Pre-Conference Courses

Alpha Theta Training: Expand Your Neurofeedback Repertoire

Decades of research support the use of this deep state training tool with addictive behaviors, trauma, and peak performance. Alpha/Theta training enlists the power of the subconscious to transform limiting beliefs. This one day workshop will provide an overview of the history and research behind the protocol and give step-by-step instructions for conducting the sessions. Course participants will have an opportunity to personally experience alpha/theta training as both the therapist and client.

Ed Hamlin, PhD, BCN & Mary Ammerman, Psy.D., BCN
Ed Hamlin & Mary Ammerman
7 CEs
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Does Neuroscience Change Everything? -- A participatory seminar

Working with those who have suffered childhood abuse and neglect is challenging. Therapy is fraught with intense emotion, turbulent transference reactions and complicated counter transference responses. If therapy is going to succeed, both patient and therapist have to gain and maintain affect regulation. This is the vital role of neurofeedback. But finding the best neurofeedback protocols can have challenges of its own. We will briefly review what we know about the impact of developmental trauma on brain development and discuss issues of assessment and protocol development treatment with this challenging population. We'll also take a look at how response to protocols can effect the complex dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. Case sharing will be encouraged as numbers and time permit. At least one year of experience is required. See you at the NIC!The impact of research on how we think about psychotherapy and neurofeedback. The latest neuroscience research demonstrates that early childhood trauma and neglect impact every system in the human brain. It wires itself for survival. This seminar will review the latest research on the multiple impacts of developmental trauma. We will then discuss questions such as 1. In the absence of a self-other network, what is the nature of the therapeutic relationship? 2. How do these findings impact the role of the Sebern Fisher therapist? 3. What are the possible implications for therapeutic intervention.

Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN
Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN
7 CEs
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Mining the EEG & Reviewing the EEGer Review Screen

The EEGer program provides a powerful set of tools for examining the EEG in detail and displaying information to the neurotherapist regarding changes to the EEG occurring during training. In this workshop we will examine various EEG patterns and discuss their meaning and possible clinical presentations associated with them. Examples of these patterns will be drawn from EEGer screen data as well as from 19 channel EEG recordings. We will discuss talk about how training may be adjusted to address particular EEG patterns and how to prioritize interventions. Next we will explore the wealth of information presented in the Review Screen found in EEGer. The data provided in the Review Screens serves as the primary tool for feedback for the therapist regarding how the person’s brain is responding to the protocol chosen. There will be discussion of what each display is telling the clinician and how protocols might be adjusted to maximize the client’s response to them.

Ed Hamlin, PsyD, BCN
Ed Hamlin, PsyD, BCN
7 CEs
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

More Advances In Coherence

Synchronization of brain activity is at the heart of all human neurological functioning. It affects the way we move, feel, emote and think. This synchronization is often referred to as connectivity. In EEG terms, coherence is the closest concept to these and is at the heart of all brain wave activity. Neurofeedback is capable of altering and enhancing coherence and connectivity and leading to dramatic clinical improvements. During this course, participants will learn about a new feature of EEGer focusing on 4-channel multivariate coherence training. Participants will learn about these concepts, their measurement and treatment.

Rob Coben, PhD
Rob Coben, PhD
7 CEs
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

QEEG Analysis blended with Behavioral Assessment

There are a great many aspects of assessment for Neurofeedback that vary greatly from other forms of assessment. While understanding the details of a person’s family life, social settings and demographics can lead to some helpful insights, we need much more information about how each person’s nervous system interacts with and responds to the world. Gathering information that is related to how each lobe of the brain functions under daily tasks can be very helpful in designing protocols that will address the needs of each individual brain.

In this one day class, we will discuss the types of questions that can reveal information about each of the different lobes; the various functions of the different lobes, inhibits and rewards to address the dysregulation found in each, how the Arousal model forms the basis for many of the decisions you will make and gives you a rationale for the protocols you develop. I will be presenting two cases as examples and if we have time we may discuss a case or two from those who attend. Please remember to take the names off any information you plan to share.

Joy Lunt, RN, BCN
Joy Lunt, RN, BCN
7 CEs
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Beta Reset

Beta Reset is a EEG neurofeedback protocol intended to help restore and reregulate the default-mode system at the cerebellar level using the novelty response dynamic. The novelty response is known to suppress and re-engage alpha and beta frequencies using evoked and invoked gamma wave frequency. Discovered in 2005, it has been shown to have profound potentials for use with chronic and neurodegenerative conditions. However, it is not considered to be a stand-alone protocol. The purpose of this hands-on interactive workshop will be to review its background, research, uses, limitations, and anticipated benefits, as well as to introduce and review several somatic modalities we found useful to help increase client well-being and quality of life.

Jaclyn Gisburne, PhD
Jaclyn Gisburne, PhD
7 CEs
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm