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PTSD & Neurofeedback

  • Open University in London 1-11 Hawley Crescent London, England, NW1 8NP United Kingdom (map)

This is a two day workshop on the theory and practice of Neurofeedback.

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th October 2016

£300 Standard
£275 British Neuroscience Association & Society of Applied Neuroscience
£250 Student

Information and Booking

In this weekend participants will learn to:

• Recognise the physiological basis of trauma, from disordered breathing, heart rate variability and the EEG patterns of over-arousal.
• To run a neurofeedback session from placement of electrodes to monitoring the changes in brainwaves over the sessions.
• To use a special type of Neurofeedback (Alpha/theta training) which can, when used in the therapeutic situation, resolve long entrenched emotional issues and help to build a bridge to the true self through better connectivity of the default mode networks.

Neurofeedback is a brainwave training technique that is a valuable adjunct in the PTSD counsellor's tool box. Neurofeedback offers a way to integrate traumatic memories of PTSD which can be combined with other therapies such as CBT. Clients in various dissociative states may listen but as all counsellors know, don't always really hear the message. However, Neurofeedback can help reconnect the brain based fragmented sense of self that is caused by their emotional numbing. Then the traumatised brain is better able to listen and attend to the therapeutic message. The survival-based response of the traumatised brain is calmed so that the rationality of the prefrontal cortex can mature and downgrade the fear network that is triggered by flashbacks and nightmares.
Neurofeedback is part of the same stable as other physiological therapies such as Biofeedback and Heart Rate variability but can lead to more healing states. The traumatized brain is able to relax into mindfulness and meditative states allowing deeper understanding and communication in the therapeutic relationship. Often a PTSD client is in a state of psychological paralysis, unable to talk about or even remember accurately the traumatizing events, since their limbic systems are in hypervigilant mode which freezes up the speech areas in the left frontal lobe as well as memory consolidation. Talking therapies can take months or more to disarm the emotional "survival" system that is over activating the senses: the sight, sound or smells of often repressed episodic memories associated with past trauma while Neurofeedback has been shown to truncate the length of therapy.

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)

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.

For more information and booking please use this link.

Later Event: 14 October
Beginners Neurofeedback Course