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Futurehealth WinterBrain 2 hour presentation by Bill Scott.

Course description and objectives:
This course is designed to address the 10-20% of clients who may not respond to alpha-theta training in the traditional protocols. Participants will learn to more quickly assess progress or the lack thereof. We will also cover some more interactive protocols to assist crossover, and real-time state management training for OCD. We will also discuss effective ways of handling sleep, using squash filters, understanding post session graphs, recognizing good and bad alpha and training expectations for various populations.

Test Questions:

What does it mean when one's alpha amplitude is elevating away from his or her theta amplitude?

a) The client is falling asleep;

b) The client is becoming more aroused;

c) The client is engaging in creative thought;

d) The client is meditating - How can you tell good alpha from bad alpha?
i) Bad alpha always bursts at lower amplitudes;
ii) Good alpha is always higher in amplitude;
iii) You tap the client's foot and ask him or her to tune in at a point alpha is high and another point when it is low during the session. Then you ask the client about the different experiences after the session;
iv) Good alpha always centers on 10Hz

You should always wake a client from sleep during an alpha-theta session. T F

Alpha theta changes attitudes. T F

Alpha-theta training is always best for OCD.T F

 


Author: Bill Scott

Bill Scott is a co-investigator of a research project studying somatization disorders at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D. He’s in the design process of a study investigating brain states during mindfulness meditation with Jeffery Schwartz, M.D. and Barry Sterman, Ph.D. He recently developed a new neuroimaging technology that creates a fractal signature from EEG and is successfully utilizing this technology as a form of EEG biofeedback in a process termed BrainPaint®. He is the first author and principal investigator of a controlled study on addictions (n=121) which was published in August 2005 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, with David Kaiser, Ph.D, Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D, and Steven Sideroff, Ph.D. Bill was also the principal investigator and first author of an addiction research project that yielded a 79% success rate with Native American alcoholics. This study was with Dr. Eugene Penniston (in press). An interview with Bill by the Psychiatric Times was published as a feature article. Bill and David Kaiser presented research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science with Dr. David Kaiser. He trained the researchers Dr. John Gruzelier and Dr. Tobias Egner (members of Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour, Imperial College Medical School) in the use of alpha-theta protocols. The results of this research project so improved music abilities among Royal Conservatoire of Music students that the Conservatoire adopted these protocols into the school’s curriculum. Bill has been published in the January 2000 issue of Clinical Electroencephalography (EEG), an official journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS). He contributed a chapter on alpha-theta EEG biofeedback in Jim Robbins' Book, "A Symphony in the Brain." He has presented his research and has taught workshops with Tom Brod, M.D. on anxiety disorders at three American Psychiatric Associations annual conventions. In association with Michael Hoffman, Bill is also currently involved with the Narcotics Division of the American Embassy in South America where they are teaching their protocols to other researchers in order to quickly replicate their work in Latin America. He participated in the 4th annual Meeting of Experts on Demand Reduction for the Organization of American States. Bill has been training EEG biofeedback practitioners since 1996 and has taught over two thousand of them at this time. He’s most passionate about evaluating and demonstrating EEG biofeedback’s effectiveness through research, refining assessment, improving protocol selection, measuring outcomes and discovering innovative ways to transfer his knowledge to practitioners and research teams. He’s been in private practice since 2000 in West Los Angeles and Malibu.

Other Products by Bill Scott

1) The Neurophysiology of Fear and State Specific EEG Changes
2) Effects of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population
3) Advanced Alpha Theta Course
4) Integration of Various Biofeedback Modalities within a Psycho-Therapeutic Model
5) Abreaction Responses to Neurofeedback
6) Beyond Alpha/Theta

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