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Neurofeedback Certification Course (bcia)

with John Demos

Learn the basics of Neurofeedback from the doctor who wrote the book GETTING STARTED WITH NEUROFEEDBACK.

Jan15-18, 2007, Palm Springs CA.

Neurofeedback is 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 clinical practice.

TARGET AUDIENCE (Who should participate?)
This 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.

How can I prepare?

Read 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)

COURSE PURPOSE (Workshop summary)

John N 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 neurofeedback.

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.

Participants will be introduced to two different types of neurofeedback systems.

Please bring 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).
website: www.bcia.org.


The 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 disorders.
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 movements.
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.

AGENDA (Workshop Schedule) (4 days)

Course Agenda - Professional Neurofeedback Certificate Program
4-Day. (For an hour by hour breakdown for each day click

The first day:
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.

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