This is a four day introductory course on the theory and practice of Neurofeedback.
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October, Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd October
£450 British Neuroscience Association & Society of Applied Neuroscience
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Topics will include:
· EEG frequencies and waveforms
· The neural anatomy of attention and arousal
· The international 10-20 electrode placement system
· Intake/assessment procedure for protocol selection
· and running a session with practical hands-on experience
This workshop will be suitable for beginners to the field of Neurofeedback. It will cover a brief history of the field, relevant brain anatomy, physiology and function, and practical hands-on experience in running a neurofeedback session.
We will meet around 9:30 am to start for 10am and go till 5:30/6pm. (We understand that people can have a long way to travel, so we try not to put the important stuff at the beginning and end of the day)
Participants will learn:
- The basics of neuronal dynamics, cortical rhythms, and neuronal generators, which together give us insight into neural connectivity
- The arousal model of neurofeedback and how to measure optimal and sub-optimal arousal
- How to recognize specific brain wave dysregulations in clinical practise (e.g. Bipolar depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Schizophrenia, Insomnia etc.) and in educational settings (AD/HD, Dyslexia, Autism, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, etc) will be described with up-to-date research and theories. Studies presenting the practise and efficacy of Neurofeedback in all these conditions will be presented. Some psychometric tests to aid assessment will be explained and handed out.
- How to deal with common applications beyond the arousal model - such as Head injury, Stroke, Epilepsy, Sociopathy, Delinquency, Pain, Fibromyalgia, Bruxism, Eating Disorders, Memory problems, Addictions, Dementia etc. Many of these conditions will require a Quantitative EEG (see advanced course) as a necessary part of the assessment before neurofeedback protocols can be developed for their treatment. Some of these conditions require a different kind of neurofeedback (e.g. alpha-theta), which will be briefly explained but also belongs to the advanced neurofeedback course material
- How to look beyond the deficit model - peak-performance in Sports, Music and Drama, Cognitive enhancement and Creativity, Hypnosis and Immune system enhancement for long term illness.
- How to use neurofeedback equipment; Nexus, EEGspectrum, BrainMaster, PET, and other equipment will all be displayed and explained but initially all practise will be on a simple hand held model that will give participants a real knowledge and ability to measure and manipulate; frequency, amplitude, power and training curves. A short explanation of Coherence, Phase, Comodulation, Synchrony and Assymetry and 'Z' score training etc. will be presented but these more sophisticated neurofeedback methods also belong to the advanced course.
At the completion of this course certified by The Society for Applied Neuroscience, participants will be able to:
- Assess a client's suitability for neurofeedback - this may include the use of psychometrics as well as a neurofeedback questionnaire, based on the arousal model and astructured interview, quantifying symptoms. Recognise when a potential client needs treatment other than neurofeedback.
- Understand the basis of electrophysiological recording and know where the electrodes should be placed (the 10/20 system will be practised) and what preparation is needed.
- Be able to run a neurofeedback session and describe the training curve.
- Develop a symptom tracking progress report for use between sessions
- While recognising the power of neurofeedback, also understanding how motivation, conditioning, medication, expectations, diet and peer/other pressure can influence a good outcome.
The course is run by:
Dr Bev Steffert is an Educational psychologist and Neurofeedback practitioner.
Tony Steffert is a EEG technician and researcher in Neurofeedback and EEG Sonification.