Brainspotting® Concentration in Behavioural Health

Candidates for the doctoral degree in Psychology are offered three pathways:

  1. The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  2. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  3. The PsyD-PhD Dual Doctoral Degree (Earn both degrees, PsyD & PhD)

The candidate will discuss these three potential pathways will their Dean or Associate Dean. Prior to the discussion, the candidates will read information concerning each pathway. The Dean or Associate Dean will jointly determine which of the pathways best meets the goals and objectives of the candidate.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) doctoral candidates have up to one year after the completion of their programme to decide if they want to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). To obtain the PhD, the candidates will write their dissertation and complete an oral defence at an additional cost of $3,500.00.



Associate Dean: The Rev. Martha S. Jacobi, M.Div., STM, MSSW, PhD

The Brainspotting® Concentration in Behavioural Health  has been developed by IUGS in partnership with Brainspotting® Trainings, Inc. (BTI) and Dr. David Grand (IUGS, 2000), the developer of Brainspotting, to provide opportunity for students with advanced Brainspotting training to focus their studies on areas directly related to Brainspotting theory and/or practice, and to receive graduate credits for their training in Brainspotting. It is expected that dissertations and projects related to Brainspotting will demonstrate the student’s knowledge of literature and research in Brainspotting as well as current “state-of-the-art” Brainspotting theory and practice.

Prerequisites for admission into the Brainspotting® Concentration are:

  1. Masters degree in relevant field
  2. Completion of 66 graduate credits or the equivalent
    1. Equivalencies may include credits for Brainspotting courses offered through BTI and its Specialty Trainers, and/or IUGS
    2. Completion of Brainspotting Phases 1 and 2 with a Trainer who is authorized by Brainspotting Trainings, LLC. Certification as a Brainspotting Practitioner and additional relevant specialty training is desirable.

Prior to graduation students in the Brainspotting® Concentration programme will have completed at least one Brainspotting class taught by Dr. David Grand: Phase 3, Phase 4, Master Class. Certification as a Brainspotting Practitioner is strongly recommended, but not required.

Students in the Brainspotting® Concentration programme must have a mentor who is a Brainspotting Trainings, LLC, Approved Brainspotting Consultant.

About Brainspotting®

 “Where you look affects how you feel…”

Brainspotting, discovered in 2003 by IUGS alumnus and psychotherapist, Dr. David Grand, is an approach to healing and wellness that is deeply rooted in the body’s nervous system. Brainspotting is theorized to access the brain-body’s innate self-scanning and self-healing capacities, in the context of a neurobiologically and relationally attuned clinical relationship. In Brainspotting, a person’s brain-body activation around a particular issue is paired with a relevant eye and orienting position, called a Brainspot, that serves as an entry-point to neurophysiological systems that hold emotional and/or physical experience in an often wordless but felt form of memory. Through sustained gaze on the Brainspot, the brain-body system re-regulates and re-orients to the present in an adaptive manner. When this happens, the prior activation eases; the person feels–and functions–better.

Brainspotting embraces a principle of uncertainty in the clinical encounter, acknowledging the vast terrain hidden in the depths of the human brain. Neuroscientists report that there are over one quadrillion connections in the human brain, which is more than the number of known stars in the universe! Brainspotting therapists, therefore, work in the “here and now” with whatever their clients bring up in session, and seek to help their clients access the subcortical parts of their brain-body systems by locating relevant Brainspots on which the clients hold their gaze, in the service of healing.

For more information about Brainspotting and programs offered by Brainspotting® Trainings, Inc., see

Click here for complete programme description:  Brainspotting_BEHAVIOURAL-HEALTH


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Degree Requirements

Click the following link to review an article comparing the PhD in Psychology to a PsyD, written by, Tara Kuther, Ph.D and posted on ThoughtCo website:

  • A relevant master’s degree.
  • Documented pertinent professional experience.
  • 93 credits*, which include the following:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • 66 post-baccalaureate graduate credits* on-line with IUGS or in transfer, prior to, or after admission.
  • Research and Design I & II. (12 credits)**
  • The five-day Graduate Seminar at the seven-day Residency (3 credits).
  • A Dissertation and Oral Defense. (12 Credits)

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

  • 66 post-baccalaureate graduate credits* on-line with IUGS or in transfer, prior to, or after admission.
  • Research and Design I & II. (12 credits)**
  • The five-day Graduate Seminar at the seven-day Residency (3 credits).
  • A Capstone Project and Oral Examination. (12 Credits)

*All relevant graduate credit, including those credits from graduate degrees, as well as approved graduate level, continuing education, certification and licensing coursework.

** Distance Learning


What are the costs?


Application Fee $250 (non-refundable)

Doctoral Degrees

Tuition (Includes advisement, library fees, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, Research and Design I & II, the external and internal reviews of the capstone project or the dissertation, the oral capstone project examination or the oral dissertation defence and the printing and binding of the capstone project or the dissertation.)1 $20,000
Mentor Fee (PhD candidates are required to hire a mentor.  The typical mentor fee is $2,000 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor. $  2,000
Travel, food and lodging (Estimate) $  2,500
Total Cost   $24,500

1 Total Cost does not include the cost for the evaluation of continuing education course content, or for the testing of unevaluated continuing education coursework submitted for transfer, or online courses offered by the University.

Graded (evaluated) $200 per credit
Ungraded (unevaluated) $300 per credit
Independent study and online courses (if needed) $450 per credit


Meet the Associate Dean – Dr. Martha S. Jacobi, M.Div., STM, MSSW, PhD

Martha S. Jacobi, Associate Dean, Brainspotting Concentration in Behavioural Health

Martha S. Jacobi, MA, M.Div., STM, MSSW, PhD

Associate Dean, Brainspotting Concentration in Behavioural Health

Click here for Bio of Dr. Martha Jacobi