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QEEG Foundations for neurofeedback 8 hour  tape Course

Lubar, Sterman, Gunkelman, Hudspeth
workshops (click on line to jump to see detailed description further down on this page.)
Workshop tapes begin W#XX2 or W#XX4 for two or four hours  
                        Video: 2 hr $49, 4 hr $95 Audio: 2 hr $45, 4 hr  $79 or, as marked

plenary lectures audio $12.50 each

  • PS4 Jay Gunkelman: Pre & Post QEEG in Successful NF Remediation  Daniel Hoffman& Steve Stockdale QEEG  & NF
  • PS6 Barry Sterman Lecture: Topographic EEG profiles: a new classification for neurological &   psychiatric disorders? 
  • PS7 Karl Pribram A Power Spectral Density Analysis of Brain Electrical Activity
  • X3 Frank Echenhoffer EEG of consciousness, tantra & exceptional states 

Detailed Workshop descriptions


Barry Sterman: Introduction to Quantitative Topographic EEG Methods and Principles for Neurofeedback Applications ( WSQEEG2: part 1 QEEG Foundations Course
It has been over 70 years since the human EEG became the subject of serious research investigation and clinical application. For many years the EEG was used by a limited number of researchers and clinicians. EEG methods and concepts emerged slowly and were heavily influenced by an evolving set of conventional concepts and by a select group of established "authorities" who applied and defended them. However, today, the emergence of user-friendly computerized EEG systems has greatly expanded the number of professionals working with this tool. Together with an accelerated pace of neurophysiological discoveries, this fact is beginning to significantly change the way we think about the EEG. In many respects a Kuhnian-type scientific revolution is underway in this field. At the present time the battlefield is still badly disorganized, with major skirmishes yet unresolved and rebel generals each pushing out in their own directions. The newcomer to this field will no doubt be confused by the dust being generated.
This course is directed to an objective examination of what the EEG is, what it tells us about the brain, how to properly obtain and evaluate topographic data, and how to use that information to most effectively apply the method of neurofeedback. It is designed to demonstrate the application of these principles and methods within the context of the SKIL Topometric analysis software system. This revolutionary software program will be described in detail, its guiding principles reviewed, and its critical use for client evaluation and associated neurofeedback strategy development demonstrated.
The course is not intended to provide instruction in clinical diagnosis. If we use this methodology in a clinical context, it is presumed that the patients we see arrive with prior medical diagnosis. It is likely, however, that the use of this methodology will refine diagnosis and focus attention on elements most relevant to neurofeedback

Bob Gurnee: W031-2 QEEG Based subtypes of child and adult ADD; Developing effective Neurofeedback strategies

Bill Hudspeth W037-2 Advances in QEEG Analyses and Interpretation
Survey of new analytic methods that are designed to help you obtain useful and interpretable qEEG results from your clients. This workshop focuses on the control of artifacts arising from the eyes and from volume conducted signals arising in neighboring cerebral regions.
a.) Can describe methods for removing eye-artifacts from background EEG recordings.
b.) Can present rationale for re-montaging techniques.
c.) Can describe methods needed to gain variable control over the localization of volume conducted and focal EEG events.
d.) Can determine whether specific uses of topographic maps are valid.
Jay Gunkelman W028-2 EEG/qEEG and NFB with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
The number of cases comprising the larger neurological studies of Autistic Spectrum Disorder seldom reaches an "N" of N=7. This has led to an under-characterization of the spectrum, based on too small a sample.
There is a growing body of cases where those diagnosed with this spectrum have been studied with the EEG/qEEG. Already there is evidence of the varied nature of the EEG profiles within the group.
There are characteristics of the qEEG which support the findings seen in the neurological communities research; the involvement of the limbic structures
and the cingulate.
One profile which has implications for NF beta and SMR training will be shown. This profile has en excess of faster activity, with very severe outcome if beta or SMR is used. The sensitivity of these cases and the efficacy of a broad band beta suppress protocol is discussed.

Other general findings of this growing case series will be discussed, with some of the slower profiles demonstrated with case reviews.


