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Infraslow Neurofeedback Training Workshop

Secaucus, NJ (just outside NYC)
w/ Mark Llewelyn Smith, LCSW, BCN, QEEGD
w/ Ray McGarty MS, MLADC, LCS
w/ Dave Pavlick, LCSW

OVERVIEW
Recent equipment and software advancements, specifically the Discovery and Avatar software, have allowed for 2, 4, or 19 channel recording and Infraslow Fluctuation (ISF) training. With this innovation we can now simultaneously render this signal in a bipolar and referential montage. This improvement makes for a safe, effective, and data rich method of slow wave training.
This beginners workshop will demonstrate the process of Infraslow Fluctuation training in clinical practice. The method pivots on the determination of an optimum frequency (OF) that is trained for each individual client. In the didactic portion of the workshop, the OF determination process will be demonstrated along with a discussion of the equipment and optimal signal processing requirements necessary to accomplish effective training. The value of QEEG in predicting treatment responders, treatment planning, and determining treatment outcomes will be established.

TO REGISTER
Call: Neurofeedback Services of New York: 212-877-7929
Email: admin@neurofeedbackservicesny.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday’s class is for novices and is geared toward the fundamental principles and applied aspects of ISF training which will include practical demonstrations of ISF training. Saturday and Sunday will feature both education and hands-on experience with the equipment and software. The practicum portion of the course will span two days for all practitioners to have several opportunities for hands on training in the optimization process, in evaluating outcomes, and in adjusting treatment accordingly. The emphasis on the workshop practicum will provide students with the necessary tools to integrate ISF training in clinical practice.

Day 1 | Friday | 9:00am – 6:00 pm
Clinical and technical overview including live demonstrations of Infraslow Fluctuation training and initial hands-on component.

Days 2 & 3 | Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm | Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm
1.) Hands on training. Please bring your computers and amplifiers. If you don’t own a BrainMaster DC coupled amplifier, please don’t let that stop you from attending. We will team you up with someone who does.
2.) Extensive practice in the use of the ISF software, training student clients, and setting the Optimum Frequency for training.
3.) The use of QEEG analysis for evaluating ISF candidates, treatment response, and beginning placements.
4.) Presentation of Pre/Post QEEGs and neuropsychological tests of ISF trained clients with a variety of presentations including affective disorders, autism, PTSD, ADHD, and insomnia

MEDIA
Read testimonials from American clinicians here:  http://neurofeedbackservicesny.com/testimonials/

Watch and listen to European clinicians talk about their experience at a recent ISF workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=isf+workshop/

Find out more about ISF training in the latest journal articles published in NeuroRegulation and in the ISNR NeuroConnections magazine:

Publications

More case studies can be read here:
Recovery is Possible (Pg 39)
http://www.isnr.org/uploads/NeuroConnections/2013/NCFall13.pdf

NOTES
* Please note that all attendees must be licensed health, mental health, or wellness practitioners, or Masters Level education specialists or must be working under the direct supervision of a licensed provider.
* A software License is required for ISF training in the Avatar software. The fee is $150.00 and can be obtained by contacting Neurofeedback Services of NY.
* Attendees do not need to have a Discovery, an Atlantis, the Avatar software, or an ISF License to attend. There will be enough equipment and software available for all attendees to use in the workshop. However for the best learning experience both during and immediately after the workshop it is recommended that attendees obtain either the Atlantis Two by Two, Atlantis Four by Four, or the Discovery, and the Avatar Software with an ISF License.

When?

May 19, 20, 21 2017
Friday – Sunday

Where?

Holiday Inn
300 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ
Phone: 800-465-4329

Rooms are available at a special rate of $169/night . Mention Neurofeedback Services of NY when booking to receive the discount. Reduced room rate special ends April 21, 2017. 

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Registration Fee: $899

Early Bird Special: $800

(Ends 04/04/2017)

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INFRASLOW NEUROFEEDBACK WORKSHOP IN MUNICH, GERMANY

OVERVIEW
Recent equipment and software advancements, specifically the Discovery and Avatar software, have allowed for 2, 4, or 19 channel recording and Infraslow Fluctuation (ISF) training. With this innovation we can now simultaneously render this signal in a bipolar and referential montage. This improvement makes for a safe, effective, and data rich method of slow wave training.

This beginner’s workshop will demonstrate the process of Infraslow Fluctuation training in clinical practice. The method pivots on the determination of an optimum frequency (OF) that is trained for each individual client. In the didactic portion of the workshop, the OF determination process will be demonstrated along with a discussion of the equipment and optimal signal processing requirements necessary to accomplish effective training. The value of QEEG in predicting treatment responders, treatment planning, and determining treatment outcomes will be established.

