(This is the BCIA EEG Biofeedback Course)
36 CEUs, $750
Presented by Cynthia Kerson, PhD, BCB, BCN
Course Concept and Description: This introductory level course is the equivalent of a three credit course and provides 36 hours of CE credit. The course is targeted to licensed / certified clinicians such as psychologists, counselors, physical therapists, social workers, nurses, and physicians as well as to graduate students. Students learn by watching audiovisual lectures provided CDs or the course website, reading assignments both from materials provided on the CD or the course web site and standard texts, and interacting with their instructor via e-mail. They answer short essay questions after each lecture rather than taking exams. Students start the course whenever they wish to and proceed at their convenience. There is no limit to how long students can take to complete the course.
The course provides sufficient material so clinicians will (a) know the psychophysiological bases for performing EEG recordings (b) what the common assessments and interventions are as well as how they work, (c) what the common associated interventions are, (d) how the recording devices work in a clinical setting, (d) how to perform an effective recording, and (e) how to perform effective psychoneurophysiological assessments and interventions. The course meets all of the requirements for the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America’s biofeedback certification course and is approved by them for this purpose. Please note that clinicians interested in being certified in biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America would have to meet the additional supervised experience and education requirements. Please see www.BCIA.org for specific requirements.
Learning objectives: The course objective is to provide the depth of knowledge in psychophysiology, EEG biofeedback equipment, and neurofeedback training techniques which clinicians require to perform EEG based assessments and neurofeedback based interventions. This information is crucial to effectively adding these techniques to a clinician’s practice.
This course is designed to help you (the student):
- Summarize the psychophysiological processes underlying each condition covered in the course.
- Use neuropsychophysiological recording and neurofeedback devices to record and display psychophysiological information.
- Control the biofeedback display to optimize learning.
- Use neuropsychophysiological recording equipment to assess patients with specific conditions.
- Use neurofeedback equipment to apply specific interventions tailored to each condition covered in the course.
DISCLAIMER: Completion of this continuing education course is strictly for educational / informational purposes and does not imply competency, proficiency, and/or experience. The course completion certificate is not a clinical certification nor a license to practice.
Format: Home study supported by e-mail chats after each unit is completed. The lecture portion of the course is presented through a series of audiovisual lectures profusely illustrated by power-point slides. You access the course either from the course web site. The audiovisual lectures are on power point slides. You will hear the instructor’s voice while viewing the power point sides. The lectures are between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours in length. Reading assignments parallel the lectures. After watching the lecture and reading the assigned supporting files, you will answer a brief series of short essay review questions (which are in the review questions file on the course web site). The answered questions are then e-mailed to the instructor. You and the instructor will discuss each unit via e-mail chat after your answers are assessed. There is no need to complete the discussion with the instructor before proceeding to the succeeding lecture & chapters. It is expected that all review questions will be answered correctly and completely by the student. Any questions answered incorrectly or incompletely must be discussed and/or corrected. All reading and listening assignments are in the review questions file.
Accessing course materials: All course materials are available on the course web site. When you purchase the course you will be given instructions for accessing the course web site immediately.
Computer and Computer Knowledge Requirements: Anybody with a modern computer and a bit of basic understanding of computer operation (at the level of being able to send e-mails) can play this course with minimal problems. You must have a computer (a) containing a CD read or RW drive (b) capable of connecting to the internet and running a typical internet program, (c) containing/running a modern word processor such as Microsoft word or Word Perfect, (d) the capability to play sounds such as music (has speakers and appropriate software which normally come with any modern computer), and (e) a slide viewing program such as Power Point (you can probably get a slide viewing program free off the internet if you don’t have one). Any modern (e.g., built within the last ten years), IBM style computer running Windows 98 and more recent platforms (e.g., XP or Vista) should be able to do this. Speed, hard disk size, and RAM are not factors for computers in the above category. Dozens of students have used recent Apple products (MACs etc.) for the course but some have had difficulty hearing the lectures and seeing the slides simultaneously. Apple product users frequently have more difficulty playing the course.
If you are using a MAC type of computer, you must have a current version of “quicktime”. If you do not have it, you can download it for free from the web.
