a comprehensive system that promotes change at the cellular level of the
brain and empowers the client to use his or her mind as a tool for healing.
Trainees often report relief from symptoms related to depression, anxiety,
PTSD, addictions and unresolved emotional issues. Neurofeedback training is
also known to promote a state of focused relaxation that has benefited those
with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, OCD, and
traumatic brain injury. Other disorders that have responded well to
neurotherapy include epilepsy, headaches, and chronic fatigue, etc.
A growing number of health care providers have made neurotherapy their
primary treatment modality whereas others have made it a part of a larger
AUDIENCE (Who should participate?)
program is designed for health care professionals who are state certified or
licensed in their chosen field including: medical and naturopathic doctors
as well as psychologists, social workers, counselors, physical/ occupational
therapists, registered nurses, chiropractors, credentialed special education
teachers and school counselors working in a school environment.
Others who may not be meet the above qualifications may also benefit from
this training include graduate students as well as the staff of a
neurofeedback practice: specific questions about certification should be
directed to BCIA.
can I prepare?
Part I of the book: Getting Started with Neurofeedback. It will lay the
groundwork for the information you will soon be processing and later using
in a clinical setting. The practice of neurofeedback has numerous technical
terms-a few short hours of reading will help you to absorb what is to come.
(Please bring your book to the workshop)
PURPOSE (Workshop summary)
Demos, author of Getting Started with Neurofeedback, is the presenter. His
4-day BCIA (EEG) accredited workshop is the first step in the certification
process. It has been designed to meet the 36-hours of required learning
outlined by BCIA. This workshop covers the foundation and rationale for
You will learn
the history of neurotherapy and how it has evolved into present day clinical
practice as well as the basics of assessment, treatment planning, and
training with neurofeedback equipment. Attendees will be given an
understanding of the electrical activity of the brain and how it influences
cognition and behavior. Your learning experience will be enhanced by video
presentations, illustrations as well as hands-on experience.
be introduced to two different types of neurofeedback systems.
Getting Started with Neurofeedback to the workshop.
All workshop attendees will receive a training manual.
Sucessful certification candidates will receive a certificate of completion
and have the opportunity to apply for certification by the Biofeedback
Certification Institute of America (BCIA).
participant will be able to:
1. Record and tabulate the EEG from various International 10-20 locations
with EEG biofeedback equipment.
2. Identify the normal EEG by interpreting 2-dimensional graphics.
3. Identify EEG signatures or brain wave patterns that reflect various
4. Discuss indications and contraindications for therapy in order to
identify those who will benefit the most from neurofeedback training.
5. Locate artifacts in the EEG that are caused by scalp muscles and eye
6. Reduce artifacts in the EEG recording.
7. Discuss the application of EEG-biofeedback to various disorders such as
ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and mild traumatic brain injury.
8. Organize and write training plans that relate to those same disorders.
Course Agenda - Professional Neurofeedback Certificate Program
4-Day. (For an hour by hour breakdown for each day click
1. Definition, principles, concepts and rationale for biofeedback
2. History and evolution of biofeedback/ neurofeedback
3. Understanding the electrical activity of the brain
4. International 10-20 system & functional localization
5. General cortical and subcortical anatomy brain anatomy
The second day:
1. Acquiring and processing EEG with digital filters and FFT's
2. Comparing SEMG and EEG electrical signals
3. Montages, Common mode rejection and impedance, recognizing and limiting
artifact and the use of thresholds
4. How physical and developmental factors effect the EEG
5. How prescribed and non-prescribed drugs effect the EEG
The third day:
1. Consultation phase and contraindications to neurotherapy
2. Non-EEG interviewing and symptomatology
3. Continuous performance tests
4. 2-channel EEG assessments
5. QEEG and normative database assessments
6. Training Plans and development
The fourth day:
1. Training standards for specific clinical conditions
2. Case histories based upon the EEG
3. Professional Conduct and limitations to your practice
4. Finding your first supervisor (mentor) and keeping records
5. Using research to guide your clinical practice
Each day has 9 hours of hands on training and instruction.
John N. Demos, MA, LCMHC, BCIA-EEG
John N Demos is the author of,
Getting Started with Neurofeedback.
He is a licensed by the state of Vermont as a clinical mental health
counselor, certified by BCIA as an EEG-biofeedback provider and accredited
by BCIA as an EEG didactic trainer. As the director of a small clinical
practice, he has a wide range of experience training children and adults
with various neurofeedback protocols. Neurofeedback of S.VT (NSVT) is an
alternative therapies clinic located in Brattleboro, VT; it offers a wide
range of therapies and assessment procedures including:
QEEG, neurofeedback, peripheral biofeedback, photic stimulation, IVA
and MicroCog continuous performance tests, psychotherapy, holographic memory
resolution (HMR) for PTSD, nutritional counseling, and reflexology.