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Posted Tuesday February, 23rd 2021

Integrating Neurofeedback in Trauma Treatment

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Continuing Our Mission of Integrating Research with Clinical Practice, Clinical Development, Training & Education

Neurofeedback Forum - March 12th, 5:30-7pm EST

Neurofeedback for Developmental Trauma

In this introduction to Neurofeedback for Developmental Trauma, Sebern Fisher, a long term practitioner of neurofeedback and the author of the acclaimed book “Neurofeedback for Developmental Trauma: calming the fear driven brain”, will be joined by Ruth Lanius and Bessel van der Kolk, both of whom have done extensive research on the effectiveness of neurofeedback, and on its underlying mechanisms.

Neurofeedback makes use of the brain’s capacity for change to reshape brain networks. It is a way to directly train the brain to function better. Neurofeedback is a research-supported treatment to manage arousal, sharpen attention, relieve anxiety, and improve learning …without medication.

Our brains are constantly being shaped by experience. Repeated experience (both positive and negative) shapes the connections among neurons. Neurofeedback training makes use of the brain’s capacity to reshape its habitual organization through activation of its natural neuroplasticity. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work.

Although the technology is complex, the process is simple, painless, and non-invasive. One learns to alter one’s brain activity through feedback and practice. With neurofeedback, you get instantaneous information or feedback about changes in your brain’s electrical activity. Every half second, your brain activity is compared to your goal for change. When you meet the goal you receive a visual and auditory signal and “reward”. When you don’t there is no reward.

Medications just treat symptoms, but do not correct the source of the problem in the brain. In neurofeedback we target brain activity that may be responsible to habitual maladaptive patterns. This allows you to reshape your brain activity, not just mask your symptoms.

What is your experience with neurofeedback? Have you successfully integrated neurofeedback treatment in your practice? What level and type of training have you had? Do you own neurofeedback equipment and are currently not using it? With these survey questions, we are looking to develop a clearer picture of the current state of the neurofeedback trauma treatment among trauma therapists and the people who have experienced trauma.

Please complete the linked neurofeedback survey and submit your questions for the Neurofeedback Forum event on March 12th. At the end of the survey there is space for you to submit a question for the speakers during the Forum. Due to time limitations, not all questions will be answered. However, if your question is selected you will be sent an invitation to enter the zoom room with the speakers on March 12th. Please be aware there is a limit of 100 participants in the zoom room. The entire presentation will be broadcast for viewing by everyone who participates in the survey.


TRF would also like to know who from our community have read the following important books? Please let us know in the blog comments section below!

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma – Calming the Fear-Driven Brain by Sebern F. Fisher

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