You need to have a working internet connection (normally through an internet service provider – ISP), know how to communicate via e-mail including either how to send an MS Word (or other document file) attachment or how to cut and paste text from a word processor into an e-mail message. The course can be accessed through the course web site using any modern computer having broadband access to the web. You need to be sure your computer’s speakers are on so you can hear the lectures. You may want to test your computer by checking to be sure it can play music from a CD.
Prerequisites & professional training requirements: You should have had undergraduate courses in general biology and general psychology prior to taking this course. If you haven’t had them, contact us before registering. You will do much better in the course if you have already taken our “Anatomy and Physiology for Behavioral Clinicians” courses.
This course is intended for licensed / certified clinicians, educators, and coaches. None of the instructional material offered will provide you with the clinical skills needed to apply the psychoneurophysiological assessment and interventional techniques you will learn in the clinical environment, unless you are already a trained clinician or educator and have had sufficient clinical supervision.
Faculty: The course is given by Dr. Cynthia Kerson. Dr Cynthia Kerson, PhD, BCB, BCN. She is certified in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. She has trained with Katee Wynia, MA and Julian Isaacs, PhD. She completed her master's degree in humanistic psychology at Sonoma State University under the supervision of Eleanor Criswell, EdD in 2003. Her thesis is entitled Comparing Neurofeedback, Electrodermal Activity and Self-Report: A Study in Psychological and Physiological Interactions. She completed her PhD in applied psychophysiology at the University of Natural Medicine. Her dissertation involved anxiety and the presence of alpha dysregulation in the brain’s frontal lobes. She specializes in neurofeedback training for learning disabilities, pain, depression and anxiety. Meditation and mind-body awareness are the focus for her comprehensive training techniques. Cynthia has appeared on Channel 7 News, the Seeing Beyond radio program, and the In The Spirit of Healing television talk show. Her work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and Alternative Medicine Magazine. She is the EEG specialist for the television program MythBusters having appeared or consulted for 4 of their episodes.
Cynthia is a mentor for the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) and is a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis (SABA). She served as the Executive Director of the Biofeedback Society of California 2004-2008 and is currently the Executive Director for ISNR.
Required Text: The cost of the texts is not included in the course fee.
Getting Started with Neurofeedback by John N. Demos. WW Norton & Company, NY, 2005.
Recommended Texts :
a. Biofeedback: A Practitioner’s guide. Edited by Mark Schwartz and Frank Andrasik. Guilford Press of New York, 2003. Discounted purchase available through AAPB’s bookstore (800 477-8892). Note: the new 4th edition is due very soon so look for it.
b. The Neurofeedback Book by Michael and Lynda Thompson. 2003. This book is recommended for anyone planning to take the BCIA EEG exam. This book is more complex, and will be best to read after having some basic knowledge.
c. The Art of Artifacting by Corydon Hammond and Jay Gunkelman. 2001. Available through the International Society for Neurotherapy and Research. This book is recommended for anyone wanting to record and/or edit QEEGs.
d. A list of other recommended reading is provided on a .pdf file on your CD entitled “EEGCoreReading.” This is BCIA's recommended reading list for their exam. Note that some of the items on their reading list is required for this course.
Topics we will cover:
- Introduction to and history of EEG biofeedback (concepts, learning theory, brief overview of techniques, etc.)
- 10/20 System
- Electronics and safety
- Artifacts (recognition and prevention)
- Hardware and software (equipment for QEEG and EEG biofeedback)
- Psychopharmacology (effects of substances on the EEG and clinical considerations)
- Supplies and sterilization
- Treatment: Intake and other assessments
- Treatment: Protocol selection
- Treatment: Therapeutic issues (treatment techniques and considerations, practical applications, etc.)
- Professional conduct (ethics, professional responsibility for competence, record keeping, laws, etc.)
When all requirements have been successfully completed, your course completion certificate will be e-mailed to you and BCIA will be informed that you completed the course.
Schedule: You can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of purchase. Just contact us.
Duration of course validity: You must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.
CE Credit : Saybrook University is regionally accredited and approved by the state of California to grant degrees. These are continuing education, not university accredited, courses. CE credits are given through (1) the state of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (Approval # PCE1895); (2) The National Board of Certified Counselors (Provider # 6270), and (3) the Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Saybrook University is regionally accredited and approved to grant degrees by the state of California.
BCIA: This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for both certification and recertification.
Questions / further information? Contact Dr. Philip Brotman at firstname.lastname@example.org 212-222-5665.