BSP Policies and Guidelines for all Brainspotting Training Events
Participant pre-requisites, responsibilities and in course safety for all
BSP Phase 1 and Phase 2 training courses taught by UK Trainer, Dr Mark Grixti, are specialised courses designed by Dr David Grand to teach Brainspotting techniques to mental health practitioners and body based therapists, to use with clients within the practitioner’s current scope of training and practice.
By attending this training, I do so as a fully qualified practitioner and abide by the code of ethics of my training or registering body. Clinical responsibility is held by myself and my registering body and not the trainer or the training organisation.
Brainspotting trainings DO NOT provide basic training in trauma informed therapy or basic counselling skills. By registering and attending this BSPUK training, I understand that this is a professional training event and not a personal therapy course. Should any issues arise from the training that need further support, I understand that this is in no way the responsibility of BSPUK or of the trainer, neither of which can be held responsible.
BSP Phases 3 & 4; the Master Class and the 5 Day Intensive are only taught by Dr David Grand himself.
Should BSPUK need to cancel a training or workshop due to unforeseen circumstances or due to circumstances outside of our control (e.g.COVID restrictions or force majeure), we will aim to give you as much notice as possible and reschedule your training to an alternative future date. All monies paid will be transferred. We do not offer refunds for any trainings or workshops.
Safety is a basic and necessary requirement for learning. It is the responsibility of the BSP trainer and assistant/s to establish and maintain a feeling of the safety within the group so that learning can occur.
The BSP Training team presumes participants have a mature level of interpersonal competency, good communication skills, a working knowledge of counselling frameworks, and sufficient self-regulation skills to manage their own needs while attending the course.
The safety of all trainers, assisting staff and participants are paramount at all times.
Any abuse, discrimination, rudeness or disrespect for any reason of anyone in the training by a participant is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
If a participant at a training event is:
Unable to manage and regulate themselves adequately or they pose excessive distraction;
Rude or otherwise disrespectful to the trainer, team or any participant;
Prevents the trainer adequately teaching the course because of their behaviour
BSPUK reserves the right to immediately discontinue that participant’s right to participate in the remainder of the training and they will be asked to leave immediately.
Scope of Training and Practice
It is asked, during all times of the training weekend, that participants use Brainspotting within their existing scope of practice and training.
Experiential Practice Sessions
BSP training courses include experiential exercises. Your participation in these training exercises will help you appreciate the unique power and effectiveness of Brainspotting from both the client and therapist chairs.
During practise sessions, those of you in the “client chair” will be using your real issues. We rely on you to take care of your own safety by taking up the option to “pass” at any point on any individual or group activity or demonstration that you are not comfortable with, and to practice appropriate self-disclosure at a level that is right for you. BSP courses are not offered as a time or place for deep personal therapy, nor for detailed academic debate.
Personal Therapy & Clinical Supervision
It is presumed that participants have regular supervision and ready access to therapeutic support if they need it after the training for processing personal matters that may get brought up during course training exercises.
Inevitably, when we are working with the subcortical brain, old issues may emerge to be healed. If this is the case, it is the participants responsibility to avail themselves of therapeutic support after the training finishes.
Please inform BSPUK of any background personal information the trainer should be aware of prior to the training and speak to the trainer if any personal issues brought up during the course become a difficulty.
BSP Training Format
In alignment with all International BSP Training, there is a combination of the following:
- Lecture with Powerpoint Slides
- Live Demonstrations with trainer and a trainee to highlight the teaching points in lectures
- Practice of those points and “Set Ups” in pairs, using real issues (not role play)
- Debrief, comments and questions
- BSP courses are not offered as a time for detailed academic debate about any topics covered in the course.
BSP Live Demonstrations
Live demonstrations are solely to highlight the teaching points you learn during the lecture and powerpoint. Demos are not a full therapy session.
Volunteering to be “the client” during live demonstrations
If you would like to volunteer to be in the “role of client” during a live demo or during a practice session with your colleagues, we ask that you choose an issue or event that you consider has no greater activation for you on that day than a 5 or 6 (on a scale of 10).
If more than one person volunteers to be in the role of the client in the live demo, we will choose the person with the issue which will be most likely best allow us to highlight the points just taught.
Confidentiality at all times
As we are a professional group, we ask everyone to maintain the confidentiality of all private material shared by participants throughout the workshop and that information will not be shared with others outside of the training.
During debriefing time, we ask you to limit your questions and comments to your own process as the client and as the therapist.
Please respect the confidentiality of your practise partner’s confidential sharing during debriefing sessions.
At BSPUK we really value our community and we’d love to send you occasional information about future trainings, workshops, and other opportunities in Brainspotting by email, phone or other electronic means. We’ll always treat your personal details with the utmost care and will never send them to other companies for marketing purposes. You can, of course, unsubscribe at any time.
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We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
Your BSPUK Team