Bringing Brainspotting to Therapists of Color
Brainspotting training for Therapists of Color is the brain child of John R. Edwards, LCSW who has a full time counseling practice in Oakland, CA.
Brainspotting is a leading edge psychotherapy modality that allows for profound healing and recovery from emotional and physical trauma by allowing the individual to access their own internal healing and recovery resources.
The expansion model of Brainspotting allows for the creation of a variety of pathways for creativity and success in achieving life goals.
Brainspotting is a brain and somatic (body) based modality. Recent research clearly demonstrates that the most effective interventions for trauma have a significant somatic component and are not heavily or totally reliant on changing thinking patterns or cognitions.
Discovered by David Grand, PhD in 2003 there are now over 13,000 therapists world wide who have be trained in Brainspotting.
John’s initial experience with Brainspotting occurred during his Brainspotting Phase 1 training in February 2018. John was blown away by the power and healing that occurred with him during the 3 days of training that included experiential practicum exercises.
When John returned home from training he guided his own therapist through one of the set ups used in Brainspotting. John’s therapist was so impressed with the quality of the session that the therapist obtained Brainspotting training.
John wants to reduce the barriers for Therapists of Color who would like to obtain training in this powerful healing modality AND to create a safe space workshop environment.
One of the biggest barriers to Therapists of Color receiving post graduate training in general is finances and Brainspotting is no exception. The other barrier is the sheer volume of micro aggressions and macro aggressions that occur by trainers and fellow attendees.
Many Therapists of Color elect to work for local non profits and community based mental health agencies where salaries average around 45K per year. This is not a typo. This is what counselors/therapists with master’s degrees make in agency practice.
Of course there are exceptions if you work in a hospital or for a local county but often the practice guidelines are rigid regarding what modalities therapists will receive approval to be trained in including financial support and time off. (Too much to go into the politics of this issue)
In collaboration with David Grand, PhD, and the Brainspotting Training Institute John has organized the first ever Brainspotting trainings for Therapists of Color in a safe space environment.
The goal is to have one Phase 1 training and one Phase 2 training on the east coast of the USA. One Phase 1 training and one Phase 2 training on the west coast of the USA.
The first Brainspotting Phase 1 training for Therapists of Color will occur in Atlanta December 2019.
ALL funds will go directly to reducing the overall costs of putting on the trainings. The equation is is simple:
For example, if the cost of putting on a training is $50,000 for 75 Therapists of Color and $10,000 is raised, this $10,000 will be used to reduce the overall cost of the training to $40,000.
The costs for these 4 initial training are being minimized as much as possible. They include renting event space such as hotel or conference venue and trainer and support staff expenses and honorarium.
Note: While it is often suggested that folks find the cheapest way to do something, John is just not willing to organize a training that occurs in a dark musky basement.
Currently, everyone involved in the upcoming December training is a volunteer.