Mike Linden W044-2 MultiModality Treatment of ADD Adults; Its not the same as working with kids.
Most children with ADHD do not outgrow their symptoms, and ADD is one of the most common presenting problems in adults. This workshop will focus on developing a Multi-Modality Treatment Plan for Adults with ADD.
Accurate testing will help select which clients are good candidates for Neurofeedback and what obstacles may interfere with successful training. I will review an QEEG Scan procedure, which in six research studies (first study published in August 1999) with almost 1500 subjects, has been shown to accurately diagnosis ADD and differentiate it from other disorders such as depression, anxiety and antisocial disorder.
Adults frequently complete NF in significantly fewer sessions, but they also are much more likely to stop NF prematurely. Testing results will also assist in designing the NF treatment protocol (Beta/SMR enhancement, Alpha/Theta reduction, Bi-Polar/Monopolar, Visual/Reading Tasks, etc.) and monitoring the training in order to decide when to make necessary changes or stop NF. An three stage NF treatment plan strategy will be discussed.
How to integrate NF with other multi-modality treatments for adults with ADD (medication, Individual & Marital counseling, and support groups) will be addressed. Plenty of time for discussion of case examples and questions will be provided.
1. To familiarize participants with the components of a thorough assessment of ADHD.
2. To describe the use of a simple office based QEEG to assist in determining which ADHD patients are candidates for Neurofeedback.
3. To educate participants on the practical aspects of Neurofeedback as the foundation of a multi-modality approach with ADHD adults.
4. To discuss treatment components of Individual & Marital Therapy, Medication and Support Groups for adults with ADD.
Karl Pribram W
024-2B Brain and Conscious Experience; Where are We? Adventures in Brain Science: The first 50 yrs.
Highlights of discoveries in my laboratory and the theories that have emerged from them will be presented for active discussion.
The following points will be raised for discussion: 1. All knowledge originates from conscious experience. So why do some philosophers insist
that only selective aspects of conscious experience pose a "hard problem?"
2. At least three levels of consciousness can be made out, and to some extent brain processes have been determined for each. The evidence for these processing levels will be discussed.
(Dr. Pribram regaled the attendees with some amazing stories of his life’s work with some of the famous neuroscientists in history. People left this lecture with big smiles on their faces-- charmed by hearing a major chunk of brain research history.
A unique methodology for the focused evaluation of functional EEG dynamics is achieved when task-related stimuli are transient and repetitive. Under these circumstances the suppression, or desynchronization, of components within the dominant resting EEG frequency can be detected through the average of responses in the frequency domain at time intervals surrounding the point of stimulation. Initially described by Pfutscheller and his colleagues as "event-related desynchronization", or ERD, it is now apparent that event- related EEG responses can involve both suppression and enhancement of various frequency components. When the dominant 8-12 Hz band is facilitated this response is called "event-related synchronization", or ERS. These measures provide a means for examination of the timing, degree, and functional specificity of cortical responses to cognitive events.
    We have conducted a series of experiments using an FFT-based approach with custom analysis software to study ERD/ERS patterns in a variety of applications. From a physiological point of view this method has proven effective in the quantitative evaluation of topographic EEG characteristics related both to engagement and the processing of topographic EEG characteristics related both to engagement and the processing of significant environmental stimuli, and the effects of fatigue on these response patterns. In applied studies it has proven useful in the assessment of such cognitive variables as interest, thermatic comprehension, and perceptual classification.
    This workshop will review the methodology employed in the acquisition and analysis of event-related EEG responses and the findings from our studies and those of others using this method. Further, it will explore applications of this tool in performance evaluation, interest assesment, and commercial marketing.
The potential extension of this methodology to the next generation of neurofeedback training strategies will also be examined.

W8a4Jay Gunkelman  Intro to QEEG & Neurofeedback
How a QEEG is done.
Definitions: Power, relative power, coherence, symmetry, etc.
Samples of QEEG by diagnostic groups
Implications for NF electrode Placements
Inplications for NF frequency selections
The workshop will also include a discussion of databases available for comparison and the Z score and regression analysis used in data base comparisons. 
The fundamentals of EEG will be covered with mapping used to illustrate various diagnostic examples, such as ADD, depression and epilepsy.

WA4 Jay Gunkelman: Advanced Topics in QEEG
Patterns seen in ADD/ADHD/LD, Depression, OCD, Trauma etc,
Techniques to miinimize artifact
Mu and Lambda seen in mapping
Coherence: Graphics or tables
Montage and resultL Laplacian, linked ears, common average
Artifacting and stage 1 sleep
Certification:  why and why not
Higher analysis: z-score, cluster, discriminate, factor
Database considerations
Bring your case data for discussion



A8TT2 Jay Gunkelman Neuropysiology & qEEG. Generators & patterns of activity; Implications for Neurofeedback

    A comprehensive model of the brain will be developed, with graphic overheads. Rhythm generators, projection pathways, cortical functions, subcortical/cortical regulators such as the brain stem, thalamus, caudate and limbic system will all be included.

