Updated: Mar 27
March is Self Harm Awareness Month
According to Lodes Stone Center "Self-Injury, or Self-harm, is any deliberate and non-suicidal act that causes physical harm to one’s body. There are a multitude of reasons why one may harm their self and it can occur in any population. Self-injury does not discriminate by age, gender, race, religion, or any other qualifier. In most cases the injuring is triggered or caused by an inability to cope with emotions or stressors. While the act of injuring may temporarily relieve the emotional distress, it is often times followed by a period of shame or guilt and that can start the cycle over again."
Many new practitioners share the difficulty with the challenge of "picking" a set up when presented with a client's issue. Self -Harming presentation can always be tricky. There are several ways one can approach this dynamic.
The Crocodile Set Up by Roby Ables was originally developed to impact Relapse in sobriety. Though, in her recent training she shared that this set up can be utilized with many 'behavior' type of issues. The premis of the Crocodile Set Up is connecting the urge, and consequence, and reframing into expansion.
A double spot set up could also be used. I like to have the client recall the last time they had a self harming experience. Create a Sandstory, picture, or any representation of the precipitating event and then the second spot is the body spot of the self harm location.
With a polyvagal approach, the client activates on the self harm spot and titrates between that spot and then chooses to utilize a regulation exercise (humming, peripheral vision, breathing) and utilize a gaze spot that comes up.
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Charles A. Roberts LPCC-S, NCC, CSAT< DARTT, CET1
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How long have you been utilizing Brainspotting? 6 years
Where do you work? The Welcoming Place: Counseling and Coaching, LLC and Onsite Workshops
What are your specialties? Complex Trauma, Sex Addiction, Focal Dystonia and Performance Enhancement for Musicians and Athletes
What is your best Brainspotting experience? This is a difficult question because I have had so many exquisite sessions with clients. My favorite moments are when a client reports feeling safe and calm in their body for the first time in years!
What trainings have you taken? Phase 1, 2, 3, Freeze to Thaw
What training are you looking forward to taking? David Grand's Masterclass
What is the hardest part of Brainspotting for you? When my arm starts to shake when it has been in one place for a long time.
My favorite set up is ? Doublespotting
Brainspotting has changed me...Brainspotting has made me an even more attuned therapist and it has helped me believe more deeply in the embodied brain's self-healing capacity, especially with a co-regulating other.
How did you learn about Brainspotting? I learned about it from a colleague.
Share anything about your personal life, free time, loves... I enjoy being active in the arts community. We attend live performances at local universities and other arts organizations frequently. I also still get to play trombone from time to time (my previous career). I also enjoy cooking and baking. This year, I hope to master the art of making homemade sourdough bread!
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National Careers Week (Mar. 6-11)
Sleep Awareness Week (Mar. 12-18)
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Mar. 20-26)
World Autism Awareness Week (Mar. 27-Apr. 2)
Self-Injury Awareness Day (Mar. 1)
Zero Discrimination Day (Mar. 1)
International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)
World Sleep Day (Mar. 17)
World Down Syndrome Day (Mar. 21)
World Bipolar Day (Mar. 30)
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2023 RMBI Brown Bag Series
Brainspotting Help Humanitarian Project “Brainspotting in Time of Crisis: Our Survival and Relational Brain Systems.” presented by Deborah Antinori, MA, LPC, FT, RDT To anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Brainspotting and the psychology of trauma, the Brainspotting Help Humanitarian Project would like to extend a warm invitation to a webinar “Brainspotting in Time of Crisis: Our Survival and Relational Brain Systems.” Where: Zoom When: March 1, 2023 at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central Europe Presented by Deborah Antinori, MA, LPC, NCC, RDT, FT, Certified Brainspotting Therapist, Consultant and National Trainer. Through discussion and PowerPoint, Deb Antinori will explore how the Dual Attunement Frame supports work with survivors of trauma in times of crisis. Case examples will be shared, and Deb will relate the types of symptoms, emotions and behaviors which indicate particular areas of brain arousal. This webinar is organized by Brainspotting Help to support healing for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Donations will provide free-of-charge therapy for survivors of war trauma and refugees, as well as fund training and support of mental health workers and volunteers on the ground in Europe. Registrations are accepted with a donation of $35 or more. To learn more and register, please visit: brainspottinghelp.com/webinars
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Did you know that we are told we retain at most 30% of what we are taught? Raise your hand if you have found yourself with imposter syndrome or flat out fear after one of the trainings. Yep! We all need the opportunity to ask more questions and hear more from someone with more experience.
Consultation sessions are exactly why there are peer support groups(totally FREE), consultation groups and Individual consultations, These opportunities are here for each of you to deepen your Brainspotting Journey personally and professionally.
Certification sessions are to DEMONSTRATE an expertise, merit with, process of growth to a higher level; this is a time of refining and evaluation. These sessions ARE NOT designated for new skill learning and teaching. These short 6 or more sessions are structured full of growth!
Certification is a one-on-one, personalized training designed to sharpen your expertise in Brainspotting. Certification shows your commitment to Brainspotting and personal excellence. More and more, clients are asking for referrals for Certified Brainspotting Therapists not just therapists trained in Brainspotting.
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May 2023 Connecting the Rainbow: Perinatal Trauma Training (Eastern time zone) with Jana Glass
April 7-18 & 24-25 Brainspotting with Adoption Specialty Training (Eastern time zone) with Brooke Randolph
April 19-23 Brainspotting Intensive with Cherie Lindberg, Sedona
April 21-23 Expansion with Lisa Larson (Pacific time zone)
March 29 - April 1 Phase 2 with Pie Frey, DFW/Irving, Texas
March 21 The Connection Between Adoption and Addictions: A Conversation with Roby Abeles and Brooke Randolph
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