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Optional Afternoon Workshops

Scheduled between 2-6 PM. Workshops with letter "a" start at 2:00 PM and run until 3:55 unless they say "a4" and those run until 6:00 PM .Workshops with letter B start at 4:05 and run until 6:00 PM.

Detailed Workshop Descriptions

Friday, January 24 

Linda & Tom Brownback


Understanding the Functions, Pathologies and EEG Frequencies at each of the International 10-20 System Locations within a fully Integrated Neurotherapy System Approach.

Robert Gurnee


How to run an ADD Clinic

Lynda /Michael Thompson


Using Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorders

A. Martin Wuttke


The Way of Neurofeedback & The Science of Kriya Yoga

John Anderson


Neurofeedback as Self-Awareness / Self-Regulation training; Getting Away from the "Illness Treatment Model

Sue Othmer


Interhemispheric EEG Training

Sig Othmer


So it's all nonlinear dynamics? Now what?: Future developments in neurofeedback

Judith Lubar


Adjunctive Therapeutic Techniques for Enhancing Neurotherapy Success. This  workshop meets the 4 hour category "other therapeutic techniques" requirement  for BCIA EEG certification

Corydon Hammond


Integrating Neurofeedback and Hypnosis in Treating Medical/ Psychological Disorders.

Susan Cheshire Brown


Moving From Technician to Healer: Incorporating Energy Healing Wisdom into a Neurofeedback Practice

Tom Collura


Advanced BrainMaster Practicum with Remote Training

Saturday , January 25 

Paul Swingle


Mini-Q; Rapid Assessment of A wide range of orders based on Single Channel Technology.

Naras Bhat,M.D.


Preventing and treating heart Disease with Biofeedback and Related Modalities

Ken Blum & Nancy White


Dynamics of Neurotransmitter Manipulation by Nutraceutical Intervention

Ed Castro,M.D.


Medical Considerations for Neurofeedback providers

Thom Hartmann


Attention Deficit Disorder: One Day to Transformation

Joel Lubar


Use of Multiple Databases, New EEG Artifacting Techniques and LORETA analysis for Neurofeedback Interventions

Liana Matulich


Integrating ancient wisdom with Quantum Physics to Dive Deep into the Energetic Physiology of Optimal States of Awareness; A Buckyball approach to Personal Transformation and how it will lead to Healing clients and The Planet

Richard Soutar


Teaching Meditation Through Neurofeedback

Peter Van Deusen


Building your Dream Private Practice;

Helena Kerekhazi


Protocol creation and Peripheral modality Biofeedback with Biograph

Lynda/ Michael Thompson


BCIA Prep Course

Sunday , January 26   

Barry Sterman


QEEG and Neurofeedback in the new Millenium

Thom Hartmann


Touching the Power of Life: Waking up to Personal and Global Transformation

Anna Wise


Awakening the Mind: Mastering the Power of Your Brainwaves"

Beverly Rubik


What Does Your Aura Reveal? Scientific Analysis of the Human Aura

Edwin C. May, Ph.D. and Cheryl Alexander


Learn About and Test Your Own ESP or Remote Viewing Ability:
A Two-hour Workshop

Sebern Fisher


A Quick Primer on Attachment Disorder

Jan Hoover


Operating the C2-I-330 System for EEG, HRV, RSA and peripheral biofeedback

Victoria Ibric, M.D


ROSHI as diagnostic tool, a practical approach and application

David Siever


Audio-visual entrainment - How it works, Studies and Clinical Applications -

D. Siever & Tom Budzynski


Audio-visual Entrainment for Improving Mental Function and Cognition in Seniors

Hershel Toomim


Clinical Cerebral Blood Flow HEG workshop

George Von Hilsheimer


A2-Pocket Neurobics EEG tutorial

Jon Cowan


De-Confounding the Beta-Theta Protocol into Two Separate Components of Attention

Monday , January 27       

Michael Linden c37-2b QEEG Based Assessment and Treatment of Children-Adults with ADD

Karl Pribram


Current Directions in the Study of Conscious Experience

Thom Hartmann c39-2b ADHD Secrets of Success

Robert Gurnee-


Intro to Neurofeedback Protocol Design based on QEEG

Robert Gurnee-


advanced Neurofeedback protocol design based on QEEG

Valdeane Brown


Cutting Edge Approaches to Targeting in NFB: Comprehensive Box Targeting, Comprehensive Lines, Complex-Adaptive Procedures, and Targeting Based On Mind-Body Energetics.

Uwe Gerlach


Combined EEG feedback/light-sound training for children and adults with ADD/ADHD symptoms

Victoria Ibric, M.D


ROSHI and applications, with longitudinal case studies"

Bill Scott


Refining Alpha Theta protocols for OCD, Depression, Addiction, Anxiety: alpha suppression, assisting crossover, differentiating alpha/theta vs. Beta/SMR responders , troubleshooting for non-responders, working with children.

Stephen Sideroff c46-2a Clinical Tips and Pitfalls in Neurofeedback

Rae Tattenbaum

c47-4+2a The Peak Performer's Edge; Integrated Peak Performance Program ( 2 days)

Tuesday , January 28

Rae Tattenbaum

  The Peak Performer's Edge; Integrated Peak Performance Program ( 2 days)  2nd day.  ONly registrants for whole course can attend

Bill Hudspeth


Differential Diagnosis of Brain Connectivity Status; considering correlation, coherence and comodulation

Robert Thatcher c-49-2b QEEG Database use

Peter Litchfield


THE BRAIN-BREATH CONNECTION: breathing chemistry and its effects on physiology  and behavior

Gay Larned


SELLING NEUROFEEDBACK; Developing A Successful ‘Gorilla Marketing’ Plan For Fun and Profit


Workshop Descriptions
Neurofeedback:  Self-Awareness / Self-Regulation Training: Transcending the Illness Treatment Model
 John Anderson
The field of neurofeedback is experiencing great pressure to adopt a “medical model” approach to neurofeedback, both to gain credibility within the broader medical and psychological communities and to establish neurofeedback as a “scientific” discipline.
However, the medical model as it is currently practiced is more like the proverbial sinking ship than it is a desirable platform from which to launch a radically new approach to optimum performance for all.  The general population is tacitly rejecting this model by moving into novel and often quite unique relationships with a variety of newly defined health care practitioners.  Those practitioners who are willing to participate in an egalitarian, collaborative relationship with their clients will help create an entirely new paradigm of health promotion and wellness training that no longer relies upon the old doctor / patient ideals.
This workshop will describe the current state of the medical model as it is practiced in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.  We will then explore an evolutionary vision for a new approach that more accurately encompasses the possibilities inherent in an emerging discipline that includes not only neurofeedback, but also AVE, CES, HEG, TMS and more.  This field is much too revolutionary to be constrained by outdated forms.  We have the opportunity to move beyond these limitations to more effectively benefit our clients and ourselves.

Two hour workshop: Jan 25, Saturday
Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease with Biofeedback and Related Modalities.
Presented by Naras Bhat, MD, FACP, Cybernetix Medical Institute, 2182 East St, Concord, California, 94520. Phone: 925-685-4224. Fax: 925-685-6997. Website: heartsaver. com

Focus: Heart disease is number one killer. We have created a model of treating heart disease using biofeedback. The program is based on the fact that coronary artery disease leads to events like a heart attack depending on the dynamic factors of plumbing, chemical risks, and emotional imbalance.
Naras Bhat, MD, FACP is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Metabolic Cardiology. He was a professor of Behavioral Medicine at Rosebridge College of Integrative Psychology, and teaches at University of California, Berkeley. He is immediate past president of Biofeedback Society of California and serves as board member of AAPB. He is the author of two popular books: How to Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease; Reversing Stress and Burnout.
He has an active heart disease reversal clinic at Concord, California focused on the tripod model of heart disease: plumbing blockage, cholesterol chemistry, and emotional factors. The program consists of weekly educational and support group, individual sessions of biofeedback to reduce reactivity of mind-body in general and heart in particular.

