BSP Training: Policies ~ Guidelines & Anti Racist Statement


Participant pre-requisites, responsibilities and in course safety for all

The Brainspotting Australia Pacific organisation affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing and eradicating all forms of racism, ethnic oppression, religious intolerance, negative judgments regarding neuro-divergence or ableism, sexual or gender discrimination, and any mistreatment of marginalized communities.

We focus on engaging and collaborating in teaching, service and scholarship that challenge oppressive and unjust mistreatment wherever it occurs.

We acknowledge that regardless of one’s own race, ethnicity, or background, individuals are at various points along an anti-racist and ‘just world’ journey.

We also understand that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism specifically is the combination of social and institutional power plus racial prejudice.

As an organisation striving for an anti-racist and an ethnically unbiased workspace, and our goal of developing a warm and welcoming inclusive community,  we will purposefully strive to create a safe space for all people.

BSP Australia Pacific as an organisation has absolute zero-tolerance for any mistreatment, bullying, sarcasm, belligerence, intimidation or discomfort caused to any participant or any BSP Australia Pacific trainers or any member of their support team based on racial, religious, ethnic, neurodivergent, ableism, gender, or any other bias or reason.

Thank you for supporting these values during this training.

BSP Phase One and Phase Two training courses taught by Australian trainers, Dr Roby Abeles & Salene Souza, are specialised courses designed by Dr David Grand to teach Brainspotting techniques to mental health practitioners to use with clients within the practitioner’s current scope of training and practice.

BSP Phases 3 & 4; the Master Class and the 5 Day Intensive are only taught by Dr David Grand himself.

Brainspotting training DOES NOT provide basic training in trauma-informed therapy or basic counselling skills.


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 and 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 not able to: manage and regulate themselves adequately or they pose excessive distraction; are rude or otherwise disrespectful to the trainer, or any other participant; or are preventing the trainer adequately teaching the course because of their behaviour; BSP Australia Pacific 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 only 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 participant’s responsibility to avail themselves of therapeutic support after the training finishes.
  • Please speak to the trainer if any personal issues brought up during the class 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.

Confidentiality at all times

  • As we are a professional group, we ask everyone to maintain the confidentiality of all private material shared by all participants throughout the workshop.
  • 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.

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.

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Your Brainspotting Australia Pacific Team

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