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Selling the Couch - Melvin Varghese, PhD 6th May 2021
273: Bringing BrainSpotting to BIPOC Communities: John Edwards, LCSW

273: Bringing BrainSpotting to BIPOC Communities: John Edwards, LCSW

It can be a scary thing to truly pursue your calling. Today’s guest has beaten the odds to create brainspotting training specifically for the BIPOC community. He’s finding increased success and receiving positive feedback, so if you’re curious about what it takes to set up a training program, join us to learn more!

Our Featured Guest: John Edwards, LCSW

John Edwards is a therapist in Oakland, CA. In 2019, he went through brainspotting training and experienced a pivotal shift as he saw the need to bring this training to the BIPOC community. We’ll hear about John’s journey in creating a training program from the ground up, how he became interested in brainspotting and became aware of the need within the BIPOC community. John shares his tips and lessons with us in today’s episode.

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You’ll Learn

●     The realization that came to John in a pre-pandemic brainspotting training in March 2019--when he was the only black man out of 120 people

●     The experience that led John to develop trainings exclusively for BIPOC communities

●     What John wishes he had done differently with the very first training (December 2019)

●     Why patience and focus are the two elements necessary for success in building a training program

●     How the BIPOC community responded to John’s training as both facilitators and participants

●     Why John feels a certain hypervigilance when he attends non-BIPOC trainings

●     John’s observations about the differences in a BIPOC training for the participants

●     John’s tips for creating a training program:

○     Be clear about why you’re doing the training

○     Be willing to fall down---and then refocus

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Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).

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