Course Description
1. What will the presenter cover?
The workshop will show how to organize a cardiac rehab practice within a biofeedback office starting from patient intake, protocol, and outcome analysis. Our model of ongoing heart rehabilitation will be presented.
2. What is the goal
To provide a working model of "hot reactivity" control using biofeedback and heart rate variability monitoring as a main tool.
3. The author has written a book, How to Reverse Heart Disease and Cancer. This book is based on our clinic protocol. The author has produced two popular videos: Uprooting anger, and Meditation by prescription.

Statement of Objectives
1. What is the new model of treating heart disease?
2. Can I develop a cardiac rehabilitation program in my biofeedback office?
2. Will that program be acceptable by medical doctors, and insurance companies in my community?
4. Can I measure, monitor, and modify the reactivity of a coronary artery disease patient?
5. Can I prevent and reverse my own cardiac reactivity by learning this program?

Attendee description
All biofeedback practitioners can attend this program. Of special interest for people involved in cardiovascular work.

Basic knowledge of Biofeedback procedures is recommended, but not required.

Claim of the course
1. Heart rate variability can measure, monitor, and modify human emotions and this form of biofeedback is useful in treating heart patients.
2. Emotional rehabilitation of heart patient starts with anger control. Anger control is easy to teach using the biofeedback of heart rate variability.
3. Biofeedback can be used for "electronic meditation".
4. Biofeedback of couples is useful in showing the patient how "people are different, rather than difficult".

Course outline
1. Problem:   What is the scientific basis of heart disease at the atomic, chemical, body, and behavioral level?
What are the ten important risk factors for heart disease? Dynamic emotional factors: stress, anger, depression, and isolation. The tripod of heart disease: plumbing blockage, chemical factors, and emotional imbalance.
2. Solutions:  What is the problem in choosing right kind of medical system for you? What is the eclectic value of three eras of medicine: techno-pharmaceutical medicine, mind-body medicine, and transpersonal healing? Patient empowerment in the domains of : will power, pill power and skill power.
How to reverse the risk factors step by step? How to use the five proven steps from two sources: internal pharmacy and external pharmacy? The tools will be in the area of anger control, reactivity control, meditation and imagery, mindful eating, self-disclosure, and rest and activity.
3. Practical tools: How to use the tools to measure, monitor, and modify the internal pharmacy? Specific tools for anger control, anxiety desensitization, meditation, self-disclosure, and mindful eating will be explained.


Naras Bhat, MD, FACP is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Metabolic Cardiology. He has an active heart disease reversal clinic at Concord, California focused on the tripod model of heart disease: plumbing blockage, cholesterol chemistry, and emotional factors. He was a professor of Behavioral Medicine at Rosebridge College of Integrative Psychology, and teaches at University of California, Berkeley. He is immediate past president of Biofeedback Society of California and serves as board member of AAPB. He is the author of two popular books: How to Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease; Reversing Stress and Burnout.

Technician to Healer:
Energy Healing Wisdom for the Neurofeedback Practitioner
Susan Cheshire Brown Ph.D.
This workshop is an introduction to the world of Energy Healing and will appeal to those practitioners curious about an energy practice and its possible application to their clinical practice. It is based predominantly on a developing over-arching model of healing arising from the broad personal experience of the presenter, a seasoned clinician and neurofeedback practitioner. Healers work with many different energies and in many different ways, and frequently find it constraining to learn skills from one whose strengths differ from theirs. This workshop is designed to help the participant integrate and develop crucial healing concepts as rapidly as possible without resort to cryptic and parochial models of healing that may or may not fit the way their energy systems work. Participants will be introduced to some beginning tools to assist them in stepping on the path to perceiving their own and others' energy fields, and using this knowledge to empower and optimize the healing process. Instruction will be given in grounding the energy field and in the setting of intention. Description of the healing energies most commonly utilized by healers will be offered together with techniques to further prepare the energy field for healing. The workshop is experiential and will hopefully culminate in participants both giving and receiving a healing, should they wish to do so.
The workshop will address such questions as: What is Energy healing? What are the crucial characteristics of an effective healer? What are the crucial ingredients of an effective healing? How can I begin to sense the energy field of another person? What can I do to speed up my ability to perceive subtle energies? What can I immediately do to optimize healing for my clients? How can I manage my own energy system for healing and wellness?
While geared towards the curious beginner, more experienced healers are most welcome to contribute their energetic support and possible feedback to the activities.
The only requirement for participation is positive intention and an open mind.
Biography:Susan Cheshire Brown Ph.D.
Dr. Brown was awarded her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook following completion of various degrees in Psychology, Nursing and Counseling. She has received numerous academic honors and awards along the way, and served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, Division of Behavioral Medicine for some years. She is well published in the field of Behavioral Medicine, while her clinical knowledge and experience embraces both behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. Dr, Brown began her healing training and experience as far back as the early 70s, and is a trained healer today. Yet despite this, she has felt compelled, as have many in academic and clinical environments, to separate out her healing interests from her “real work” in her office. Much of this is shifting however, as increasing numbers of clinicians are becoming more open regarding not only their interest in healing, but also their well-hidden accomplishments in these areas!

Dr. Brown is aware that healers work naturally in many different ways and with many different energies, and believes that the way to train healers is to assist them in developing their own skills and talents which are frequently very present but outside of the individual’s awareness. She is particularly interested in bringing her own non-linear perspective and understanding to labeling what healers actually do in healing, giving it a language and teaching it to others within an environment that is encouraging and supportive of the way the student’s own energy system functions.
Dr. Brown works largely with other professionals and healers, providing neurofeedback, psychotherapy, energy healing, consultation and supervision from her home in Victoria B.C., Canada.

