shout-out to Micheal McGee for running the Zoom technology, and to Lucas Brewer, Beverly Fuentes, Christine Genovese, Mehwish Issa, Nikki Batta, Sheryl Wookey, Kim Knowlton-Young, Christina Smalley, Kimberly Ward and Helen Vozinidis. Their generosity of time, again and again, further demonstrates the deep commitment to this model of therapy and to this community. I am ever grateful for you, as are our newly trained colleagues!
We did it again! We completed our latest ONLINE Brainspotting Phase 2 training. We had trainees from the US, Canada, Switzerland and the UK. Part of the emotional energy during the 3-day event was hijacked by the environmental crisis looming large in our small group, with extremely early snow happening at my house Saturday morning, followed by an emergency evacuation for our Colorado attendee later that day, we were all taking time to be with each other in a more thoughtful way.
So although I am only announcing 12 trainees, a 13th is 2/3 of the way there to being officially completed, and we will work to make that happen when they are safe and ready and able to focus again.
Please join me in welcoming these newest Phase 2 trainees to the Brainspotting community (in no particular order): Julie Burke, Kara Serasis, Erika López, Angela Thompson, Danielle LeRiche-Forkey, Wookaja Yukako Chang, Katherine Beckett, Gloria Hood, Davi Stein-Kiley, Majjham Warenfeldt, Michael Finegan and Lindsay Elin.
And as always, none of this would be possible without the essential support of our Assistants. Amanda Perez as my navigator was spectacular. Grateful thanks go out to: Christine Genovese, Carolyn Robistow, Kimberly Ward, Sheryl Wookey, Kim Knowlton-Young, Nikki Batta, Kristen Swart, Cesilia Gonzalez and Mehwish Issa. The generosity of time and commitment is deeply felt and appreciated.
I have heard from KUA that the pandemic physical restrictions guidelines make it impossible for us to hold the trainings scheduled for June in-person. So they will both now be held ONLINE.
The good news is that we may have more attendees this way. Also, I have been training in how to run these online and I am now VERY confident that we will have a great experience. My grateful thanks for those who have helped me learn!
Please forward the new information to colleagues whom you feel may be interested in learning Brainspotting or expanding their Brainspotting skills to assist clients through the non-verbal and felt-sense essence of the current pandemic. We will do a deep dive into Limbic Countertransference as well as global existential crisis, trauma shock, and how to work with clients and ourselves regarding these issues.
I am available for supervision for all attendees post-training and will be scheduling more group supervisions to support skills growth and community building.
Things keep changing and this is my latest update regarding Brainspotting Trainings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have been directed to hold ALL trainings online during this physical distancing time of pandemic.
The June online trainings went swimmingly and I continue to be amazed to see how well it works both for the trainer and the trainees. And with the online format, I am so excited to meet practitioners from across the country and abroad. Likewise, assistants are stepping forward to help new trainees achieve really high-quality experiences. Our network is growing stronger. There are many blessings in this uncertain time.
The Keene, NH/Monadnock Family Services training planned for October 16-18, 2020 will be ONLINE. This will be a Phase 2 training, replacing the cancelled April one. I have posted a January 2021 Phase 1 and a February 2021 Phase 2, both ONLINE as well.
The overall desire it to have practitioners trained to support clients – and each other – through this pandemic, and then we as trained practitioners can support the impact of COVID-19 aftermath, being as the longer it lasts, the more support the population will need. We have added material in the trainings to address Limbic Countertransference, trauma shock, racial justice focus, and the environmental and global existential crisis we are in, and ways to work with it for our clients as well as for ourselves.
Please forward this information to anyone you may know who is interested in learning Brainspotting in Phase 1 or in expanding their Brainspotting skills with Phase 2.
Note that there are cancellation fees for cancelled registration, please be aware.
Please keep calling and sending me your e-mails and let’s keep in touch through this historically unusual time.
As a Brainspotting Trainer it is my responsibility to provide the best training experience for you, therefore please read the following carefully.
The recent global response to the COVID-19 pandemic may seem severe in one light, but smart and careful in another.
The June trainings I have scheduled in Northern New England are still a ways out. The April 24-26 Phase 2 in Keene is still scheduled to run ONLINE at this date.
If we do need to postpone, or if you choose to not attend an online training right now, your registration fee can either be completely refunded, all service charges will be waived, or you can choose to use your registration fee for a future training with me. If you choose to attend a different training with a different trainer, I will refund your registration fee to you.
I sincerely hope that we are able to continue our trainings online and in-person as soon as possible because in light of this pandemic, even more of our population will need support in healing. I believe that Brainspotting is a remarkably effective and creative tool to give clients the speediest route to recovery and balance that I know.