    This presentation will lead to the presentation of detailed qEEG analysis from data illustrating head trauma, ADD/ADHD, affective disorders, memory deficits.

    Evoked potential data will also be displayed from attentionally disordered and affective patients.

    The implication for customized patient protocols is discussed.

WC4 Barry Sterman & Chris Mann:  Sleep, Sleep Disorders Medicine, and EEG Biofeedback ?
Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Neuropsychology Research
The workshop will introduce participants to current thinking about the brain's regulation of the sleep process, fundamental concepts and methods in the study and evaluation of this process, the field of sleep disorders medicine, and rational concepts and applications of EEG neurofeedback to the treatment of these disorders. Our objectives include providing a basis for 1)understanding how sleep is viewed as a physioogical regulatory process and how it is objectively evaluated, 2)recognizing sleep disorders that may present  in a clinical context, 3) appreciating medical treatment resources and strategies, and 4) deciding when and how to attempt EEG neurofeedback as a treatment.

WL4 Joel Lubar: Referential vs. bipolar asessment , databases, pattern analysis, for NFB treatment of ADD/HD, learning disabilities, Tourette's Syndrome & Sizure disorders
I will demonstrate with instrumentation and LCD screen a simple and logical method for deciding whether to train referentially or bipolar for any established neurofeedback application. Next I will demonstrate how for ADD/HD to relate the results to our database of over 600 cases, and then how to fine tune the instrumentation to reward a pattern related to either normalization or optimal performance in a specific task such as reading or listening.

WR2 Vincent Monastra An Integrative Approach for Assessing and Treating ADHD
Genetic, neuroanatomical and QEEG research findings support a model of ADHD as a "non-adaptive" neurodevelopmental "disorder" characterized by behavioral, neuro-psychological and neurological traits. "Mainstream" approaches to assessment have relied on historical, observational and neuro-psychological test findings for diagnostic purposes due to the absence of a "laboratory" test for the underlying neurological disorder. However, due to the high degree of co-morbidity between ADHD and psychiatric disorders (e.g. affective and conduct disorders), the error rates for behavioral and neuro-psychological tests have been unacceptably high, when diagnosis is attempted on the basis of these tests alone.
In order to improve diagnostic accuracy, a team of researchers led by Dr. Monastra and Joel Lubar, Ph.D. examined the use of QEEG assessment procedures in the diagnosis of ADHD. their findings indicated the ability of QEEG procedures to identify patients with ADHD with a high degree of accuracy and enhance the accuracy level of behavioral and neuro-psychological (CPTs) measures.
This workshop will proceed from a detailed examination of the Monastra, Lubar, Linden, Green et al QEEG Validation Study and present an integrative assessment strategy that is consistent with the current neuro-developmental model of ADHD. In addition, based on a perspective of ADHD as a neuro-developmental disorder that is observed in the form of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity at home and school, this workshop will present specific neurotherapeutic, cognitive and behavioral interventions that constitute an Integrative Therapeutic Approach for ADHD.

WX 2 Karl Pribram Thoughts on the Electrical Activity of The Brain
The workshop  will deal with evidence from microelectrode and EEG analysis as well as from lesion studies regarding changes in framing conscious experience related to different brain systems as they determine conscious experience.

The Brownback-Mason Protocol is a fully integrated therapeutic approach for the treatment of dissociation.  Dissociation is the splitting off of consciousness from a person's identity.  This "splitting-off" process is based in trauma.  Trauma affects the brain anatomically, neurologically and biochemically. Traumatic versus non-traumatic memories are stored in the brain in different places and in different ways.
       Until recently the only means of accessing this traumatically stored material has been through psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and guided imagery.  These methods are typically slow, often requiring ten or more years.
       When using the Brownback-Mason Protocol, the following results have been attained:
1.  A significant increase in the ability to access the dissociated material.
2.  The time to accomplish full integration is reduced by as much as 70%.
3.  Clients experience a heightened sense of mastery over their lives.
What you will learn in this workshop:
1.  How and why the EEG of a dissociative differs from a normal EEG.
2.  Where and how traumatic memories are stored.
3.  How using the Brownback-Mason Protocol will promote normalization of the EEG.
4.  Why monitoring one or two bands of EEG are not enough to produce the most effective results.
5.  How to do full spectral training in order to attain attentional flexibility.

WJ 2 Ken Tachiki & Elmar Weiler: Disease Pathology and Neurofeedback Procedures  
        This workshop will focus on electrode placement sites on the scalp for neurofeedback treatment of disease conditions.   Actual case data will be employed to illustrate: 1) the decision process for selection of electrode placement sites; 2) the EEG process(s) during neurofeedback treatment; 3) the use of EEG data as a guide during the neurofeedback treatment process; and 4) EEG changes occurring as a result of the treatment process.  Cases for illustration include mild traumatic brin injury, Parkinson's disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood Autism and Cerebral Palsy.