 Cutting Edge Approaches to Targeting in Neurofeedback: Comprehensive Box Targeting, Comprehensive Lines, Complex-Adaptive Procedures, and Targeting Based On Mind-Body Energetics.
Valdeane Brown
 Traditional approaches to targeting in NF have relied on time-based filtering (such as FIR or IIR) or sliding window frequency-based filtering (such as FFT).  These targets have been arranged so as to “gate” the frequency range that is being monitored.  Most theories concerning the appropriate frequency ranges to use, have been tied directly to very old analyses involving larger, heterogeneous frequency bands like “Alpha”, “Theta”, “Beta”.  Over time increased detail has begun to emerge as practitioners realized that the older, large bins were not as clinically precise as necessary.  In this workshop we will explore various approaches to targeting and consider the role of greater precision in filtering in increasing both the efficiency and effectiveness of NF.  The basis for these explorations will be NeuroCare Pro; however, you do not need to be using NCP to benefit from this workshop.
Understanding the Functions, Pathologies and EEG Frequencies at Each of the International 10-20 System Locations Within a Fully Integrated Neurotherapy System Approach
Thomas S. Brownback and Linda Mason Brownback
In this workshop we will look at brain functions at each of the nineteen placements of the International 10-20 System. In addition, we will look at the pathologies, which occur when the brain does not function properly at each of the nineteen placements. EEG brain frequencies, which support healthy functioning and EEG frequencies, which are typically associated with pathological brain function, will be described. A brain function weighting system will be presented which demonstrates how much of the healthy and pathological functioning takes place at each of the nineteen placements as well as what percentage of the weighting is mediated at placements close by. The brain functions and healthy EEG frequencies and the brain pathologies and dysfunctional EEG frequencies will be integrated with QEEG/brainmapping interpretations in order to produce the most powerful neurodiagnostic evaluation available. These neurodiagnostic evaluative procedures will then be used to create the most effective training paradigms within a fully integrated neurofeedback system model.
WS2: Medical Considerations for Neurofeedback Providers 
Dr. Ed Castro
   Dr. Castro will discuss alternative medicine modalities, outlined in the Plenary, that are used to remediate a variety of brain dysfunctions.  Included in the discussion will be information about the current clinical experience with various modalities, an approach for selecting treatments and for evaluating their practitioners, a summary of usual treatment regimens, and information about finding providers of these treatments. 
    Dr. Castro will also cover the evaluation and treatment of the yeast overgrowth syndromes.  These problems are rampant though often untreated or under treated, and can cause or exacerbate a host of neurobehavioral problems.  Many cases can be recognized and corrected with intelligent, non-pharmaceutical intervention.  Dr. Castro will present a safe, comprehensive approach to its treatment.             
Advanced BrainMaster Practicum with Remote Training
Thomas F. Collura, Ph.D. BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. 
This workshop will be a hands-on presentation that will demonstrate and explain new capabilities of the BrainMaster system, with emphasis on remote training technology and methods. Autothresholding, custom protocols, advanced sounds and feedback, 2-channel training, and mini-assessment techniques will be covered. The Session Librarian, email and disk-based transfer of protocols and results, and remote assessment will be shown. 
Participants are encouraged to bring BrainMaster equipment and computers, and to work along with the demonstrations, to gain direct experience with the topics discussed. 
De-Confounding the Beta-Theta Protocol into Two Separate Components of Attention
 Jon Cowan
The workshop will demonstrate two new types of neurofeedback for concentration and alertness/arousal, including the In(hibit) All protocol.  These components of attention are simple to train, since trainees can typically understand and control them within 1-4 minutes. It will review the research on the psychophysiology of concentration and alertness, and argue that they are confounded in typical neurofeedback protocols. 
A Quick Primer on Attachment Disorder
Sebern Fisher
One day soon, every neurofeedback practitioner will be asked to train someone with attachment disorder. You may already be doing so even without knowing it, as it is routinely misdiagnosed, most frequently as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and/or bipolar disorder. This "primer" will review the historical and symptomatic markers for Attachment Disorder and some thoughts on protocols to address it. To date, neurofeedback offers the only real hope for this profound disorder.

General structure of a combined EEG feedback/light-sound training for children and adults with ADD/ADHD symptoms - a "two sides of a coin" approach"
by Uwe Gerlach
We developped a two alternatives model using the brainmaster/light-sound devices (Photosonix machines) which is simple and pragmatic for the client. The "digit side of a coin" protocols are done by EEG feedback, "the head side of a coin" by light-sound stimulation. The entire training period for 1 client ranges from 15 times to 40 times in severe cases. A period 1 session takes between 5 (beginners) and 20 minutes (at the end of the treatment). In general we train two or three times a week.

"Digit side" protocols:
In the beginning we conduct 1-channel SMR/Theta training with referential montage (C4-A2, children). The initial inhibit is Theta. To make it successively more difficult, we add high Beta and then Alpha as inhibits. At a later stage we add Beta as a reward to realize the original Val Brown period 1 protocol - we don't do it with 2 channels, but only use 1 channel montage Cz-A1. With hyperactive children preparing 2 channel montage mostly is too complicated.
Our goal is to get rid of "Ritalin" from the beginning of the training; we are strict in this sense and up to now it worked with nearly all children.
Our adult clients were of the two bipolar types - under- and overaroused. The first type receives the standard Beta training with two or three inhibits (C3-A1), the second type has to learn open eye relaxation - SMR/Theta as explained with the children. After an initial learning phase we apply the period 1 protocol with Beta and SMR as rewards and successively Theta, High Beta and open eye Alpha as inhibits.
The brainmaster unit works with two types of external ingenious animations: The main software drives the "BugRun" and the "SpaceCrystal" as external animations. BugRun is very reactive but hard to fulfil; in the sense of operant conditioning it is a "strict teacher" for the pupil. SpaceCrystal is even more reactive, but the inhibits are not so desastreous as in BugRun. As an alternative we have lots of animations for the "Brainwave Animation Pro" software. All of them are not so difficult to perform as Bugrun or SpaceCrystal. So we use alternatively the "difficult" (learning) and the "easy" (fun) animation for the protocols.
After an initial phase of Cz or C3 and C4 referential montages we today apply the Othmer interhemispheric C3-C4 bipolar montage, using the same protocols as mentioned above. We changed because the referential montages sometimes yield imbalances in the client - his/her arousal being driven into stress (Beta C3) or fatigue behaviour (SMR C4). By applying the interhemispheric montage we hope to achieve an early balance in the client's arousal.
Sometimes - in the final state of treatment - we apply a "squash" protocol for peak performance, the client likes the popular name "pilot training". It is an inhibit protocol suppressing all spectral bands from Theta to High Beta.

Assessment and localized training:
In the case of trainings with tedious results we make a brainmaster-assessment of six sites - three times a two channel montage - on the client's scalp. The positions are Fp1 and Fp2; C3 and C4, Cz and the mid between O1, O2. This sort of mini-qeeg (better mikro-qeeg) shows us aberrations of amplitudes from the statistical norm. If we find abnormal amplitudes we locate the montage to such positions. Then we train up or down the aberrant amplitude of the specific spectral band. An example: ADHD children sometimes show high frontal Delta and Theta amplitudes. After initial conventional SMR bipolar training in C3-C4 we pass over to a final Beta bipolar montage in F3-F4.

"Head side" protocols:
Especially the adults and some children like the light/sound stimulation. We developped our own relaxation and stimulation programs for the Photosonix machines, in addition specific SMR and several Beta frequencies stimulating programs. The latter are rather monotoneous in the light frequencies and all of them have only low frequencies acoustic sounds.
"Head side of a coin" protocols are mostly Alpha and Alpha/Theta trainings. Instead of using the EEG we replace it by the goggles. We test some programs individually with each client - SMR stimulation mostly works with everybody. The hyperactive adults like our Alpha and Alpha/Theta designs, children are calmed by SMR or Alpha frequencies.
In addition we apply suited meditation music - which may be vivid or calm - and guided imagery.

Deduction of results:
Beside the intuitive and complex observations of the clients changing behaviour we document systematically the review graphs of the brainmaster software. In the beginning of the training these graphs often show chaotic behaviour especially in the lower spectral bands. This is first of all due to all the artifacts but in addition the brainwaves have large variances, deviations from the mean amplitudes. We reduce the variance very effectively by the period 2 light/sound stimulation adapted to the momentaneous arousal state of the client. After an initial linear stabilisation of the brainwave variances we observe a relapse in the behaviour and in the graphs.
Sometimes it is difficult to motivate the child and its parents to continue the training at this stage. Here we see what Val Brown calls the non-linear behaviour of the CNS. It is very important to understand the observed waveform - ups and downs - of the behaviour change and healing process.

Integrating Hypnosis & Neurofeedback
D. Corydon Hammond
This practical workshop will focus on hypnotic techniques and suggestions, and neurofeedback protocols for use in treating: depression, anxiety & panic disorder, ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities, insomnia, alcoholism & substance abuse, IBS, headache & migraine, chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia, PTSD, domestic violence, anger, and problems with gagging or swallowing. Dr. Hammond is the Past President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and current President of ISNR.

