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9/17/24-9/19/24 Native/Indigenous Focused Phase I Training 

 Location: Quartz Valley Reservation

8:30am - 5:30pm PST
Trainer: Steve Sawyer, LCSW & Regina Faridnia, LCSW

  This training is for helpers/clinicians who identify as indigenous to the Americas and/or who work in Native agencies.  If you have questions about registration, please email:   This training is sponsored by Quartz Valley Reservation.

Student/repeat Registration Rate $400

Tribal community registration rate $645

Continuing Education Link $35


*​  Training information will be provided the week of the training.

Trainings are held both in person &/or virtually on Zoom (please check the listing to see which is relevant to your training. Brainspotting Training includes lecture, live demonstration, and dyadic practicums in which participants will have the opportunity to fully experience Brainspotting as a client and practitioner. Due to the highly experiential nature of the training, it is critical that all participants are fully present for the entire training.

Who should participate in Brainspotting Phase I training?

Addiction Counselors | Community Workers | Social Workers | Psychologists | MFT's | LPC| Psychiatrists| Occupational Therapists | Executive/Life Coaches |Students| Others in the Healing Professions| Indigenous Community Helpers

Requirements and Expectations:

  1. 100% attendance is required for each day.  This means that you are not able to leave the training for a few hours to go attend another meeting etc. and then return to the training, as the training is experiential and this may leave someone without a dyad partner, and you may miss key info. If you are unable to attend 100% each day, then do not register for the training as opting out of practicums is NOT permitted. All aspects of the training must be completed with full participation.

  2. During Brainspotting Trainings, you will have the opportunity to both witness and practice different live Brainspotting sessions. This teaching is highly experiential, and you may experience activation during the process. I encourage you to engage in meaningful self-care throughout the training and reach out to any of the facilitators for support. Additionally, please remember that the practicums are for practice purposes and while healing may occur, we encourage you to focus on issues that are well within your system's window of tolerance. 

Seminar 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 challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with BioLateral sound, which is deep, direct, powerful yet focused and containing.

Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as Brainspots. Located through either one or both eyes, Brainspots are observed from either the "Inside Window" of the client's felt sense and/or the "Outside Window" of the client's reflexive responses (i.e., blink, eye twitches or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick breaths, and subtle body shifts).

Students will first learn the phenomenological approach that underpins strategies for Brainspotting, followed by strategies for identifying and processing Brainspots. Attention will be given to the utilization and integration of Brainspotting into ongoing treatment, including highly dissociative clients.
Brainspotting is adaptable to almost all areas of specialization. Brainspotting provides therapists with powerful tools which enable their patients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.  

Seminar /Learning Objectives

Through lecture, live demonstration and small group practice participants will learn to do the following:

  • Define the components of Brainspotting

  • Utilize the techniques of “Inside window,” “Outside window,” Gazespotting & Resource Brainspotting Setup/Techniques

  • Define and demonstrate the Resource Model of Brainspotting, with clarity of how/when it may/ought to be used in practice

  • Define how Brainspotting can be applied to Trauma, Dissociation, Sports psychology, & Somatic conditions

  • Demonstrate the theories and practices of Brainspotting

Brief Instructor Bio:


Steve Sawyer, LCSW, is a highly experienced trainer of several unique therapeutic models including Brainspotting and HeartMath.  Steve’s Native-focused work is as a Wellbriety Mending Broken Hearts trainer, Native Focused Brainspotting trainer and Generation Red Road facilitator.  Steve’s trainings are recognized nation-wide for cutting edge therapeutic techniques, science, and inspiration.  Full details including an extended bio are available at: Steve Sawyer Bio | Dynamic Interventions Founder | Speaker | Trainer | Author (


Regina Faridnia, LCSW has over 26 years of experience in the field.  She is the founder of Indigena Counseling & Wellness Center which offers integrative/holistic trauma focused treatment.  Regina specializes in first responders, adoption, adolescence, addiction & BIPOC populations.  Full details including an extended bio are available at Indigena's Website

Agenda: Click Here 

CEs are available through the sponsoring organization, and more info and sign in/out sheets will be provided.

Instructions for requesting Accessibility Accommodations: please reach out to Regina: and will make every effort to provide accommodations, when possible.  This is also the contact for any questions/concerns.

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