TRAINING

Sebern’s Recommendations
Training: Learning how to provide neurofeedback training

Introductory 4-day course with Ed Hamlin, PhD and Mary Ammerman, MA. I highly recommend this course. It is the best one in the field, particularly for those coming into neurofeedback as psychotherapists. (All those wishing to purchase EEGer systems must have an advanced degree in their field.) The contact for scheduling is training@eeger.com. Ed offers intermediate and advanced courses as well that you can also find by contacting training@eeger.com. Here is a course description:

Neurofeedback in a Clinical Practice 
4-day Course
Ed Hamlin, PhD, BCN and Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN

This course gives you the tools to incorporate neurofeedback into your practice.

❖  Extensive hands-on practicum all 4 days with equipment provided.
❖  The basic properties of the EEG.
❖  The underlying science of Neurofeedback and the research to support efficacy.
❖  The basic organization and anatomy of the brain.
❖  Assessment and protocol selection – and more!
For more information:
Call: 1-800-789-3456 Email: training@eeger.com Visit: www.eeger.com

I offer an intermediate course for therapists who have used neurofeedback for at least one year and who are working with those suffering from developmental trauma.  Take a look at the description here:

This intensive two-day seminar is offered for psychotherapists presently incorporating neurofeedback into their work with developmental trauma.

This seminar is designed to address the learning needs of each participant as they relate to working with developmental trauma and its long and chaotic aftermath. In the last year there have been two very important studies published on neurofeedback and trauma. We will review the latest breakthroughs in the neuroscience of trauma and how they apply to the development of neurofeedback protocols. We’ll go over protocols that have proven helpful to most patients with these histories and what to consider when they’re not. We’ll discuss the complex nature of trauma in the brain, mind and sense of identity and how to understand and engage with the fields that trauma creates in our patients and in us.  We’ll discuss the pragmatic issues in the integration of brain and mind approaches (behavioral, dynamic, experiential or analytic), but perhaps, even more importantly, we will grapple with the meaning of the changes we see.

We will talk about all of this using case examples that the seminar leader and participants bring. For more information:

Call: 1-800-789-3456 ext.1  Email: training@eeger.com

I also offer two weekly 6-session semester mentoring webinars that are live and taped for later review called Finding the Path: Neurofeedback with Developmental Trauma.

Here’s a description of that course:
Mentoring with Sebern Fisher

Given the overwhelming impact of neglect and abuse on the developing brain, it can feel daunting to train people with developmental trauma. I am increasingly convinced, however, that those who have suffered these histories cannot thrive without help in lowering arousal and regulating their brains. So it is up to us to find the path. Through cases brought by participants, we will look at assessment, protocols, and integration of neurofeedback with psychotherapy. Conversations could range further into subjects such as the epigenetics of trauma, pattern recognition and repetition compulsion, trauma fields and trauma identity, the disgrace and distraction of the DSM, laterality and the sense of self and other topics as they arise from case discussion.

Sebern Fisher has been integrating neurofeedback and psychotherapy into the treatment of those with developmental trauma for the last twenty years. She was the clinical director of a residential treatment facility for severely disturbed adolescents for 17 years. During her tenure she introduced attachment theory and dialectical behavior therapy to the milieu. She is presently in private practice where she provides neurofeedback, psychotherapy and consultation. She trains nationally and internationally.

Sebern Fisher is author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-driven Brain (Norton 2014).

Finding a Practitioner

I receive many requests for referrals that I can’t answer due to time constraints. Here is what I would say; I think the most clinically sophisticated and therapeutically oriented group presently use the EEGer system because it is the most flexible and  most aligns with an understanding of arousal and state. There are of course many other qualified practitioners who use other systems. But I would begin my search with www.eeger.com and go to Find a Practitioner Near You. BCIA is the group that certifies neurofeedback practitioners and those on this list have demonstrated proficiency and ongoing training in neurofeedback. Go to www.bcia.org  and look for Practitioner Near You. Since to date there is no legal requirement for certification (there should be and will be) there may well be some qualified and experienced practitioners who do not yet have their BCN (Board Certified in Neurofeedback).  There are two membership organizations whose websites you can also access for information on providers near you: www.ISNR.net and www.AAPB.org. In the Northampton area go to www.optimalbrain.com.

Assess all neurofeedback practitioners as you would any other provider by their experience, their understanding of  the condition you want to address and by fit.