Four hour  Workshop: Attention Deficit Disorder: One Day to Transformation
By Thom Hartmann
Learn techniques and exercises that can change your life. Best-selling author Thom Hartmann presents NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and other techniques that can readily be picked up by professionals, adults and parents and /or taught to children and adults with ADHD. Those with ADHD or helping those with ADHD will learn to see their lives and the world around them differently. A series of instructions will guide you through transformational exercises to see, hear and feel your own past in a new and empowering way. This workshop offers help at home, at school and at work. You will leave with a new set of tools for understanding communication, finding or repairing your relationships, and hunting for success in the workplace and school. While this course is fun and comfortable, with lots of room for personal interaction with Thom and others in the group, it's also deeply important and transformational, something to be undertaken with commitment to growth and learning
2 hr Workshop: Touching the Power of Life: Waking up to Personal and Global Transformation
Thom Hartmann
As you heal, the world heals. A recurring theme in Thom Hartmann's books, including The Prophet's Way, Unequal Protection, and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, involves the ways our culture wounds and constrains our success, both personally and in community. But there's a way out, a way to touch that place within ourselves where our highest purpose and most exciting powers rest—a place within ourselves where we can draw on old and new states of joy, humor, confidence, and love to reach our greatest potential. As we do this, we also touch a place where the survival of humanity and the restoration of democracy may be found.

2 hour Workshop: ADHD Secrets of Success

In this workshop Thom Hartmann will help those with ADHD and professionals who work with them hunt for success in the workplace. A series of instructions will guide you through transformational exercises to see, hear and feel your own past behavior in a new and empowering way at work.

Topics include:

*Finding the right job and being a hunter within someone else’s company

*ADD & Entrepreneurship—building your own business

*Find out your greatest enemy at work and how to overcome it

*Learn how to hunt for success your career

Differential Diagnosis of Brain Connectivity Status; considering correlation, coherence and comodulation
William J. Hudspeth, Ph.D.
Neuropsychometric Lab
1266 Santa Ynez Avenue
Los Osos, CA - 93402
(805) 534-9830
Cerebral connectivity problems (hyper- or hypo-) are often observed for extended periods after a head injury. Therefore, there is a need to compare and create quality qEEG measurements that index connectivity (i.e., correlation, coherence-phase, covariance and co-modulation) profiles that clinicians can use for correlates with clinical data. With such measurements, the individual clinician can determine whether connectivities:

a.) are prevalent in their clients
b.) have clinical significance and
c.) have an effect on treatment efficacies

This workshop reviews most of the current methods that are used to detect and describe cerebral connectivities based on qEEG measurements.

Different methods yield strikingly different solutions for the very same EEG data files. These differences tell us exactly how to improve the accuracy of connectivity measurements and their interpretation.

This workshop will provide comparisons between different connectivity measures on single case studies so that relative merit and effectivness can be seen.
ROSHI as a Diagnostic Tool - a practical approach
Victoria L. Ibric, M.D., PhD, BCIAC
ROSHI/Brain-Link® was designed to be a meditation tool, but since it's introduction in 1992, the new uses for ROSHI were widely investigated and reported by us and other colleagues in the field of Neurofeedback (Patton, Hammond, Baer, King, Ibric, Metter, Weiler, etc.). Roshi/Brain-Link® is a powerful Neurofeedback (NF) instrument due to its Neuroadaptive© modality, as well as a dynamic diagnostic tool.
The scope of this workshop is to introduce interested NF therapists to the powerful aspect of the ROSHI instrument - it's use as a diagnostic tool.
The participants will learn how to interpret the default screen and how to decide what training protocols should be followed. The set-up, step by step will be presented. Many cases analyzed, also by QEEG (quantitative EEG), will be discussed.
Keywords: Neuroadaptive© Neurofeedback, ROSHI/Brain-Link®, QEEG

ROSHI and applications- longitudinal case studies
Victoria L. Ibric, MD, PhD
ROSHI/ Brain-Link® has been developed by Charles Davis as a meditation and peak performance tool. Starting to work with patients who were looking to better their personal performance, I run into pathological conditions that seem to diminish as the training progressed. Thus, after 10 years of experience in Neurofeedback (NF) training, I found ROSHI a very versatile instrument and during the last 5 years of using it, I developed a series of protocols, individually designed. Its applications seem to be limitless. Previously we have presented or published (Ibric & Davis, Ibric & Kaur, Ibric & McCourt, Ibric & Hammond, Ibric) the positive results obtained using ROSHI system. The applications varied from chronic pain to high blood pressure, depression/ anxiety to sleep disorders, tremor to cognitive dysfunctions such as, memory impairments due to aging or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The scope of this workshop is to introduce the interested audience to the power of ROSHI using the Neuroadaptive© modality in creating stable, long lasting changes in patients who suffered of chronic pain, depression or have sustained TBI. A part of the presentation will be dedicated to the latest brain imaging studies of pain, presented at the 10th World Conference in Pain, in San Diego, CA, in August 2002. It will be emphasized the NF effectiveness in pain, since PAIN is clearly interpreted and can be modulated by the BRAIN.
Keywords: Neuroadaptive© Neurofeedback, ROSHI Brain-Link®, chronic pain, depression, traumatic brain injury