Course Course Title Start Date Finish Date Location Price
WEB-200317 WEBINAR – ISF Therapy Mar 20, 2017, 20:00 Mar 20, 2017, 21:00 ONLINE Free
ISF1-230617 ISF 1 – BEGINNER Jun 23, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Munich 800.00 EUR
ISF2-270617 ISF 2 – ADVANCED Jun 27, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Munich 600.00 EUR

 To Register: https://www.neurofeedback-info.de/en/qeeg-kurse-ausbildung-experte/12-isf.html

Infra-slow Fluctuation Neurofeedback—A Novel Experience

Thomas Collura, PhD

just completed 3 days learning and experiencing ISF (infra-slow fluctuation) neurofeedback, in a workshop presented by Mark Smith.  Both the learning experience and the neurofeedback process were eye-opening, to say the least.  The theory has to do with cortical activation, shifts in parasympathetic response, and achievement of a new mental state.  What I found is that, by listening to a simple tone that told me when my “infra-slow” brainwaves shifted one way or another, I could be led into these states effortlessly.

ISF is not only operant conditioning, it is pre-operant conditioning.  In “traditional” neurofeedback, information is presented to the brain with the expectation that the brain will discern the difference between states (generally “reward” and “no reward”), and thus learn to self-regulate.  However, this approach assumes that the brain is ready to learn, and is interested in learning.  I am not referring to the individual thinking he or she is interested in learning.  I am referring to the fundamental ability of the brain to respond to stimuli in a manner that facilitates self-control.  In many cases, the brain is not ready, or even interested, at a fundamental level, in learning.  We call such situations being “stuck.”

Stuck patterns can involve power, power distributions, connectivity, or other aspects of EEG properties.  There is a common underlying mechanism to the control of variability and modulation, and this mechanism involves not only neurons, but also glia, other supportive tissues, and the entire body.

The initial experience, with settings of 0.0001 to 0.0030 Hz, was relaxing, yet alert.  The tone replaced a mantra, so that a meditative state could be achieved with external focus on the sound.  The cadence of the feedback sound became familiar, and its effects were positive.  When the frequency band was changed to 0.0001 to 0.0035, a very different experience ensued.  Within 30 seconds, I was aware that this was not the same cadence, or familiar pattern that I had just experienced and appreciated.  After less than 2 minutes, my left thigh began to twitch once, then twice, then again.  I decided this was enough of .0035 for me.  I had my partner switch back to the 0.0030 setting and restart.  Again, within 30 seconds, a profound change was apparent, and I once again experienced the familiar and reassuring cadence that I had come to recognize.

Neurofeedback at infra-slow frequencies does not mean that a cycle occurs with a very long period, as has been suggested.  This criticism is based on ignorance of the fundamental signal dynamics and principles, combined with never having seen the practice in action.  In reality, these filter settings serve to block out all of the cyclic activity above a certain range, but still pass the minute fluctuations that arise due to the slowest regulatory processes.  During feedback training, a sound is heard that is either lower (signal going down) or higher (signal going up), as the ISF slgnal fluctuates ever so slightly.  Changes as small as 0.01 microvolt can be seen, and the fluctuations are continuous.  A signal may change 1, 2, or even more times per second, or it may hold on for just a few seconds.  If it does not change at all, then the brain is “stuck” and little flexibility is possible.

In order to optimally control, or self-regulate, this signal, my experience was that when the fluctuations got as small as possible, in my case as low as 0.05 microvolts in shift, or smaller, then the modulation was maximally responsive.  By keeping brain activity poised on a knife-edge between states of activation, it experiences what it is to be in control, and to achieve balance.  What seems to come with this is a sense of harmony, peace, and as one participant put it, “feeling like I’m the person I’m supposed to be.”

Individual responses are finely tuned to the ISF frequency bands used.  Increase the frequency and there will be more activation, agitation, or as I experienced, even a bodily sense of unrest and some motor activation.  Lower the frequency, and reduced, even depressed, states can be fostered.  This is what gives ISF its power in a practical setting, and makes it important that practitioners do not simply follow a “plug and go” approach, but remain close to their clients.

ISF appears to be an ideal entry point for mental health professionals who are truly interested in their clients, and are used to working with client reactions, individual differences, and idiosyncrasies.

Mark has an excellent article online at:

http://www.brainm.com/software/pubs/brainavatar/NCFall13-smith.pdf