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Lunch and Learn - Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy that Works! (1.5 CEUs)

  • Fri, October 21, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • ZOOM
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Presented by Lisa Larson, LMFT

1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs

"Brainspotting" is a powerful, brain-based trauma therapy that bridges the gap between the mind and the body. Brainspotting accesses the deepest regions of the brain where traumatized clients store their traumas and survival terror. Brainspotting opens up a neurophysiological healing vortex that transforms the traumatized in a miraculous way. It works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional and body pain, trauma, dissociation, anxiety, and other challenging symptoms.

Symptoms of unprocessed trauma, which include chronic anxiety, insomnia, and numbing are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. This is because the brain becomes overwhelmed and is unable to process verbal information about the traumatic events. "Brainspotting" was voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre after a five-year study comparing over 25 therapeutic modalities. The parents rated it first in its effectiveness in treating the loss of their young children. 

This presentation teaches participants to metrically measure the efficacy of each session with their clients every session, so it is very clear if the client is benefiting or not. It also will help the attendees stay abreast of the most recent brain-based breakthroughs in treating clients with PTSD. This presentation underscores principles of complete non-judgment and compassion for each and every client.

It will benefit clinicians by asking them to be very mindful and attuned to their clients and incorporate a core principle of Brainspotting, which is to follow our client’s process rather than leading it. Ethically, this presentation will increase effectiveness in treating those with PTSD and unresolved trauma.

About the Presenter

Lisa Larson has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over twenty years. After seven years in private practice doing Solution Focused therapy, Lisa experienced a traumatic event that transformed the course of her life as well as her therapeutic orientation. No amount of talk therapy worked.

Lisa sought out and was trained in the most powerful trauma modalities known. She was trained by the founder of EMDR and later trained with the creator of Brainspotting, Dr. David Grand. She immediately recognized the power and effectiveness of Brainspotting as she witnessed her severely traumatized clients heal quickly and permanently. She learned that her years as a talk therapist were missing the most crucial piece required to heal those with trauma, the deepest regions of the brain where trauma is stored.

A dream was born in Lisa. She was determined to do something about the unnecessary suffering of the traumatized. She opened Pacific Counseling and Trauma Center in Folsom, CA in 2012 and became a Brainspotting Trainer to teach other therapists how to bring lasting relief to their traumatized clients. She is passionate about teaching Brainspotting and letting the world know that trauma and PTSD are not something you have to live with. Brainspotting makes freedom, peace, and joy possible, even for the most severely traumatized.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and identify the 6 core elements of Brainspotting.
  • Differentiate between the 2 main models of Brainspotting.
  • Identify and observe the 9 steps involved in the Inside Window Brainspotting Set-Up.


1.    Introduction
2.    Powerpoint presentation
   a.    Brainspotting research and history
   b.    Brainspotting basics and why it works
   c.    Brainspotting process and example set-up
3.    Demonstration of a Brainspotting set-up
4.    Q&A time, debrief, and reflection

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT), provider #62279, is approved by CAMFT to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content.

CE Credit will be awarded via email after the completion of the course in exchange for a course evaluation. No CEUs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre-licensees.


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