SELLING NEUROFEEDBACK; Developing A Successful ‘Gorilla Marketing’ Plan For Fun and Profit
(4 hour workshop - review of the basics plus develop individualized marketing plans)
Gay Larned
Need to get a new practice started or enhance an existing one? You’ve finished your training, bought equipment, attended conferences and now you’re waiting for clients to storm the door. Neurofeedback is a tricky sell. But help is on the way. The secret to selling neurofeedback is not selling neurofeedback. So what do you sell? This workshop covers the basic tools and principles of successful “gorilla marketing” to get your practice into high gear while keeping costs down. The development of a successful marketing plan is broken down into easy-to-follow steps plus you’ll take home a workshop manual. This comprehensive workshop includes “The Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made in Marketing” – tools and tips of effective gorilla tactics; samples of everything you’ll need, such as media kits and press releases; print ads and informational packets; sample business cards, promotional tools and brochures; developing and maintaining mailing lists; yellow pages and lecturing; initial client contact; budgeting; plus, finding and using the “mommy underground” and other informal networks in your community. It’s just not the theory of gorilla marketing. Each participant will leave with a customized marketing plan that can be used to get that old-fashioned, good-as-gold word-of-mouth going right in your own hometown.
THE BRAIN-BREATH CONNECTION: breathing chemistry and its effects on physiology
and behavior
Two-hour workshop with Peter M. Litchfield, Ph.D. and Sandra Reamer, MFA of
Better Physiology Ltd., Boulder, Colorado USA
(303) 402-6968 mindbody@bp.edu
Overbreathing is undoubtedly one of the most insidious and dangerous physiological responses to stress, emotional distress, difficult and/or complex tasks, and unfortunately to the way in which we often meet professional and relationship challenges in our daily lives. Overbreathing is a dangerous behavior immediately triggering or exacerbating a wide variety of serious emotional, perceptual, cognitive, attention, behavioral, and physical deficits in human performance and health. Overbreathing means bringing about carbon dioxide (CO2) deficit in the blood (i.e., hypocapnia) through excessive ventilation (increased "minute volume") during rapid, deep, and/or dysrhythmic breathing, a condition that may result in debilitating short-term and long-term
complaints and symptoms. The slight shifts in CO2 chemistry associated with overbreathing may cause physiological changes such as hypoxia (oxygen deficit), cerebral vasoconstriction (brain), coronary constriction (heart), blood and extracellular alkalosis (increased pH), cerebral glucose deficit, ischemia
(localized anemia), buffer depletion (bicarbonates), bronchial constriction, gut constriction, calcium imbalance, magnesium deficiency, and muscle fatigue, spasm (tetany), and pain.
The chemistry of breathing is a fundamental and system-wide physiological context that sets the stage for neurobehavioral competence, or its compromise. The potentially debilitating combination of cerebral hypoxia and cerebral hypoglycemia, resulting directly from deregulated breathing chemistry, may lead to serious deficits in ability to attend, focus, concentrate, imagine, rehearse the details of an action (e.g., golf swing), initiate challenging performance, engage in complex tasks (e.g., public speaking), sleep, make decisions, perform
perceptual motor-skills, parallel-process information, problem solve, access relevant memory (e.g., test performance), think, and communicate effectively.
 Overbreathing, as a response to challenging and adverse circumstances, can result in loss of emotional control, intensification of emotional states, and exacerbation of debilitating stressful states of consciousness, e.g., apprehension, anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, panic, stress, vulnerability, and feelings of low self-esteem. These considerations, for example, have serious implications for the assessment and management of attention deficit disorder, and deserve serious consideration by most neurofeedback practitioners.
 The workshop will present principles and applications of monitoring and evaluating the chemistry and mechanics of breathing, in the context of live demonstrations of the effects of overbreathing on health and performance, including EEG and heart rate variability (HRV). Profile assessments and techniques for restoring adaptive breathing and parasympathetic regulation based on breathing chemistry (CO2) will be demonstrated, and resulting data interpreted and discussed.
Effects of Overbreathing on Cerebral O2:
Vasoconstrictive Effects
Reduction of O2 Availability by 40 Percent
(Red = most O2, dark blue = least O2)
In this image, oxygen availability in the brain is reduced by 40% as a result of about a minute of overbreathing (hyperventilation). Not only is oxygen availability reduced, but glucose critical to brain functioning is also markedly reduced as a result of cerebral vasoconstriction.
Adjunctive Therapeutic Techniques for Enhancing Neurotherapy Success. This workshop meets the 4 hour category "other therapeutic techniques" requirement for BCIA EEG certification
Presenter: Judith O. Lubar, LCSW, BCD
Affiliation: Southeastern Biofeedback and Neurobehavioral Institute
This 4-hour workshop will demonstrate in a step-by-step fashion how neurofeedback can be enhanced by auxiliary techniques such as Ericksonian techniques, visualization and relaxation techniques, autogenic training, family therapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. A sample demonstration of these techniques with willing participants will illustrate these methods while case histories will describe how these techniques can be woven with neurofeedback with pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with many different comorbidities. Some of the techniques that will be illustrated will include the use of genograms, family sculpting, and change histories which is a rapid way of changing one=s feelings. Samples of different therapeutic stories that can be told to depressed or ADD patients and the use of history taking and autogenic techniques in a geriatric population with a variety of physiological disorders will be presented.


 PRESENTER—Joel F. Lubar Ph.D. BCIA-EEG Professor, University of Tennessee 
Data base and QEEG driven protocols for neurofeedback interventions has been shown to be a very accurate means of maximizing the effectiveness of EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) for most clinical interventions However the accuracy of the existing databases besides establishing their own internal validity and sensitivity depend upon very accurately artifacted and sufficiently long samples of properly recorded raw EEG data. In this workshop I plan to demonstrate the actual collection of 19+ channels of EEG using a new portable system designed for Windows 2000, NT, XP. Remontaging and precise artifact removal will be demonstrated and the output compared with several commercially available databases. The decision tree for neurofeedback intervention will be explained for this example and further illustrated for a number of clinical disorders.  
In this workshop I will cover linked ears, average reference, Laplacian and other montages. The collected data will also be analysed using the new Eureka 3 LORETA database and analysis program and the results mapped on 2D and 3D realistic brain images. This allows for display of activity at the bottom of the brain and for medial views where the cingulate gyrus and other paleocortical structures can be mapped. The implications of this graphic and new imaging for neurofeedback will be illustrated.
Learn About and Test Your Own ESP or Remote Viewing Ability:
A Two-hour Workshop
Edwin C. May, Ph.D. Laboratories for Fundamental Research Palo Alto, CA.
& Cheryl A. Alexander, Ph.D.Life Quality Resources Raleigh, NC
In 30 years of research, we have developed methods of eliciting ESP from individuals who may not previously have had the experience under laboratory conditions. Join us for two hours of fun, information, and testing. After a brief presentation, which includes a 10-minute video of one of the most certified remote viewers in history (Mr. Joseph W. McMoneagle), we will conduct a few group remote-viewing trials where you can be the judge of your own results. For those that score well or others with a strong interest Cheryl and Ed will conduct one-on-one sessions. There will be considerable time in a relaxed setting to answer questions about ESP, the government program, possible relationship to EEG, and potential mechanisms for ESP.


