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Date(s) - 03/17/2023 - 03/19/2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Training Overview

Brainspotting is a powerful focused treatment method that works by identifying processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms” (David Grand, Ph.D.). A “Brainspot” is the eye position that is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic or emotionally charged issue within the brain. With its researched results and growing reputation for efficacy and rapid healing (thousands now trained in 30 countries), Brainspotting is quickly becoming one of the most sought after therapy treatments available today.

Learning Objectives 

Through lecture, live demonstration, and practicums, participants of this introductory level course will learn to do the following:

  • Summarize the standards of care and professional practice of the International Brainspotting Association
  • Describe the hypothesized neurological underpinnings of how Brainspotting works
  • Summarize the research that supports the hypothesized way in which eye positions activate and access midbrain activity
  • Explain the uncertainty principle as it relates to Brainspotting
  • Describe the concepts of simultaneous neurobiological and relational attunement
  • Explain the importance of client-therapist attunement during Brainspotting
  • Explain how the treatment frame is set and held by the therapist
  • Explain the role of focused mindfulness in Brainspotting
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the activation and resource models of Brainspotting
  • Explain the concept of limbic countertransference
  • Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the outside window Brainspotting technique
  • Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the inside window Brainspotting technique
  • Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the gaze spot Brainspotting technique
  • Demonstrate a basic mastery of the use of the resource model Brainspotting technique
  • Assess the appropriate Brainspotting techniques for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, including the Dissociative Subtype, and other trauma-related symptoms.
  • Describe two challenges to assessing and providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with complex PTSD

We value diversity–We believe this is key to a richer and more impactful learning environment. Trainings are open to all counselors, psychologists, social workers and others in the healing professions with strong clinical backgrounds, as well as students/interns in the mental health field who seek to expand their knowledge.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Training will open at 8:30am on the first day.
Training runs from 9am-6pm each day


About The Trainers

Pie Frey is pleased to present this training with Keisha Ward, Consultant

Keisha Ward is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in private practice in NC. She is a certified Brainspotting consultant who utilizes an integrative approach to bring healing to the community through individual and group counseling, trainings, and consultations.  Keisha primarily works with individuals who have experienced various traumas (complex, vicarious, critical incidents, racial, sexual), PTSD, grief, intimate partner violence, anxiety, depression, and life adjustments.

Keisha began working in her community over 20 years ago as an advocate for survivors of trauma. She believes everyone innately has in them what they need to heal. As a result, she has a passion for working with other clinicians across a spectrum of specialties in learning to support clients on their healing journey.

Keisha graduated from Regent University with a concentration in trauma. In addition to Brainspotting, she is also certified in TFCBT, trained in IFS, EMDR, EFT, and Sandtray and Somatic Experiencing.

Pie Frey, PsyD. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She has worked in mental health settings, adolescent treatment programs and private practice since 1982. Dr. Frey works with adolescents and adults. Specialties include working with all types of trauma, including childhood trauma; sexual abuse; addictions, mood and anxiety disorders; traumatic brain injuries; and trans-generational issues. She also has expertise working with performance enhancement, mind-body issues and spirituality. She has also developed a Brainspotting protocol for relieving obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

R. Cassidy Continuing Education Credits

This event may be eligible for 21 CE hours for some therapists, depending on state and degree, through R. Cassidy Seminars. Please check eligibility in your state.

If R. Cassidy Seminars is not an approved sponsor of continuing education in the state in which you are licensed, please click here to find out if it is possible to receive credit for continuing education from an approved sponsor of another state licensing board.

If you are eligible for CEs from R. Cassidy Seminars, the fee is $30, and you can sign up before or after registration to receive the credits.


Registrations are closed for this event.

2 thoughts on “Brainspotting Phase 1 Online Mountain Time with Keisha Ward

  1. Is there a discount for students who have taken phase 1 with Dr. pie for thank you

    Is there a discount for students who have taken place is one and two with Dr. piping for even if it’s with a new presenter thank you

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