University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository




Professor Larry Herman, DMSC, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA



Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review Brainspotting’s efficacy for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and discuss its potential at universities for the treatment of trauma in college students.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted. Search terms included “Brainspotting”, “PTSD”, “mental health”, “college”, and “economic impact”. Results older than five years were excluded in most instances, extending out to ten years when few resources were available. This was done in attempt to get the most up-to-date data while also ensuring adequate data collection. Excluded were articles discussing PTSD associated with combat. Resultant articles were reviewed and 20 were used as the basis for this review.

Results: Brainspotting has shown to be an effective treatment in the management of PTSD. PTSD itself has a large economic impact, and early intervention has shown to reduce costs to the healthcare system. College-aged individuals have a relatively high rate of traumatic experiences and resultant symptoms.

Conclusion: Brainspotting has shown to be an effective alternative to other psychotherapies such as EMDR. With high rates of traumatic events and the potential for PTSD in college-aged individuals, colleges can provide this sort of therapy to students to aid in the reduction of symptoms. By improving the mental health of students, long-term negative effects of PTSD will be reduced.

Keywords: Brainspotting, PTSD, College/University.


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