Interhemispheric EEG Training: Theory and Clinical Application
By Sue Othmer
Interhemispheric EEG training offers a powerful new approach to stabilizing brain function and improving communication between the hemispheres. Learn the latest techniques for optimizing clinical results through adjustment of reward and inhibit frequencies, and electrode placements to address specific brain functions. We will also discuss exactly what information we are feeding back to the brain and why this might be a useful exercise at a surprisingly wide range of EEG frequencies.  
So it’s all nonlinear dynamics? Now what? Further developments in neurofeedback.
Sig Othmer 
The outlines of the future of neurofeedback are becoming clear. We are heading for a multipolar world in which a variety of techniques of neuro-regulation will vie for the clinician’s fealty. It would be nice to bring some order to this state of affairs, and to look for a model in which all of these developments can be accommodated. Such a model is nonlinear dynamics. We find, however, that such a model does not connect well with what mental health practitioners bring to the table, nor to what we understand with respect to psychopathology. Moreover, such a model is very permissive. It does not yield specific, narrow-gauge prescriptions for brain self-regulation. Rather, it provides a basis for understanding them all. Nevertheless, we will use the principles of nonlinear dynamical systems to devise a generic approach to neuro-regulation. Needed is an approach that preserves and builds upon the best of current practice. However, it must be a strategy that is readily accessible to the aspiring neurofeedback practitioner and can serve as an easy path of entry.
What Does Your Aura Reveal? Scientific Analysis of the Human Aura
Beverly Rubik, Ph.D.
The energy field around the human body, popularly called the human aura, can be visualized using a new scientific instrument called the GDV (gas discharge visualization) camera developed in Russia by Dr. K. Korotkov. The aura is calculated from the electro-photographic emission of all 10 fingers revealing a pattern of subtle life energy or "qi"around the body. Auras can be compared or analyzed using computer software. Aura analysis can evaluate changes in our subtle energy before and after we think, do, or experience anything. For instance, we can measure how we react to our environment, including people around us, at an energetic level, our response to exercises, meditation, and various lifestyle habits.
This workshop will introduce you to this new aura-imaging technique using this remarkable scientific instrument with real-time aura analysis of participants. Each stop of aura analysis will be projected from the computer screen onto a large screen in the room for all to see. If time permits, we will do exercises or experiments on moving qi and measure the auras of participants before and afterwards to observe any differences.
A Very Brief Biography of Beverly Rubik (Oct 2002)
Beverly Rubik, biophysicist (Ph.D., 1979, University of California at Berkeley), is a leading scientist internationally renowned for exploring the frontiers of science and medicine. A former academic at San Francisco State University (1979-1988) and Temple University (1988-1995), in 1996 Dr. Rubik founded a nonprofit corporation, the Institute for Frontier Science, to conduct research on subtle energies and energy medicine. She is author of over 50 papers and the book, Life at the Edge of Science, and editor of another book, The Interrelationship Between Mind and Matter. She serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals of alternative and complementary medicine, including the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. She was a member of the Advisory Council at the U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine (1992-1999), and chaired the NIH panel on bioelectromagnetics. Presently she is Project Director of one of three projects on biofield therapies funded by the NIH at the Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at Institute for Frontier Science in a consortium with University of Arizona. She is also a core faculty member at the Graduate College of Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. Dr. Rubik is also a popular speaker to various organizations and conferences worldwide.
Clinical Tips and Pitfalls in Neurofeedback"
Steve Sideroff
The workshop leaders will share training tips and enhancements that you, as a clinician, can bring to the feedback loop. They will also focus on the pitfalls and landmines that can come from the undervaluing of transference and countertransference in the biofeedback processes.
1. What is Transference and countertransference and how can it affect the treatment process?
A. Clients enter the therapeutic situation with an array of expectations that are projected onto the therapist. The therapist's behavior can trigger unconscious feelings, including hostility, or resentment held toward past relationships. This can result in passive aggressive behavior, noncompliance or patient may turn the feelings inward and thus sabotage the process.  How does this work?
         B. How can this dynamic be used to facilitate the neurofeedback process?
2. Paying attention to the nonverbal cues of the patient. 
Feelings are frequently kept below the surface, with the patient being unaware that they exist.  At times these emotions will show up as unconscious behaviors, such as a smirk. At times they may report positive changes to try to please the therapist "authority figure", or refuse to notice or report change to avoid pleasing the therapist. The workshop will address how to notice and work with the signals from the client to facilitate the therapeutic process.
Audio-visual entrainment - How it works, Studies and Clinical Applications -
Dave Siever
Since the discovery of photic driving by Adrian and Matthews in 1934, much has been discovered about the benefits of brainwave entrainment (BWE) or audio visual entrainment (AVE) as it is commonly known today. The first clinical applications of AVE are the credit of Sidney Schneider who developed the first photic stimulation device called the Brain Wave Synchronizer in 1958 and prompted the first research (Kroger and Schneider). AVE affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters and brainwave activity. Research on AVE's effectiveness in promoting relaxation, cognition and hypnotic induction, treating ADD, PMS, SAD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and hypertension is now available. This workshop will review the research in detail, including the most recent studies. What occurs during and from an AVE experience in both physiological and psychological terms will be explained. We will also examine the physiological and psychological rules surrounding AVE which are necessary to make it an effective and enjoyable experience. Techniques and clinical results of merging these technologies will be presented, including pre-post brain maps on the Skil database.
The Science of Audio?visual Entrainment for Improving Mental Function and its
Effectiveness for Improving Cognition in Seniors ?
Tom Budzynski & Dave Siever
Audio?visual entrainment (AVE) is a process of applying pulsed lights and tones to the senses at frequencies coincident with specific brain wave frequencies. AVE produces striking effects on the nervous system and the mind. In particular cerebral blood flow declines with age and brain function falls as well. AVE produces striking increases in cerebral blood flow. Arousal (just how alert one is) is also of concern in mental function. AVE allows the modulation of alertness, both able to relax anxiety and end lethargy. Research on AVE with a normal group, case studies of various disorders treated with AVE, and new Results of a large ARCD study with elderly subjects from two seniors homes showing improvements in cognitive function as shown on the Microcog, will be presented. Case studies involving the treatment of issues prelevent to seniors will be shown. Time: 2 Hours
QEEG and Neurotherapy in the New Millennium
M. Barry Sterman, Ph.D.
This workshop provides an objective examination of QEEG and Neurotherapy from the perspective of a new century, and the knowledge gained through basic physiological science and with the development of advanced EEG assessment tools in recent years.  It will address the origins of the EEG, what it tells us about the status of brain systems, how to properly evaluate topographic data, and how to use this information, together with basic learning principles, to effectively apply the method of neurofeedback. The workshop will also examine the validity of current concepts and applications in this field.  The focus will be on empirical evidence and on the needs and possibilities of the future.
  The QUICK-Q is a very efficient, rapid 5-site assessment procedure that markedly facilitates neurotherapeutic treatment  of many disorders.  The QUICK-Q can be administered, scored and presented to the client  in well under the 50 minute hour.   Often clients can receive a preliminary treatment in the same session but they always leave with the belief that neurotherapy is a no-nonsense, highly specific method of treatment.  Many clients will receive a full QEEG later in the treatment process.  However, many will not require, nor request, the full QEEG because the QUICK-Q provided all the required information to guide treatment for rapid remediation of  their complaints.  Of course, clients presenting with stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological disorders are usually assessed with full QEEG at the initial intake session.

  In addition to reviewing the QUICK-Q, efficient neurotherapeutic treatment strategies and effective adjunctive treatments based on the assessment will be presented.

Teaching Meditation Through Neurofeedback
Richard Soutar
The Tibetan Buddhist doctrine of dependent origination reflects a fundamental perspective in both Buddhism and eastern thought in general which has close correlations with many emerging theories in modern psychology.  The concept of attachment, which is central to this doctrine, its implications, and the consequences of reducing it can be interpreted in modern psychological terms which may enhance our understanding of mental disorder and its resolution.  This interpretive exercise suggests what may be an effective model to employ in a clinical setting.  The operationalization of such a perspective has resulted in our clinical experience in very positive outcomes.   The clinical use of cognitive framing procedures, neurofeedback, and meditative techniques will be reviewed through measures such as Beck Inventories, qEEG, and LORETA. 
The Doctrine of Dependant Origination focuses on the interconnectedness of all phenomena.  The phenomenal universe is seen as a continuous interdependent field of events which are causally related.  All objects are seen as processes within that field.  It is proposed that those processes are objectified or reified due to distortions in the human sensory processing system.  The sense of independent self is understood to also be a consequence of that distortion (Although the sense of independent self is an important vehicle for social interaction it is also a source of suffering when not employed appropriately).  This reification of categories, including self and other, derived from the perceptual and cognitive process emerge as a consequence of conditioning based on attachment and aversion.  It is this conditioning that generates the distortions in sensory processing. 
Attachment is the process whereby we develop deep emotional attractions to objects and events.  Aversion is the reverse process.  Through experience in our Lifeworld mediated by our sensory system we develop complex patterns of habitual behavior, both mental and physical, which progressively engage our entire biological system in an intensity of relationship which amplifies the sense of self and other to a delusional level. This intensity of relationship is identification.  At the same time we also develop an ability to manipulate the environment and incorporate our preference system of attachments and aversions into these interactions.  Suffering is seen as directly correlated with the intensity of delusional engagement with the field.  The intensity of engagement amplifies the attachments and aversions, sometimes to the point of overwhelming the nervous system and resulting in disease and death.
The key process through which the activities of attachment and aversion are transcended  is meditation and insight.  Rather than focus on specific beliefs and attempting to alter them (transformation), the meditational process focuses on diminishing the root problem of overidentification with attachments and aversions in general (transcendence).  While resting in a special hypometabolic state, individuals observe what is taking place in their short term memory networks and their associated emotional responses.  Progressively they become more aware of their background habitual neural processing, which is often below their threshold of awareness and triggering the emotional valencing activities sustaining the identification process, while in this hypometabolic state and resulting in the emergence of new inhibitory networks surrounding these habitual preconscious processing patterns.  A form of global systematic desensitization appears to occur.  The brain becomes progressively engaged in alpha frequencies of a highly coherent nature.  This at first normalizes the EEG distribution and enhances it. Over time, individuals establish a constant state of flow which generalizes to their everyday experience.  Spontaneous moments of flow also allow for higher levels of neural processing resulting in insights into the nature of their Lifeworld and their Lifestory.  These insights help them re-evaluate their social interactions resulting in higher levels of congruence and boundary clarification as well as increasing social accuracy.  This increase in social accuracy further allows them greater access to social resources and enhances their self-esteem and self-efficacy.
Utilizing neurofeedback combined with Relaxation Response techniques we can train westerners with the objective technologies they are familiar with, and which they perhaps  require, to obtain feedback that provides rapidly acquired proficiency in meditational skills.  In our clinic we have found that individuals with severe disorders often normalize their EEG distribution more effectively and more rapidly when their therapy is combined with meditational training than with neurofeedback, entrainment, biofeedback, and medication alone.  This process appears to increase the intensity and frequency of their insights into their problems as well as accelerate positive changes in personality. 