This workshop will offer a structured program to use EEG biofeedback to explore consciousness.  EEG biofeedback is value-neutral and requires a context. Western psychology has existed for about 100 years.  In contrast, the Eastern mystical traditions have developed over thousands of years and are the essential and vibrant core of the great world religions.  These traditions contain complete systems that offer very practical programs to explore consciousness.
This workshop will draw upon the teachings, structures, and methods of the mystical traditions to provide a rich and deep spiritual context for EEG biofeedback and a source for the emergence of the specific areas of consciousness to be explored. These ancient systems provide needed focus and guidelines regarding the developmental stages and/or exceptional abilities associated with developing awareness.  This workshop will summarize these developmental stages and describe their  functional significance in terms of modern neuroscience and evolutionary psychology. 
Some of the developmental stages and/or exceptional abilities to be conceptually bridged from the mystical to the scientific traditions include perfect concentration ability, a calm mind, thought cessation, lessening grasping and aversion, deconstructing the nature of self and the world (emptiness), the development of compassion, the value of visualization of subtle physiology and archetypal imagery, the transformation of anger an sexual desire, and sacred physical sexuality.
A range of EEG methods which have been developed to explore the above areas from the dual perspective of mysticism and science will be presented and demonstrated.  The rationale for these methods will be fully described both from the neuroscience and the spiritual perspectives.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience some of the methods used to explore consciousness during the workshop and provided with detailed descriptions to use later in their own settings with their own EEG biofeedback equipment.  These methods are not specific to any particular type of EEG instrumentation.  This workshop will include video of EEG meditation research in India, including footage of discussions with the Dalai Lama and other advanced meditators.
Frank Echenhofer, Ph.D. is a Past-President of the Pennsylvania Society of Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback and a licensed psychologist living in Jenner,  CA, north of San Francisco.  He is a faculty member of the Holistic Health Program at San Francisco State University.   He is currently completing a NIH grant using EEG biofeedback to treat mild traumatic head injury. In 1991 he sought out the Dalai Lama's help to conduct EEG research with advanced meditators in northern India.  He co-founded the Tibetan Buddhist Center in Philadelphia and the Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies to conduct EEG research on consciousness.   Currently he works in the San Francisco Bay area with individuals and groups  offering programs to explore consciousness using EEG biofeedback and other methods.

WB 4 J. Peter Rosenfeld, Ph.D., BCIA EEG EXAM Prep Course Workshop: 
Peter, of Northwestern University has researched and taught Psychophysiology and EEG biofeedback for 30 years, has over 100 publications, and was AAPB President, NIH Review Committee member, and is Editorial Board member of  Biofeedback & Self Regulation, and is also chair of the BIA-EEG exam committee, and developed this workshop as a preparation for that exam.
Summary:  In this workshop, we will cover the bioelectric origin of EEG as a sum of post-synaptic potentials.  The needed background in Neurophysiology will be provided.   We will also review basic neuroanatomy sufficient to understand the general origins and meanings of EEG rhythms.
We will also cover basic instrumentation and montages (NOT montages specific for every protocol).  Specific protocol for Alpha Asymmetry and affective disorders, as well as current results, will be covered.  We will also cover event-related potentials (ERPs), origins, and their diagnostic uses.  We will finally discuss the history of neurofeedback and survey some of the better known protocols.
       Learning objectives:  1) understanding of basic neuroscience and the origin of EEG and EEG-derived ERPs 2) knowledge of appropriate instrumentation and montages for EEG recording 3) knowledge of origins and uses of EEG biofeedback.  4) Preparation for BCIA-EEG exam.
       Audience:  This course is designed for   those who want to be introduced to EEG biofeedback and/or augment  their basic-specialized knowledge.  It is  also intended to provide background preparation for the BCIA-EEG specialty exam (and is indeed taught by the chair of the BCIA-EEG exam committee).
1 Basic Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Neuropharmacology.
2. Neuronal origin of EEG, methods of EEG recording, EEG montages, ERP (or Event-related potentials), ERSPs (event-related spectral perturbations,  as in Event-related (de-) synchronization.
3. Origins and survey of EEG biofeedback, 1960-1980.
4. Review of modern EEG biofeedback protocols with special emphasis on >mood disorders (depression), EEG entrainment  and EEG asymmetry effects of biofeedback and stimulation.



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