DGE Brisbane - FOCUS Seminar

Dynamic Growth Experience – Brisbane – February, 2023

2-Day Deep Dive Seminar

FOCUSTM  Certification Part I, with Dr Amy Spoelstra

Registrations Closed.

FOCUS Certification – Part One
Date: 18th and 19th February, 2023.
Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm each day.
Where: Capri by Fraser, 80 Albert Street, Brisbane QLD 4000.
16 hours Formal Learning Hours (FLA)

The ASRF are so proud to bring you this incredible seminar! Hosted by the amazing Amy Spoelstra, who is renowned globally for her expertise in the field of paediatric neurodevelopmental disorders. This highly sought-after training will not be returning to Australia for some time.

Learn to lead with brain development and become the authority in helping families struggling with Neuro-Deflective Disorders™️. You can have a life-changing impact on these families. You don’t need to DO more, you need to KNOW more.

This event will give attendees a great overview and many very practical and implementable concepts to use in practice to improve clinical assessment and results. Participants can choose to follow up this session with part 2, at a later date, in order to receive full certification.


“A child is more than their challenges or behaviours, you must learn to understand the reason for their behaviours, this is where we really start to make change.”


You are telling your community that chiropractic can help! You are teaching workshops and telling parents that they need to get their kids checked.

On the inside, you are nervous because while you know that people are better having a healthy and well functioning nervous system, you still lack confidence in understanding the behaviours/issues that are being presented and why or why not they exist and have the potential to change.

▶ You are forced to “convince” parents that their child is better with chiropractic care or you lose them because you have now become another therapy in this child’s life that “doesn’t work”.
▶ You are too nervous to work with these kids because: you don’t feel confident assessing their specific needs, you don’t feel confident communicating to parents how chiropractic care can help their child, you don’t feel confident in your understanding of these specific issues or in your ability to contribute to changing their trajectory.
▶ You start looking in other directions to help these kids: nutrition, methylation, exercises, primitive reflex training (all are super important!) but it causes you to lose sight of chiropractic as the foundation. You lose your understanding and certainty in what we do and why it needs to be at the foundation of all other areas.
▶ You feel like you don’t know enough or you get confused on what you DO know. You get intimidated and feel like you don’t see results because you don’t know what to look for.
▶ You feel overwhelmed or lack the confidence in building collaborative relationships and working with other healthcare professionals.

If this sounds like you, then come learn from one of the best in this field.

Having a specific exam that includes objective indicators to assess and re-assess the structural and neurological components of subluxation is critical. However, we can’t stop there.

Adding a simple, functional brain-based assessment into your exam will help you see the “whole person” and assess the consequences of altered neurological function. This allows you, as the Chiropractor, to KNOW more, not DO more. You get to be the best Chiropractor you can be and learn to lead with the brain. You will have more fun in practice, get better results, and have more confidence when building care plans, re-exams, and answering and understanding the tough presentations and questions you get. And you’ll be able to be the foundation of the clinical team for the kids who may need a TEAM.

Let me share some of the things you will learn in the FOCUS™ Academy Certification Series:

1. Understand and integrate brain development in your practice
2. How to shift from the “Deficit Model” to the “Expression of Life” model
3. How to take a case history through the lens of developmental hierarchies
4. How to give a community lecture
5. How to be the SAFE PLACE for struggling families
6. How to communicate with parents of kids with NDDs
7. Dive into brain development and learn how to fill the gaps
8. How to become the trusted advisor in your community for people who are looking for answers they haven’t heard before
9. How to communicate, collaborate and build strong inter professional health networks for better patient outcomes.

About Dr. Amy Spoelstra

Dr. Amy and her husband David live in Coeur d’Alene with their beautiful daughter Meela and chocolate lab Izzy. They opened Spoelstra Family Chiropractic in April of 2008 after moving from South Carolina where Dr. Amy graduated cum laude from Sherman College of Chiropractic. Dr. Amy is the founder of the FOCUS program and opened the doors to the program in 2011 in the Coeur d’ Alene office. She now teaches chiropractors, educators and other medical professionals around the country and internationally about Neuro-Deflective Disorders ™ and the FOCUS approach to comprehensive patient care for children and adults with behavioral, learning, socialization and developmental challenges. She is the founder of the Brain Blossom Program™ and FOCUS Academy™ for continued education for certified FOCUS practitioners.

Amy and her family love to travel and experience new cultures! Her favorite things are exploring new places with her family, learning about different cultures and people, yoga, a good cup of coffee and to study….seriously….she loves to study!

Amy has extensive post-doctoral training in paediatric chiropractic and has contributed to the Practice-Based Research Network with the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association.

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