                                    HELPING AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS
                                          M. Thompson, M.D., L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Autistic spectrum disorders have core symptoms “characterized by the triad of impairments of social interaction, communication, and imagination associated with a narrow range of repetitive activities.” (Wing, 2001, p. xiv). Relevant DSM-IV diagnostic codes are Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Delayed language is not characteristic of AS. They want to have social interactions but lack the social graces to do it appropriately. They often present like little professors with extensive knowledge in their area of interest. Symptoms overlap with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Incidence is on the rise and currently 1 child in 150 is affected. Brain differences include: smaller cells in the limbic system (Bauman, 2001); larger brains due to more growth in grey and white matter during the first three years of life (Courchesne, 2001); fewer Purkinje cells in the cerebellum (Courchesne, 2001); different activation of the fusiform gyrus for facial recognition (Pierce, 2001); abnormal interaction between frontal and parietal brain areas (Pavlakis, 2001).  EEG brain maps show less activation in the areas of the right hemisphere that process emotional information (unpublished data from Gunkleman).
The charts for over 50 clients with autistic spectrum disorders, age five to fifty-one, are being reviewed to check EEG patterns and to determine if these clients have benefited from neurofeedback training. Information includes EEG assessments, medication status, parent questionnaires, clinical observations, IQ testing, continuous performance tests and academic measures.  Full testing was not possible with all clients but minutes of EEG data was always obtained at intake (CZ placement, eyes open), artifacted and analyzed using Lubar’s protocol with the Autogen A620. Training parameters were based on client’s symptom picture, EEG pattern, and knowledge of cortical functions. The most frequent intervention was to decrease the client’s dominant slow wave frequencies while enhancing 13-15 Hz activity with placement at Cz or C4 referenced to the right or the left ear respectively. When full cap assessments showed excessive slow wave activity at other locations (P4, T6, FZ, F3, Fp1) these sites were also used. Coaching in metacognitive strategies was done as appropriate for academic levels.
EEG patterns resembled ADD patterns but amplitudes tended to be more extreme. Excess slow wave activity in either the delta through theta range or excess alpha activity were found. Peaks at 7 Hz.  had the morphology of pediatric alpha. Full cap assessments showed slowing (excessive low alpha, 8 to 10 Hz.) in the right parietal region (P4) and some slowing at T6.  There was high amplitude theta at FP1, F3, Fz and Cz.   There were also differences in coherence and comodulation.
Sufficient training (sometimes more than 100 sessions) consistently produced a decrease in theta/beta ratio with the clearest change being an increase in SMR.   IQ increases of about 10 points were found. TOVA data were inconsistent: autistic children could not complete the test and Asperger’s children often scored well even prior to training. Parents noted improved social interactions: children went from having no friends to initiating and maintaining some peer friendships. The largest improvements were in those who received > 80 sessions. Autistic clients were all difficult to work with. Those with AS were easy to work with once they knew the routines.
EEG differences observed in autistic spectrum disorders provid a rationale for using neurofeedback. Excess slow wave activity corresponds to being more in their own world;  low SMR  is consistent with fidgety and impulsive behaviour and also with the tactile sensitivity exhibited by many; high left prefrontal and frontal slow wave activity is consistent with lack of appropriate inhibition; high slow wave activity in right parietal-temporal area is consistent with inability to interpret social cues and emotions. Improved social interaction found in conjunction with EEG shifts makes sense: more activation means more alert to the outside world and thus better able to benefit from socialization efforts. The positive results support neurofeedback as an intervention in autistic spectrum disorders, particularly Asperger’s syndrome. Further research could build on these observational data.
Attwood, Tony ( 1997) Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley Publications.
Bauman, Margaret (2001) Neurobiology of the Limbic System in Autism. Boston University, MA. Current ATP Brain Research Projects (2000-2002)
Courchesne, Eric., Karnes, C.M., Davis, H.R., Ziccardi, R., Carper, R.A., Tigue, A.D., Chisum, H.J., Moses, P., Pierce, K., Lord, D., Lincoln, A.J., Pizzo, S., Schreiban, L., Haas, R.H., Akshoomoff, N.A., Courchesne, R.Y., (2001). Unusual brain growth patterns in early life in patients with autistic disorder: an MRI study. Neurology. 57(2):245-54, July 24.
Pavlakis, Frank Y. (2001) Brain imaging in neurobehavioral disorders. Review, Paediatric Neurology. 25(4): 278-287, Oct.
Pierce, Karen, Muller, R.-A., Ambrose, G., Allen, G., Courchesne, E., (2001). Face processing occurs outside the fusiform ‘face area’ in autism: evidence from functional MRI. Brain. 124, 2059-2073 .
Wing, Lorna (2001) The Autistic Spectrum. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
The workshop table of contents could be as follows:
THESIS: NFB is an important intervention for these disorders.
Evidence: We have treated > 50 cases with NFB
– all demonstrated EEG differences from normal
- all have demonstrated remarkable changes in their ability to socialize
Conclude:  if there were a drug that had these results,  every hospital and every Doctor would know about it.
1.  What Are Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
a. Dx Categories:   PDD (Autism), Asperger's
b. Description:
i.   Symptoms
ii.  Brain Differences (Imaging & EEG)
iii. Possible Etiology
c. Incidence
i.  Recent Estimates (increased)
ii. Correspondence with MMR Vaccination
 2. Intervention ( > 50 cases ages 5 to 51)
i.    Assessment
ii.  NFB Training
iii. Working with the Autistic Spectrum Child
 3.  Case Examples to Discuss Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.
a. Autism: 
i.   Severe: J. B., age 13    - 7 year follow-up
ii.  Severe: J. C., age 28
iii. Moderate: M. B., age 8  full cap
b. Asperger's:
i.   Severe: T. T., age 10    - 4 year follow-through
ii.  Moderate Asperger's: P. K., age 20 - 2 year follow-up
iii. Moderate Asperger's: P. G., age 51  - 3 Year follow- up
iv. Mild Asperger's B. H., age 21 - 1year follow-through
 4.  Overview of Results
5. Conclude
Lynda and Michael Thompson
NOTE: Most people who attend this course will NOT be writing the BCIA exam at this time.
This review is for anyone interested in surveying the basic knowledge in our field. It is of special interest to those wanting to become certified at some point in the future though it is by no means confined to BCIA candidates.
The goal of the course is to present advanced fundamentals that are used in the practice of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback that are required for the BCIA examination. It is a fairly detailed review of the field and includes:
Part 1 will briefly give a definition and description of biofeedback and neurofeedback and their relationship to learning theory. This will be followed by a short review of the origin of the electroencephalogram (EEG),
how it is measured (instrumentation), EEG band widths and their relationship to mental states and normal and abnormal waveforms that may be observed during assessment. An overview will be given of neuroanatomical structures which are related to our work with the EEG.
Part 2 will emphasize the basics of neurofeedback assessment: electrode placement, artifacting, and interpretation, doing assessments with 1 and 2 channel instruments and a brief overview of how a 19 channel instrument may then provide further information which can influence treatment decisions.
Part 3 will describe neurofeedback intervention fundamentals: electrode placement, bandwidths used, and combining neurofeedback with biofeedback and cognitive strategies. The principle example used will be attention deficit disorder (ADHD) with brief mention of other applications of neurofeedback (plus biofeedback) to other problems, such as learning disabilities, seizure disorders, depression, anxiety.
Section I Overview of Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Learning
Section II Physiological Basis of the Electroencephalogram
Section III The EEG: Frequencies, Normal & Abnormal Waveforms
Section IV Measuring The EEG: Instruments & Electronics
Section V Brief Neuroanatomy, Connections, Neurophysiology
Section VI The Fundamentals Of Assessment Using the EEG -Types of
Assessment, Electrode Placement, Artifacting, Interpretation
Section VII The Basics Of Assessment: ANS Variables, EMG
Section VIII Fundamentals of Intervention: Choice of Electrode Placement,
Channels, Bandwidths, Combining NFB + BFB + Strategies
Section IX Adjunctive Techniques (Basic Psychoanalytic Terms)
Section X Conditions Appropriate for Intervention
Section XI Brief Overview of Statistics and Research Design
Section XII Ethical Considerations
Clinical Hemoencephalography (HEG) Workshop
Hershel Toomim
The CLINICAL HEG WORKSHOP presents the necessary background and hands on experience to begin using HEG in the clinic. This includes:
    A Powerpoint presentation of:
Simplicity and advantages of HEG neurofeedback
Basic theory of lighting the brain
Location of brain areas in need of training
Placement of headband to access intended brain area
Instrumentation control
How to recognize good signals
What to do with dark colored hair interference
Care and encouragement of clients
Control of movies to maintain client interest
Recognition of client fatigue
Importance of rest periods
Course Objectives
Attendees will learn:
(1) The simplicity and advantages of HEG neurofeedback
(2) How to locate relevant trainable brain areas
(3) How to use objective tests to assess progress in alleviating brain disorders
Each attendee will learn (1) To identify brain areas in need of training, (2) To verify area selection via objective tests (3) To objectively assess progress of clients. (4) To select proper instrument settings for client conditions. (5) To help the client use trained gains
Brief biographical  sketch of the presenter
Hershel Toomim Sc.D.
6542 Hayes Drive
Los Angeles CA 90048
Biocomp Research Institute – President 1969 to present
B.S.E.E. Universith of Illinois 1945
Sc.D. Union University 1977
            Sigma Xi Research Honorary Society University of Illinois 1939
            Sc.D. Honorary advanced degree, Union University 1977
            Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honorary Society University of Illinois 1937
            Director Biofeedback Society of California 1974
Hershel Toomim is the inventor of HEG and has been researching the field of applied neurophysiology since 1994.
            His research is focused on both clinical applications and the physiological basis for HEG
            He is a constant contributor of papers for Neurofeedback meetings


Building Your Dream Practice

Peter Van Deusen

Many practitioners are concerned with marketing and client volume for their practices but end up with a workload that does not fulfill them. This is the result of a failure to treat the practice as a business. Simply spending money to advertise, speaking to groups, writing columns or newsletters or a variety of other common techniques will not have the desired effect if these efforts are not based on a vision of the ideal practice and a specific plan to achieve it. The presenter has served as CEO of a number of hospitals in turnaround situations, built and managed a multi-center neurofeedback practice in Atlanta for a decade and currently operates a successful business providing training to practitioners interested in providing neurofeedback services around the country and internationally. He will present and guide participants through a detailed process of envisioning and planning the practice of their dreams. Participants also qualify for membership in the PracticeBuilder listserve, where they will have access to colleagues, their successes and learning experiences.

Post-conference Workshop:

Whole Brain EEG Assessment Without QEEG

Peter Van Deusen

This 16-hour hands-on workshop will combine a detailed presentation of a conceptual model of training based on five neural systems (Tone, Balance, Filtering, Processing and Switching), including review of their EEG presentations, symptom constellations, underlying systemic causes and training objectives. It will present Excel worksheets and macros that automate the process and demonstrate the use of Brainmaster software and hardware to gather the data. During the second day, participants will have the opportunity to practice the process using Mini-Q equipment on the BrainMaster platform.

Pocket Neurobics / A-2 EEG Tutorial
George Von Hilsheimer
Australian Bruce McMillan has designed and produced the Pocket Neurobic/ A-2 EEG , a sophisticated handheld EEG biofeedback instrument fully capable of being used in a
mental health clinic. George von Hilsheimer was impressed with the device at the 2002 Miami Beach Future Health Meeting and obtained two for extensive testing. He has written a manual for the user who is not technically trained and who has limited experience using similar devices. George will demonstrate the instrument, and review its use with severely ill patients like the four he discusses in the Plenary Session. George ran HUMANITAS SYSTEMS which made biofeedback instruments in the 60s.

Awakening the Mind: Mastering the Power of Your Brainwaves

 (2 hour Workshop Description)

 By Anna Wise

 Inside each person lies a wealth of knowledge, capabilities, and power rarely transmitted to the conscious mind. Brainwave training combined with meditation can help develop these deeper resources, allowing access to greater creativity, deeper understanding of the inner self, and increased spiritual awareness. Your state of consciousness, and therefore your brainwave pattern, is affected in different ways by different methods of meditation and consciousness training.

  Working with both the state and the content of consciousness, this largely experiential workshop will teach you about the components of the Awakened Mind brainwave pattern.  While working to develop the meditation brainwave pattern, we will cover the theory and experience of the different Awakened Mind aspects: relaxation, beta mastery, alpha development, and theta access. We will also address the importance of adding low frequency beta back to the brainwaves of meditation to facilitate true awakening, We will speak briefly about the two different methods of using “content” to add beta to the meditation pattern to enhance the flow of information between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind, one drawing material from the subconscious to the conscious mind and the other taking material from the conscious down into the subconscious.

The Way of Neurofeedback & The Science of Kriya Yoga
by A. Martin Wuttke
Neurofeedback can be used as a tool to facilitate spiritual growth and the awakening process. In this sense it can be considered as a hi-tech Œway¹ or Œpath¹ to the ultimate aim of life. Kriya Yoga* is a practical system of philosophy and psycho-physiologic techniques intended to gradually  remove all obstacles from the individual so that Self-realization can be attained. Through the understanding of the process of unfoldment of an individuals awareness, these two distinct but complimentary modalities can accelerate this process.
Martin Wuttke has been a student, practitioner and teacher in the Kriya Yoga tradition for over twenty years. From 1986 through 1995 he designed and directed one of the largest clinical Neurofeedback programs for an inpatient psychiatric hospital treating adults and adolescents for addiction, depression, eating disorders, D.I.D., chronic pain and ADHD. In this presentation Mr. Wuttke will share the science of Self-realization based upon 20 years of experience with the application and integration of Neurofeedback with the methods of this ancient teaching.
"I believe Marty is on the cutting edge of the movement to utilize technology to amplify Self-referral. . . he is ideally suited to maximize the benefits of biofeedback, while never forgetting that people are in essence spiritual beings."
Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD
* The Kriya Yoga techniques are systematically designed to calm and relax the body, withdraw the senses from their objects, redirect the normally outflowing life energes, attain one pointed concentration, and finally to experience the transcendental state. Many of the preliminary techniques are those that enabled the yogis to demonstrate supernormal control over their minds and bodies.
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